Backpacking Boots

Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

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

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Lowa Baffin Pro
$210
user rating: 5 of 5 (9)
Danner Mountain Light
$304
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX
$274 - $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)
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
$460
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
AKU Utah Top GTX
$350
user rating: 5 of 5 (18)
Limmer Standard
 
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 (6)
Lowa Hunter GTX Extreme
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Fabiano Trionic
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Salomon Cosmic 4D GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Limmer Mid-Weight
user rating: 5 of 5 (5)
Filson Uplander Boots
$300 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (4)
Fabiano leather hikers
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Asolo 535
$215 MSRP
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: 5 of 5 (2)
Fabiano Mountain Master
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)
Meindl Taiga
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Fabiano Calzaturificio
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lowa Combat GTX
$410 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Meindl Canada
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hanwag Lima GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Nepal Pro GTX
$259 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Meindl Guffert
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Danner Mountain Assault
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hi-Tec Magnum Tanker
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Meindl Army Gore
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Redback Bobcat
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Meindl Vermont
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Meindl Lady Lermoos
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Crispi Hunter GTX
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bates GX-8 Gore-Tex Side Zip
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's Super-Lite
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nick's Custom Boots Hot Shot Lace-To-Toe 12 Inch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan 1009 Vioz Top GT RR
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Cabela's Meindl Perfekt Hiker 7"
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Rossi Eclipse
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Nick's Custom Boots Hot Shot 16 Inch
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X Ultra Trek GTX
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan 1050 Trek Magic GTX RR
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