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 2020

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...

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...

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 intriguing options for the fast-and-light crowd. We took the...

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 OUTward Mid GTX Hiking Boot Review

For 2020, Salomon has 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...

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 hiking footwear world, but they’ve recently assembled a solid lineup of quality designs. Released last year, the Acrux TR GTX slots in as their mid-height model designed...

Hoka One One Sky Arkali Review

New for 2019, 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...

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...

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...

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 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. I put the boot to the test while backpacking the rugged Huemul Circuit in Patagonia and found it to be the perfect...

Asolo Falcon GV 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...

Altra Lone Peak 4 Mid RSM Review

Altra shoes are most known for their zero-drop platform and wide toe box design, which encourages natural alignment and stability. Their lightweight Lone Peak series has been a popular choice among trail...

Hoka One One Sky Toa 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...

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 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 WP Mid Review

Keen’s Targhee line has been a powerhouse in the day-hiking world for years. Released at the end of 2017, the Targhee III retains similar levels of comfort and build quality that people love, but hones in fit for slightly more of a performance feel...

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 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...