Recommended Men Hiking Boots

Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX

Among tough and serious hiking boots, the Zodiac Plus and Salewa Mountain Trainer below are two of the best. The Zodiac is more comfortable out of the box, weighs 9 ounces less for the pair, and is a bit more flexible for covering ground quickly, but the Mountain Trainer’s stiffer build and 360-degree rubber rand offers even better protection in the alpine.

For a recent trek over the harsh terrain of Peru’s Cordillera Huayhuash, we turned to Scarpa’s Zodiac Plus. This boot mixes approach shoe-like traction on rock and boulders with the toughness and stability of a lightweight mountaineering boot, which is quite a combination. Over a brutal 10 days of on and off-trail hiking while shouldering a heavy pack, the Zodiac impressed: the semi-stiff build, high quality construction, and solid protection provided a lot of confidence on steep climbs and sketchy descents.

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Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX

There are a few compromises that come with the X Ultra’s lightweight construction. The most significant is the lack of underfoot protection, which is thinner than the Quest 4D above. In addition, the X Ultra also doesn’t sit as high on the ankle as the Quest and isn’t as supportive over technical terrain or when carrying a heavy pack. However, it beats out other ultralight options like the Altra and Adidas below in long-distance comfort, durability, and traction.

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Built like a trail-running shoe but with added ankle support and protection, the Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid is our favorite ultralight boot. Updated last year, Salmon didn’t mess with the formula: the boots are flexible and feathery light—even 2 ounces lighter per pair than the previous model—but retain decent toe protection, a stable chassis, and a new lug design that grips exceptionally well. For fast-moving day hikers, lightweight backpackers, and thru-hikers, we heartily recommend the X Ultra 3 Mid.

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Arc’teryx Bora2 Mid GTX

Arc’teryx makes some of the best outerwear on the market, but is a relative newcomer to footwear. Our favorite from their hiking lineup is the Bora2 Mid GTX, which features a unique 2-piece construction with a removable stretch bootie. Over a multi-day backpacking trip in Utah’s Canyonlands National Park, we were impressed with how well the design works in warm conditions and on rocky terrain. The liner was breathable and fit like a comfortable sock, and the tough outer shell offered great protection and gripped well on slickrock.

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KEEN Men’s Targhee

The new Targhee is more durable overall with its leather construction, but the Moab matches it in trail comfort, keeps you cooler with its mesh design, and costs $15 less.

With an affordable price tag and great out-of-the-box comfort, the Keen Targhee line is an extremely popular boot for day hiking and easy to moderate backpacking trips. The new Targhee III, released in fall of 2017, is $10 more than the older model but hones in comfort nicely (this boot is known for having a very wide fit, and the new version feels a little less wide in the toebox, which we like). Despite the reasonable price, the boot is surprisingly tough with a good-sized toe cap and leather upper, and it sits just high enough on the ankle to offer decent rollover protection. Keep in mind that the Targhee III still is a clear step down in stability and ankle support from a boot like the Lowa Renegade above, but it offers sufficient stability and grip for most subalpine adventures.

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Vasque Talus Trek Mid UltraDry

In price and performance, the Talus Trek UltraDy is a nice mix of the Merrell Moab 2 above and the popular Keen Durand. The leather upper is a step up in durability from the mesh-heavy Moab, but the Talus is a significant 5 ounces lighter in weight than the Durand while providing comparable ankle support. We did find that the toe box was quite a bit tighter than the competition, so those with wide feet may want to steer clear of the Vasque. But if you need a precise and snug fit, the Talus Trek is a capable boot at an attractive price.

Vasque’s Talus Trek is a new addition to their hiking boot line-up, designed to tackle wet and rocky trails. Right off the bat, we were very impressed with the build quality and feel of these boots. The leather upper is strong and handled muddy hiking and snow travel with ease (the Talus quickly became a favorite for mild weather snowshoeing). The Vasque also has excellent foot protection for the price with a rigid toe cap and heel piece. All in all, the boot doesn’t have the same performance feel of the Salomon Quest 4D 3, but is a solid partner on the trail and a great value at $150.

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