Footwear designed for off-trail hiking must provide lateral support for the ankle without restricting movement, have water resistant qualities, protect from brush and fit a man's, woman's or kids' foot shape. The best boots are made from material such as leather or Nylon. The weight is important when walking long durations or distances, but medium or heavy is needed for thick brush or rocky off trail terrain. Regardless of the weight or material, the hiking boot's main strengths lie in traveling across uneven terrain and through underbrush providing protection and support to the ankles. These qualities are markedly different from the mountaineering boot, which is made for ascending mountains and enduring harsh high altitude conditions; or the trekking shoe, which is made for flat and level defined paths. For backcountry and off trail adventures, hiking boots provides the attributes and advantages over other types of boots.
Waterproof vs Water Resistant
To prevent moisture buildup, hiking boots need to breathe, allowing vapor to exit, but keeping water out. Both breathability and waterproofing can be achieved by using a special Gore-Tex lining that allows molecule-size water vapor to move through the material. Additional treatment is usually needed to make them fully waterproof. Additional waterproofing can be achieved by adding a protective coating to the surface. Nikwax Waterproofing has many products for enhancing the waterproof or water resistance qualities of a boot. Apply the treatment to improve the material's ability to repel water while keeping hiking boots breathable. There are a range of applications and products, from restoring the factory coating, to improving the interior liner's water tightness.
Synthetic material will break in faster than leather, however, some synthetics are not as durable. Both men's and women's hiking boots are available in synthetic or leather. There are some characteristics that vary slightly with gender. Lightweight hiking boots excel on short day, or backpacking hikes. The weight is reduced through the use of nylon. So if you are looking for less weight, the best option is to get synthetic. However, the weight does not determine the quality. While its true, the lighter the boot, the easier your level of effort will be, in some cases the lighter version is less durable. Medium weight hiking boots provide better support than lightweight, and can take the heavy use and abrasion better.
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Merrell Capra Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot (Toddler/Little Kid/Big Kid)
Merrell Merrell empowers people to challenge themselves in the great outside. Achieve. Never Settle. Hit the Trail. OUT.PERFORM. To inspire the outdoor athlete in everyone - including you! Features: M-Select DRY, impermeable membrane, seals out water and lets moisture escape so you stay dry when you're...
Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof Jr Hiking Boots
Outfit your young hiker with the leather Hi-Tec Altitude V Waterproof Jr Hiking Boots. They'll keep his or her feet dry for year-round fun on your favorite hiking trails.
Hi-Tec Women's Bandera Mid-Rise Waterproof Hiking Boot
Traverse wet terrain in comfort with the Hi-Tec® women's Bandera Mid WP hiking boots -- their waterproof Dri-Tec® membrane and moisture-wicking lining will keep your feet dry! Rustproof hardware prevents damage caused by the elements, while a carbon rubber outsole promises reliable traction during...
Vasque Breeze 2.0 Waterproof Hiking Boots
The Vasque Breeze 2.0 Waterproof hiking boots offer kids a lightweight, comfortable hiking boot built for trail adventures.
Timberland White Ledge Men's Waterproof Boot
The Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Hiker was designed for all-day comfort and safety on the trails. Product Features: Premium full-grain waterproof leather upper for comfort, durability and abrasion resistance Seam-sealed waterproof construction keeps feet dry Padded collar and tongue Removable dual-density...
Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Hiking Boot
Somewhere in the world, there's adventure calling to you - and Columbia wants you to go find it Constructed with a durable mix of leather and mesh textile, the upper on this hiking boot is at once protective, breathable and secure. The waterproof-breathable bootie construction helps to lock out...
Peak Essential Hiking Boot - Men's
The Muck Boot Peak Essentials are ideal for any cold or wet surfaces, whether watching or participating in outdoor activities. This performance shoe will keep your feet warm and dry if you are hiking, or walking in slushy wet snow or ice.
Merrell Men's Mojave Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Not afraid to get dirty, the mid-height Mojave's waterproof leather and grippy lugs are perfect for the mud on the next river clean up.
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Merrell Men's Moab Mid Waterproof Shoe
KEEN Women's Targhee II Waterproof Hiking Boot
The ultimate day hiker with superb ankle support. Waterproof nubuck leather upper Keen.Dry Waterproof, Breathable Membrane Removable metatomical dual density EVA footbed Torsion stability ESS shank Contoured heel lock for adjustable ankle support Dual density compression molded EVA midsole 4mm Multi-Directional...
KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
The Keen Targhee II Mid Hiking Shoe is essential for your next outdoor adventure.
Merrell Men's All Out Blaze Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Strike out on tougher trails with the 24607 Merrell Men's All Out Blaze Mid WP Hiking Boots from Merrell. This sturdy Merrell Men's hiking shoe provides slightly more support than the other All Out Blaze models, while providing the same tough traction and Waterproof technology you need to conquer...
Merrell Women's All Out Blaze Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
Leave the road and hit the trail in the Merrell AllOut Blaze Mid Waterproof Women sneaker. Boasting of a waterproof oily leather and mesh upper that provides a glove-like fit for lightweight durability and natural movement, this stunning women's sneaker also features M Select DRY technology that...
Salewa Hike Trainer GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $151.16
Yodeling has never been your thing, but you're a fan of Alps-inspired hiking boots. Lighten the load below without saying "auf wiedersehen" to your high-mountain mentality when you put on the Salewa Men's Hike Trainer GTX Hiking Boot. Despite being light on the scales, this waterproof...
Asolo Piuma Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $151.56
You want to tackle some steep all-day hikes this season, and you know your sneakers aren't going to give you the comfort, support, and cushioning you need. Asolo designed the Men's Piuma Hiking Boots to give you stellar support, solid traction, and superb breathability so you can bag peaks,...
Asolo Jumla Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $159.96
The mid-height Asolo Jumla Hiking Boot effectively bridges the gap between an old-school hiking boot and modern trail running shoe, making it ideal for everything from steep approaches to multi-day backpacking trips. The PU anti-shock system in the heel absorbs the sting of rough terrain while the Vibram...
Reston WP Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $159.96
Asolo's Reston WP features a new outsole developed with Vibram. The low lateral profile reflects the new Natural Shape fit which offers support and improves foot control on the sides and back. The slots in the medial part provide comfort and smooth rolling. Ideal for light hiking and day trips.
Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $159.96
Move fast on the mountain in the very lightweight, athletic men's Adida's Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Boot. They have a Traxion outsole with Continental rubber for optimal wet and dry grip. A mid-cut height with a low-to-the-ground construction supported by a 3D Formotion unit that ensures great...
Ahnu Women's Montara Boot Hiking Boots
Take to the trails in the Ahnu Montara boots, which supply waterproof, breathable protection thanks to eVent(R) membranes, along with sturdy construction and light support for light day hikes.
Fugitive GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
Sale Price: $191.96
The Asolo Fugitive GTX Men's Hiking Boot is a great everyday hiking boot that offers great technical details and outstanding performance. The Gore-Tex liner accompanied by a durable Water-resistant suede upper make this boot a very comfortable long lasting boot.
Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Hiking Boot - Men's
The faster you ascend a trail, the more stability and support you need from your boot. The waterproof Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast R Mid GTX Hiking Boot provides said stability and support in spades with FORMOTION technology and a slew of other tech, such as a TRAXION outsole and speed lacing. The end...