Backpacking Boots

Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Asolo Men's AFX 520

Good general use hiking and backpacking mountain boot. I'm on my third pair of these great boots...my guess is that these were made in the 1990s or early 2000s. The first pair was purchased at REI as a closeout (around $85). This latest pair I purchased on eBay as brand new old stock (around $70). I know that Asolo still makes the 520 model, but I prefer to the lower profile and more traditional appearance of the older AFX version, so much so that I hunt them down. The last pair I had were Gore-Tex… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Herman Men's Survivor

Herman Survivors used to be good...now junk. They went to cotton tongue, cheap rubber that squeaks as you walk, and junk laces. God bless America import it by rich white elitists who never work a day in their lives. DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME WITH HERMANS. THEY WON'T LAST 5 MONTHS! If brain-dead Americans buy Walmart you get what you deserve....junk! It's OK though, you can buy another in six months time. No proud American funds these greasy rich crooks. Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
New Balance BM1000BK

Waterproof, insulated, and supportive. These boots were surprisingly comfortable right out of the box. The treated suede and nylon mesh uppers are light and supportive, and a little higher on the ankle, and they work! With 200 grams of insulation and a proprietary waterproof membrane your feet stay warm and dry. The cushion midsoles with memory foam insoles are perfectly paired—like walking on a cloud. The grippy outer sole makes this a very usable yet comfortable cold weather boot, even on ice… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Merrell Men's Wilderness

I really have enjoyed the quality of these boots, but they will only last a year if you hike moderately. My pair has a separated sole after 13 months of use. Full review

rated 3 of 5 stars
Salomon Women's Quest 4D 3 GTX

I really wanted this boot to work for me, but it did not. I tried both men's and women's in a couple of different sizes. But they were not for me. I'd like to share my experience in case it can help others. Off the bat I'll say I'm hard to fit. I have normal ladies' heels but a wide, D/E forefoot. My feet are straight, not curved-around, with naturally low but functioning arches, so I get pressure on the outside of my forefoot from shoes made on curved lasts (common for females) and shoes with "arch… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Herman Men's Survivor

Bought the 400g Herman Survivors camo hunting boots at Walmart. I left my expensive Redwing hunting boots at home on trip to hunting camp. The Herman Survivor 400g camo hunting boots held up surprisingly well. They kept my feet warm and dry over several days of hunting in PA deer season 10 to 40 degrees with snow.  The boots are four years old now and I still wear them on occasions only for hunting. Bottom line is they have held up reasonably well for $40 boots, which is pretty incredible in my… Full review

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

user rating: 3.5 of 5 (21)
Vasque Sundowner GTX
$99 - $164
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Sundowner Classic GTX
$110 - $219
user rating: 4 of 5 (6)
Scarpa Kailash GTX
$128 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X Ultra Trek GTX
$134
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (5)
Merrell Ridgeline
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Vasque St. Elias GTX
$150
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: 4 of 5 (3)
Oboz Wind River
$170 MSRP
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 (2)
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
$172 - $230
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
$175 - $249
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: 5 of 5 (1)
AKU Utah Top GTX
$192 - $209
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (47)
L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Oboz Beartooth
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Lowa Baffin Pro
$213
 
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: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Asolo Power Matic 200 GV
$218 - $258
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 (1)
Scarpa SL Active
$224 - $298
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (3)
Asolo Synchro GTX
$225 MSRP
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 of 5 (4)
Lowa Trekker
$240
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Zamberlan 960 Guide GT RR
$241 - $359
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX
$247 - $328
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 (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 (80)
Asolo TPS 520 GV
$330 - $335
user rating: 4 of 5 (12)
Hanwag Alaska GTX
$277 - $369
user rating: 4 of 5 (36)
Merrell Wilderness
$280 - $400
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Lowa Banff Pro
$280 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Danner Acadia
$280 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (29)
Danner Mountain Light II
$285 - $379
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
La Sportiva Pamir
$289 MSRP
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