Backpacking Boots

Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Lowa Men's Tibet GTX

Serious hiking or backpacking boots don't come any better than this. The Tibet GTX is a serious piece of equipment. Excellent support and comfort with no breaking-in needed. Yes, they are heavy, but no more than to be expected with boots of this quality. The water resistance is also very good; my feet have stayed consistently dry. With boots weighing in at 1 kilo each, clearly they are more designed for winter than for summer wear. That said, they have never felt unduly warm. The new Lowa lacing… Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV

The shock of my hiking life. My soles snapped off—on both shoes—two miles into a 15-mile hike. The shoes were 5 or 6 years old, but little used. This was their first time carrying a guy humping a pack. I was shocked. So were all of my hiking companions. After reading other reviews, I see this happens with Asolo. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
Lowa Ranger III GTX

This boot is your best friend while you are backpacking, trekking, even on a rainy city day. If you are looking for a full backpack boot, the Lowa Ranger III GTX is worth a try. Super comfortable, outstanding ankle support, the boot does the job for you while you're hiking in a rugged terrain—thanks to its firm grippy sole and excellent lacing system.  Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Asolo Sasslong GV

Solid support for hiking or backpacking. I'm on my second pair. I find these to be an excellent, heavier hiking boot. Good traction, very waterproof, and a full rand. I have a size 12, narrow foot, and a size 12 boot fits well except they were a bit short and the toe area is snug from the top and sides. I hike in the mountains, mostly, and downhill walking was problematic because of the toe area. After using the size 12's for a year or two, I bought a pair of 13's. I gave up a little fit in the… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Esatto Men's Classic Hiker

My experience with Esatto Custom Boots was misleading and terrible. When boots first came back they were as big as gumboots (I actually did the measurements a little less (used a lightweight sock and angled the marker in on the outline) as I don't like a larger fitting boot). My Sorels (with removable liner) were smaller (see pics). I sent them back for resizing and within a few months got them back (this was with Alex). Still, the boots were not much smaller, still larger over my Sorel winter boots… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Esatto Men's Classic Hiker

I no longer wear any other shoe. I broke my sesamoid and have to wear orthotic inserts. Without the combination of the support of the boot and orthotic I can hike and walk 10 plus miles a day even on rocks. I would be a very sad person if I could not hike. It is a huge part of my time off. I have five pairs of Esatto's boots/shoes. Work, hiking, and casual. I do and will buy more of Esatto's footwear as long as they are in business. I have a great relationship with the company in my opinion. They… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Asolo Men's TPS 520 GV

Soles delaminate after only 250 miles. Don't buy these boots! I bought these boots four years ago and maintained them very well in a controlled environment. I've hiked in Cascade Mountains approximately 250 miles but during a hike in Grand Canyon in March 2019 both soles came off within 10 minutes time.   If you purchase these boots at a premium price save money to buy several rolls of Duck Tape to finish your hike.  You'll need it. Full review

rated 1 of 5 stars
Herman Men's Survivor

Soles of the shoes disintegrated after sitting in my closet for six months. I NEVER wore them. They were purchased to replace my old Merrels. Soles of the shoes disintegrated after sitting in my closet for six months. I NEVER wore them. They were purchased to replace my old Merrells.  Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Vasque Montana

These boots have held up for decades of hiking. These Vasque Montana Boots, Italian name Montagna meaning mountain, are a full grain leather boot with 3/4 shank which allows the toe to flex for comfortable hiking yet provide superior ankle support and adhesion to varied terrain. A tough durable boot, crampon-compatible. Up rock cliffs, slog thru rivers. The ultimate in foot protection with superior support on trails, rock ledges, wherever, all with carrying a full pack. I use Sorbothane Classic… Full review

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (21)
Vasque Sundowner GTX
$110 - $219
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Vasque St. Elias GTX
$129 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Oboz Wind River
$130
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Merrell Ridgeline
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Scarpa Kailash GTX
$137 - $164
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Sundowner Classic GTX
$148 - $219
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Daska Pass OT
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
La Sportiva Thunder II GTX
$160 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof
$170
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Keen Erickson PCT
$170 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
The North Face Dhaulagiri II GTX
$170 MSRP
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user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Merrell Perimeter Gore-Tex
$175 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Fabric/Leather
$179 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Danner Talus GTX
$190 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Danner Expedition GTX
$190 MSRP
user rating: 2 of 5 (1)
Montrail Feather Peak GTX
$190 MSRP
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user rating: 4.5 of 5 (47)
L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
$259
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X Ultra Trek GTX
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Oboz Beartooth
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Lowa Baffin Pro
$214
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Asolo 535
$215 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Asolo TPS 535
$215 MSRP
user rating: 2.5 of 5 (6)
Asolo TPS 535 V
$215 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Mt. Crest GTX
$219 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (6)
Scarpa Mustang GTX
$219 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Bhutan GTX
$219 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Asolo Synchro GTX
$225 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
$230
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX
$230
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (8)
Scarpa Barun GTX
$239 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
La Sportiva Omega GTX
$240 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (23)
Scarpa SL M3
$249 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Pacific Crest GTX
$249 MSRP
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Mammut Mt. Trail XT GTX
$249 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
$250
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Asolo Power Matic 250 NBK V
$250 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Nepal Pro GTX
$259 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (9)
Garmont Dakota
$260 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (35)
Merrell Wilderness
$260 - $400
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan 960 Guide GT RR
$270 - $360
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Lowa Trekker
$320
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Asolo Power Matic 200 GV
$275 - $345
user rating: 4 of 5 (80)
Asolo TPS 520 GV
$330
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lowa Banff Pro
$280 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Danner Acadia
$280 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Pamir
$289 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Scarpa Ladakh
$299 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa Ladakh GTX
$299 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Scarpa Escape GTX
$299 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Filson Uplander Boots
$300 MSRP
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