The Best Hiking Boots For Men And Women According To Rigorous Testing – Forbes

When you’re hitting the trails, your feet are your most valuable asset to take you to your destination. After extensive testing on hiking trails and scrambles in the Wasatch mountain range, we found that the Scarpa Rush Mid GTX (which comes in a men’s and women’s version) was the best overall hiking boot because of its versatile yet lightweight design. Likewise, the Adidas Terrex Skychaser 2.0 Mid (which comes in a men’s and women’s version, too) won our best value hiking boot pick because it provides structured ankle support at a more approachable price point than traditional backpacking boots.

We tested nine of the leading hiking boots for both men and women to find which treated your feet … [+] best on and off the trail.


Nothing can end a hike faster than blistered, tired feet, so it’s important to take care of them with the proper gear and invest in a great pair of hiking boots (as well as a great daypack or hiking backpack). The best hiking boots for you should provide traction, support and comfort for all-day use whether you’re hiking an urban trail or backpacking deep into the wilderness.

Our Expertise

I’ve been advising hikers on what boots to wear since 2015 when I worked as a backpacking guide (which I did until 2020), and I’ve guided multi-day trips in National Parks including Yosemite, Yellowstone, Olympic and the North Cascades. As a guide, I hiked—and instructed guests on—terrain from root-covered trails to the smooth granite of Half Dome. Before and during trips, I recommended boots to guests, advised them on break-in protocol, and assessed footwear issues on the trail.

For this piece, I interviewed experts, like the team at AllTrails. I spoke to Senior Operations Manager Manon Nectoux and Head of Social Media Stephanie Asper, who have spent hundreds of hours in hiking boots for both work research and recreation. I also consulted with Joe Liefer, the Divisional Merchandise Manager for Hard Goods at Christy Sports, who determines the hiking boot inventory for their retail stores and previously led the company’s boot fitting educational programs for staff.



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