Best Hiking Boots Reviews 2020

By William Chutney

April 7, 2020


My picks for the best hiking boots

1. Best Hiking Boot - Timberland Men's White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot (No products found.)


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Why we chose this one?

Timberland is one of the most well-established and highly-regarded names in the world of footwear. Any experienced hiker will surely have come across the Timberland brand before - they are ubiquitous in this space. Despite being comprised of all-leather and being incredibly sturdy in its construction, this boot is lightweight and comfortable to wear for extended periods of time. As well as being a formidable hiking boot, these Timberlands have also found their way into the work kits of many tradesmen and construction workers who work mostly outdoors.

As well as being lightweight and very well made, the comfort of these Timberland boots is further enhanced by thick ankle padding. This padding, which is present on both the upper shoe and the collar of the boot, is arguably the defining feature of these boots. It certainly helps to make the White Ledge Mid a step above other options in the same range.

The presence of a wide sole at the forefoot provides a very sturdy base. In combination with the padded collar, this ensures complete comfort regardless of the surface you are traversing. Our only complaint is that, compared to similar boots from other manufacturers, these measures do relatively little to provide stability for the wearer's ankle. But this minor quibble is somewhat mitigated by the impressive traction that these boots provide.

Overall, these boots provide excellent value to the wearer, however, it should be noted that in spite of the excellent build quality and use of an all-weather design, the soles of these boots do wear out relatively quickly compared to some of Timberland’s main competitors.

Specifications

  • Materials: 100% leather body, recycled rubber sole
  • Available Sizes: Men’s - 7-15. Women’s - 7-9.5
  • Eyelet Pairs: 6
  • Price range (approx): $60 - $195
  • Colors: Dark brown, black, wheat, brown
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Pros

  • Extremely comfortable to wear for extended periods thanks to the use of extra padding.
  • Stable on all types of terrain
  • Provides good traction on wet surfaces
  • Lightweight in spite of its sturdy design
  • They do an excellent job of keeping water out for short periods.

Cons

  • Lack of a waterproof membrane allows water in after approx. 5 minutes of submersion
  • Upper eyelets are prone to bending
  • Soles wear out faster than their competitors’
  • No ankle stability

2. Runner-Up Best Hiking Boot - Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boot (No products found.)


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Another instantly-recognizable footwear manufacturer, Columbia has been making quality footwear for almost a century now, and they have clearly learned a few things in that time. Instead of an all-leather design, these boots feature a combination of materials that, when used together, make for a shoe that is comfortable, functional, and stylish.

Most experienced hikers have had experience with shoes that provide excellent outside waterproofing but fail the test when it comes to the inside waterproofing. In order to qualify as a truly waterproof hiking boot, they need to be able to resist water when the entire shoe is exposed. Fortunately, the Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II’s smart use of multiple materials ensures that they retain their waterproofing in all conditions.

Specifications

  • Materials: Leather, suede, mesh, rubber sole
  • Available Sizes: 7 - 17
  • Eyelet Pairs: 6
  • Colors: black, cordovan, curry, grey steel, collegiate navy, mud, dark brown, graphite.
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Pros

  • Durable yet lightweight
  • Minimal adornments make these boots suitable for a variety of scenarios
  • Warm as well as comfortable in all but the most extreme conditions
  • Seam-sealed construction maximizes waterproofing
  • Sturdy tongue remains in place throughout a hike

Cons

  • The shape is a little narrow for some wearers
  • A little sensitive to heat for some people’s tastes
  • Polishing these boots is more complicated than it needs to be
  • Not terribly waterproof

3. Third Best Hiking Boot - Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot (No products found.)


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Why we chose this one?

The Merrell Men's Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot is not quite as sturdy or resilient as the other shoes on this list, it probably won’t be enough for the most hardcore hikers out there. However, for beginners or for those who enjoy light hiking over multi-day treks through the mountains, this is the ideal boot to choose. The use of suede leather and a priority synthetic mesh provide reasonable waterproofing for most everyday scenarios but aren’t so effective for more extreme conditions.

The combination of materials used in the construction of the Merrell Men's Moab 2 make for a comfortable boot with a short-to-non-existent break-in period - you can appreciate the experience of wearing these boots from your very first hike. However, while these boots are very comfortable on gentle hikes, even when carrying some weight, they aren’t so comfortable to wear on rougher terrain.

Despite being a shoe for relatively lightweight hikers, the Merrell Men's Moab 2 is a pretty heavy boot. You can easily find other boots that offer as much or greater protection in a much more lightweight shoe. However, if weight isn’t an issue to you then these are among the best beginner hiking boots on the market.

Specifications

  • Materials: suede leather, synthetic mesh, rubber sole
  • Available Sizes: 7 - 15
  • Eyelet Pairs: 5
  • Colors: boulder, earth, beluga, gold, dusty olive, granite, walnut, charcoal, brindle
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Pros

  • An excellent choice for beginners
  • The soft-padded tongue allows the wearer to lace the boots up tight without discomfort
  • Lack of a significant break-in period is a welcome change
  • Easy to clean
  • Very comfortable to wear

Cons

  • Poor shock absorption limits utility on more extreme terrain
  • Waterproofing is fine for minor exposure but not much more
  • Very heavy for the protection that they provide
  • Not very robust for hiking
  • Not as breathable as some boots

4. Forth Best Hiking Boot - Skechers Men's Relment Pelmo Chukka Waterproof Boot (No products found.)


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The Skechers Men's Relment Pelmo Chukka is among the more affordable options on this list. As you would expect when it comes to the purchase of hiking boots, you get what you pay for. However, in spite of the relatively low price point of these boots, they provide an exceptionally comfortable experience in most circumstances.

This is another boot that is going to fall short for the most hardcore hikers out there. If you are regularly taking long hikes over extremely uneven, wet or slippery terrain then you will want a more sturdy pair of boots on your feet. However, for those who are either taking their first hikes or who are moving from beginners’ trails to intermediate ones, these boots will serve you very well.

The waterproofing is fine, but it does degrade a little quicker than many hikers will be used to. This can be mitigated by giving these boots regular TLC and spraying protective waterproofing over them periodically.

Specifications

  • Materials: Leather, Gore-tex, synthetic rubber sole, memory foam
  • Available Sizes: 6.5 - 16
  • Eyelet Pairs: 6
  • Colors: grey, khaki, suede
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Pros

  • Very comfortable for beginner or intermediate trails
  • Very durable, as long as you don’t try and push them too far
  • Use of Gore-Tex and memory foam make these super-comfortable everyday shoes with a versatile aesthetic
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Poor shock absorption limits their utility for some
  • Poor grip on icy surfaces make these a non-starter for some
  • Not very waterproof – will need additional waterproofing
  • Reports of metal eyelets cutting laces

5. Fifth Best Hiking Boot - NORTIV 8 Men's Ankle High Waterproof Hiking Boots (No products found.)


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Why we chose this one?

Not every hiker is looking for a top-of-the-line hiking boot to last them for the next decade. If you are looking for something to see you through a short hiking holiday, a sturdy if relatively short-lived hiking boot, the NORTIV 8 Men's Ankle High Waterproof Hiking Boots are the ideal option. Despite their relatively low price point, these boots offer impressive waterproofing. In fact, the waterproofing on these boots outperforms some far more expensive options in certain circumstances.

The rubber outsole on these boots not only enhances their waterproofing but also provides an impressive grip on uneven or slippery terrain. A cushioned footbed helps to retain comfort, even when traversing relatively uneven surfaces. Of course, with a boot in this price range, there is only so much you can expect in this regard. However, the NORTIV 8s definitely perform well for their price point.

While these boots won’t stand up to the most rigorous hiking trails, they are a great option for more gentle terrain and make walking through your day-to-day life s comfortable as could be.

Specifications

  • Materials:  Cross-weave nylon, rubber soles, microfiber lining
  • Available Sizes: 6.5 - 15
  • Eyelet Pairs: 6
  • Colors: black, brown, olive green
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Pros

  • Very good waterproofing for a boot at this price point
  • The rubber outsole is durable and enhances both the functionality and the aesthetics of the boot.
  • Available in multiple sizes and styles, ensuring that there is a variant suited for just about any wearer
  • Lightweight and easy to carry with you on long hikes
  • Plenty of room if you need inserts
  • Lacing systems ensures a snug fit

Cons

  • Not as breathable as other higher-quality hiking boots
  • These boots are warm but they aren’t able to withstand the pressures of snow and ice.
  • The narrow shape will be problematic for those who have wider feet
  • Not very durable
  • Not very supportive

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William Chutney

About the author

Welcome to temperaturesensei.com. My name is William and everything you have read has been written by me. I am a retired man who lives in Texas now. I worked for 25 years for a company that made temperature products (I do not want to name them). If you have any questions or comments pop them in the chat below.

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