So, the never ending quest for the perfect hiking boots! Is there such a thing? Can there really be such a thing as the ideal hiking boot? Perfect is a big word so probably not, but you can get darn close to it though 🙂
#1 Alico New Guide Hiking Boots For Men
A tough Pair of Mountaineering boots, the Alico New Guide hiking boots are a classic pair of handcrafted leather hiking boots in a traditional style and look. They’ve tough and strong construction so they’re able to take on nearly any type of environment and conditions the hiker can throw at them. The boots can be resoled so if you look after these bad boys, they’ll last you a long, long time. Perfect for hiking, backpacking and general outdoor use, the Alico New guide boots come in and around $419.95 at retail price but I have seen them available at $299.95. Be sure to check out the Sierra Trading Post Coupons in the side bar though if you fancy buying a pair and you’ll knock 20% plus off. As with all good leather boots, expect a break in period.
Pros: One piece perwanger leather handcrafted construction, year round use boots, boots can be resoled
Cons: Long break-in period may be needed, boots are quite heavy in relative terms
Best Uses: Hiking, mountaineering, backpacking
Everyone has different and unique requirements as well as a preference for a different style or look. Some love that traditional Alpine leather look while others want a more technical and modern statement from their hiking boots. Of course, as always, the market caters for all tastes, shapes and sizes and you can, generally, learn a lot from people’s functional user experience with hiking boots.
In this post I thought it would be fun to list out ten of the best men’s hiking boots available today. This should give you some options if you’re in the market for a new pair of boots for the trail. I am keeping the descriptions brief enough to give an overview only along with the main pros, cons and best uses.
I have not listed these in any particular order. Suffice it to say, they’re all good hiking boots with lots of good user experience with them. With that in mind, some of them are better suited to particular hiking activities than others.
For example, a perfect day hiking boot may not cut the mustard on a backpacking trip. It can also be a common mistake for someone to get too much boot for their needs so keep that in mind. If you’re totally new to buying hiking boots, check out the hiking boot buying guide to give you an idea of what you should be thinking about before picking a pair of boots.
Note, that prices are not listed in definitive detail here, although retail guide prices are referenced, as they chop and change all the time. If you want to learn more about any of these boots, just click the ‘Learn more here' link at the end of each section. That will take you through to either a more detailed review on this site or more information on an external page where you can check prices. Finally, if you are buying a pair, be sure to check out the coupons in the sidebar to try and find the best deal.
OK, so with that all done and dusted, let’s roll on and look at some more top men’s hiking boots!
#2 Lowa Renegade Mid GTX Hiking Boots For Men
The Lowa Renegade Mid GTX are a global star in the world of hiking boots. They have a lot of very happy users across the board over a long chunk of time so they’re a tried and trusted model that scores consistently well in terms of performance, comfort and functionality. The construction is waterproof breathable Gore-tex. Gore-tex is of course an industry standard when it comes to waterproof and breathable hiking boots and the construction of the Renegade boots performs well. The soles are Vibram so again, a popular industry standard that performs very well. Perfect for the light to medium hiker most of the year round, the Lowa Renegade Mid GTX Hiking Boots retail at about $229.95. Again, look to utilize one of the coupons in the side bar and you’ll probably get a decent discount on that price.
Pros: Nubuck leather and waterproof Gore-Tex construction enable year-round hiking, Vibram outsole provides good grip and traction
Cons: Some reports that laces can come loose quite easily
Best Uses: Hiking, light backpacking general outdoor use, day-to-day use
#3 KEEN Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots For Men
The KEEN Targhee II Mid Hiking Boots are a top seller on Amazon. They’re a popular boot in the mid-range category. Probably best suited to a lighter day hiker who stays on trails, they still have a lot of very good user experience reported across the board on their performance. The Targhee II are waterproof and breathable so they’re perfect most of the year round, definitely 3 season, maybe 4 depending where you go hiking. The level of waterproofness is not on the same level as say the Asolo Power Matic boots, we look at those below, but they will keep you dry under reasonable tests e.g. puddles, moisture on grass, lighter rain showers, etc. Their look is a kind of hybrid, an autumnal feel but definitely taints of the technical design there too. It works though and at $105.00 to $159.00, you could do a lot worse for a light hiker.
Pros: Good 3/4 season boots, minimal break in period, good traction, extra toe protection, waterproof and breathable
Cons: When the fabric lace eyelets wear out, the boots are cooked
Best Uses: Day hiking, general outdoor use, day-to-day use
#4 Asolo Power Matic 200 GV Backpacking Boots For Men
This is a tough pair of hiking boots from Asolo. What is really sweet about them is that their construction is tough one piece leather which is always stronger than sewing separate parts together. Even though they are leather, they have a very technical no-nonsense look and style to them. These are ideal for hard backpacking trips or hiking over tough and rough terrain like snow, mud and off trail legs. They’re waterproof and, again, as we’re looking at a leather construction, a significant break in period will be needed. These boots will be heavier than a standard pair of hiking boots but that’s why they’ll last the course. You’re looking at in and around $315.00 for the Asolo Power Matic 200 GV boots. That seems a lot, but these boots will last for a very long time so the investment could be worth it.
Pros: Sturdy and tough, waterproof, constructed with high quality leather
Cons: Heavier than average boots, not very breathable
Best Uses: Backpacking, hiking on rough terrain and trail's
#5 Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boots For Men
The Quest 4D 2 GTX hiking boots are another tough pair of hiking boots. As with the Asolo Power Matic boots, they're Probably more suited to tough hiking and backpacking than casual day hiking, they have a lot to offer. Waterproof and very breathable, their leather and Gore-tex construction means that you actually get a very tough boot without it being overly heavy. This is of course by design but in relative terms of day hiking, they are still a heavier option. Ideal for backpacking and hard hiking, the Quest 4D GTX 2 hiking boots for men are a technical option that should see you well covered for most, if not all, of your hiking needs most of the year round. They come in around the $170.00 to $250.00 mark so not a cheap pair of boots but they have a lot of rave reviews from happy avid hikers. Definitely worth a closer look for sure!
Pros: Fit well from day one, design provides stability and support
Cons: Lots of seams for something to potentially rip, probably too much boot for casual hiking
Best Uses: Hiking, backpacking, tough terrain hiking
#6 Alico Tahoe Hiking Boots For Men
The Tahoe hiking boots from Alico are another very sweet handcrafted pair of leather hiking boots. They have lots of folks singing their praises so I just had to add another pair from Alico onto this list. Similar to the New Guide boots above, they have a tough leather construction and feature Vibram soles which can be resoled so they will last a long time if you look after them properly. Again, the Tahoe comes in the traditional leather alpine style, a look which I personally like a lot. The Tahoe’s retail at $274.95 but you can get them in and around $199.95. If you fancy a pair of these bad boys, utilize the sierra trading post coupon in the side bar to get a discount of 20% plus.
Pros: Good 3/4 season boots, wide feet option available, Vibram soles give good traction, waterproof and breathable
Cons: May be heavier than you're used to, expect a break in period, perhaps not ideal for light casual hikers
Best Uses: Day hiking, backpacking, general outdoor use, day-to-day use
#7 Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX Hiking Boots For Men
In truth, this is more of a boot than most hikers will ever need. The Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX is a very sturdy pair of boots that are more suited to backpacking and hard hiking off trail. However, they are still a fine option for many hikers to consider as an addition to their hiking kit. With a lot of great ankle and foot support, they’re constructed with carrying a heavy pack in mind. They’re waterproof and very durable so will contend with most things any hiker can throw at them. They’re a heavy pair of boots but again, that’s part of the intended design. Coming in between $265.00 to $329.00, they’re a tough ass pair of boots. Maybe not the best option for the average day hiker but certainly a good option for the off trail hiker or backpacking enthusiast.
Pros: Tough, durable and stable, very waterproof
Cons: Heavy, expect a long break-in period, maybe too much boot for most casual hikers
Best Uses: Hiking, backpacking, tough terrain hiking
#8 Scarpa Terra GTX Hiking Boots For Men
I have a friend who bought these about a year ago and absolutely adores them. They are a good option for the medium to tough hiker who enjoys day hiking on trail with a bit of off trail thrown in every now and then. Their Vibram soles provide good traction and the nubuck leather and Gore-tex lining combination ensure a good level of breathability and waterproofness. I like the look and style of these boots, they have a traditional yet modern look that will look as well with a pair of jeans as they do on the trail. Coming in at around $188.95 retail, they’re a good option for the medium day hiker that likes to push things a bit further every once in a while.
Pros: Nubuck leather and Gore-tex construction, waterproof and breathable, Vibram soles offer good grip
Cons: Chunky, expect a long break-in period
Best Uses: Hiking, tough terrain hiking, general outdoor use
#9 Timberland Chocorua Trail Mid GTX Boots For Men
Another top seller on Amazon, the Chocorua boots are another good option for the light to medium hiker. They’ll perform great on trails with a bit of off trail but I wouldn’t push them too hard beyond that. If you’re a newbie to hiking or recently started and considering getting a better pair of boots to see you through plenty of day hiking without breaking the bank, these could be the ticket. They utilize the leather upper and Gore-tex lining combination so they will offer a reasonable level of protection from the rain and wet. Retailing in and around $139.99, they’re an accessible option for day hiking, general outdoor use (fishing, camping etc.) and normal day-to-day use.
Pros: Good all round boot, wide feet option available, lightweight, waterproof and breathable
Cons: Eyelets and laces can loosen easily when tied, not ideal for backpacking, etc., thin soles for tougher terrain
Best Uses: Light to medium year round day hiking, camping, general outdoor use, day-to-day use
#10 Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots For Men
In a similar vein as the timberland Chochoruas and the Keen Targhee boots listed above, the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX hiking Boots for Men are another light hiker option. They’re a lightweight mid boot and are designed for light hiking over relatively easy terrain. They are waterproof but I wouldn’t expect too much from them in that regard, some light showers you’ll be fine, walking across a river at foot level, they won’t cut it. However, for on-trail light hiking at a reasonable price, you’re in the ballpark with the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boots. Retailing at about $169.00, you’ll get a comfortable light hiking boot that will do great for light weekend day hiking.
Pros: Lightweight, exceptionally breathable, good day hiking boot
Cons: Not as durable as other options, waterproof capabilities aren’t the best
Best Uses: Light to medium year round day hiking, light backpacking, camping, general outdoor use, day-to-day use
I hope you enjoyed this quick look at ten of the best men'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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