Backpacking Boots

The best backpacking boots, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 1, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

Alico Backcountry Boot

rated 5 of 5 stars Best of Old and New Worlds. This boot, now renamed the Peak, is an excellent choice for someone looking for a very stable platform for both day hiking, as well as multi-day backpacking adventures. Although these boots are slightly on the heavy side (3 lbs. 4 oz. per pair), they are well worth it given the amazingly solid and supportive ride they give your feet. For reference, I have had Vasque Superhikers, Alpines, and Clarion GTX in the past, as well boots by Montrail (aka OneSport, at the time),… Full review

Meindl Super Perfekt

rated 0.5 of 5 stars I have put over 300 kilometers on these boots, which are four months old and for which I paid a king’s ransom, and they are the most uncomfortable boots I have ever worn. The foot bed is like cement. After an hour of walking in them my feet are aching. Why are they made so hard and inflexible? Typical German overengineering. I walked the Camino Frances (800 Kms) in another model of Meindl boots and they were great, but I wore them out. Thought this time I’d try the Super Perfekt (supposedly… Full review

EMS Men's Arete GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars EMS Arete GTX—Made by Zamberlan for EMS in 2004 and 2005. A rare and awesome hardcore hiking and mountaineering boot. Gore-tex lined. The fit is perfect for my size 11 (45) normal width feet. I have purchased two pairs on Ebay through the years and they are often mis-advertised and usually quite reasonable. These were about $250 when new 15 years ago. I have owned many similar boots in the past, La Sportiva Glaciers, Asolo, Vasque, Lowa, etc. The EMS Arete GTX is without question the best boot… Full review

Hanwag Alaska GTX

rated 5 of 5 stars Best boots ever! Best boots ever! As a wildlife photographer I travel the world a lot—from Tropics to Poles. Always use these boots. I bought my first pair in 2004 and they are still perfect and way better than other brand shoes I had before. I bought a second pair just to have two pairs of them if Hanwag would ever get the idea to discontinue this model. Full review

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Lowa Baffin Pro
$210 - $370
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 (8)
Red Wing Irish Setter
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX
$279 - $349
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hanwag Alaska Lady GTX
$370
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
$230
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan 960 Guide GT RR
$360
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Lowa Hunter GTX EVO Extreme
$460
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
AKU Utah Top GTX
$350
user rating: 4 of 5 (78)
Asolo TPS 520 GV
$315 - $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 (12)
Hanwag Alaska GTX
$240 - $369
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Lowa Tibet GTX
$380 - $395
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Zamberlan 996 Vioz GT
$259 - $305
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Vasque St. Elias GTX
$100 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Scarpa Kailash GTX
$134 - $164
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Lowa Trekker
$295 - $320
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Hanwag Yukon
$325
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Oboz Wind River
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan Tofane GT RR N.W.
$470 - $489
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Oboz Beartooth
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Vasque Summit GTX
$154 - $219
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Danner Sierra
$340
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
$102 - $249
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowa Baffin Pro LL II
$380 - $395
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (21)
Vasque Sundowner GTX
$132 - $219
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa SL Active
$210 - $324
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Sundowner Classic GTX
$140 - $219
Lowa Tibet GTX Hi
$395 - $420
Scarpa Primitive
$102
Danner Mountain Light Cascade
$360
Lowa Irox GTX Mid
$250 - $260
Lowa Lady Sport
$295 - $320
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
$202 - $269
Scarpa R-Evolution GTX
$180 - $239
Mammut Trovat Advanced High GTX
$150 - $248
Danner Wildland Tactical Firefighter
$350
Lowa Tibet LL
$370 - $395
 
Danner High Ground
$200
Danner Acadia 8"
$350 - $359
Scarpa R-Evolutioin Plus GTX
$211
Salomon Authentic LTR GTX
$92 - $140
Salomon Quest Prime GTX
$142 - $190
AKU Superalp GTX
$300
Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX
$141 - $249
Zamberlan 1023 Latemar NW
$420 - $439
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