Hiking Boots Comparison Tables 2019

Here we show you the research on our top picks for hiking boots. We examined features, durability, comfort, breathability, among other best in class characteristics. With an initial list of more than 40 reviewed hiking boots in 2019, we narrowed it down to a top 5 list of the best boots, based on reviews from professional testers, reputable gear review sites, personal use, input from adventurers, and poring through hundreds of reviews.

With more than two decades of exploring, hiking, backpacking, climbing, guiding and playing we’ve come to know what we want in a good hiking boot. Boiled down its a boot that’s long-lasting, and provides stability, traction, breathability, and waterproofness in most cases.

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The Basics

The table below summarizes the MSRP, recommendations, and Treeline Award for our top hiking boot picks.

HIKING BOOTAWARDMSRP (at time of writing)RECOMMENDED BY
Overall$230 Adventure Junkies; Backpacker; Clever Hiker-2; Gear Institute 92 of 100; Gear Patrol; Outdoor Gear Lab-1 (80 of 100); Section Hiker-9; Switchback travel-3
Budget$110 Adventure Junkies; Backpacker; Clever Hiker-1; Gear Institute; Gear Patrol; Outdoor Gear Lab-15 (61 of 100); Section Hiker-2,3,7; Switchback Travel-2
Budget$130 Adventure Junkies; Backpacker; Clever Hiker-1; Gear Institute; Gear Patrol; Outdoor Gear Lab-15 (61 of 100); Section Hiker-2,3,7; Switchback travel-2
Wide$145 Adventure Junkies; Backpacker; Clever Hiker; Gear Institute; Gear Patrol; Outdoor Gear Lab; Section Hiker-5; Switchback Travel
Legacy$240 Adventure Junkies-1; Backpacker; Clever Hiker-3; Gear Institute; Gear Patrol; Outdoor Gear Lab-6 (74 of 100); Section Hiker; Switchback travel-4
Upgrade$260 Adventure Junkies; Backpacker; Clever Hiker; Gear Institute; Gear Patrol 9; Outdoor Gear Lab-2 (79 of 100); Section Hiker; Switchback travel-5
 

Hiking Boot Materials and Fit

Here we summarize weight, sole material, upper material, waterproofing, and fit. Sort the table if you’re looking for a specific set up.

HIKING BOOTWEIGHTSOLE MATERIALUPPER MATERIALWATERPROOF TECHNOLOGYFIT / WIDTH
2 lbs, 8 ozContagripNubuck leatherY/GORE-TEXD
2 lbs, 2 ozVibram TC5+ solePerformance suede leather and mesh upperNot waterproofNormal / Wide
2 lbs, 2 ozVibram TC5+ soleWaterproof leather and mesh upperM Select DryNormal / Wide
2 lbs, 3 ozKEEN All-Terrain rubber outsoleWaterproof leather and performance mesh upperKEEN Dry waterproof breathable membraneNormal / Wide
2 lbs, 7 ozVibram EvoNubuck LeatherGore-TexNormal
2lbs, 6oz. (Size 42)Vibram DrumlinSuedeGore-TexOne Width
 

Hiking Boot Pros and cons

All of our picks have their pros and cons. The following table also summarizes Amazon 5-star reviews and Fakespot grades.

HIKING BOOTPROSCONSAMAZON 5-STAR REVIEWSFAKESPOT GRADE
Comfortable out of the box, fast and nimble, great stability, support, and water resistancePotential durability issues with many seams, not as good for warm or hot environments78%A
Cushioned and comfortable, good fit for wide fit, very breathableNot waterproof, not enough support for long or heavy backpacking trips58%B
Cushioned and comfortable, good fit for wide fit, very breathableNot enough support for long or heavy backpacking trips58%B
Budget oriented, soft and comfortable, quality insoleDecreased stability, not most breathable53%C
Comfortable collar, great support and stability, lightweight for its classNot our favorite lacing system, lots of upper seams71%A
Best choice for rock and snow travel, durable, breathes wellWider fit, not the best lace locking system75%B
 

Didn’t Make the Cut

The hiking boots we considered but didn’t make the cut are shown below.

HIKING BOOTREASON
Arc'teryx Bora GTX MidHeavy, sweaty feet, collects water inside boot, not very durable
Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTXNot as breathable in warm conditions, not great traction on smooth rock
Altra Lone Peak 4 Mid RSMDon't provide as much stability as a leather boot