The Best Women'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.

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. Mid-rise hiking boots, like these, offer ankle support to reduce twisting on uneven trail sections. 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
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Salomon Quest 4D II
92
Best in Class
2016
Support & Stability 9
Protection 8
Comfort 9
Traction 8
Weight 8

Great traction & stability for the ankles

Comfortable and well padded

Roomy toebox

Slightly clunkier look and feel

Complicated lacing system

MSRP
$230.00
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La Sportiva Trango TRK GTX
89
Support & Stability 7
Protection 7
Comfort 8
Traction 8
Weight 9

Lightweight

Flexible around the ankle

Very comfortable

Laces can come loose easily

All plastic construction

MSRP
$220.00
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Lowa Lady Light
87
Support & Stability 7
Protection 7
Comfort 8
Traction 7
Weight 8

Lightweight feel

Fits foot snugly

Comfortable feel of a day hiking shoe

Longer break in period

Better suited for day hiking or light backpacking

MSRP
$275.00
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Scarpa R-Evolution GTX
83
Support & Stability 6
Protection 7
Comfort 6
Traction 7
Weight 7

Short break-in time

Comfortable feel

Wider toe box

Not as comfortable on downhills

Loose fitting

MSRP
$239.00
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Vasque Skywalk GTX
81
Support & Stability 6
Protection 7
Comfort 5
Traction 6
Weight 7

Durable & reliable

Old school popular design

Quick to lace up

Long break in period

Uncomfortable

Slippery sole

MSRP
$200.00
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Salomon Quest 4D II

Salomon took the same award winning design in their running shoes to make a high performance backpacking boot that is both extremely comfortable and very supportive across all terrains. This boot excelled across the board.

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