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Backpacking Boots

The best backpacking boots, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on July 2, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Danner Mountain Light
$370 - $439
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Asolo Power Matic 200 GV
$375 - $390
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Lowa Tibet GTX
$395 - $400
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX
$329 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon Quest 4 GTX
$230
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hanwag Alaska Lady GTX
$400
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
$269 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan Guide GTX RR 960
$440
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
AKU Superalp GTX
$300
user rating: 4 of 5 (81)
Asolo TPS 520 GV
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (29)
Danner Mountain Light II
$350 - $439
user rating: 4 of 5 (20)
Zamberlan Vioz GTX 996
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Lowa Trekker
$320 - $325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan Tofane NW GTX RR
$495
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Lowa Tibet LL
$395 - $400
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof
$170 - $180
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowa Ticam II GTX
$400
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowa Baffin Pro LL II
$395 - $400
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (22)
Vasque Sundowner GTX
$220 - $229
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (17)
Hanwag Alaska GTX
$370 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (20)
Limmer Boots The Standard
$505 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (8)
Chippewa Arctic 50
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
John Calden Boots Mountain Hiking Boot
$1000 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Cabela's Mountain Hiker
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
Peter Limmer & Sons Limmer Custom Standard Boots
$975 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Lowa Hunter GTX Extreme
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Limmer Boots The Midweight
$475 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Fabiano Trionic
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Salomon Cosmic 4D GTX
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Fabiano leather hikers
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
U.S. Military Mickey Mouse Boot
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hi-Tec Cascadia XCM eVent WPi
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Matterhorn Ranger
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Ladakh
$299 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (47)
L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Scarpa SL M3
$249 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (21)
Alico Summit
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Limmer Boots The Lightweight
$445 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Alico Tahoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Meindl Super Perfekt
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Meindl Makalu
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Scarpa Barun GTX
$239 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Red Wing Irish Setter
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lowa Banff Pro
$280 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Garmont T8 NFS
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lowa Combat GTX
$410 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hanwag Lima GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Nepal Pro GTX
$259 MSRP
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Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Limmer Boots The Standard

Fit is generous. There are some excellent reviews, no need to repeat. Just wanted to add one thing—the fit is generous. I have about 6 pair of hiking boots, from Italian to Chinese made, and my Limmer size 12 are by far the most generous fit. So I wear extra thick socks with them. For example, I have some Asolo size 12 hiking boots that only fit with a very thin sock. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Altama Desert Mil Spec Combat Boot

Too heavy, other than that pretty good. Key here is fit. There are so many widths available that a custom fit is possible. Toe box is huge (standard width anyway). Ankle hold excellent. It is impossible to waterproof the desert boot, and they are heavy. Need to change laces and footbed. They are comfy with a different footbed. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
AKU Superalp GTX

Proper trekking boots handmade in Italy, suitable for long multiday treks with a heavy pack and in all terrains. Inspired by mountaineering boots, these boots do possess some technical abilities. After a great disappointment with my previous boots, the Meindl Softline due to durability issues, I opted for the Italian shoemakers thanks to their reputation and advice I got. Aku wasn’t a brand I knew before, and the name didn’t give away the location of the manufacturer, but they caught my eye… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Hanwag Alaska GTX

You choose boots initially on the fit to your foot. Hanwag fit me, and the uppers are good quality. However, the soles only last seven year before they degrade: wear them well in that time, or they are fine if re-soled. Reading through the reviews below, some stuff is subjective. I bought these in 2018, to be clear. I find Han Wag fit *ME* well, so I have several different pairs. All different. This pair (Alaska GTX) are high-cuff, so give more support, and are cow leather so are stiffer (than Yak… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Limmer Boots The Lightweight

If you are considering these boots, buy them. The reviews that I have seen do not do these boots justice. They are not manufactured; they are crafted and that is obvious in the aesthetics and in the way it feels to walk in them. It is critical to maintain what few artisanal commodities are left in what has become an industrial recreation industry. I believe that if these boots were available when Henry David Thoreau was alive, they would have received a shoutout in his "Economy" chapter of "Walden."… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX

A tough companion for heavy terrain, less for casual trail walking. After this, I have thrown away my Hanwag boots (company messed around, resoled with extremely slippery soles, so I even had an accident—no warranty for their faulty work, of course). Sole grips well. Not sure about rubber compound of this one, maybe Vibram X-Trek. Vibram Megagrip compound is mildly better (Asolo Greenwood or Fandango) - that is designed for wet surfaces. Due to polyurethane midsole (this gives less weight and… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Scarpa Asolo Attak Trionics

Comfortable from the very first use; very sturdy and brilliantly reliable. Still going strong after almost 30 years of heavy use. If you want to keep your feet dry and protect your feet and ankles even in harsh conditions, then these are the boots for you! Bought in the early 1990's while studying Geology, which saw me taking many protracted trips to the assorted mountains of Scotland. My friends mostly had trendy new lightweight Gortex boots (often expensive and all from reputable manufacturers)… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Crispi Thor II GTX

A stiff, but relatively lightweight boot. Suitable for very rough terrain, off trail and with heavy loads. I have several hundred very tough miles on these boots, mostly big game hunting, but also a few multi-day snowshoe trips. These are NOT the shoes I'm going to grab for general backpacking; I wear trail runners almost exclusively for that. But for very rough terrain, generally off trail and normally with heavier loads (sometimes north of 100 lbs when successful big game hunting), these are the… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Alico Summit

Great sturdy boot. They say it's heavy, but I don't mind. I like the rigidity. They say it's hot, but I wear it mostly in Southern California and haven't been uncomfortable. Biweekly, regular use for two years—still going strong, with insole replacement and patch of inner heel lining. Sturdy platform, good ankle support. Downside was the original insole was cheap and wore through at the ball of the foot within a year or so. Also, the soft glove-leather lining inside the heel area tore through… Full review