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Backpacking Boots

The best backpacking boots, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 19, 2020. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Lowa Baffin Pro
$198
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Danner Mountain Light
$360 - $380
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (47)
L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
$189 - $259
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Asolo Power Matic 200 GV
$225 - $355
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Lowa Tibet GTX
$297 - $395
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX
$329
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hanwag Alaska Lady GTX
$370
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Fabric/Leather
$189
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan 960 Guide GT RR
$252 - $359
user rating: 4 of 5 (80)
Asolo TPS 520 GV
$335
user rating: 4 of 5 (37)
Merrell Wilderness
$400
user rating: 4 of 5 (29)
Danner Mountain Light II
$285 - $379
user rating: 4 of 5 (10)
Zamberlan Vioz GT
$310
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Zamberlan 996 Vioz GT
$310
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Vasque St. Elias GTX
$150 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Scarpa Kailash GTX
$141
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Lowa Trekker
$320
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hanwag Yukon
$325
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Lowa Tibet LL
$395
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan Tofane GT RR N.W.
$470
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof
$170
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
$230
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowa Baffin Pro LL II
$395
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (21)
Vasque Sundowner GTX
$110 - $220
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (14)
Hanwag Alaska GTX
$370
user rating: 3 of 5 (5)
Crispi Nevada GTX
$399
user rating: 5 of 5 (18)
Limmer Standard
 
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 (6)
Lowa Hunter GTX Extreme
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Limmer Mid-Weight
$380 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Fabiano Trionic
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Salomon Cosmic 4D GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Filson Uplander Boots
$300 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Fabiano leather hikers
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Asolo 535
$215 MSRP
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 (23)
Scarpa SL M3
$249 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Asolo TPS 535
$215 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (18)
Limmer Light-Weight
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
Lowa Tibet Pro GTX
$340 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Alico Tahoe
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Meindl Super Perfekt
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Meindl Makalu
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Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

rated 1 of 5 stars
Meindl Perfekt

My sole came off both boots. Company won't do anything about it. The boots were not abused. That sucks. They don't stand behind the products. I bought them because I thought they were good, but they are not. Soles fell off both boots, never abused them. Company said "tough, can't help you, throw them away." Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Merrell Perimeter Gore-Tex

Best hiking boots I’ve ever owned (and I’ve had many). Durable, comfortable, good looking (like their owner). If these ever wear out, I’d buy another pair in a heartbeat. Full review

rated 2 of 5 stars
Hanwag Alaska GTX

Had these boots three years and only used occasionally. Both boots leak when out on the fells, and one boot just makes creaking noises when I am out walking. I have to say, I will be going back to Lowa boots. Very comfortable walking boot, but as an occasional walker, it did not take long for both boots to take in water, which was hard to take. I think I will go back to wearing Lowas. Also, the left boot was making creaking noises from day one, which I found very irritating. Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Herman Survivor

I bought them three days ago and they started falling apart on the first day. By the third day I had to throw them away They are a joke. Fifty dollar pair of shoes for three days. Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Zamberlan Vioz GT

Beware of the sole on the Vioz GT/GTX series of boots. Though the boot fits great and needs almost no break-in, the sole problem is a trip-stopper. I cannot go onto what is good about this boot yet, as the soles are a complete trip-stopper. Within a few miles, the Vibram sole starts coming off in large chunks—whole lugs at a time. I have never witnessed this on any boot. That is particularly surprising for a premium brand with a premium-branded sole manufacturer. And so far, Zamberlan has ignored… Full review

rated 2.5 of 5 stars
Zamberlan 996 Vioz GT

Very comfy and waterproof, but poor sole construction. Like many others, I too have problems with chunks of sole falling off. When I put them on, most comfy boot ever had on. Very durable uppers, great looking, waterproof. Took them on hard trips, noticed chunks missing out of soles, and nose of boot nearly broken off as well. Vibram is supposed to be extremely long lasting and durable. So I can only assume this is a QC issue. I love these boots, but now need to get another pair. I want Zamberlan,… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Lowa Tibet LL

On a recent Escarpment Trail (Catskills) hike I blew out my Lowa Renegade boots. After ten years of good service, I wasn’t too upset but since I liked them so much I upgraded to the Tibet. After two months use (three hiking trips of two nights each) I have to say the Tibets are an amazing boot. They are big but help me support a heavy load. I was careful to waterproof them each time so I had no problem with water. I bought a half size larger than my street shoe and they fit well. I love them. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Merrell Wilderness

I've had a pair of Merrell Wilderness boots for 23 years, bought for $200. I've put a lot of miles on them. Sadly, I now have bone spurs and can't wear them anymore. Best boots ever. I don't know if this boot is the same as mine; they look the same. Amazing boots. I bit the bullet and spent a huge wad of cash ($200) in about 1998 and I'm super glad I did.  Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Esatto Classic Hiker

Horrible customer service and now I'm out nearly $1K. Made my third order with Esatto 11/2019 and haven't heard a word back in over eight months in spite of numerous requests for an order update and now refund requests of the nearly $1K purchase price. Reported to State of Washington Attorney General and to BBB. Would NOT recommend this business. Full review