BEST HIKING BOOTS FOR MEN: 2019

With so many hiking trails and adventures covering almost every terrain type and climate imaginable, it’s vitally important you choose the right pair of boots to make the journey that much more enjoyable and unforgettable.

Take it from us, there’s no easier way to ruin a great trip than by having the wrong footwear. Luckily for you we’ve put together a list of top notch hiking boots that has something for every type of hiker and terrain. 

So, wherever you plan on roaming in 2019, do it with the right hiking boots on your feet. Here’s our top picks for your future adventures:

#
Boot
Category
Score
More Info
#1
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
Midweight
8.9 / 10
#2
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
Midweight
8.5 / 10
#3
HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Hi WP
Lightweight
8.2 / 10
#4
Vasque St. Elias GTX
Heavyweight
8.2 / 10
#5
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
Midweight
8 / 10
#6
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
Midweight
8 / 10
#7
Arc’teryx Bora2 Mid GTX
Midweight
8 / 10
#8
Adidas Terrex Scope High GTX
Lightweight
7.7 / 10
#9
KEEN Targhee III Mid WP
Lightweight
7.6 / 10
#10
Asolo Fugitive GTX
Heavyweight
7.6 / 10
#11
Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II WP
Lightweight
7.1 / 10
#12
La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX
Lightweight
7 / 10

Not sure how to choose the right hiking boots for you? Check out this video from REI that explains all essentials for choosing your ideal boots:

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#1 Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

BEST FOR: Mid weight hiking, Backpacking

Searching for a hiking boot that ticks all the boxes? Look no further than the time-tested Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX. Blending fantastic comfort, support and durability this go-anywhere boot has everything you need for serious day hiking and backpacking. 

For off trail or technical terrain, and even for winter backpacking it’s a great option, offering exceptional waterproofing and traction that a mountain goat would be proud of.

Weighing in at almost 3 lbs it’s slightly heavy, so if you’re looking for a lighter option check out Salomon’s Quest 4D 3 Mid GTX

Comfort
9
Durability
9
Water Resistance
9
Support
8.5
Grip & Traction
9
Overall Score
8.9
Details
  • 2 lb. 13 oz. (pair)
  • GoreTex Lining (GTX)
  • Leather & Textile
  • Regular width
  • 2 year warranty
Strengths
  • Amazing traction
  • Great stability
  • Out the box comfort
  • Waterproofing
  • Tough exterior
Weaknesses
  • Slightly heavy
  • Overkill for day hiking
  • Breathability

#2 Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX

BEST FOR: Mid weight hiking, Backpacking

Offering amazing performance in mountain and rocky terrain as well as on the trail this quality boot has the traction and stability needed to keep you safe and secure..

Whether you’re planning on tackling day hikes or extended backpacking trips you can’t go wrong with Scarpa’s Zodiac Plus GTX. 

This boot is possibly slight overkill for what’s needed on light trails but if you’re likely to be making some steep climbs and wobbly descents especially with weight on your back then you’ll be happy to be partnered with these semi-stiff and protective foot friends. 

Comfort
8.5
Durability
8.5
Water Resistance
8.5
Support
7.5
Grip & Traction
9.5
Overall Score
8.5
Details
  • 2 lb. 6 oz. (pair)
  • GoreTex Lining (GTX)
  • Suede Leather
  • Slightly wide fit
  • 1 year warranty
Strengths
  • Amazing traction
  • Good stability
  • Very durable
  • Breathability
  • Tough exterior
Weaknesses
  • Lace system
  • Overkill for day hiking

#3 HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Hi WP

BEST FOR: Lightweight hiking, Day Hiker

Hurray! Hoka One One signature cushioning is now available to hikers in the Tor Ultra Hi WP Shoe. Providing unrivaled underfoot comfort in the hiking boot category along with excellent stability, and still remaining extremely lightweight. 

The only downsides are the durability and waterproofing which are still good but aren’t quite as strong compared to some other boots out there. However, for lightweight adventures you won’t find a better boot!

Comfort
9.5
Durability
7
Water Resistance
7
Support
9
Grip & Traction
8.5
Overall Score
8.2
Details
  • 2 lb. 2 oz. (pair)
  • GoreTex Lining (GTX)
  • Leather & Suede
  • Slightly wide fit
  • 1 year warranty
Strengths
  • Top comfort
  • Good stability
  • Lightweight
  • Breathability
  • Lacing system
Weaknesses
  • Durability
  • Water resistance

#4 Vasque St. Elias GTX

BEST FOR: Mid-heavy weight hiking, Backpacking

Don’t be fooled, Vasque St. Elias GTX may look like an old school clunker of a hiking boot from afar but it’s a really modern and high quality boot loved by many hikers out there. 

This all-leather boot is not only extremely comfortable and supportive but, excluding weight, performs superbly in a number of other elements making it a great choice for many types of hikers. 

Most of the boots in this list, are lighter, and offer similar levels of performance using synthetic materials rather than full leather such as Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

However, for performance and comfort you can’t go wrong with this beauty. 

Comfort
8
Durability
9
Water Resistance
8
Support
8
Grip & Traction
8
Overall Score
8.2
Details
  • 3 lb. 1 oz. (pair)
  • GoreTex Lining (GTX)
  • Nubuck Leather
  • Wide & narrow options
  • 1 year warranty
Strengths
  • Top comfort
  • Great stability
  • Durability
  • Good support
  • Value for money
Weaknesses
  • Leather needs treatment
  • Quite Heavy
  • Lacing system

#5 Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

BEST FOR: Mid weight hiking, Backpacking, Day hiker

This sturdy, light and traditional looking boot offers great stability and water resistance which is why it’s popular with many hikers. 

It’s downsides are that it’s not quite as nimble as some of it’s counterparts on this list, the lacing system is a bit fidgety and it’s not quite as durable as other boots. 

But if you need a boot that breaks in quickly or you’re planning on carrying a mid-heavy pack and need protection from rocky trails a pair of Lowa Renegade GTX mids will serve you well. 

Comfort
8
Durability
7
Water Resistance
8
Support
8
Grip & Traction
9
Overall Score
8
Details
  • 2 lb. 7 oz. (pair)
  • GoreTex Lining (GTX)
  • Leather & Nylon
  • Wide & Narrow Options
  • 1 year warranty
Strengths
  • Amazing traction
  • Great stability
  • Great comfort
  • Waterproofing
  • Fast break-in
Weaknesses
  • Lacing system
  • Durability

#6 Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX

BEST FOR: Mid weight hiking, Backpacking

Designed for bumpy and rocky trails this protective and stable boot will keep you going even through harsh weather conditions.  

One of the best features is the lacing system, a nod to the company’s climbing gear heritage, which goes down all the way to the toes. Perfect for those who need to adjust the fit of the boot for a wide or narrow foot. 

Probably overkill for a regular trail where it can feel a bit heavy and stiff. However, if you’re going to be traversing rocky trails and rough tracks you can’t go wrong with these fantastic boots from Salewa. 

Comfort
7
Durability
8
Water Resistance
8
Support
9
Grip & Traction
8
Overall Score
8
Details
  • 2 lb. 12 oz. (pair)
  • GoreTex Lining (GTX)
  • Suede Leather
  • Regular width
  • 2 year warranty
Strengths
  • Great traction
  • Great stability
  • Amazing protection
  • Lacing system
  • Tough exterior
Weaknesses
  • Slightly heavy
  • Overly stiff

#7 Arc’teryx Bora2 Mid GTX

BEST FOR: Mid-heavy weight hiking, Backpacking

This boot is a fantastic choice for rocky and tricky terrain offering great stability, traction and foot support. It also looks great with a modern and nimble design. 

It’s unique 2 part construction has a removable inner stretch bootie resulting a virtually seamless upper. 

The main downfall with this boot is breathability where it falls slightly short compared to other boots, and it’s maybe a bit pricey as well. However, you get what you pay for and there’s no denying this is a top quality hiking boot. 

Comfort
8
Durability
7
Water Resistance
8.5
Support
8.5
Grip & Traction
8
Overall Score
8
Details
  • 2 lb. 12 oz. (pair)
  • GoreTex Lining (GTX)
  • Thermolaminated
  • Regular width
  • 1 year warranty
Strengths
  • Top class protection
  • Comfortable
  • Waterproofing
  • Great support
  • Traction
Weaknesses
  • Pricey
  • Overkill for light hiking
  • Breathability
  • Durability

#8 Adidas Terrex Scope High GTX

BEST FOR: Light weight hiking, Day hiking

Built for ascending rocky terrain these boots offer stability and breathability combined with the stickiest rubber traction ever! 

It’s an impressive fast and light pair of boots that overs considerable protection considering it’s weight class, and is the perfect option when precise footwork is needed on steep climbs and hikes. 

It falls short in regards to the ankle support which is a bit loose and flexible but overall for those after a high performing day hiking boot it’s a great option. 

Comfort
8.5
Durability
7.5
Water Resistance
7
Support
7
Grip & Traction
8.5
Overall Score
7.7
Details
  • 1 lb. 15 oz. (pair)
  • GoreTex Lining (GTX)
  • Woven mesh
  • Regular width
  • 2 year warranty
Strengths
  • Amazing traction
  • Very comfortable
  • Good protection
  • Quite Light
  • Nimble
Weaknesses
  • Not for long hikes
  • Poor ankle collar

#9 KEEN Targhee III Mid WP

BEST FOR: Light-Mid weight hiking, Day hiking

The KEEN III Mid WP delivers great value offering superb comfort, toe protection and a tough exterior at a very affordable price. 

Best for day hiking and moderate backpacking trips this popular boot delivers a lot of protection considering it’s weight, including good ankle support. 

It’s a step down in terms of stability, ankle support and traction from other boots such as Lowa Renegade GTX mid and Hoka ONE ONE Tor Ultra Hi WP  but for the price you pay it’s a quality option that won’t break the bank. 

Comfort
8
Durability
8
Water Resistance
7.5
Support
7
Grip & Traction
7.5
Overall Score
7.6
Details
  • 2 lb. 3 oz. (pair)
  • KEEN.Dry Lining
  • Nuback leather
  • Regular & Wide options
  • 1 year warranty
Strengths
  • Value for money
  • Great comfort
  • Waterproofing
  • Tough exterior
Weaknesses
  • Average stability
  • Breathability

#10 Asolo Fugitive GTX

BEST FOR: Mid-heavy weight hiking, Backpacking

The popular and tough Asolo Fugitive GTX is a fantastic hiking boot that is a good option in all seasons and conditions.

Following a traditional style boot design these boots offer a quality fit and lots of comfort with a focus on protection from rocky trails. The downside is that with the burly construction comes added weight which is not ideal for long distance trips.

Overall it’s an excellent boot that will suit those after extra stiffness and protection on the trail.

Comfort
7
Durability
8
Water Resistance
7.5
Support
8
Grip & Traction
7.5
Overall Score
7.6
Details
  • 3 lb. 1 oz. (pair)
  • GoreTex Lining (GTX)
  • Leather & Nylon
  • Regular width
  • 2 year warranty
Strengths
  • Great protection
  • Good in all seasons
  • Good traction
  • Good comfort
  • Waterproofing
Weaknesses
  • Stiff
  • Heavy
  • Breathability

#11 Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II

BEST FOR: Light-Mid weight hiking, Day hiking

The Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II hiking boot is a fantastic budget friendly option for hikers and backpackers. Offering decent build quality, this boot not only performs well in regards to waterproofing it’s also comfortable right out the box. 

The downsides are that the quality doesn’t match up to most of it’s more expensive counterparts, with limited breathability through the leather upper and average ankle support. Those looking for a top quality trekking boot should look elsewhere

However, if you’re after an affordable and quality option for light hikes and day treks then this boot is a great choice for you. 

Comfort
7.5
Durability
7
Water Resistance
7
Support
6.5
Grip & Traction
7.5
Overall Score
7.1
Details
  • 2 lb. 0 oz. (pair)
  • Omni Tech lining
  • Leather, Suede, Mesh
  • Regular width
  • 1 year warranty
Strengths
  • Bargain price
  • Good traction
  • Good comfort
  • Waterproofing
  • Tough exterior
Weaknesses
  • Ankle support
  • Breathability

#12 La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX

BEST FOR: Light-Mid weight hiking, Day hiking

With it’s Nubuck leather upper and Gore-Tex lining La Sportiva’s Nucleo High GTX is a tough yet flexible hiking boot, that has much to offer. With great traction and protection you’ll be descending, ascending and scrambling through the trail with ease. 

However, the boot falls slightly short when it comes to support and comfort. Plus the waterproofing and leather make it quite warm, so not recommended in summer and humid climates.

Overall, if you’re looking for a quality and durable hiking boot you can’t go wrong with La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX. 

Comfort
7.5
Durability
6.5
Water Resistance
7
Support
7
Grip & Traction
7
Overall Score
7
Details
  • 2 lb. 2 oz. (pair)
  • GoreTex Lining (GTX)
  • Nuback leather
  • Narrow width
  • Ltd lifetime warranty
Strengths
  • Light
  • Good traction
  • Good comfort
  • Waterproofing
  • Tough exterior
Weaknesses
  • Average support
  • Durability
  • Breathability
  • Lacing system

How to choose hiking boots: REI

Here’s the video from REI again to help you make the right choice for your hiking boots:

Play Video
#
Boot
Category
Score
More Info
#1
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
Midweight
8.9 / 10
#2
Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX
Midweight
8.5 / 10
#3
HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra Hi WP
Lightweight
8.2 / 10
#4
Vasque St. Elias GTX
Heavyweight
8.2 / 10
#5
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
Midweight
8 / 10
#6
Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid GTX
Midweight
8 / 10
#7
Arc’teryx Bora2 Mid GTX
Midweight
8 / 10
#8
Adidas Terrex Scope High GTX
Lightweight
7.7 / 10
#9
KEEN Targhee III Mid WP
Lightweight
7.6 / 10
#10
Asolo Fugitive GTX
Heavyweight
7.6 / 10
#11
Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II WP
Lightweight
7.1 / 10
#12
La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX
Lightweight
7 / 10

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