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.
See the Comparison Tables
The table below summarizes the MSRP, recommendations, and Treeline Award for our top hiking boot picks.
|HIKING BOOT||AWARD||MSRP (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 BOOT||WEIGHT||SOLE MATERIAL||UPPER MATERIAL||WATERPROOF TECHNOLOGY||FIT / WIDTH|
|2 lbs, 8 oz||Contagrip||Nubuck leather||Y/GORE-TEX||D|
|2 lbs, 2 oz||Vibram TC5+ sole||Performance suede leather and mesh upper||Not waterproof||Normal / Wide|
|2 lbs, 2 oz||Vibram TC5+ sole||Waterproof leather and mesh upper||M Select Dry||Normal / Wide|
|2 lbs, 3 oz||KEEN All-Terrain rubber outsole||Waterproof leather and performance mesh upper||KEEN Dry waterproof breathable membrane||Normal / Wide|
|2 lbs, 7 oz||Vibram Evo||Nubuck Leather||Gore-Tex||Normal|
|2lbs, 6oz. (Size 42)||Vibram Drumlin||Suede||Gore-Tex||One 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 BOOT||PROS||CONS||AMAZON 5-STAR REVIEWS||FAKESPOT GRADE|
|Comfortable out of the box, fast and nimble, great stability, support, and water resistance||Potential durability issues with many seams, not as good for warm or hot environments||78%||A|
|Cushioned and comfortable, good fit for wide fit, very breathable||Not waterproof, not enough support for long or heavy backpacking trips||58%||B|
|Cushioned and comfortable, good fit for wide fit, very breathable||Not enough support for long or heavy backpacking trips||58%||B|
|Budget oriented, soft and comfortable, quality insole||Decreased stability, not most breathable||53%||C|
|Comfortable collar, great support and stability, lightweight for its class||Not our favorite lacing system, lots of upper seams||71%||A|
|Best choice for rock and snow travel, durable, breathes well||Wider fit, not the best lace locking system||75%||B|
Didn’t Make the Cut
The hiking boots we considered but didn’t make the cut are shown below.