Your hiking boots have a tall order: protect and cushion your feet across technical terrain, be light and comfortable for long days, and have a durable construction that lasts. Below we’ve compiled all of our detailed hiking boot reviews, from lightweight models for day trips or easy terrain to burly, technical designs for demanding multi-day missions. In order to provide you with the most authentic, helpful information, we put these boots through extensive testing in places like Patagonia, the Pacific Northwest, and the Grand Canyon.

Best Hiking Boots of 2022

Hiking boots are critical to your comfort and performance on the trail, but this no longer means a stiff and burly model that will weigh you down. The trend is toward lighter materials that still offer decent support, and waterproof boots...

Best Women's Hiking Boots of 2022

For the best combination of protection and support on the trail, look no further than a hiking boot. Compared to other forms of hiking footwear, boots are epitomized by their mid-height build...

Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

Salomon’s X Ultra lineup is legendary in the world of hiking footwear, and they overhauled the flagship collection last year. We brought the mid-height version of the X Ultra 4 into Washington’s Hoh Rainforest and found that it retained most of the...

Topo Athletic Trailventure Hiking Boot Review

Topo Athletic is a running shoe company at its core, but they’ve begun dabbling in hiking with the Trailventure line. We brought the non-waterproof boot to Patagonia and put it to the test in the...

Salomon Predict Hike Mid GTX Review

Salomon’s reputation in the hiking footwear world is well established, often topping our “best of” lists. And as the dominant force in hiking footwear, they have the luxury to take a few risks—which is exactly...

REI Co-op Flash Hiking Boot Review

After a long hiatus, REI Co-op has returned to the hiking boot game with the Flash. Sharing a name with the brand’s in-house line of lightweight hiking and backpacking gear, the boot is highlighted by...

Scarpa Zodiac Tech GTX Boot Review

Scarpa’s Zodiac Tech GTX takes their Zodiac Plus backpacking boot and adds a technical slant for light mountaineering objectives. I wore the boot while hiking around Canada and during a demanding 16...

Hoka One One Anacapa Mid GTX Review

Running brand Hoka One One has been aggressively growing their hiking footwear collection of late, and the new Anacapa Mid is arguably their best effort yet. This boot combines the smooth ride and excellent...

Salomon Vaya Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

Salomon’s hiking boot collection runs the gamut from light-and-fast designs for covering ground quickly to burly leather models for intensive, multi-day backpacking trips. The women’s-specific...

La Sportiva TXS GTX Hiking Boot Review

La Sportiva’s TX series is a standout in the approach shoe world, and the latest TXS GTX builds on that concept in a mid-height, backpacking-ready design. Throughout a spring of testing, including...

Vasque Breeze AT Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

Vasque’s Breeze lineup runs the gamut from the trail runner-inspired LT to the more robust, backpacking-ready AT. We put the latter boot through its paces and found that it’s noticeably less sprightly and nimble than many of its modern competitors...

Salomon Quest 4 GTX Hiking Boot Review

Salomon’s Quest has garnered serious popularity over the years as a highly capable backpacking boot, and the latest Quest 4 carries the torch. We put the recently retooled boot through its paces...

Merrell Moab 2 Mid Hiking Boot Review

Merrell’s Moab is about as classic as hiking boots come and an extremely popular first pair of hiking footwear for many (including for multiple editors on our staff). We tested one of the best-selling variations—the...

Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

Salomon’s hiking boot lineup is undeniably extensive, and their Cross Hike Mid GTX slots in as a lightweight design that merges running shoe-like agility with ankle-height protection. We took the women’s boot...

Danner Trail 2650 Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

Danner doesn’t have the same cachet as brands like Salomon or Merrell in the world of hiking footwear, but their Trail 2650 lineup offers some intriguing options. We took the impressively light Mid GTX model on a tough multi-day backpacking trip...

Salomon OUTward Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

Last year, Salomon added yet another boot to their already expansive lineup in the OUTward. Slotted just under the popular X Ultra 3 in price and performance, the boot features a stylish leather and mesh upper, 2-pound weight, and decent support for...

La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX Review

La Sportiva is a climbing company first, but that expertise transfers over nicely into their hiking lineup. The Nucleo High GTX, in particular, is one of the most capable and well-rounded lightweight boots...

Arc’teryx Acrux TR GTX Hiking Boot Review

Arc’teryx is a relatively small-time player in the world of hiking footwear, but they’ve recently assembled a solid lineup of quality designs. The Acrux TR GTX slots in as their mid-height model designed for tackling technical terrain with a heavy pack...

Hoka One One Sky Arkali Review

Hoka One One’s Sky Arkali blends the lacing of an approach shoe with the midsole of a trail runner and the height of an over-the-ankle hiking boot. Billed as a “do-anything” trail shoe, we were eager to see if the radical Arkali truly could tackle any...

Oboz Bridger Mid BDry Hiking Boot Review

Along with their Sawtooth line, the Bridger boot is a signature product from Bozeman, Montana-based Oboz. Its design is in many ways reflective of what has made the company a success: a reliable fit, durable materials, and high levels of support and...

Salomon Quest Prime GTX Hiking Boot Review

Salomon is one of the biggest names in backpacking footwear, and their Quest Prime GTX slots in as a lightweight option for long-distance trekking. After wearing the boot in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains on terrain ranging from maintained trails to...

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boot Review

Nearly every major hiking boot brand has its signature model, and for Lowa, it’s the Renegade GTX. We took the popular mid-height boot out backpacking and day hiking...

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Hiking Boot Review

Salomon’s Quest 4D boot has headlined their backpacking lineup for years, and it remains a solid all-around performer in today’s market. We put the boot to the test while backpacking the rugged Huemul Circuit in Patagonia and found it to be the perfect...

Asolo Falcon GV Hiking Boot Review

In many ways, the Asolo Falcon GV represents where we think hiking footwear is headed: a little less weight and support than a traditional heavyweight boot, but with the technical chops to get the job done both on and off trail. We brought the Falcon...

Altra Lone Peak ALL-WTHR Mid Review

Altra’s Lone Peak shoe is known for its exceptional fit and comfort and has long been wildly popular among trail runners and thru-hikers. Piggybacking off its success, Altra recently released the ALL-WTHR...

Hoka One One Sky Toa Hiking Boot Review

Hoka One One has dabbled in hiking footwear in the past, but they truly jumped into the fray with their Sky lineup. Eager to test the boots against long-time favorites, we took the speed-focused Sky Toa into the Palisades Backcountry of eastern Idaho...

Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

In the world of hiking boots, Salomon’s X Ultra 3 Mid GTX is a true standout. Despite its lightweight build, the boot nicely balances comfort, durability, and rock-solid traction. We put the X Ultra 3 through its paces over a full year of testing...

Oboz Sawtooth II Mid Waterproof Review

Recently updated with a new collar design and increased ventilation, Oboz’s Sawtooth II Mid is a stable and tough boot meant to handle the rigors of backpacking. We put the women’s...

Vasque Breeze LT Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

Recently updated with improved traction, a running shoe-inspired design, and significant weight savings, Vasque’s Breeze LT Mid is aimed squarely at the lightweight hiking and backpacking...

Keen Targhee III Mid Hiking Boot Review

Keen’s Targhee line has been a powerhouse in the day-hiking world for years, and the “III” retains similar levels of comfort and build quality that has made the collection so popular. In short, this isn’t your hardcore boot for steep or rocky trails...

Review: La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX

With a serious alpine pedigree, La Sportiva has been manufacturing highly regarded climbing and skiing gear for almost 90 years. Therefore it’s no surprise that their Trango...

Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX Hiking Boot Review

Scarpa’s Zodiac Plus GTX is a fully supportive yet exceptionally lightweight boot ideal for handling high-mileage days with a heavy load. This midweight hiker is designed to shine in environments when a mountaineering boot is overkill but a low-top...