Backpacking Boots

Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

Asolo Yukon

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I agree, BEST boots ever and BEST I've ever owned. I got some FOR SALE right now on E-Bay. Full review

Merrell Men's Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Nice, lightweight, and WATERPROOF. OK, so I was skeptical, but I couldn't walk away from the sale price. This was a bargain! Qualifying Background Info: I've run the gamut of name brand, off brand, high rise, low cut boots over these past 46 years of backpacking and trail hiking—everything from one-piece leather French SuperGuide boots to American made sneaker company attempts at boots. I also wear several different styles Merrell shoes to the office every day of the week. So, since Merrell makes… Full review

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

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Merrell Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof added Apr 24, 2019
$170
Lowa Lavaredo LL added Apr 24, 2019
$196
Lowa Z-11S GTX added Apr 24, 2019
$350
Lowa Bighorn Hunter G3 GTX added Apr 24, 2019
$460
Lowa Mauria LL added Apr 24, 2019
$300 - $325
Alico Belluno added Apr 1, 2019
Alico Jackson added Apr 1, 2019
Alico Peak added Apr 1, 2019
Scarpa Primitive added Mar 27, 2019
$102
Scarpa R-Evolutioin Plus GTX added Mar 27, 2019
$211
Scarpa ZG Lite GTX added Mar 27, 2019
$150 - $199
Scarpa ZG Trek GTX added Mar 27, 2019
$172 - $229
La Sportiva TX5 GTX added Mar 18, 2019
$157
Danner Wildland Tactical Firefighter added Mar 11, 2019
$350
 
Danner High Ground added Mar 11, 2019
$200
Scarpa Kailash Trek GTX added Feb 7, 2019
$141 - $249
La Sportiva Pyramid GTX added Feb 7, 2019
$189
Scarpa Kailash Plus GTX added Feb 7, 2019
$209 - $279
Scarpa Kailash Lite added Feb 7, 2019
$118 - $149
Vasque Saga GTX added Jan 31, 2019
$172 - $239
Vasque Saga LTR GTX added Jan 31, 2019
$240
Lowa Ranger III GTX added Jan 16, 2019
$300 - $325
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Lowa Baffin Pro LL II added Nov 14, 2018
$380 - $395
Lowa Irox GTX Mid added Nov 14, 2018
$250 - $260
Lowa Lavaredo GTX added Nov 14, 2018
$270
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX added Oct 11, 2018
$172 - $230
 
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Wellco Black Work Boots added Oct 10, 2018
AKU Alterra GTX added May 24, 2018
$195
AKU Tengu Lite GTX added May 24, 2018
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Limmer Stock Boots added Apr 2, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Asolo Power Matic 100 GV added Sep 25, 2017
 
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Herman Survivor Big Timber added May 16, 2017
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX added Apr 13, 2017
$202 - $269
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Meindl Softline TOP GTX added Mar 11, 2017
Salomon Authentic LTR GTX added Sep 18, 2016
$105 - $139
Lowa Tibet Superwarm GTX added Sep 12, 2016
$299 - $435
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Alico Backcountry Boot added Sep 5, 2016
discontinued
Salomon Quest Origins 2 GTX added Aug 11, 2016
Lowa Mountain GTX PT added Aug 1, 2016
Zamberlan 1014 Lynx GTX added Jul 25, 2016
Zamberlan 1015 Cougar High GTX added Jul 25, 2016
Ecco Biom Hike 1.6 added Jul 8, 2016
Alpina Helios added Jun 30, 2016
Vasque Skywalk GTX added Jun 17, 2016
$96 - $199
Salomon Quest Origins GTX added Jun 16, 2016
Asolo TPS 535 V Evo added Jun 15, 2016
Salomon Quest Prime GTX added Jun 13, 2016
$142 - $190
Cabela's Meindl Air Active Backpacker Boots added Jun 10, 2016
Cabela's Meindl Air Revolution Backpacker Boots added Jun 10, 2016
Merrell Phaserbound Waterproof added Jun 7, 2016
$170
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