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Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

Danner Mountain Light II

rated 1 of 5 stars The heel cup can cause severe problems. My first pair of MLIIs (vintage early 1990s) never gave me a problem and I wore them out, so I recently bought a new pair directly from the Danner store in Portland, where they're made. After about 150 miles, they began to cause painful agony and I can no longer wear them. The internal heel cup inside the liner digs into the back of my left, outside ankle bone making every step extremely painful. The plastic cup is now thicker, higher and harder than in the… Full review

Scarpa Trionic

rated 5 of 5 stars Outstanding boots!!! I have had mine since 2001!! I've had mine since 2001 — and they performed perfectly on a 28-day mountaineering/whitewater expedition (21 days in the mountains) I took with Outward Bound in Idaho. No break-in, they were comfortable from the first day. And I didn't get any blisters, something my teammates had to deal with daily. And today, I used them on my adventure motorcycle trips. These boots are awesome!!  Full review

Zamberlan Men's 760 Steep GT

rated 5 of 5 stars Serious backpacking boot with little break-in needed. Very roomy toebox, warm, watertight, and stylish to boot. What's not to like? These are the best hiking boots I've ever owned, which I hoped for and expected. I have very flat, slightly wide feet and wear dress shoes anywhere from 10.5E to 12D/E. I ordered both this boot and the Zamberlan 996 Vioz GT in size 11.5M US. The Vioz was a touch tight and narrow, with a somewhat small toebox. These 760 Steep GT, on the other hand, fit beautifully, with… Full review

Hi-Tec Kids' Magnum Tanker

rated 5 of 5 stars Most comfortable footwear I've ever worn. I'd love to find another pair! I found the boots in a Youth size. The fit was perfect for me. The boots were not authorized by the U.S. Army, but I blacked out the logo and wore them anyway for several years, in the field and in garrison. They were sturdy, supportive, relatively lightweight (and took a nice shine), and far more comfortable on long, hard days than any issue boots I ever had. I even wore them under a formal skirt when performing with a vocal… Full review

Limmer Men's Standard

rated 5 of 5 stars Well constructed full leather boot for anyone willing to make an investment in a boot that will last decades. Perfect for hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or any activity in which support and traction are important. I received my Limmer Standards as a gift towards the end of 2013 and have had them on my feet for most of the time since then.  Comfort and Fit: Like any New Hampshire relationship, it takes a long time for Limmers to become comfortable with your feet. But with steady determination… Full review

Alico Summit

rated 5 of 5 stars Classic leather boot. Alico seems not to be phased by the countless companies that moved their manufacturing to China, Thailand, etc and changed the way they made their boots. Seem to have a strong devotion to traditional craftsmanship. These are a very strong, very heavy durable and good looking boot. There aren't too many boots made like these anymore. They are a tad on the heavy side if you are not used to it, but that's what you are getting with this style of boot. I'd definitely recommend these… Full review

Vasque Men's St. Elias GTX

rated 4 of 5 stars Takes a little breaking in. The boot does a wonderful job supporting my foot. After I changed the lacing (I have high arches) they are the best boot I have found for backpacking. They are waterproof so they can get a bit warm in hot weather, it is a very well made boot and I do suggest getting a pair. Full review

Zamberlan 1009 Vioz Top GT RR

rated 5 of 5 stars A really good pair of hunting boots that is worth looking into. I've been wearing these semi-tall boots for the last three years and I am impressed with their consistent performance. Never failed me, no matter the terrain or the conditions. Always kept my feet dry even when submerged into shallow rivers for brief periods.I am a size 42 but the shop owner suggested me to wear size 44. It fit great! Especially around the toe area with room to spare (but not too much I guess). The Vibram Darwin wide-last… Full review

Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A well made Italian hiking/backpacking boot that comes out of the box ready to go and requires little "break-in" time. Full grain leather with Gore-Tex. Vibram soles are softer and grip uneven surfaces easily. My first pair of Scarpa hiking boots. I liked them right out of the box.  My usual combination of a thin sock under a merino wool sock gave me a perfect fit without any "hot" spots on the first hike. The boots now have 45 miles on them and they continue to show me just how well made they… Full review

Top-Rated Backpacking Boots

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Pacific Crest GTX
$17 - $249
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
The North Face Fortress Peak GTX
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
$32 - $239
user rating: 0 of 5 (2)
Columbia Coretek WP
Merrell Glacier Shell Boots
Salomon Authentic LTR CS WP
$84 - $129
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Alico Tahoe
$90 - $159
user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Alico Summit
$101 - $179
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Oboz Beartooth
$110 - $220
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX
$112 - $239
Vasque Eriksson GTX
$120 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Merrell Ridgeline
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Lowa Trekker
Scarpa Mistral GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (70)
Asolo TPS 520 GV
$150 - $314
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Daska Pass OT
$150 MSRP
AKU Zenith GTX
Hanwag Altai GTX
Mammut Teton GTX
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Crestbound Gore-Tex
$160 - $229
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Red Wing Irish Setter
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Thunder II GTX
Ecco Biom Hike 1.6
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Keen Erickson PCT
$170 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Dhaulagiri II GTX
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Oboz Wind River
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Merrell Perimeter Gore-Tex
$175 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Fabric/Leather
$179 MSRP
Vasque Skywalk GTX
$180 - $200
The North Face Verbera Backpacker GTX
Timberland Classic 6" Premium
$180 MSRP
Alpina Helios
Oboz Wind River II BDry
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Mt. Trail XT GTX
$188 - $215
Salomon Quest Origins GTX
$189 - $199
Cabela's Meindl Air Active Backpacker Boots
Salomon Quest Prime GTX
Vasque St. Elias GTX Boot
$190 - $199
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Danner Talus GTX
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Danner Expedition GTX
$190 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Montrail Feather Peak GTX
Hanwag Alaska Winter GTX
$192 - $349
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Vasque St. Elias GTX
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Scarpa Kailash GTX
$209 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (47)
L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X Ultra Trek GTX
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (18)
Vasque Sundowner GTX
$200 - $220
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Sundowner Classic GTX
$200 - $220
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Pamir
$200 - $288
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Asolo 535
$215 MSRP
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