Backpacking Boots

The best backpacking boots, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on February 7, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

Scarpa Men's Kailash GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars If you really want quality, Scarpa can be the right boot for daily use in the city or in the mountains. I bought a pair in 2009, ten years ago. I do not have the adjectives to explain their quality and durability, even if I had the utmost care for their maintenance. Each season they have been worn almost daily for at least four months a year, starting in November and until March. There are two to three periods of about 7-10 days each during the cold season when the temperatures drop to -10-15°… Full review

Vasque Men's St. Elias GTX

rated 2.5 of 5 stars These feel like great boots, though a little on the heavy, beefy side as others have noted. However, they failed me when I needed them. I broke in the St. Elias boots dutifully over several hikes before an 11-day mule-supported Sierra Club trip in 2017 on the John Muir Trail in the Sierras. Fortunately for me, Day 1 was a warm-up dayhike to Mono Pass above Little Lakes Valley. These great-fitting, waterproof boots changed the toe crease when it rained heavily and soaked the leather outer for the… Full review

Vasque Men's St. Elias GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Classic leather hiking boot, made with modern materials. Seems to run small. I wear an 11 in most shoes/boots. Had to exchange for an 11 1/2.  I wear the Salomon X Ultras most of the year, but in late fall 2018 in a very wet NY, they soaked through and never dried; I was very happy to have bought camp shoes. I realized I needed a heavier waterproof boot for wet days with nights in the low twenties, and that I should carry gaiters.  The boot has a sewn toe guard, which is great because many glued… Full review

Meindl Softline TOP GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars These are the most comfortable boots I have ever worn, just took time to break in. I have slightly wide feet; yet despite that these boots are slightly narrow, they stretched in a couple of weeks of breaking in. Perfect fit. The best boots I have ever worn. I have slightly wide feet, and still find them comfortable, though they started off narrow because in a couple of weeks time they stretched to the shape of my feet, getting more comfortable with time. They have a speed lacing feature. They proved… Full review

Meindl Softline TOP GTX

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Good comfort, stability, and waterproofness. However, not so great for fast scrambles as the weight of the shoes are not as light and nimble as some synthetic textile models. I have had the Meindl Softline Top GTX for a bit more than a year. I have not used it extensively, relatively speaking. However, I did use it to hike through the rainforests of Mount Cameroon National Park during the raining season. The boot always felt comfortable, supportive, and totally waterproof even in pouring tropical… Full review

Lowa Men's Baffin Pro LL II

rated 4 of 5 stars Tough boots for carrying heavy loads in warm or dry climates. They provide good ankle support and foot protection, and they are a great choice for backpackers. I've been using these boots for hiking, but also for wildland firefighting, which subjects boots to unique stresses. Still, I think my experience is relevant to outdoor sports, especially backpacking and hunting, where people carry heavy loads in rough terrain and can be on their feet from sunrise to sunset. That experience has made me a… Full review

One Sport Men's Moraine

rated 4 of 5 stars I used them in the Canadian Rockies while working on heli-portable seismic operations and they took a lot of abuse. I did a really good goop job to all the seams and rand the same day I bought them and put the snow seal to them. Cleaned and re-snow sealed them every day I had a chance to. I had to get the rand repaired in a few spots, just lately (December 2018). They are only used for light hiking these days, but have been very good to me. Full review

Limmer Men's Standard

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A solid, full leather boot built to handle rugged terrain. German made from the original Limmer lasts. Heavy duty construction along with amazing comfort. Great for off trail or trails that don't look like trails.                     Fresh out of the box! Wonderful to the nose, but a horror to the feet. A Little History:The Limmers have been making boots for generations, starting in Germany. Peter Limmer Sr learned the skill there and then moved to the Boston area. Later he moved… Full review

Asolo Men's TPS 535

rated 0.5 of 5 stars Soles peeled off after ten days walking. I had just completed the first week of a two-week trip in the NZ backcountry and found that the soles of both boots were peeling off.  I had to abandon the trip.  They had been properly cared for in the meantime. Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Lowa Baffin Pro
$210 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Danner Mountain Light
$304
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (47)
L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
$259
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Asolo Power Matic 200 GV
$220 - $344
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Zamberlan Vioz GT
$305
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (9)
Alico Tahoe
$150
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Red Wing Irish Setter
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX
$261 - $348
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hanwag Alaska Lady GTX
$370
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
$184 - $230
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X Ultra Trek GTX
$168
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Pacific Crest GTX
$190
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan 960 Guide GT RR
$360
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lowa Hunter GTX EVO Extreme
$450
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
AKU Utah Top GTX
$320 - $349
user rating: 4 of 5 (78)
Asolo TPS 520 GV
$239 - $330
user rating: 4 of 5 (35)
Merrell Wilderness
$400
user rating: 4 of 5 (29)
Danner Mountain Light II
$380
user rating: 4 of 5 (17)
Alico Summit
$180
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Lowa Tibet GTX
$300 - $395
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Zamberlan 996 Vioz GT
$244 - $305
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Vasque St. Elias GTX
$139 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Scarpa Kailash GTX
$143 - $164
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX
$144 - $152
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Lowa Trekker
$295
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Thunder II GTX
$100
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hanwag Yukon
$325
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Oboz Wind River
$185
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan Tofane GT RR N.W.
$490
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Oboz Beartooth
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
$102 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowa Baffin Pro LL II
$385
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (21)
Vasque Sundowner GTX
$154 - $219
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (11)
Hanwag Alaska GTX
$277 - $369
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
La Sportiva Trango Trek GTX
$220
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa SL Active
$222 - $224
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Sundowner Classic GTX
$170 - $219
Lowa Tibet GTX Hi
$400 - $420
Danner Mountain Light Cascade
$360
Lowa Irox GTX Mid
$177
Lowa Lady Sport
$295
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
$250 - $269
Scarpa R-Evolution GTX
$168 - $239
Mammut Trovat Advanced High GTX
$249
Lowa Tibet LL
$300 - $385
Danner Acadia 8"
$350 - $359
Salomon Authentic LTR GTX
$105 - $140
Salomon Quest Prime GTX
$142 - $190
AKU Superalp GTX
$300
Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX
$235 - $248
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