Top Women's Hiking Boots Reviewed
If you plan on hitting the trail, a trusty pair of comfortable hiking boots is one of the most important items you’re going to invest in.
These days, hiking boots are built so well that no matter which boot you invest in, you’re going to get a lot of great value and find plenty of comfort and enjoyment on the trail.
As opposed to women’s trail runners, hiking boots can offer some more foot safety and warmth on the trail.
However, when shopping for the perfect hiking boot for your adventure, it’s important to know where you’re going and what kind of terrain you will be encountering. The good thing is there are plenty of options to choose from to get all the features you need.
For details on the best hiking boots be sure to check below for a list of the top women’s hiking boots and a buying guide to help you find the best hiking boots.
For those who aren’t looking to break the bank with their footwear, there are plenty of decent women’s hiking boots under $100.
Its important to also remember that before you even hit the trail, it’s important to take some time to break in your hiking boots. This can help make the trail more manageable in new boots
Below we rank and review some of our favorite hiking boots and offer tips on how to find the right men’s hiking boot for your adventure.
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Top Women's Hiking Boots Rankings
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Women's Hiking Boots Buying Guide 2019
How to Pick
Because there is such a giant selection of hiking shoes and boots to choose from, naturally there will be a wide array of features to be aware of.
Knowing what you need for your adventure, and understanding what features to be on the lookout for will you find the right boot.
The common understanding among backpackers is that a pound on the foot equals 5 pounds on the back.
Ideally, you want to keep everything as lightweight as possible.
You spend so much time cutting the fat and making your pack as light as possible.
But choose the wrong shoe and it’s like carrying an extra 3 person tent!
Hiking with heavy footwear can wear you down quicker and take a toll on your endurance.
Not to mention slow your pace dramatically.
On the other hand, if you’re hunting or trekking with a giant pack you’re going to want a heavier boot for added support and cushion.
Without the extra cushioning and shock absorption you’ll start to feel your heavy pack in your feet, knees, and back.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a quality hiking boot on the market that does not tout itself as waterproof or at least water resistant.
This is a very important quality in a hiking boot as you are most likely to encounter some kind of water.
Mostly in the form of rain, streams, and puddles.
Gore-Tex® is the most commonly found waterproofing membrane coating the boot’s uppers.
Some companies have their own proprietary waterproofing material but Gore-Tex® quality seems to be the industry standard.
That’s because it is not only waterproof but breathable.
This is important for the warmer months of the year because without breathability your foot will bake inside the boot.
Good luck trying to convince anyone to sleep in your tent with you and your swamp feet!
The wide variety of hiking shoes and boots on the market also boast a wide variety of materials they are made with.
A lot of quality hiking boots are made of leather.
There are 2 kinds of leather boots, full-grain, and split-grain.
Full grain leather boots are more old school and work better for durability and carrying heavier loads.
They’re waterproof, but not breathable.
Split-Grain leather gets its name as it “splits away” the rougher inner part of the cowhide from the smooth exterior.
It’s found usually paired with nylon and mesh to create a more breathable, lightweight boot that isn’t as waterproof.
There’s also Nubuck leather which is a full-grain leather that’s been buffed to the point of resembling suede for a durable, water-resistant boot.
Synthetics are found on the more affordable boots and are highly recommended for any level of backpacker.
Even though they may not have the shine and style of leather boots, they are lightweight, dry quicker, tough and get the job done.
Keep an eye out for extra insulation, especially in heavyweight mountaineering and winter boots.
This will help keep the inside warmer.
Otherwise known as ethylene vinyl acetate.
EVA is a cushy, lightweight material used in the midsole of hiking boots in varying degrees for added support.
3–5mm thick inserts built between the midsole and the outer sole of the boot to add load-bearing stiffness to the midsole
Grooves built into the outsole of the boot to provide extra traction and grip.
You’ll find multidirectional lug patterns built into just about every hiking boot and shoe including trail runners.
Any boot with Vibram soles will also offer you a highly dependable sole.
Another feature for the boot’s outsole that can be used to prevent losing control and sliding while descending.