Backpacking Boots

Recent Backpacking Boot Reviews

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

rated 3 of 5 stars
Herman Men's Survivor

Beautiful upper, loved the style...and...then the bottom fell off. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Asolo Yukon

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Merrell Men's Phaserbound 2 Tall Waterproof

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Alico Backcountry Boot

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

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
Meindl Super Perfekt

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

user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Oboz Beartooth
$110
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (3)
Vasque Sundowner Classic GTX
$130 - $219
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
$136 - $164
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Vasque St. Elias GTX
$150 - $199
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Columbia Daska Pass OT
$150 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (12)
Lowa Baffin Pro
$155
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (21)
Vasque Sundowner GTX
$155 - $219
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: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
$172 - $230
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: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Scarpa SL Active
$200 - $325
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Salomon X Ultra Trek GTX
$200 MSRP
 
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: 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
$249
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: 5 of 5 (2)
Scarpa Kinesis Pro GTX
$262 - $349
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Lowa Trekker
$320
user rating: 4 of 5 (79)
Asolo TPS 520 GV
$315 - $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: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Asolo Power Matic 200 GV
$345
 
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
user rating: 4 of 5 (35)
Merrell Wilderness
$400
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