16 Best Hiking Boots In Australia For 2024

You never know what you’re going to encounter when you step into the wild and rugged outdoors. And in those moments when mud is threatening to engulf your feet entirely and slippery tree roots are attempting to trip you up, having the best hiking boots that can overcome these challenges will be the difference between a great and an awful experience. 

While hiking boots aren’t everybody’s cup of tea, if you’re looking for footwear that will keep you stable, support your load and stand the test of time, there’s no better option. 

We began our hiking days happily wearing trail runners, but once our hikes began to increase in difficulty and length, they didn’t hold up. That’s when we made the switch to hiking boots and while we’ve had to test more than one to find a pair that we truly love, we stand by our decision. 

Finding the best hiking boots can be tedious. But once you find your match, you’ll be set for years to come. In this post, you’ll find detailed explanations for each component that makes a great hiking boot, as well as a list of the best hiking boots for 2024. 

If low-cut shoes and trail runners are more your style, check out our extensive guide on the best hiking shoes in Australia.

Trekking in my leather hiking boots through a frozen puddle correctly fitted to avoid hiking blisters

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How To Choose The Best Hiking Boots

Hiking boots have had a long history, but not all has been positive. Boots have come in and out of fashion as hikers find new alternatives to the cumbersome option that was a traditional hiking boot. 

Many turned to trail runners, which offered similar grip for a quarter of the weight. And while there is certainly a place for these shoes in the hiking world, you can’t beat the stability and support of a good hiking boot.

Luckily, manufacturers have developed ways to design hiking boots that are lighter and more comfortable right out of the box while still offering superior stability and durability. This, in turn, has allowed for a massive increase in the popularity of good old hiking boots. 

In the end, just like when deciding on the best down jacket or hiking stove, it all comes down to choosing the right design to suit you. With that said, let’s get into the specifics of a hiking boot and how you can confidently make the right decision.  

The North Face Vectiv Exploris Mid Futurelight Boots covered in mud

I’ve Found Them! My New Favourite Hiking Boots

  • Incredibly breathable
  • Quick drying
  • Soft underfoot
  • Tough

If you’re after a highly breathable lightweight hiking boot, The North Face Vectiv Exploris Mid Futurelight’s are game changers!

Buyers Guide For Hiking Boots

  • Be true to yourself about where you plan to hike
  • Try hiking boots on in the afternoon when your foot is often slightly swollen
  • Wear the socks you plan to hike in when trying on boots
  • Check return policies when buying a new pair of boots online
  • Check the sole to ensure its lugs are adequate for your style of hiking
  • For a more stable hiking boot, make sure it has some sort of shank or plate to increase stiffness
  • Leather is the most durable material for hiking boots, but often the heaviest and hottest
  • Ensure your boot is a snug fit so that your heel doesn’t lift but your toes have room to wiggle
  • Check that the lacing system allows for a tight fit without any pressure points
  • Ensure the boot has a gusseted tongue

Define Your Hiking Style

Hiking to the summit of Frenchmans Cap Tasmania with a never ending mountain range in the backdrop

There are multiple factors to consider when you’re choosing a pair of hiking boots that ultimately centre around one key point – how you’ll be using them. Determining where you’ll predominantly be wearing your boots will help to shape your decision for the rest of the factors that follow. 

Each style of hiking boot has a certain application most suited to them. For example, the heaviest and most durable hiking boots are your go-to for long backpacking trips over rough terrain in harsh weather conditions. And the lightest, most flexible options are ideal for warmer climates and shorter day hikes. 

This is just a guide of course, if you’re transitioning from wearing trail runners on your multi-day hiking trips, a heavyweight boot might be overwhelming and result in a bad first experience.

On the contrary, if you have weak knees or ankles then a stiff and sturdy boot could suit your every hiking needs no matter the distance or difficulty. Personally, I am in this category and only wear trail runners if I know the track is well-groomed. 

Once you decide how much protection you need from your boot, you will then be able to move forward to decipher what that means in terms of choosing the best hiking boot for you. 

Weight Of Hiking Boots

Walking down a staircase made from logs on Frenchmans Cap Tasmania

You can tell a lot about a hiking boot from its weight and this is ultimately how they’re classed. There were originally three categories – lightweight, midweight and heavyweight – but recently another is popping up more and more frequently – the ultralight hiking boot. The measurement of these categories is based on the one boot, not the pair.

Ultralight Hiking Boots

Ultralight hiking boots, commonly weighing less than 400 g per boot, provide exceptional breathability and flexibility. Essentially, they resemble trail runners with a higher cut, making them perfect for ultralight hikers carrying minimal packs or day walkers seeking extra support on leisurely trails.

Lightweight Hiking Boots

Hiking on the exposed ridge of Liverpool Hut Hike in New Zealand

Lightweight hiking boots weigh between 400 g and 500 g and generally provide excellent flexibility and comfort, however, you will often sacrifice some stability and protection. This is a great option for beginner hikers as this hiking boot will ease you in while you’re most likely sticking to easy-moderate trails.

You’ll often find lightweight boots with a waterproof outer layer, or the style will have two options – one with and one without. 

Midweight Hiking Boots

Tying Hiking boot laces on top of Mt Freycinet

Midweight hiking boots compromise fantastically on durability and weight, awarding them the most popular choice for backpackers and hardcore day hikers. The weight range for midweight boots is between 500 g and 900 g per boot. 

You’ll almost always find that the midweight boot has a Gore-Tex or equivalent waterproofing, making them a great option for hiking in bad weather

Heavyweight Hiking Boots

Hiking to the summit of Conical Hill in heavyweight hiking boots

The heaviest option for hiking boots will provide a stiff construction that allows the ultimate support for traversing across uneven terrain in harsh weather with a heavy pack. Heavyweight boots weigh upward of 800 g and if you can handle the lowered levels of flexibility and breathability, they will carry you through some of the toughest trails with superior support, water resistance and durability. Making them great companions for hiking in the snow.

Note: There is one more category for hiking boots which is mountaineering boots. These are designed for intense winter expeditions and to be used with crampons for ice climbing or to fit into skis. Mountaineering boots are generally made from hard plastic and offer minimal flexibility. They’re expensive and unnecessary unless you’re a budding mountaineer. For more information, North West Alpine Guides has a great resource.

Mid-Cut vs High-Cut Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are designed in two heights, mid-cut which sits at your ankle and high-cut which covers the ankle. Generally speaking, mid-cut are the most common and only heavyweight hiking boots have a high-cut option. 

However, there is no specific height that is required to be named a mid-cut or a high-cut and you’ll find many variations, especially in the mid-cut.

Mid-cut

Walking on ice while hiking in the Snow wearing my Scarpa Delta Boots

Mid-cut hiking boots provide enhanced stability compared to low-cut hiking shoes and are an excellent choice for warmer climates that require added breathability. With greater flexibility than high-cut boots, they are often the preferred option for outdoor enthusiasts seeking both support and comfort.

The minimal height of a mid-cut will be at the ankle, which offers more breathability. The maximum is above the ankle, which will provide more support. 

High-cut

High-cut hiking boots offer exceptional stability and are ideal for traversing rough terrain and embarking on long-haul hikes while carrying a hefty backpack. Although they provide added support and stability, high-cut boots do sacrifice flexibility and tend to be heavier. Typically, a high-cut boot rests snugly at the base of your calf.

Waterproof Hiking Boots

Wearing the best hiking boots while walking across a river completely submerged in water

Waterproofing can be a divisive topic among hikers. While it may seem like a no-brainer to opt for waterproof boots, they can significantly hinder breathability. This becomes problematic when hiking in warm climates where the only water you’re likely to encounter is the sweat pooling inside your boot!

In such cases, we recommend opting for boots without waterproofing. Not only will they dry quickly if you happen to cross water, but they’ll also offer some respite from the heat.

However, in all other situations, waterproofing is the preferred choice to ensure your feet remain dry and warm, preventing blisters and frostbite. When embarking on challenging hikes like Frenchmans Cap or the Mt Anne Circuit, even during summer, you’re likely to encounter freezing temperatures and treacherous mud—making waterproof boots indispensable.

Gore-Tex has the monopoly on most hiking boots, proving time and time again it is the best waterproofing membrane on the market. But other equivalents that you’ll come across are Keen’s KEEN.Dry and The North Face’s FUTURELIGHT technologies

Breathability Of Hiking Boots

Hiking on loose scree in highly breathable hiking boots

As we just discussed, waterproofing significantly compromises the breathability of hiking boots. However, not all waterproof boots lack breathability. For instance, certain models feature a Gore-Tex membrane known as Gore-Tex Extended Comfort, specifically designed for warmer climates where sweat needs to escape the boot.

In most cases, full-grain leather hiking boots offer the poorest breathability due to the limited ventilation provided by the leather itself. When combined with a Gore-Tex lining, these boots become practically impenetrable! Nevertheless, they excel as reliable winter hiking boots.

It’s important to note that the required level of breathability depends on the hiking conditions. If you reside in a cool climate and your primary concern is keeping your feet dry and warm, breathability may not be as crucial. However, if you frequently hike in warm climates, it becomes a significant factor that demands serious consideration.

Hiking Boot Materials

Hiking boots are made up of three sections, the upper, the midsole and the outsole. The upper is the material that connects with the outsole and covers the majority of the shoe. The midsole is the middle cushion area that is directly underneath your foot and connects to the outsole. 

Upper Materials

The upper material of a hiking boot is responsible for the durability, water resistance and breathability of the shoe. It makes up the majority of the boot and there are a few different materials that can be used. 

Scarpa Delta Hiking Boots on a cold morning hiking in Tasmanian's South West National Park
  • Full-grain leather: This is the traditional material used in hiking boots and is 100% leather, providing you with a boot of superior durability and water resistance. While this option is not light or breathable, it will outlast any other boot as long as you care for the leather. 
  • Nubuck: Nubuck is still 100% leather but it has a softer and thinner texture that is less durable than full-grain leather. However, this material does offer better breathability and fewer scuff marks in comparison.
  • Suede/Split-Grain Leather: Split-grain leather (also known as suede) is made up of leftover scraps of leather and is usually used in conjunction with a synthetic material to reinforce high-wear sections of the boot. This is usually a more affordable option than full-grain leather. 
  • Synthetic: Nylon is the most common synthetic fabric used in hiking boots and often has a combination of mesh and tightly woven nylon. While synthetic boots offer increased breathability and weight reduction, they are often far less durable and waterproof in comparison to leather.

Midsole Materials

The midsole of a hiking boot plays a critical role in absorbing shock and delivering additional cushioning for ultimate comfort. Typically, it is crafted from a combination of EVA foam and polyurethane or sometimes even a blend of both materials.

  • EVA Foam: This is the most popular material for comfort and is often lighter and cheaper than its counterpart. However, while this sounds ideal, the more cushioning a boot provides, the less protection from sharp objects. EVA will also wear down much faster than PU. 
  • Polyurethane (PU): PU is a harder and longer-lasting material that allows for increased durability and stiffness in the boot. This does ultimately make them more uncomfortable, to begin with, and requires a longer break-in period. But in return, you’ll have greater support for a heavy load and long hours on the trail. 

Outsole Construction

Hiking Boot Outsole

Hiking boot outsoles are typically composed of rubber, with heavier boots often incorporating tougher rubber for enhanced durability and rigidity. The rubber portion that makes contact with the ground is comprised of raised bumps, known as lugs. These lugs come in various shapes, sizes, and textures depending on their intended use.

For moderate to difficult hiking trails, deep and thick lugs provide superior traction across diverse terrains. Additionally, when widely spaced, these lugs facilitate effective grip in muddy conditions while allowing mud to easily shed from the outsole.

On the other hand, lightweight hiking boots designed for speed and agility feature smaller and adhesive lugs, optimizing traction on rocky surfaces. These boots prioritize agility without compromising grip.

While Vibram dominates the market, similar to Gore-Tex, it’s important to note that not all boots are created equal. Vibram customizes its soles based on individual brand specifications, resulting in a multitude of variations.

It is worth mentioning that Salomon and Keen deviate from the use of Vibram, opting for their own technologies: Contragrip and Keen.All-terrain, respectively. Salomon, renowned for producing top-quality footwear, offers Contragrip technology that is on par with Vibram in terms of both performance and quality.

Stiffness and Stability

Watching a sunrise inversion from Frechmans Cap summit in my thermal base layers

Typically, the stiffness of a boot is directly related to its weight, meaning heavier boots are constructed to be stiffer. While this serves as a general guideline, it is not an absolute rule. It can provide a useful starting point when selecting the most suitable hiking boot for your needs.

The shank, positioned between the midsole and outsole of a hiking boot, plays a crucial role in determining its stiffness. Typically made of plastic and measuring 3-5mm in thickness, the shank adds load-bearing rigidity and reduces the risk of heel drop during ascents, thus preventing early leg fatigue.

Shanks offer additional stability, with their length varying from just under the arch to the full length of the boot. While not all hiking boots feature a shank, those that do tend to offer greater stiffness and stability.

For challenging hikes that require maximum support and stability, it is recommended to opt for a stiffer boot. Additionally, these boots tend to have a longer lifespan due to their durable construction. However, it is worth noting that choosing a stiff hiking boot may come at the cost of initial comfort and agility.

On the other hand, for moderate hikes where extensive support and stability are not critical, a stiff boot might be excessive. In such cases, prioritise comfort and agility by selecting a mid to lightweight boot with a moderate level of stiffness.

Extra Components Of A Hiking Boot

Lacing Systems

Lacing up Lowa Hiking boots

A good lacing system is crucial for hiking boots, ensuring a secure and comfortable fit that lasts all day. Take the Scarpa Delta, for example, with its clever pulley system on the eyelets that securely bind the laces. This ingenious design allows for optimal tightness without compromising the boot’s construction or putting stress on the laces.

It’s important to find a pair of hiking boots with a good lacing system so that you don’t require the use of excessive force to tighten because that’s when they could end up breaking. 

Look for the term ‘speed lacing system’ when reading a boots description, this is the best system and will often include D-rings for the bottom rows and hooks for the top two or three rows.  

Insoles 

The insoles are the (sometimes) removable layer above the midsole that offers a little extra cushioning. However, the insoles that come with hiking boots are usually lacking due to the knowledge they cannot cater to every foot, so outsourcing an insole that accommodates your foot type and replacing the original is ideal.

Our recommended brand for insoles is Superfeet which offers a variety of options to suit all foot types.

Plates

A plate serves as a slender layer between the midsole and outsole (or under the shank in boot designs) and provides enhanced safeguarding against jagged rocks and uneven terrain, thereby minimizing discomfort in the arches. Usually made of semiflexible plastic, this protective feature may not always be present in hiking boots, but it is certainly a valuable addition.

Toe Protection

Scarpa Delta GTX Hiking Boots

Hiking boots will often have a rubber cap or rand that covers the toe of the boot and in the rand’s case, the forefoot as well. This added section of rubber protects against rocks in the chance that your toe comes into contact with one and also offers extra durability and abrasion resistance. 

Some lightweight boots will sacrifice this feature to cut weight but, as an accident-prone person, this is something that I wouldn’t want to live without!

Tongue

The tongue of a hiking boot is typically attached to the upper material, providing superior waterproofing and preventing debris from entering. This feature is commonly referred to as a ‘gusseted tongue’ in product descriptions. Additionally, a padded tongue offers enhanced cushioning against tightly fastened laces, ensuring maximum comfort during hikes.

I doubt there are many options out there without a gusseted tongue, but I would certainly make sure to buy a pair that has this quality as it makes a considerable difference.

Padded ankle collar

The ankle of a hiking boot will often have a thicker collar to provide extra comfort and support for the ankle during long and arduous treks. Sometimes, this can feel stiff and uncomfortable if it’s too thick so be sure to make note of this feature when you try on your hiking boots. Personally, I like the thicker construction as it offers more support for your ankles. 

Sustainability

Sustainability is a tough subject when it comes to anything that is built to last and this is especially true for hiking boots. The biggest debate you will find regarding hiking boots is whether leather or synthetic materials are more sustainable. 

Leather vs Synthetic Materials

Hiking through Barron Pass towards Lake Tahune Hut

While there are plenty of hiking boot options that have at least some recycled material included in the construction, you won’t find one that’s 100% recycled that provides enough support for hiking

Ultimately, it’s up to you to choose your poison. On one hand, leather is a by-product of cows and is harsher on the environment in the manufacturing processes. But on the other hand, synthetic options use plastic which we all know is bad for the environment and these boots generally wear out quicker. 

Personally, I have chosen leather because durability over technical terrain for an extended period of time is my number one concern. Leather has repeatedly outlived synthetic options and this impacts extensively on waste and overconsumption.

The Fit Of Your Hiking Boot

Hiking on a Gertrude Saddle covered in snow in Milford Sound wearing hiking boots and microspikes

For optimal fit and comfort while hiking, it is important that your boots snugly embrace your feet. This ensures that your heel remains grounded as you move, eliminates any areas of discomfort or pressure points, and prevents your toes from being cramped at the front when descending.

Finding the correct fit is the most difficult part of choosing a hiking boot as not all shapes and sizes suit every foot. But there are a few things you can do to ensure you won’t regret your decision after it’s too late.

  • Try boots on in the afternoon when your feet will be more swollen
  • Wear the same socks you plan to use hiking
  • Bring along any orthotics or insoles you will be adding to the boot
  • Walk on stairs, or onto a step/box if you don’t have stairs, to ensure the heel doesn’t slip and your toes don’t cramp
  • Wear them around the house for a day before making your final decision to see whether a pressure point presents itself

It’s imperative you try on a pair of boots before buying them (or choosing to keep them) for long enough to ensure they fit perfectly. Of course, this is easiest in a store but for those that rather shop online (where it’s often cheaper) check the return and exchange policies before purchasing.

Wildfire Sports offers a free return for store credit or exchange within 90 days for orders over $80 so you can buy, try and return for a different pair or size if they’re not 100% right. If you can’t find another pair on their website, you will incur a $20 fee to receive a refund. 

Just remember that if you’re buying online and trying them on at home, stay inside on preferably clean surfaces. It’s very obvious once you’ve walked outside and you won’t be able to return them after that.

Once you’ve made your decision and partnered up with a comfortable pair of hiking boots, there’s one last thing to do before you hit the trails – break in your new boots. This process helps mould the boot to your foot and allows you to discover if there are any potential pressure points that need to be addressed before your next big hike.

Boots vs Shoes For Hiking

Dressed in thick hiking layers while walking in a blizzard on the Overland Track
Hiking Boots for technical trails and extreme weather
Wearing trail runners while hiking in good conditions
Trail runners for warm climates and easier trails

This is an age-old debate that has grown to even include trail runners. And honestly, there is no correct answer. Each option has its positives and negatives, all you need to do is decide which factors are of most importance to you and choose a shoe or boot that fits those needs.

Hiking shoes are lighter, more nimble and breathable when compared to hiking boots. However, being low-cut, they don’t offer much protection from creek crossings, snow or rain. They’re generally still made with durability in mind and offer a more robust design than trail runners. 

Trail runners are the lightest option and are designed to provide the best agility, breathability and flexibility. These are often soft and won’t provide enough stability or support over technical terrain with a heavy pack. 

Hiking boots, as you now know, offer the most support, stability and protection from the elements. But you will sacrifice a little on weight, flexibility and breathability in comparison. However, the ultralight options below will feel more like a tall trail runner than a hiking boot while offering increased ankle support. 

So there is always an exception to the rules and it all comes down to which option suits you best!

16 Best Hiking Boots In Australia For 2023

Hiking Boot Comparison Table

Hiking BootPriceWeight (for 1 boot)MaterialWaterproofCutSustainable
The North Face Fastpack Futurelight$280346g – UltralightAbrasion resistant meshFuturelightMid-Cut (ankle)5% recycled rubber
Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GTX$350395g – UltralightSyntheticPFC-free Gore-TexMid-Cut (ankle)PFC-free Gore-Tex
Altra Lone Peak All-Weather Mid$300400g – UltralightSyntheticeVentMid-Cut (above ankle)Vegan
Salomon Outpulse Mid GTX$280380g – UltralightRecycled SyntheticGore-Tex MembraneMid-Cut (ankle)Recycled Synthetics
The North Face Exploris Futurelight$320416g – LightweightCordura Ripstop meshFuturelightMid-Cut (ankle)5% recycled rubber
Keen Targhee III Mid$290480g – LightweightNubuck leather and meshKeen.DryMid-Cut (above ankle)PFC-free water-repellent
Scarpa Moraine Plus Mid GTX$330420g – LightweightNubuck leather and meshGore-Tex Extended ComfortMid-CutRecycled Mesh
Columbia’s Newton Ridge Waterproof Mid$220400g – LightweightFull-Grain LeatherOmni-TechMid-Cut (above ankles)NO
The North Face Breithorn$450551g – LightweightAbrasion resistant meshFuturelightMid-Cut (above ankles)NO
Keen Ridgeflex Mid$320550g – MidweightLeather, ripstop mesh, Keen Bellows FlexKeen.Dry membraneMid-Cut (above ankles)Sustainably sourced leather
Merrell Moab 3 Mid GTX$300580g – MidweightPigskin leather and mesh upperGore-TexMid-Cut (at ankle)Recycled laces, mesh and webbing
Lowa Renegade Mid GTX$500650g – MidweightNubuck leatherGore-TexMid-Cut (above ankles)Run their Own tanners
Scarpa Terra GTX$380615g – MidweightFull-Grain LeatherGore-Tex PerformanceMid-Cut (above ankles)Working towards B-Corp
Salomon Quest 4 GTX$450655g – MidweightNubuck leather, nylon meshGore-TexHigh-CutNO
Scarpa Delta GTX$500750g – MidweightFull-Grain LeatherGore-Tex PerformanceMid-Cut (above ankles)Working towards B-Corp
Scarpa SL Active$550810g – Heavyweight2.8 mm Full-Grain Leather2.8mm Leather fully waterproofHigh-CutWorking towards B-Corp

Below I will divide the best hiking boots into their weight categories to make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Additionally, you’ll find a section on each option that will explain what that certain hiking boot is good for. 

Ultralight Hiking Boots

1. The North Face Vectiv Fastpack Mid Futurelight Hiking Boot

Best For Ultralight Hikers

For the ultimate fast-paced hiking companion, you can’t beat The North Face Vectiv Fastpack Mid Futurelight hiking boots. These ultralight boots are the lightest on this list but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice durability or comfort.

What they’re good for: The North Face Vectiv Fastpack Mid Futurelight Boots are designed for moving quickly over rugged terrain. They’ll be your ultimate go-to when you’re in search of unmatched grip and support in an ultralight design for bounding through rough landscapes with a light pack.

Price: $280 AUD
Upper Material: Abrasion-resistant mesh
Weight: 346g – Ultralight
Waterproofing: Futurelight
Height: Mid-cut (at ankle)
Width: Regular
Sustainability: 5% recycled rubber content
Vegan: Unknown

The North Face Vectiv Fastpack Mid Futurelight Hiking Boots

Features:

  • Abrasion-resistant performance-mesh upper and highly breathable Futurelight waterproof membrane provides exceptional protection against the weather and rocks
  • Innovative double-punched eye rows improve fine-tuning of laces
  • Gusseted tongue increases durability and waterproofing abilities
  • The OrthoLite X55 insole with 5% recycled rubber and high-rebound, single-density EVA foam midsole provides a comfortable and cushioned ride
  • The Vectiv technology, rocker midsole and single-density 3D TPU plate increase energy return and stability
  • 4 mm lugs and TNF’s flagship CurfaceCTRL rubber outsole provide impressive grip on a wide range of terrain
  • Moulded Lycra collar increases comfort and avoids rubbing
  • A no-sew mudguard and moulded TPU toe cap provide additional protection against rough terrain

Positives:

  • Incredible traction on all types of terrain
  • Impressive comfort right out of the box
  • Unmatched breathability
  • Very lightweight without sacrificing much on stability

Negatives:

  • Not durable enough for a heavy pack
  • Some may find the rocker design tricky to get used to
  • Not as waterproof as others on this list

2. Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GTX Hiking Boots

Salomon is very well known for their superiority in the trail running industry and has transferred their expertise into the Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GTX hiking boot. With agility as the main focus, this hiking boot will allow you to stay nimble while also offering stability and traction. 

What they’re good for:

Due to the lightweight design of the X Ultra, this hiking boot is ideal for technical day hikes where lightness and speed are desired. The thin outsole doesn’t offer quite enough protection or support for a heavy backpack on long, technical trails. 

Price: $350 AUD
Upper Material: Synthetic
Weight: 395g – Ultralight
Waterproofing: PFC-free Gore-Tex
Height: Mid-cut (at ankle)
Width: Narrow
Sustainability: PFC-free waterproofing
Vegan: No

Salomon X 4 Ultra Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots

Features:

  • PFC-free Gore-Tex waterproofing
  • ADV-C Chassis – a wing-like strap connecting the outer sole to the lacing in order to allow for a tight and secure fit and avoid ankle rolls
  • Contagrip MA outsole, coupled with chevron lugs, offers exceptional multi-directional grip on a variety of terrains including mud, rock and steep descents
  • Energycell midsole – EVA foam affords excellent shock absorption
  • Stitch-free welds on the upper provide a smooth and comfortable feel
  • A protective rubber toe rand prevents injuring your toes against rocks
  • Gusseted tongue

Positives

  • Very lightweight yet durable for its weight
  • Outstanding grip on a variety of surfaces
  • Excellent ankle protection

Negatives

  • Thin sole that doesn’t protect from sharp rocks
  • Mid-cut is on the lower side and can cause an increased amount of debris to enter 
  • Not durable enough for heavy packs and long multi-day hikes
  • The boot generally runs a bit narrow (they do offer wide sizes but they’re harder to come by)

3. Altra Lone Peak All-Weather Mid Hiking Boots

The Altra Lone Peak All-Weather Mid hiking boot will feel as if you’re wearing trail runners while offering added ankle support for mildly technical trails. The eVent upper is effectively waterproof while also affording exceptional breathability. With extra room in the toe box, this hiking boot will be a favourite among those with wider feet.

What they’re good for:

Due to the exceptional combination of breathability and water resistance, the Altra Lone Peak All-Weather Mid will be a valuable companion on day hikes throughout warmer climates. However, as with most lightweight boots, they do fall short on durability and protection for technical trails and a heavy load. 

Price: $300 AUD
Upper Material: eVent (synthetic)
Weight: 400g – Ultralight
Waterproofing: eVent
Height: Mid-cut (over ankles)
Width: Wide
Sustainability: Vegan
Vegan: Yes

Altra Lone Peak All-Weather Mid Hiking Boots

Features:

  • Vegan hiking boot 
  • eVent waterproofing
  • A wide toe box offers increased comfort and room for toes to breathe
  • DuraTread outsole with trailclaw lugs configuration offers great traction on mud and slippery terrain
  • A supportive TPU heel offers extra stability for the heel
  • Altra Ego midsole is soft and absorbing for increased energy
  • Zero-drop from heel to toe to encourage a natural stride
  • Gusseted tongue

Positives:

  • Very lightweight
  • Great breathability plus water-resistance
  • Outstanding grip on mud and slippery trails
  • Wider fit

Negatives:

  • No arch support or toe protection
  • Lacks stability and grip on rocks
  • Quality doesn’t hold up in rough terrain
  • Not durable enough for heavy packs and long multi-day hikes

4. Salomon Outpulse Mid GTX Hiking Boots

Best Sustainable Option

The Salomon Outpulse Mid GTX hiking boots are the lightest on this list and are designed to provide extreme comfort for an extended time on the trails. The Fuze Surge midsole increases energy return and the rockered shape encourages a continuous dynamic stride. 

But the best part is that these hiking boots are made with a recycled synthetic upper and fewer polymers to create an earth-conscious construction. 

What they’re good for:

The Outpulse hiking boot wears like a trail runner and will keep you feeling energised on long, well-groomed trails. While offering exceptional comfort, the soft design doesn’t inspire much confidence for technical trails with a heavy backpack. 

Price: $280 AUD
Upper Material: Recycled synthetic
Weight: 380g – Ultralight
Waterproofing: Gore-Tex membrane
Height: Mid-cut (at ankle)
Width: Narrow/regular
Sustainability: Recycled upper and fewer polymers
Vegan: No

Salomon Outpulse GTX Mid Ultralight Hiking Boots

Features:

  • Recycled synthetic upper
  • Gore-Tex membrane for waterproofing
  • Energy Blade – TPU plate that works in collaboration with the cushioned midsole to deliver a smooth step
  • Fuze Surge rocker midsole helps with forward movement and energy return
  • Sensifit technology cradles the foot from the midsole to the lacing system, allowing for a secure and precise fit
  • All Terrain Contagrip outsole provides excellent grip on unstable rocky terrain

Positives:

  • Lightest on this list
  • Exceptional comfort
  • Grips well on rough terrain
  • Affordable option

Negatives:

  • Roomy feeling around ankle decreases support
  • Lower stability and durability in comparison to the X Ultra
  • Inadequate toe protection

Lightweight Hiking Boots

5. The North Face Vectiv Exploris Mid Futurelight Hiking Boot

Best All-Round Hiking Boot For Australia

Designed with efficiency and speed in mind, The North Face Vectiv Exploris Mid Futurelight hiking boots provide the ultimate combination of stability and comfort to tackle long days exploring any terrain with confidence.

While the innovative midsole rocker geometry can take a little to get used to, once you’ve mastered the movement you’ll love the energy return. But the stand-out feature of these lightweight hiking boots is the incredibly breathable Futurelight waterproof membrane that will keep your feet blissfully dry from the inside out even when the temperatures rise.

Note: The North Face have recently brought out the new Vectiv Exploris Mid 2 and the Vectiv Exploris Mid 2 Leather. The new version is very similar to the original Vectiv Exploris aside from a few tweaks, namely, they improved the waterproofing with a more durable tongue design. 

What they’re good for: The North Face Vectiv Exploris Mid Futurelight Boots are a lightweight boot that can do it all. Lightweight and agile for long walks in comfort but sturdy and supportive enough for reassurance in technical terrain.

I’ve owned these boots for several months now and absolutely love the feel and performance they portray. The Futurelight material is unbelievably breathable and quick drying, solving my issue of sweaty feet. I wouldn’t opt for these boots on a mountaineering mission or snowy ascent but for anything short of that, these boots will always be my number one choice.

Read our full review of The North Face Vectiv Exploris Mid Boots here.

Price: $320 AUD
Upper Material: Cordura ripstop mesh
Weight: 416g – Lightweight
Waterproofing: Futurelight
Height: Mid-cut (at ankle)
Width: Regular
Sustainability: 5% recycled rubber content
Vegan: Unknown

The North Face Vectiv Exploris Mid Futurelight Hiking Boots

Features:

  • Abrasion-resistant ripstop mesh upper increases durability without the added weight
  • Incredibly breathable and waterproof Futurelight membrane
  • A SurfaceCTRL rubber outsole with 4 mm lugs provide exceptional traction on a wide range of terrain
  • In-house Vectiv technology – the rocker design – maximises energy on the trail and creates long-lasting forward propulsion
  • The midsole is equipped with high-rebound, single-density EVA foam and a single-density 3D TPU plate for increased comfort and multi-directional stability
  • The OrthoLite X55 insole provides incredible comfort
  • Full wrap-around rand, heel overlay and a rubber toe cap provide increased durability and protection
  • Easy to use Ghillie lacing system

Positives:

  • Unrivalled breathability
  • Quick drying, even in below 0℃ conditions
  • Exceptional traction on any terrain
  • Lightweight and comfortable on an entire day’s walk
  • The rocker design of the sole improves walking efficiency

Negatives:

  • Not as waterproof as expected (water ingress apparent when the tongue is submerged)
  • Some may find the rocker design tricky to get used to
  • Not suitable for extreme cold

6. Keen Targhee III Mid Waterproof Shoe

For an affordable, beginner hiking boot, the Keen Targhee III Mid hits the nail on the head. Right out of the box, the Targhee offers superb comfort while allowing extra durability in comparison to the ultralight options above.

What they’re good for:

The Keen Targhee III Mid excels on easy to moderate well-groomed trails. However, this is the limit of their durability as steep or technical trails prove too much for this entry-level boot. 

Price: $290 AUD
Upper Material: Nubuck leather and mesh
Weight: 480g – Lightweight
Waterproofing: Keen.Dry
Height: Mid-cut (above ankle)
Width: Wide
Sustainability: PFC-free water-repellent
Vegan: No

Keen Targhee III Waterproof Mid Hiking Shoe

Features:

  • Durable nubuck leather upper
  • Keen.Dry waterproof membrane with additional outer repellent
  • All Terrain outsole hosts 4mm lugs for good traction on a variety of terrain
  • Anti-odour technologies avoid a smelly boot
  • Internal and external shanks provide extra support
  • Metatomical dual density EVA foam offers terrific arch support
  • A wide toe box accommodates those with wider feet
  • TPU heel for extra support
  • Robust toe protection

Positives:

  • Out of the box comfort
  • Durable upper withstands grit and dirt
  • Grips well on variable terrain

Negatives:

  • Lacks support around ankles
  • Waterproofing doesn’t hold up as well as Gore-Tex options
  • Not very breathable
  • Overall durability is questionable, each pair of Keen’s we’ve had have broken within 6 months

7. Scarpa Moraine Plus Mid GTX

Best Summer Hiking Boot

Lining outdoor store shelves for decades, Scarpa is a long-standing and reputable hiking boot brand that is well trusted. The Scarpa Moraine Plus Mid GTX hiking boot combines lightweight with durability for a comfortable entry-level hiking boot that will withstand a little rough love.

What they’re good for:

This hiking boot will provide comfort and stability over easy to moderate terrain and excels as an all-rounder you can take travelling with you.

Price: $330 AUD
Upper Material: Nubuck leather and mesh
Weight: 420g – Lightweight
Waterproofing: Gore-Tex extended comfort
Height: Mid-cut
Width: Regular
Sustainability: Recycled mesh used in upper
Vegan: No

Scarpa Moraine Plus Mid GTX Hiking Boots

Features:

  • Recycled polyester mesh and Nubuck leather upper
  • Extended comfort Gore-Tex lining for a balance between breathability and water-resistance
  • Stretch gusseted tongue that prevents debris and adds extra comfort for the front of the foot
  • Vibram Dynatec 3 outsole offers a good amount of grip on various terrain
  • Dual-Density EVA midsole provides ample shock absorption
  • Rubber toe rand for extra protection
  • TPU anti-torsion shank offers great lateral support
  • Arch support insole

Positives:

  • Out of the box comfort
  • Good balance of breathability and water-resistance
  • Lightweight for a leather boot

Negatives:

  • Not suitable for technical trails or hiking with heavy packs
  • A little pricey for what it offers

8. Columbia Newton Ridge Waterproof Mid 

Best Casual Hiking Boot For Travel

For those that wish to double their hiking boot as an everyday travelling boot, then Columbia’s Newton Ridge Waterproof Mid is the pick for you. This boot is stylish and lightweight, offering comfort from the get-go and will be a great versatile winter boot.

What they’re good for:

The Columbia Newton Ridge Waterproof Mid hiking boot will be a welcomed companion along an easy trek or as your boot of choice for travelling through winter. 

Price: $220 AUD
Upper Material: Full-grain leather
Weight: 400g – Lightweight
Waterproofing: Omni-Tech waterproofing
Height: Mid-cut (at ankles)
Width: Regular and wide
Sustainability: None
Vegan: No

Columbia Newton Ridge Waterproof Mid Hiking Boots

Features:

  • PU coated leather, suede, mesh and metal hardware upper
  • Omni-Tech seam-sealed membrane 
  • Omni-Grip traction rubber outsole is ideal for easy to moderate trails
  • Techlight midsole provides increased cushioning and comfort
  • Wide fit design
  • Lightweight design

Positives:

  • The cheapest option on this list
  • Comfortable right out of the box
  • Good for wide feet
  • Lightweight for a leather boot

Negatives:

  • Not supportive enough for long days or technical trails
  • Comfort decreases after a full day of hiking 
  • Lacks breathability and runs hot while hiking in summer
  • Subpar traction in comparison

Midweight Hiking Boots

9. The North Face Summit Series Breithorn Futurelight Hiking Boots

Best Entry Level Alpine Boot

The North Face Summit Series Breithorn Futurelight is an innovative lightweight technical hiking boot that will provide unrivalled support and durability without compromising on weight and breathability.

The Breithorn boots have all the features you need for a winter hiking and summer mountaineering boot, including crampon compatibility and a high level of waterproofing and rigidity.

What they’re good for: For budding mountaineers and alpine adventurers, The North Face Summit Series Breithorn Futurelight Boots will be your ultimate choice. These boots provide the rigidity and durability needed for technical hiking but with an incredibly lightweight and breathable design. You’ll be happy to wear these versatile boots anywhere from overnight winter hikes to summer mountaineering ascents. 

Price: $450 AUD
Upper Material: Abrasion resistant mesh
Weight: 551g – Midweight
Waterproofing: Futurelight
Height: Mid-cut (above ankle)
Width: Regular
Sustainability: None
Vegan: No

The North Face Summit Series Breithorn Futurelight Hiking Boots

Features:

  • Ripstop fabric upper and Futurelight waterproof membrane ensures a durable boot
  • The collar is made from stretch Lycra to avoid debris entering
  • Full wrap-around scratch-rubber rand, toe cap and heel overlay increases durability
  • A semi-rigid nylon fibreglass reinforced shank provides incredible stability without the usual weight
  • Vibram Litebase Mont rubber outsole provides confidence on a range of terrains
  • Heel bail allows for semi-automatic crampon compatibility
  • Gusseted tongue for increased waterproofing

Positives:

  • Incredibly lightweight in comparison to its durability and technical features
  • High breathability
  • Great waterproofing abilities

Negatives:

  • Runs quite narrow
  • Not as cushioned as some other midweight boots

10. Keen Ridgeflex Mid Waterproof Shoe

Keen have taken their well-loved Targhee Mid and added a technology to minimise the exertion it takes for each step by 60%. This is called the Keen Bellows Flex, an accordion-like TPU section in the forefoot below the laces that assists in flexing as you lift your heel to take a step. 

What they’re good for:

The Keen Ridgeflex Mid is an ideal companion for entry-level hiking over extended periods of time. Without superior traction or support, these aren’t ideal for technical trails but will certainly offer ease of step on groomed trails. 

Price: $320 AUD
Upper Material: Full grain leather, ripstop mesh, Keen Bellows Flex
Weight: 550g – Midweight
Waterproofing: Keen.Dry membrane
Height: Mid-cut (above ankle)
Width: Wide
Sustainability: Sustainably sourced leather
Vegan: No

Keen Ridgeflex Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots

Features:

  • PFC free Keen.Dry waterproof membrane
  • Keen Bellows Flex allows ease of step
  • Sustainably sourced leather upper
  • Anti-odour technologies avoid a smelly boot
  • Compression moulded EVA midsole
  • Added achilles padding courtesy of Keen Comfort heel control
  • Stability shank provides structure and anti-torsional stability
  • A burly toe cap protects from trail debris
  • Keen All.Terrain outsole hosts 5mm multi-directional lugs

Positives:

  • Less energy exertion with each step
  • Comfortable from the first wear
  • Offers good support for long walks on easy to moderate trails

Negatives:

  • Traction isn’t as good as other options in the same price range
  • Durability is questionable, each pair of Keen’s we’ve had have broken within 6 months
  • Lacing system isn’t as efficient as it could be

11. Merrell Moab 3 Mid GTX

Best Hiking Boot For Beginners

Merrell’s trusted Moab Mid boot is a classic favourite amongst hikers and a popular introduction to hiking boots. The Moab 3 is – surprise, surprise – the third model of this best-seller which sports a more supportive insole, partially recycled fabrics and a grippier Vibram outsole.

What they’re good for:

The Merrell Moab 3 Mid GTX hiking boot excels on well-established hiking trails and has the capacity to provide comfort and stability on an entry-level overnighter. For those wishing to extend further into the backcountry on technical trails, this boot might not be the best option for you. 

Price: $300 AUD
Upper Material: Pigskin leather and mesh upper
Weight: 580g – Midweight
Waterproofing: Gore-Tex membrane
Height: Mid-cut (at ankle)
Width: Regular or wide
Sustainability: Recycled laces, mesh and webbing
Vegan: No

Merrell Moab 3 Ultralight Hiking Boot

Features:

  • Pigskin leather and mesh upper
  • Gore-Tex membrane waterproofing
  • Super Rebound Compound midsole provides extra cushioning, shock absorption and energy rebound
  • Bellows tongue with closed-cell foam to prevent debris from entering
  • Merrell Air Cushion in the heels helps to absorb shock and provides better stability
  • Removable KineticFit insole that contours to your foot with added arch support
  • Rubber toe cap to prevent injury against trail debris
  • Moulded nylon arch shank
  • Vibram TC5+ rubber outsole with 5mm lugs offers superior traction

Positives:

  • Reputable style
  • Comfortable from the first wear
  • Good durability for mildly technical terrain
  • Good breathability

Negatives:

  • Heavy for its capabilities
  • A shorter height doesn’t offer as much stability for the ankle 
  • Some issues with waterproofing abilities

12. Lowa Renegade Mid GTX Boots

Now we’re going to step it up a notch and get into the more technically suited boots, starting with the Lowa Renegade Mid GTX hiking boot. This signature model is dependable and stable with a construction that can support you and your heavy load over any terrain.

What they’re good for:

The Lowa Renegade Mid GTX hiking boot will be your go-to for any rough and technical trails, supplying ample support for a multi-day trip deep into the mountains. However, this does result in a heavy boot that would be overkill for casual day hikes.

Price: $500 AUD
Upper Material: Nubuck leather
Weight: 650g – Midweight
Waterproofing: Gore-Tex
Height: Mid-cut (above ankle)
Width: Regular
Sustainability: Run their own tanners
Vegan: No

Lowa Renegade Mid GTX Hiking Boots

Features:

  • Nubuck leather upper 
  • Waterproof Gore-Tex lining 
  • The footbed includes Climate Control that features perforations in the boot’s lining allows air to enter and heat to be pumped back out
  • Monowrap frame – an external PU frame across the midsole that offers lateral stability
  • Nylon shank covers the full length of the boot for superior stability and support
  • DuraPU midsole controls excessive rolling movements and offers solid support for extended wear
  • Vibram Evo outsole affords confidence on a variety of terrain and the heel brake provides a controlled descent
  • Speed lacing system for a snug fit
  • Soft Flex Stabilisers assist forefoot flex

Positives:

  • Durable over rough terrain
  • Extra cushioning around the ankle
  • Wide variety of sizes to suit all feet
  • Lightweight compared to the competition

Negatives:

  • Not very breathable
  • The lacing system could be easier to use
  • Expensive
  • Excessive amount of stitching on upper
  • Inadequate toe protection

13. Scarpa Terra GTX Hiking Boots

You know you can trust the Scarpa brand and the Terra is no exception. The Scarpa Terra GTX hiking boots offer exceptional comfort with a minimal break-in period for a full-grain leather boot. These are built to last you for years and years, becoming a well-loved boot for any trail. 

What they’re good for:

The Scarpa Terra GTX excels on rough terrain and can comfortably support you and a heavy pack. They are relatively light for their build and will keep you warm through a mild winter walk. However, they won’t be your first choice for casual summer hikes.

Price: $380 AUD
Upper Material: Full-grain leather
Weight: 615g – Midweight
Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining
Height: Mid-cut (above ankle)
Width: Regular
Sustainability: Working towards B-Corp
Vegan: No

Scarpa Terra GTX Hiking Boots

Features:

  • Oiled full-grain leather upper with a revised stitch design for superior durability
  • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lining allows sweat to escape
  • Speed lacing structure allows for fast removal and ease of tightening
  • Lightweight and cushioned PU midsole fit with structured ribs for progressive flexing
  • Vibram Energy II outsole allows bi-directional ankle flex
  • Thermoplastic urethane shanks provide added torsional stability
  • Gusseted tongue to prevent debris from entering
  • Heel tension support offers increased lateral stability

Positives:

  • A durable boot that will last you years
  • Comfortable and lightweight for a full leather boot
  • Exceptional traction on a wide variety of terrain
  • Affordable technical boot option
  • Highly waterproof

Negatives:

  • Too warm for hot climates
  • Almost non-existent toe protection
  • Cushioning could be better

14. Salomon Quest 4 GTX Hiking Boots

The Salomon Quest 4 GTX is a top contender within the technical hiking boots category. Its robust and advanced design allows for confidence on any trail, and with an updated chassis that targets sensitive articulations, you’re ensured a stable and supported walk no matter how heavy your pack.

What they’re good for:

Designed for the toughest terrain, the Quest 4 will carry you through long and wild expeditions with comfort and support. But the downside to this is a higher price tag and too much boot for a casual day walk.

Price: $450 AUD
Upper Material: Nubuck leather, nylon mesh
Weight: 655g – Midweight
Waterproofing: Gore-Tex
Height: High-cut
Width: Regular
Sustainability: None
Vegan: No

Salomon Quest 4 GTX Hiking Boots

Features:

  • ADV-C 4D Chassis – adds structure to the boot, guiding the foot and targets sensitive articulation 
  • Gore-Tex waterproofing
  • Contagrip TD outsole provides a deep, aggressive lug pattern coupled with a tough rubber compound
  • Nubuck leather combined with mesh lining to enhance ventilation
  • Ortholite footbed and an EVA EnergyCell midsole increase shock absorption and comfort
  • Lace locker hooks keep lacing in place while you’re tightening them
  • Excellent toe protection band

Positives:

  • Great combination of comfort and support
  • The locking eyelet lacing system allows for superior fit
  • Exceptional traction on a wide variety of terrain
  • A higher cut offers extra ankle protection

Negatives:

  • Cumbersome on casual trails
  • Heavier than some other contenders
  • Lacks breathability and runs hot while hiking in summer

15. Scarpa Delta GTX Hiking Boots

Best Hiking Boots For Technical Backpacking

The Scarpa Delta GTX is the hiking boot that I have been wearing for the last year and a half and I love them. While they’re a fair bit stiffer than the Scarpa Terra, they offer exceptional water-resistance and stability over an extensive variety of terrain. 

They took only a day to wear in and with the addition of an external insole, I find comfort that lasts. My only qualm with these boots is sore spots on the pads and big toes after 15km+ of walking over technical terrain. However, I am sceptical that any boot would offer more comfort while continuing to excel so terrifically in support and stability. 

What they’re good for:

The Scarpa Delta GTX hiking boots are perfect for hiking through technical terrain with a heavy pack. They will keep you warm and dry through snow and water (tested by yours truly) and provide excellent traction. However, they are hot during summer walks and offer little ventilation. 

Note: Unfortunately, the Scarpa Delta are being discontinued. However, there are still a few sizes available. I’d recommend choosing the Terra or the SL Activ as an alternative.

Price: $500 AUD
Upper Material: Full-grain leather
Weight: 760g – Midweight/heavyweight
Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Performance Comfort
Height: Mid-cut (taller than most)
Width: Regular
Sustainability: Working towards B-Corp
Vegan: No

Scarpa Delta GTX Hiking Boots

Features:

  • Top quality 2.4mm full-grain leather that provides superior ankle support and water-resistance
  • Gore-Tex Performance Comfort waterproofing
  • Vibram Biometric outsole grips exceptionally while offering good cushioning
  • Ankle padding equipped with memory foam that moulds to your foot
  • The speed lace system hosts little pulleys that allow the lace to lock in place while tightening, allowing an excellent snug fit
  • Gusseted tongue to avoid debris or water from entering the boot 
  • Flex point system offers great range of movement for ankles while still maintaining support
  • Burly rubber toe rand for extra protection
  • ACTIVfit midsole ensures superior performance over any terrain
  • Dynamic TPU shank affords extra stability and support

Positives:

  • Exceptional support over technical terrain
  • Long lasting, no signs of wear after heavy use other than unavoidable scuffs
  • Superior water-resistance

Negatives:

  • Cumbersome and heavy on casual trails
  • Expensive
  • Lacks breathability and runs hot while hiking in summer

Heavyweight Hiking Boots

16. Scarpa SL Active Hiking Boot

Designed with hardcore hikers in mind, the Scarpa SL Active hiking boot will protect you from the elements with its high-cut, 2.8mm full-grain leather design that is classed as lightweight in its category. 

This sounds a little contradictory considering the SL Active’s are the heaviest on this list, but with its capabilities in mind, it’s not as heavy as the competition. 

What they’re good for:

The Scarpa SL Active hiking boot is the boot you would want when you’re trekking deep into the snow-covered mountains for an extended period of time. They are designed to take you through the toughest terrain with a heavy pack in any season. 

This, of course, means they’re an overkill for moderate hikes. 

Price: $580 AUD
Upper Material: 2.8 mm Full-grain leather
Weight: 810g – Heavyweight
Waterproofing: No added technology, the thick leather upper is waterproof
Height: High-cut
Width: Regular
Sustainability: Working towards B-Corp
Vegan: No

Scarpa SL Active Hiking Boots

Features:

  • Constructed with the toughest 2.8mm HS12 full-grain leather that provides superior water resistance and durability
  • 37.5 Cocona Fabric lining affords comfort and moisture management
  • Vibram Biometric / XS Trek outsole grips exceptionally over a wide variety of terrain and adds increased durability
  • Ankle padding equipped with memory foam that moulds to your foot
  • Added leather lining at the heel to avoid blisters
  • The speed lace system allows the lace to lock in place while tightening, allowing an excellent snug fit
  • Gusseted tongue to avoid debris or water from entering the boot 
  • Flex point system offers range of movement for ankles while still maintaining support
  • Light PU midsole reduces weight while still offering superior support and comfort
  • Full rubber rand protects the shoe against wear and reduces risk of injuring the toes

Positives:

  • Unparalleled support and waterproofing abilities while still offering good breathability for a leather boot
  • Extremely durable
  • Exceptional traction on any terrain

Negatives:

  • Cumbersome and heavy on casual trails
  • Very expensive
  • Only come in a men’s which can prove to be too wide for women’s feet
  • Longer break-in period required

Final Thoughts On The Best Hiking Boots

I know it’s difficult to find the right hiking boot for you and you may need to engage in a little trial and error. 

But once you find the boot that works for you, you’ll be set for years to come! The most crucial factor to consider first is your intended use and the amount of time you plan on wearing them per year. Once you’ve decided on those factors, you can pick the right weight and construction to suit your needs. 

If you have a favourite boot that you believe should be on this list, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below! On the contrary, if you’ve got any feedback for a boot that is on this list, that information would be greatly appreciated as well. 

Happy Hiking 🙂