The Best Men's Hiking Boots

Hiking boots (also known as backpacking boots) are designed to support hikers carrying a significant load over long distances day after day. These boots are made of stout materials to provide excellent protection from abrasions encountered on or off the trail. They also provide structure in the ankle to support the loads being carried. Thick tread is designed to provide good traction and to protect the bottom of the foot from irregularities on the trail. Hiking boots can come in fully waterproof versions for hikers who regularly encounter wet circumstances or in non-waterproof versions which are usually a little lighter and more breathable.

Wearing a hiking or backpacking boot that aligns perfectly to your individual hiking style is one of the most critical factors in determining your comfort level on, and enjoyment of, all the wonderful trails out there. A good hiking or backpacking boot provides the support and protection your feet and ankles require and limits potential for foot or ankle discomfort or injury, and backpacking boots are specifically engineered to help support heavy loads and protect feet from fatigue when hiking long distances.

Dive into our reviews below comparing individual products. This way, you’ll be able to confidently choose the perfect footgear to match your specific needs.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Helly Hansen Rapide Leather Mid HTXP
Best in Class
Support & Stability 8
Quality & Construction 8
Comfort 8
Weight 8
Protection 8
Value 9

Durable leather upper

Narrow and supportive through arch and heel

Midfoot stabilizer reduces foot fatigue

Easy to control over rough terrain

Arch support in footbed

Gusset is very low for a waterproof boot—only waterproof up to ankle

Stiff cuff can be irritating on descents or unstable ground

Lowa Camino LL Flex
Support & Stability 8
Quality & Construction 9
Comfort 8
Weight 8
Protection 8
Value 7

Lowa’s Camino LL Flex is a nubuck, medium-volume trekking and backpacking boot for serious trail (and off-trail) time under moderate-to-heavy loads.

Very well constructed

Supportive–holds the foot firmly in place

Excellent protection from rocks and stones

Nice touches like the lining and lacing system

Leather lining will dry slowly if soaked


Somewhat heavy

The supplied footbed is flimsy (like most are)

Chaco Holbuck Waterproof Hiking Boot
Support & Stability 7
Quality & Construction 4
Comfort 5
Weight 5
Protection 3

Roomy toe box

Comfortable cushioning

No break in period required

Hard to lace snugly

Poor ankle support

Traction below average

Lowa Camino LL Flex

The Camino is a very well made and sturdy trekking and backpacking boot with a number of nice features. It is more boot than most people will need for day hikes, but it provides capable support and protection for heavy loads and rough territory. Lowa’s lacing system is one of the nicest anywhere, and the leather linings are luxuriously comfortable as long as they remain dry. The price is quite high, but these boots deliver.

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