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Backpacking Boots

The best backpacking boots, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on January 21, 2023. 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
$292 - $389
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Lowa Tibet GTX
$395 - $415
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX
$330 - $398
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Salomon Quest 4 GTX
$161 - $230
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hanwag Alaska Lady GTX
$240 - $424
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
$299 - $329
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
$360
user rating: 4 of 5 (29)
Danner Mountain Light II
$440
user rating: 4 of 5 (20)
Zamberlan Vioz GTX 996
$211 - $350
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Lowa Trekker
$320 - $340
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan Tofane NW GTX RR
$312 - $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
$126 - $180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Danner Recurve
$240
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowa Ticam II GTX
$400
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowa Baffin Pro LL II
$395 - $420
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (22)
Vasque Sundowner GTX
$220
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (17)
Hanwag Alaska GTX
$260 - $424
user rating: 5 of 5 (21)
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
$299 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Scarpa SL M3
$249 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (22)
Alico Summit
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Limmer Boots The Lightweight
$445 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (11)
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
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Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Asolo Bajura Gore-Tex

Backpacking boot Strong, heavy, well-made backpacking boot. According to Asolo it is resoleable (Asolo can do it, so I suppose a local cobbler will also). Beautiful craftmanship with a gorgeous white leather lining. I have five different pairs of backpacking boots. This one I would take if things were wet because it is 100% totally waterproof. HOWEVER it is also heavy. The insole is pretty good for an Asolo; no need to change it out. These are mostly sold in Europe. In the USA they either call it… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Danner Recurve

An out-of-the-box comfortable 7” hiking/hunting boot made of a full-grain leather and suede upper. I tested the insulated version (non-insulated also available), which is waterproof and suitable for winter hiking, hunting, and most definitely playing with kids in the snow. Conditions:I’ve worn the 400g insulated Danner Recurves in the mountains and valleys of Central Pennsylvania during the fall and winter season while hiking, hunting, and playing in the snow with my kids. All told, I’ve worn… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Alico Summit

Had a size 11 that I loved. After about 15 years had to sell them because my feet grew. So I bought a pair of used size 12s. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX

Light, sturdy, good grip, snug around the heel and foot but leaves a little wiggle room where you want it up front. I bought these to replace my old Scarpa Zen Pro Mid GTX. The Zodiac Plus do a god job at that, but only off road. The Zen Pro Mid would get a 5-star review from me without a doubt. I have given the Zodiac Plus GTX  four stars because of what makes them so good on the ruff stuff is their downfall on paved roads. This makes them lose a lot of versatility that the Zen Pro Mid had in… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Esatto Classic Hiker

In November of 2019 (YES 2019) I paid this man over $1300 for custom boots and orthotics. It is now November of 2022. He sent me boots once last year that did not fit. I sent them back. It appears he has done nothing with them since. AVOID doing business with this man. That about says it. No boots. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Alico Tahoe

Incredible bang for your buck. I'm not sure how I could rate these boots anything lower than 5 given their retail price, and certainly not what I paid on ebay ($89.05 in March of 2015). They were a "new without box" pair with no indication that they had been worn. They did give me some grief when breaking in. I wore them to a trip to Seattle later in 2015 and they were giving me some serious achilles pain after about 15 miles. Fortunately, I brought a second pair of shoes, so I shelved them for… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Limmer Boots The Standard

The flogging of Limmer Standards will continue until the rest of you come around. I wore a pair of Limmer Standards for years as a SAR dog handler in New Hampshire. Prior to that I wore Pivetta 8s and Raichle Montagnas in Washington and Alaska, so now you know my disdain for lighter boots when it comes to rough terrain and heavy loads. Having moved back to Minnesota a few years ago, I haven’t had much use for the Standards. Yesterday I hauled a tree stand into terrain that I knew from prior scouting… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Fabric/Leather

Comfortable midweight waterproof boot right out of the box. I have owned several pairs of these. Hands down my favorite boot. LL Bean is now charging 300 dollars per pair, and that is the end of that. Full review

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