Trail Companion: 20 Best Hiking Boots For Men

Hiking is appealing in large part because it is simple. There are no protective pads to throw on, no obscure rules to learn, and no team that you have to assemble. All a person really has to do is step in a pair of shorts, throw on a backpack, lace up their boots and go. The wilderness is pretty democratic in that respect. One of the few pieces of gear hikers really do need, however, is a solid pair of hiking boots.

Each trail is unpredictable. With the changing season they can go from steep to flat, muddy to dry, and gravely to dusty. Having a solid pair of boots that can get you through all of that is important. You are, after all, only as comfortable as your feet are. But finding the right pair of hiking boots can be really difficult. What are the best brands? Which have the kind of traction you need? To help make the quest for the perfect pair of hiking boots that much easier, we narrowed the market down to 20 of our favorite hiking boots for men. Take a scroll through and see if any pop out to you.

Merrell Moab Ventilator

If desert hiking is your idea of fun, this pair of boots from Merrell are for you. Featuring an upper with breathable mesh paneling throughout, a tough Vibram TC5+ sole with 5mm lugs, and an air cushion heel for absorbing foot-strikes these will keep you comfortable and cool even in the summer heat.

Purchase: $89

Keen Versago Hiking Boot

Not all boots have to be heavy duty. Just take this pair from Keen for example. They feature a heftier than usual S3 construction for support at the heel, as well as a dual density compression molded midsole for comfort. Even with those technically advanced pieces – the boot is just as ready to tackle the trail as it is ready to head out in the city.

Purchase: $95

Teva Arrowood Mid Hiking Boot

Not all boots have to be the most rugged in the world. This decidedly more casual hiker from Teva puts comfort and style at the forefront with its Float-Lite mid and outsole, as well as an upper with a comfortable strapping system. Of course, it is tough in its own right – with a waterproof construction and responsive sockliner.

Purchase: $106

Columbia Terrebonne Outdry Extreme Mid

One of the things Columbia has really done a great job at is building out boots that have both super waterproof and breathable constructions. Their skills on this front are on full display with this boot. It is built for inclement weather and even features the brand’s advanced traction Omni-Grip technology.

Purchase: $131

Vasque St. Elias Gore-Tex Boots

Solid leather upper, Gore-Tex technology, short break in time, and breathable mesh panels all come together to making this boot a standout. Whether charging through the trail to get the the next camp or simply going on a day hike these boots and the special A.S.E. Midsole and cushioning pods will keep you good to go.

Purchase: $132

North Face Endurus Hike Mid GTX

As its name would suggest, this boot is built for long distance hiking. Like, backpacking trips from Mexico to Canada long. The boot can huff it these long distances in large part thanks to the integrated OrthoLite footbed, Vibram outsole, and breathable Gore-Tex upper that keeps hikers cool on hot days and dry on wet ones.

Purchase: $150

Hoka One One Tor Summit WP Hiking

For those looking for a hybrid boot and runner, this pair will hit the spot. Boasting a full length EVA cushioning, large RMAT mid for serious comfort, and waterproofing – these are good to job up trails, or take a chill day hike through the woods.

Purchase: $160

Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX

For those who don’t want a restrictive and hot boot, but also want a degree of waterproofing for the wet season – this boot from Salmon is a good pick. It blocks water and snow from seeping in, while also providing a good deal of breathability thanks to the mesh paneling throughout the boot’s upper.

Purchase: $165

Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX Boot

A mix of nubuck leather and textile, this boot boasts a fit that’ll keep you comfortable throughout your longest hikes. This is thanks in no small part to the boot’s 4D Chassis. This technology combines cushioning, stability, and traction making every step a sure one.

Purchase: $170

Oboz Bridger Mid BDry Hiking Boot

A boot with an old school look and a modern feel. Featuring a dual density EVA midsole for comfort, a nylon shank for stability and a tough waterproof nubuck leather upper it is good to tromp up and down the steepest trails without stopping.

Purchase: $170

Salewa Firetail EVo Mid GTX Hiking Boot

What makes this pick special? Well, for starters these boots are as rugged as any other on the market while only weighing 1 pound. This is thanks in part to the 360 degree protection delivered from the 3F System Evo upper, and the use use of aluminum wires for support and flexibility. Beyond just being lightweight these boots are also waterproof, rugged, and ultra comfortable.

Purchase: $188

Adidas Outdoor Terrex Fast GTX

Adidas is not known for its hiking, but that doesn’t mean you should look over their Terrex Fast GTX boot. Featuring technologies from Continental, Ortholite, and Gore-Tex the boot is built to be ready for anything. Comfortable, waterproof, and grippy as they come – they’re sure to be good trail companions to anyone who picks them out.

Purchase: $190

La Sportiva Nucleo High GTX

An award winning boot designed to knock anything the trail throws at you right on its back. Not only is the upper made from a tough Nubuk leather, but the boot features a surrounding Gore-Tex membrane that provides an extra level of waterproofing. For traction, the boot boasts a Vibram Nano outsole that delivers serious traction and grip no matter the terrain.

Purchase: $200

Danner Mountain 600

These hikers from Danner are essentially the platonic ideal of a hiking boot. They feature a single-piece leather upper, D-rings , and a tough and grippy Vibram outsole. Built for serious hiking they have a waterproof build, and a thick midsole that provides comfort for miles and miles – all while looking smart enough for daily wear off the trail.

Purchase: $200

Scarpa Kailash GTX Hiking Boot

A solid, European made pair of Gore-Tex boots engineered for tackling the alps. This silhouette is a classic from Kailash. This latest iteration boasts a PU insert for increased cushioning as well as a new outsole from Vibram with deeper, more adaptive lugs.

Purchase: $220

Under Armour Infil Gore-Tex Boots

Under Armour isn’t exactly the brand that comes to mind when you thinking ‘hiking boots’. All the same, the Baltimore, Maryland based athletic apparel company is looking to change that with their Infil Gore-Tex hikers. These blacked out beauties boast a molded rubber toe cap for protection from rocks and roots as well as a textile upper designed to withstand rubbing and friction from low lying brush.

Purchase: $220

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid Hiking Boots

Designed to get up and go right out of the box, this waterproof boot can take on just about any challenge and then some. Featuring a climate control footbed combined with breathable Gore-Tex membrane, this boot is an ideal pick for year-round adventuring.

Purchase: $230

Asolo Thyrus GV Hiking Boots

There is something about boots featuring one-piece uppers that is just hard to beat. This pair from Asolo, for instance, has an old-school look to them along with a totally modern set of capabilities. We’re talking things like serious waterproofing and capable grip thanks to integrated Vibram and Gore-Tex technologies.

Purchase: $234

Aku Alterra FG GTX

If you are planning on going out on a multi-day backpacking trip over mountains and down steep valleys – these pair of boots from Aku are for you. They feature a Vibram outsole, a gusseted elastic tongue for keeping gravel and bits of the trail out of your shoes, as well as a heavy duty midsole for lasting comfort.

Purchase: $278

Arc’teryx Bora2 Mid

This boot is one of our favorites. Depending on what type of weather you’re trudging out in, you can plug different sock liners into boot’s shell. This makes it one of the most adaptive hikers out there. In addition to the impressive liner technology, the Bora2 boasts a Vibram outsole for solid traction and a specially developed Ortholite footbed for totally comfort. Hands down one of the coolest hiking boots out there.

Purchase: $330

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