Top Men's Hiking Boots Reviewed

Finding the best pair of men’s hiking boots for your upcoming adventure will be one of the most important pieces of gear you’ll purchase for your adventure.

There are a number of different styles and brands of hiking boots and hiking shoes for men and women to choose from so it’s important to do your research.

As opposed to men’s trail runners, hiking boots can offer more safety, traction, and warmth, especially on more challenging terrain.

There are a number of features to take into consideration when finding the right men’s hiking boot including size, fit, traction, and of course overall comfort.

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

Just remember, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to afford a new pair of Men’s Hiking Boots, in fact there is a quite a nice selection of Men’s Hiking Boots under $100 to choose from.

There are even accessories like Vibram soles you can add to your boots to add better traction and make them more comfortable.

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.

 

Top Men's Hiking Boots Rankings

  1. KEEN Men’s Revel III Hiking Boot

  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    Best Overall Option

    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof No
    Sex Men
    Current Price from $159.17
    Pros Lots of heat trapping insulation with the Nubuck Leather and Keen's Heat Trapolator technology, Waterproof, Lightweight for a Winter boot, ,
    Cons Some customers have complained about faulty stitching and problems with the laces, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The KEEN Men’s Revel III Hiking Boot is a stylish, all-terrain, winter hiking boot that will keep your feet happy in tough conditions.

    The Revel III’s are built with waterproof Nubuck leather and provide enough insulation thanks to Keen’s “Heat Trapolator” technology which works as a 3 layer system to keep heat inside the shoe.

    There’s also Keen Dry waterproofing which is a breathable membrane that lets vapor out without letting water in to keep your feet high and dry.

    These boots will work perfectly for any snow treks you may encounter.

    They also include an EVA midsole for added support and a grippy dual climate non-marking rubber outsole that works perfectly in the ice and snow that minimizes harm on the environment.

    For a strong winter boot with lots of features the Keen Revel III’s are very lightweight at only 20 ounces.

    They’re also well ventilated helping your feet breathe and avoiding any swamp-foot situation.

    The interior gives plenty of room in the toe while firmly hugging the rest of your foot to keep your heel under control while avoiding any unwanted blisters.

    Whether you need these boots for cold weather hiking or even just working outside these Keen’s will do the trick.

    Read our full review of the KEEN Men’s Revel III Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price from $236.54
    Pros 4 season boots built for most conditions and weather, Strong waterproofing and breathability, Tough Sole/heel/and toe, Incredibly flexible and comfortable,
    Cons Kind of narrow for wider feet, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The Salomon Men’s X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Multifunctional Hiking Boot is a great lightweight hiking boot that will offer protection from the elements and foot pain.

    The Ultra Mid 2’s uppers are made with a polyurethane coated leather and textile combo fabric that helps make it waterproof and flexible for comfort and dryness.

    Also included is a Gore-Tex lining for extra waterproofing and breathability for weather and water protection all the way up to the ankle portion of the boot.

    There’s a reinforced rubber toe cap and heel for added protection against rocks, roots, and any other surprises on the trail.

    The Sensifit exterior system helps the boot hug your foot comfortably once they’re all laced up without any strain or pressure while leaving good room in the toe box.

    The EVA midsole and the TPU heel pod give more support and cushioning to your foot for long days on the rough trail.

    At 16 ounces these boots won’t add any extra weight to your trek and the advanced chassis offers some more weight support.

    On the sole are deep multi-directional lugs that add plenty of grip and traction and support for whatever the trail might throw your way.

    These are boots you can confidently wear on the trail or off.

    If you have a job that requires a lot of walking these boots will also work great.

    With all of the features, these lightweight boots will work in any environment in all 4 season.

    Read our full review of the Salomon Men’s X Ultra Mid 2 GTX Multifunctional Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price from $88.88
    Pros Vibram TC5 outsole with 5mm lugs offer great traction, M SELECT™ Dry makes these boots waterproof, Durable yet breathable upper made from suede/leather/mesh, ,
    Cons They fit tight so order a half size up from your normal shoe size, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot is an incredibly comfortable boot that offers great support in challenging environments.

    The Vibram TC5 outsole with 5mm lug depth gives you a ton of traction along with the Merrell air cushion in the heel give you much-needed comfort and reliability when climbing or declining.

    The upper is made from a combo of suede, leather, and mesh which gives protection and ventilation.

    The mesh on the side of the tongue also helps to vent some of the moisture lingering inside the boot. The M SELECT™ Dry feature does a great job of keeping water out.

    It’s actually surprising how waterproof they are considering the added mesh lining and ventilation.

    Feel free to fearlessly power through streams and puddles without worrying about soggy socks.

    There’s also a hard rubber stopper on the front of the toe box which will protect your toe from any rock or root surprises.

    Be sure to order yourself a 1/2 size bigger than you normally wear as Merrell seems to play by its own sizing rules. It simply is what it is.

    Read our full review of the Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof No
    Sex Men
    Current Price from $83.50
    Pros Good hot weather hiking boot, Great ventilation, Very durable, Strong and comfortable Vibram sole,
    Cons Not at all waterproof, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Mid Hiking Boot is a great boot for those shorter, low maintenance hikes where you don’t need the robustness and durability of a more expensive boot.

    The Moab 2 Vents offer great traction and control thanks to the Vibram sole and the Merrell air cushion in the heel.

    You will hardly feel any of the rocks and roots under your feet.

    Comfort wise these boots fit like a glove, but like other Merrell boots, you need to buy them at least 1/2 size bigger than your normal shoe size.

    You’ll love them right out of the box as they require little to no breaking in.

    Keep in mind that as oppose to the “waterproof” Moab 2’s these are not waterproof.

    They give a mesh exterior which will offer superb ventilation but will not protect your feet against the rain, snow, or streams. This also includes wet grass and brush, your feet will feel the moisture.

    However, if these boots do get wet they are light enough and ventilated enough that they do dry relatively fast.

    If you are hiking in dry, hotter conditions these will serve you quite well for a good price.

    Read our full review of the Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Vent Mid Hiking Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price from $179.56
    Pros Waterproof, 4 season, Plenty of grip and traction, Wide toebox, Durable for short and longterm backpacking,
    Cons Loose in the heel, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The KEEN Men’s Durand Mid Waterproof Boot is a great 4 season mid-length boot that performs well on a variety of terrain.

    Like other Keen boots, the Durand Mid’s were very durable and the waterproofing keeps the water out while staying breathable on the inside thanks to Keen’s Dry waterproofing materials, nubuck leather, and mesh uppers.

    This will also help keep your feet warm and protected against the cold. Feel free to trek fearlessly through puddles and rain.

    They’re lightweight on your feet at around 20 ounces and have a nice wide toebox which adds to the already comfy interior.

    This is also great for those hikers with wider feet.

    The outsole is made with a dual rubber compound that gives them plenty of toughness and traction while adding plenty of comfort on the trail.

    They’re a little loose in the heel, but not so much that I’d call it a deal breaker or even that much of a downside. Just something to be aware of.

    Also, remember to order these 1/2 size bigger than your normal shoe size.

    Otherwise Keen delivers a great boot made right here in the USA.

    Read our full review of the KEEN – Men’s Durand Mid Waterproof Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price from $84.95
    Pros Very warm and waterproof boot, Tough outer and midsoles with plenty of ice grip traction, They look great in pants, ,
    Cons Inside is too narrow for wide feet, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The Merrell Men’s Moab Polar Waterproof Winter Boot is a well-insulated winter boot that will keep your feet very warm and dry.

    The 400 Gram insulation will give you plenty of warmth and cushion inside the boot including so unless you are dealing with frigid temps you don’t have to worry about sock thickness.

    The waterproof suede and mesh upper keeps out any snow or cold rain from seeping in.

    The soles of the boot are tough as nails with plenty of traction and M-Select ice grip to keep you on your feet.

    The compression-molded EVA midsoles also add plenty of stiffness to the bottom.

    At 22 ounces they aren’t too heavy for a winter boot.

    They also work well with snowshoes.

    The M-Fresh technology keeps them from smelling bad which is nice especially considering how warm they keep your feet.

    They also look great on your feet whether you’re on the trail or in the city.

    They look good with hiking pants and jeans. Keep in the mind the inside of the boot is kind of narrow and if you have a wide foot can get a little uncomfortable.

    If this isn’t a problem for you then the Moab Polar’s will work great for your winter adventure!

    Read our full review of the Merrell Men’s Moab Polar Waterproof Winter Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price from $214.99
    Pros Incredible durability, Very breathable and waterproof, Great traction on sole, ,
    Cons The toe box can be a little tight, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot is a comfortable, yet technical boot that offers premium performance no matter what distance or conditions you pose them.

    The Salomon Quest 2’s are a top 3 season boot choice for amongst thru-hikers and have developed a bit of a cult following.

    They’re very comfortable with a little stiffness that wears in very quickly and offers a ton of flexibility.

    They’re incredibly stable when going over more uneven terrain and provide great ankle support. No matter what elements they deal with, rain, mud, snow, they still look great.

    They don’t break down over time like other boots.

    You won’t have to worry about the seams splitting or rubber falling off.

    Keep in mind that although they can handle the snow quite well they won’t be your best choice as a winter boot unless you plan on layering your socks.

    Although they do work well in the colder spring and fall months.

    They might be too warm for summer.

    The Nubuck leather and Gore-tex make the exterior extremely breathable, though not totally waterproof, you can get away with stepping in some pretty deep puddles and not having water enter.

    The laces are also very tough and don’t tear easily.

    The High Traction Contagrip® sole gives amazing traction with sport-specific geometry and density.

    The biggest downside we found was from the Quest 1’s to the 2’s the toe box was made a bit smaller.

    Still a great boot for the long distance 3 season adventurer.

    Read our full review of the Salomon Men’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot


  3. Timberland Men’s Mt. Maddsen Hiker Boot

  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.1 / 5)

    Best Value

    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price from $90.81
    Pros Built for comfort and versatility on the top and bottom,, Strong outsole with great traction and grip for rigid day hikes, Versatile for the trail and city work, ,
    Cons Narrow fit for a wider fit, The tongue tends to dig into the top of your feet, , ,
    Our Take:

    The Timberland Men’s Mt. Maddsen Hiker Boot are great boots on and off the trail.

    Like most Timberland’s they are high quality on top and bottom.

    The waterproof leather uppers are comfortable and flexible which makes these a great boot to stay fearless in most weather conditions including the rain and snow.

    The compression EVA midsole along with the deep, multi-directional luggy outsole offers plenty of grip for the trail or challenging work terrain.

    There’s also an internal TPU shank for torsional rigidity which adds to the flexibility and security for your ankle.

    The Mt Madesens are built with strong D-ring and clamshell lacing hardware in the uppers for extra lace protection.

    These boots break in very easily and feel very nice on your feet.

    They don’t have the best arch support which is a bit of a downer but can be rectified easily by getting the right insole for you, which we advise doing anyways.

    The exterior looks nice and will fit well on the trail or for anyone who needs a reliable work boot that doesn’t look too much like a hiking boot.

    Very versatile, strong, comfortable boot.

    Read our full review of the Timberland Men’s Mt. Maddsen Hiker Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price from $63.95
    Pros Lots of waterproofing features including seam sealed waterproof liner and EVA breathable footbed, Good for hiking or city work, B.S.F.P. (Brake, Support, Flex, and Propel) lug system gives dynamic control and traction,, ,
    Cons Lots of stiffness especially near the front of the tongue, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot is the big guns you call in when you need a durable boot that looks good and can stand up to the roughest outdoor terrain.

    These leather boots will keep your feet dry with a seam-sealed waterproof liner and a removable, dual-density EVA breathable footbed which provides better circulation.

    They work great in warm weather, and because they’re made of leather will offer good inner warmth for cold weather.

    The B.S.F.P. (Brake, Support, Flex, and Propel) system made from lugs on the bottom will give you added traction no matter what kind of terrain you’re going over.

    They contour to the shape of your foot and natural stepping motion with primary flex grooves behind the ball of your foot and secondary flex grooves in the toe area.

    The only downside was the boots can feel a bit stiff especially near the front of the tongue, and can take a bit of time to break in.

    Otherwise, if you need a tough boot at a great price the Timberland White Ledge’s will work great!

    Read our full review of the Timberland White Ledge Men’s Waterproof Boot


    Shoe Style Hiking Boots
    Waterproof Yes
    Sex Men
    Current Price from $96.62
    Pros Versatile/stylish boot, Good for Snow and Ice in the city, Good odor control, ,
    Cons The waterproofing doesn't seem to hold up, Padding under your feet is kind of weak, , ,
    Our Take:

    The Merrell Men’s Turku Trek Waterproof Winter Boot are a stylish hiking boot that will pair well with street clothes, but maybe not the best for long hikes or winter treks.

    They have some nice features like Merrell’s patented M Select DRY for water and moisture proofing along with M Select Fresh which helps keep out the odor.

    They are sold as winter boots because they are very well insulated and offer some nice traction on the bottom with Merrell’s M Select GRIP outsole which can handle the snow and ice.

    However, comfort wise they leave some more to be desired.

    The toes are kind of tight and the waterproofing gives out fairly quickly.

    Also, the padding between your foot and the ground is kind of weak.

    If you’re looking for a good looking boot to wear when it’s cold and icy out in the city the Turku Trek’s work great, but we don’t advise taking them too far out on the trail.

    Read our full review of the Merrell Men’s Turku Trek Waterproof Winter Boot


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Men's Hiking Boots Buying Guide 2019

How to Pick

How to choose

As you look for the right hiking boot or shoe, keep in mind that one of the most important parts of the process comes down to finding a boot that gives you the right fit and provides the most amount of comfort for your particular feet.  

With the amount of variety and styles of boots on the market, each boot will fit differently on your feet.

Even if you do all the work to find the perfect boot for your adventure, if it doesn’t fit properly you’ll be in a world of hurt.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY 

Especially if you plan on purchasing online!

Go to a store that sells hiking boots and actually try the boots on your feet and figure out which one works best.  

Here’s a couple of best practices to follow when trying on hiking boots in a store.

  1. Get your foot sized by an in-store employee.  Trying to use your regular shoe size to buy hiking boots may leave some room for error, so its best to go into a store and have your foot length, width, and arch measured accurately with a foot sizing instrument like a Brannock device. 
  2. Wear the socks that you’ll be wearing with the boots on your feet.  Your crusty old cotton socks aren’t the best option to wear with hiking boots as they retain more moisture and can lead to blisters.  There are a number of hiking sock options available made with wool and synthetic materials.  Also, bring any orthotics and insoles you plan on wearing with the boot for a more accurate reading.  https://adventuresacks.com/recommends/dexshell-ultralite-bamboo-waterproof-socks/ 
  3. Try the boots on later in the evening.  Throughout the day your foot will naturally swell and expand, so its best to try on any footwear once you know the absolute tightest fit you’ll experience.  Trying on boots earlier in the day might feel comfortable at that time, but is not an accurate assessment of how they will feel on the trail.  As the day wears on they will get tight and uncomfortable.
  4. Remove all the laces, and then re-lace.  Make sure there is no lace slack at the toe area.  As you hike you may need to re-lace your boots to relieve pressure points and discomfort.  
  5. Walk around a bit.  The fit should be snug in the heel, ankle, and forefoot with around 1/4 inch heel lift to ensure your Achilles heel is able to move up and down which will help you avoid blisters 
  6. With the boot on, bang the front of your foot against a sturdy wall or pole 3 times.  Each time the toe should inch closer to the front with the third bang forcing your toe to hit against the front of the boot.  This will indicate a good size.  
  7. Always make sure to break the boots in before you actually use them on the trail.  Where around your neighborhood or on errands.  That way when you first lace them up they’ll feel more natural.

Be sure to check out our recommendations for the top men’s and women’s hiking boots listed in this article.  

We highly encourage to do as much research as it takes to find the right boot for you.

Finding the right hiking shoes is an investment, and if done right can last you for years.

If done wrong, you could end up buying a whole new pair sooner than you’d like.

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Nick P

Nick spent his mostly unsupervised youth raising hell in the woods and ponds of 16 Acres in Springfield, MA (AKA Hell's Acres). He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and loves hitting the northeast trails when his schedule allows and camping on his roof deck when it doesn't.

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