Hiking Boots are one of those things that you just need to spend some time learning about before you buy. There are all the technical and functional elements that you need to consider first but they should only be looked at after you have your context and requirements clearly defined. What does that mean? In a nutshell, know what you need your hiking boots for.
#1 Ahnu Montara Hiking Boots For Women
The first thing about the Ahnu Montara boots that catches the eye is their look and style. They have a very unique appearance which really works. They're designed to be lightweight and so provide an easy and comfortable fit. Definitely an upside but what you get in terms of weight and flexibility, you lose in terms of stability, primarily around the ankle. For that reason, these boots are best suited to day hiking and other types of light hiking, not the best option for backpacking.
The Ahnu Montara boots offer great traction on the trail with Vibram soles and with the lightweight construction, you kind of have the feel of a trail shoe with some of the bonuses, like extra grip, of a good hiking boot. A nice mix for sure. The Ahnu Montara Hiking boots come in and around $160.00 so about middle of the range in terms of price for hiking boots. As mentioned above, you're looking more at a light hiking boot suitable for most of the year (3 season) round but they won't look out of place with a pair of jeans too.
Pros: Modern look, lightweight, minimal break-in period, excellent water resistance
Cons: Ankle support not great, not suitable for backpacking
Price: Retails at around $159.95
Best Uses: Day hiking, day-to-day use
If you like walking your dog on light trails on the weekends, you don’t need a tough and rugged pair of backpacking boots. Similarly, if you’re planning a hiking expedition through the Himalayas, you need a lot more of a boot than a light day hiker can ever give you. If you’re just at the start of the hiking boot buying process, check out this post on how to buy hiking boots. It will walk you through all the various things you should consider when picking a pair of hiking boots for the trail.
Even when you have your needs clearly defined, it can be hard to find that perfect pair of hiking boots. It’s almost like the Holy Grail, rumored to exist but no-one has ever laid eyes on it 🙂
With all that in mind, when you do finally get to the ‘ready to buy' stage, it can be even harder to work your way through the maelstrom of hiking boot options that are available on the market today. It can get very confusing fast as there is a lot of choice.
In this gallery I thought it would be helpful and a little bit of fun to lay out ten top hiking boot options for women that are available today. The criteria to get into this gallery is primarily, lots of good user experience and positive reviews across the board.
The boots listed here are not listed in any particular order as they’re not a comparison of apples with apples in most cases. As mentioned above, it really depends what your needs are. However, whether you’re a light to medium weekend hiker or an avid backpacking enthusiast, there should be a few options listed here which might just be the ticket for you on your quest for the perfect boot. A tall order I know, but one can hope 🙂
Please note, that all prices listed in this gallery are only guide retail prices and are subject to change. As you know, prices chop and change all the time, therefore these are only meant as a guide and indicator of the actual cost. At the end of each preview, you will find a ‘Learn more here' link. Clicking on that will bring to either a more detailed review here on the site or to another site where you can find more information on the boots.
So, with all of that dispensed with let’s continue on and look at some cool hiking boots!
#2 Alico Tahoe Hiking Boots For Women
The Alico Tahoe hiking boots for women, are in my opinion a really great pair of hiking boots at a great price. Handcrafted leather, they offer a sturdy and tough boot for the trail. Perfect for Light to Medium hiking but will be able to take on a bit of tougher stuff too should you wish. They can be resoled so you can get a long life out of them if you look after them. They feature Vibram soles which is an industry standard, one that I personally look for, and perform well on slippery terrain.
With a traditional leather hiking boot look and style they retail at $274.95. However, if you check these out and like the look of them, be sure to check out the Sierra Trading Post coupon in the sidebar to see what discounts you can utilize, you just might be able to knock 20 to 30% off!
Pros: Good 3/4 season boots, Vibram soles provide good traction, boots can be resoled
Cons: Break-in period may be needed, boots may be heavier than you're used to
Best Uses: Hiking, backpacking, general outdoor and day-to-day use
#3 Asolo Athena Waterproof Hiking Boots For Women
The Asolo Athena boots weigh in at under 2 pounds so you have one of their biggest advantages straight off the bat. They're very lightweight so they are perfect for hiking and backpacking most of the year round. They’re waterproof performing well under lots of side by side tests with other models of a similar ilk and they also perform exceptionally well in the breathability department too. Their construction is a combination of suede, synthetic mesh and a waterproof membrane which provides a lot of flexibility in movement of the boot for your feet.
All that rests on top of an Asoflex natural shape molded midsole for comfort and a Vibram outsole which offers its trademark good grip and traction on the trail. They retail at $199.95 and are a perfect boot for all types of hiking so if you’re a light to medium day hiker or like a bit of backpacking, they will perform well.
Pros: Lightweight, good water resistance and breathbility, good traction on the trail
Cons: Not as supportive around the ankle, thin soles
Best Uses: Hiking, light backpacking, any hiking that requires a more agile performance
#4 KEEN Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots For Women
Similar to the men’s version of these boots, the KEEN Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots for women are a popular choice and top seller. They’re a light to medium hiker so perfect for someone new to hiking or someone who likes weekend hiking on well marked trails. The Targhee offer a reasonable measure of waterproofness and breathability and they will work for most folks, most of the year round as a 3 season boot, maybe 4 depending how tough your winters are.
They have a look that is a bit of a mix between a technical boot with a traditional boot feel. All in all, it works and their style and look is functional yet pleasing to the eye i.e. they’ll look good with a pair of jeans when you’re not on the trail. They retail at around $134.95 so they are in the middle range of price for hiking boots. Overall, a popular choice with a lot of great feedback so worth a look if they fit the bill for your needs.
Pros: Good entry level 3/4 season boots, minimal break-in required, extra toe protection, waterproof and breathable
Cons: Lace eyelets not the toughest, some user comments that the traction of the soles isn't as good as it could be
Best Uses: Day hiking, general outdoor use, day-to-day use
#5 Lowa Renegade Mid GTX Hiking Boots For Women
The Lowa Renegade Mid GTX boots are a very popular option among hikers and no wonder, as they’ve been tried and tested for a long time now with a lot of very positive user experience. They come in a wide selection of options in terms of sizing and color so you will definitely find something in there to suit your taste. They are breathable and waterproof, and they perform well in both of these categories in side by side testing with their peers. If you need to cross a creek or walk through puddles, moist grass and so on, they will keep you good.
They’re lightweight and so are a great option for the backpacker too. Overall, the Lowa Renegade Mid GTX Hiking Boots for women are a great all round hiker whether day hiking is your thing or you prefer a longer trek with a pack on your back. They retail at about $229.95 so moving into the upper ends of the price range for a 3 to 4 season pair of hiking boots but you do get quality in return.
Pros: Top rated hiking boots from many user reviews, waterproof Gore-tex, vibram outsole provides good grip and traction
Cons: Some user comments that they can be a narrow fit
Best Uses: Hiking, mountaineering, backpacking, day-to-day use
#6 Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots For Women
The Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX hiking boots for women are a tough pair of all round hiking boots. They're an upgraded model from the first very successful version of the 4D GTX boots with tweaks made based on user feedback. They are waterproof and breathable, and perform well in both those categories. This performance is offered through a tough construction of leather and Gore-tex which whilst very functional also has the additional advantage of not being too heavy to wear. There is a lot in these boots and they do a good all round job for sure, so from the day hiker to the backpacker they will hold their own very well.
They come in at $229.95 so we’re in the higher end of the price range in terms of hiking boots but you do get a lot of boot for your money. Probably too much for a casual hiker but a good potential choice for the avid hiking / backpacking enthusiast. They have a very technical look about them which fits well with the overall functional feel and capability that they offer.
Pros: Lightweight, waterproof and breathable, year round use boots, Multi purpose in terms of hiking and backpacking
Cons: Probably too much boot for most light to medium hiker's
Best Uses: Hiking, mountaineering, backpacking
#7 Merrell Moab Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots For Women
Merrell are a very well known and loved brand in the world of hiking boots and the Moab Mid Waterproof hiking boots are one of their most popular options, a best seller on Amazon in fact. They’re constructed with a combination of leather, gore-tex and synthetic materials which enables good breathability and a reasonable level of water resistance. The construction on the Merrell Moab also means these boots are lightweight and so they are another fine option for all types of day hiking and light backpacking.
The sole is Vibram and they offer good traction and grip. They come in at $149.95 so about middle of the road in terms of price for a pair of hiking boots. They’re a fine entry level hiking boot and will serve most light to medium hikers needs well.
Pros: Lightweight and flexible, good entry level boot for a start up day hike
Cons: Not the best option for tougher hiking, not suitable for backpacking and longer hiking
Best Uses: Day hiking, day-to-day use
#8 Scarpa Kailash GTX Hiking Boots for Women
A boot that is a bit of a chunky monster when you first look at it, the Scarpa Kailash offers a tough protective boot for your feet. They have a tough vibram outsole which offers good grip and that also happens to be one of their most functional features, but it comes at a price in terms of weight. Not the end of the world but there are lighter options available. Made from suede, nylon and Gore-tex, they’re of course water resistant and breathable and they perform well in both of these categories.
The style and look is technical for sure. While they can be used for year round hiking, the chunkier make up of the Scarpa Kailash lends itself more to backpacking. They retail at $219.00 so in the upper end of the price range for a mid-weight pair of hiking boots.
Pros: Sturdy and tough sole, waterproof and breathable
Cons: The chunky design of the Kailash will be too much for many people's needs and / or preference
Best Uses: Hiking, mountaineering, backpacking
#9 Timberland Chochorua Trail Mid GTX Boots For Women
The Chochoruas are another top seller on Amazon. They have a traditional look about them which works well and the classic design is complimented by the autumnal color they come in. Their construction is one of leather and Gore-tex, a classic combination for a classic style of a boot. They are waterproof and breathable and perform pretty good in both of those areas. The rubber sole provides good grip and traction so overall you have a neat little pair of boots in the Chochorua’s.
What’s very appealing about them is the price as they retail in and around $120.00 so they’re probably a bit more accessible than some of their contemporary’s. Overall, you have great all-rounder in these boots too so whether you’re day hiking, backpacking or digging a hole in your garden 🙂 the Timberland Chochorua Trail Mid GTX boots will perform well.
Pros: Good all round pair of hiking boots, lightweight, water resistant and breathable
Cons: Insoles may need replaced early on, not ideal for backpacking or tougher trekking / hiking
Best Uses: Hiking, good entry level boot for light to medium hikers, day-today use
#10 Danner Stumptown Mountain Light Cascade Hiking Boots For Women
A popular Brand in the hiking boots world, Danner bring a tough offering to the table in the form of the Stumptown Mountain Light Cascade Hiking Boots. Just look at that picture, you can tell they have ‘don’t mess with me' woven within the construction lol 🙂 They’re a full grain leather boot so expect a break in period, not a problem if you have the patience to wait as you’ll get a comfortable boot when they shape to your feet.
The sole is Vibram so again, you have good grip and traction for the trail. These boots are perfect all types of hiking and backpacking, 3 to 4 seasons of the year. They’re too much of a boot for a casual or light hiker but they will still fit that bill if they need to. At $359.95 for a pair, we are at the higher end of the range in terms of price but for a classic style Danner, it’s worth it 🙂
Pros: Beautiful full grain leather construction, tough lacing system, great all round boot for all type of hiking and backpacking.
Cons: Long break-in period may be needed, boots are heavy in relative terms, not ideal for light hiking
Best Uses: Hiking, mountaineering, backpacking
I hope you enjoyed this quick look at 10 of the best women's hiking boots available on the market today. As you can see, there are a lot of options to choose from. If you're in the market for a new pair of hiking boots, you could do a lot worse than choosing one of these options. Check out the hiking boots page if you'd like to see my top hiking boot recommendations.
Always remember to know your requirements clearly before buying a new pair of boots. It is very possible to get too much boot or too little boot for your needs and you can be easily disappointed. I would suggest that it's usually better to have more boot as opposed to less i.e. tougher boots than you need rather than boots that don't deliver enough.
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