Top 10 Backpacking & Hiking Boots

Best Hiking Boots 2019

Oboz Hiking Boots Waterproof


Oboz Bridger Mid Dry Boots – ($180)

For the best fitting hiking boots turns to Oboz. This Bozeman MT-based company clearly gets what is needed to make a pair of boots for trecking through nasty mud.  The only hiccup with the Oboz Bridger Mid Dry Boots is they can be a pain in the butt to get on and off unless you loosen the laces a bit. The plus side to this design is once your foot is inside the Oboz boot it feels like it’s been perfectly sculpted or even heated molded to your foot, right out of the box especially since they even offer a wide version. These boots are layered in goodness, they come with a super soft and responsive insole known as O Fit.  Below the insole, the boot has even more dampening response with the addition of EVA Foam and on the very bottom comes the burly rubber thread that makes the Oboz Bridger Mid Dry Boots one of the most popular hiking boots on the market.

Weight – 1.2 lb per boot.

[Purchase: $180]

Teva Hiking Boots

Teva Arrowood Riva Mid WP Boots – ($170)

For a nice pair of hiking and walking boots that fit perfectly right out of the box, you’ll want to check out the Teva Arrowood Riva Mid Boots. Featuring waterproof leather on the upper part of the boot and eVent membrane on the inside gives these boots a nice mix of breathability and waterproofness.  I did manage to get these wet after walking in some deep snow, which most likely was due to snow coming in from the top of the boot, not from the bottom up.  When it comes for going out for a hike on your local trails these boots really excel. The rubber Vibram sole has great tack while going up or down and when combined with the leather feel of the boot it feels more like you’re wearing a comfortable pair of tennis shoes vs a hiking boot.  Teva clearly understands how to make your feet happy whether it is in sandals, shoes and now their great lightweight hiking boots.

Weight – 1.1 lb per boot.

[Purchae: $170]

Danner Hiking Boot

Danner TrailTeck Boots – ($149.95)

Danner understands how to make a pair of boots, whether it be a boot collab with Burton Snowboards, or new for 2019 Patagonia Fishing Boots or in this case an all-around badass hiking boot.  With that, we’re stoked to introduce the Danner TrailTeck boots to this roundup.  Hand made in Portland Oregon, these leather/nylon boots look amazing and function even better. With the ability to wich moisture away from your feet combined with a 4.5″ height these boots are especially good for walking around in wet weather, just like where Danner is based in the Pacific Northwest. These boots might take a little breaking in, but once they are dialed you can rely on that tried and tested Danner feel. The best thing about these boots though and Danner as a whole has to be their Recrafting program. Danner stands behind their boots and will be happy to repair everything from the stitching to the welts, holes, and everything in between, what a great United States-based brand.

Weight – 1.6 lb per boot.

[Purchase: $149.95]

Vasque Hiking Boots


Vasque Talus Trek UltraDry Hiking Boot – ($149.95)

A list of must-have hiking boots would not be complete without adding Vasque.  I try not to play favorites with these reviews or roundups however my last pair of Vasque boots lasted over 7 years with lots of hiking and traveling. With a Vibram sole, the Vasque Talus Trek offers great grip while going up and down combined with their own waterproofing tech called UltraDry. The top part of the boot is made of leather that dries quickly and one of the neat things about these boots is they can also be used in the winter as well. If you haven’t tried on a pair of Vasque boots or shoes, you’ve been missing out.

Weight – 1.4 lb per boot.

[Purchase: $149.95]

Best Men’s Boots

Blundstone Thermal Boots

Blundstone Men’s Thermal Boots – ($214.95)

The nicest looking pair of boots on the list goes to Blundstone. If you’re looking for a slick cowboy style look that can be worn to the fanciest of dinner parties and hold its own in wet weather look into the Blundstone Men’s Thermal Boots. Over the years Blundstone boots have continued to gain popularity. With higher quality leather and rubber comes a higher end price that is without question worth the value in every regard. On the inside of the boots is the comfy sheep wool lining that makes these boots so darn famous. The only hiccup I ran into with these boots is when walking on ice in the winter time. When the roads get slick, the Muck Boots shown above offer better traction. That being said when it comes to looking good in a pair of mud boots Blundstone is really the only way to go. Blundstone makes great men’s casual boots to wear with jeans. About 50% of the time I wear these boots, someone comments on them.  Enough said?

[Purchase: $214.95]

Chippewa Arctic Boot

Chippewa Boots – ($309)

Let’s get this out of the way right away: the Chippewa Arctic Shearling Insulated is a crazy expensive boot. But for a full-leather, 9″ work boot that’s lined with genuine shearling, these Chippewa Boots are worth every penny. This is a boot that will protect your foot from whatever work-related hazards you might face without compromising warmth. With Chippewa’s reputation for rock-solid boots, this is a piece of footwear you’re going to have for a very long time. And because it’s hand-crafted in the USA, you can be proud to wear it every day

[Purchase: $309]

Vans Vans SK8-Hi MTE


Vans SK8-Hi MTE – ($89.95)

Sometimes you need a work boot—and sometimes you just need something to keep you from falling on your ass on the way to the bar. If you’re looking for the latter, and you want something that’ll be stylish and comfortable, Vans’ new Mountain Edition line has you covered. The SK8-Hi has classic Vans skate styling but also packs a Scotchgard-treated upper, grippy lugs, a heat retention layer, and warm linings. They’re not for trekking through deep snow, but for the majority of your days, you’ll stay warm and dry in style.

The SK8-Hi comes in a variety of cool color schemes so you can pick the ones that work best for you (my personal favorite is the glazed ginger, pictured above).

[Purchase: $89.95]

Oliberte Tompa Boots

Oliberte Boots – ($99)

Want a boot that will keep you warm and dry, but also make the world a better place? Buy a Tompa. With the world’s first Fair Trade certified shoe factory based in Ethiopia and a commitment to workers’ rights in Africa, Oliberte is making a difference in the lives of people who live in some tough places, and they’re knocking out awesome boots while they do it.

A premium leather upper, goat leather lining, and vegetable-tanned leather midsole combine with a crepe rubber sole and combat boot styling for an absolute one-of-a-kind look. It doesn’t give you the waterproof breathability of Gore-Tex or the protection of a composite toe or midfoot plate, but if you just need boots to get around town without having your feet get soaked in the process—and you want to look good doing it—a pair of Tompas will serve you just fine.

[Purchase: $99]

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Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

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