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Five Best Hiking Boots and Shoes for the Serious Hiker

Updated on October 7, 2010

The American Hiking Society once called the hiking boots as “the single most important piece of equipment” that is used for hiking. This means your hiking boots could mean a lot and you can benefit from it more than any other equipment you need for camping. This is why all people who love the outdoors should invest on their pair of sturdy hiking boots because the benefits of having hiking boots is relative to the success of your hiking and camping activities.

According to some groups of professional hikers, the choice of hiking boots must always depend on the weight of your gear. If you will be carrying heavy camping gears like your camping tent, full heavy backpack, camping gears and even your camping chairs with you, then you need a tougher and sturdy footwear when hiking because all the weights on your back will be supported by your feet. To give you the options on how to choose the right hiking boots, read on to this:

· It should be sturdy and solid so it must have tough materials all over its structure.

· It should be light enough for your feet and comfortable but must remain firm once you put on the weights on your back.

· It must protect your feet from harsh weather conditions, from rough and hard surfaces and must have good traction.

· Its size should always be the right size for your feet – not one size larger or smaller so if you will be ordering online make sure you indicate the exact size of your feet. If you will buy them personally, try buying your pair during the late afternoon so that your feet are in their normal shape and size. Wear hiking socks when trying them. Tie them up securely and walk them a bit then feel them.

· To shorten your period of choice especially when choosing boots at Amazon, read reviews and search for some consumer comments about the boots.

Since Amazon is the best shopping online website that can provide you quality products and customers’ greatest satisfaction, I have here some selections of hiking boots for you which can surely satisfy your needs for hiking boots. So far, they are the best among the best at Amazon and they are all highly recommended by the users themselves.

Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV Hiking Boot
Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV Hiking Boot

Hi-Tec Men's Altitude IV Hiking Boot

This altitude hiking boot is specifically designed as tough as a real mountaineer’s hiking boots because of its rugged design, thick pad and knit-lined upper that is waterproofed. It is so comfortable to wear and you can rely on it during downhill breaking because of its lugged outsole that can hold on to any dirt. Its hardware are made of rust-proof brass that can last a lifetime of uses while its midsoles are made of lightweight injection molded EVA materials. At such affordable price, you can have a real functional, durable and reliable hiking boots on this one. This is the product of Hi-Tec Altitude with more than 30 years of footwear manufacturing experience that complete the real personality of hiking boots. In fact, a single pair of this can last you many hiking times and can use it even on informal activities other than hiking. Because they are waterproof and can breathe, you can wear them on any weather.

Hi-Tec Women's Cape Trail II WP Boot
Hi-Tec Women's Cape Trail II WP Boot

Hi-Tec Women's Cape Trail II WP Boot

For women, this is such an excellent product as Hi-Tech carefully designed and put all the materials specifically for women’s use and comfort. It is constructed with durable and excellent quality waterproofed seam-sealed suede leather and with mesh uppers that present rustproof brass hardware. To protect women’s feet better, it has a soft padded collar for protection against sun burns and can prevent blisters even when hiking on hot long trails. It also includes a Comfort-Tec contoured EVA sock liner, a very light molded EVA midsole and a carbon rubber outsole that has multi-direction treads for more secured and enhanced grip. So it doesn’t matter if the lady walk on slicked trails, swampy terrains and shallow rivers, water cannot easily penetrate the inside of the boots because of its waterproof construction.

Teva Men's Riva Leather Mid Event Hiking Boot
Teva Men's Riva Leather Mid Event Hiking Boot

Teva Men's Riva Leather Mid Event Hiking Boot

For tough men who want a heavy-duty type hiking boots, you can always hit the hard trail with this Teva genuine leather hiking boots. It features Riva eVent waterproofing so its totally waterproofed but breathable and a leather upper that is treated with Scotchguard to maintain its durability for years. Its nylon shank and Vibran outsole is also specially designed to provide superior stability while its external Shoc Pad will be handling its shock absorption feature. This hiking boots can deliver perfect performance as it can handle any task. It won’t give up on you on any trail and traction surfaces. It also has a handsome but durable finish so you can use it anywhere even during your walk in the park or when you are tracking the snow. Your feet are sure well protected from moisture as well and from having blisters due to hiking in the hot trails because its leather can really breath. Most customers give this boots 5 stars for comfort, fittings, personality, performance and craftmanship.

Hi-Tec Women's Outlander Hiking Boot
Hi-Tec Women's Outlander Hiking Boot

Hi-Tec Women's Outlander Hiking Boot

Many women really love hiking and so they will need a reliable hiking boots just to protect their fragile feet. Here comes the Hi-Tech Outlander hiking boots for women that every woman will want. It has a waterproof suede and a nylon upper, a rust-proof lacing system, and an internal toe protection. Its outsole is made of multi-traction materials and it has a very thick soft interior padding for maximum comfort and foot support. Although it is packed with tough features, it is still a lightweight hiking boots. You can walk with it on high desert to swampy areas with shallow water. Girls love will also love them because they have this girlish personality that women will love.

Timberland Women's Chocorua Trail Boot
Timberland Women's Chocorua Trail Boot

Timberland Women's Chocorua Trail Boot

When you say Timberland shoes, what usually comes to our mind our tough-looking, durable leather shoes and in this manner, here is the Timeberland hiking boots for women who love to challenge men in braving the harshest of outdoor conditions. It is mostly made of pure grain outsole leather and part textile for breathing and synthetic features for more waterproof protection. Just right for women who have lighter bodies, it has a rubber sole and a removable, dual-density EVA footbed and midsole for lightweight cushioning. This boots can really make your feet dry even on extreme weather conditions because of its breathable but durable materials while its rugged outsole can provide excellent traction to all surfaces. Although they are as tough and resilient as lumberjack boots, they are very comfortable and lightweight to wear you can always hike with them without making your feet sore.


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    7 years ago

    Thanks for this list. I will go buy them all right now.

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    7 years ago

    Pretty good post, currently iam using timberland which i feel satisfied and comfort.

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    Andrew Orrell 

    8 years ago from UK

    Very good write up, I use Meindl hiking boots and love them. But some of these look pretty good to.


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