Best Hiking Boots For Men – Stability And Traction

best hiking boots for men

As one prepares for a hike, an important decision to make is to pick the best hiking boots. This decision depends on a number of factors. To pick the best hiking boots, you need to ask yourself some questions - what is the type of terrain? What is the weather condition? Would you prefer the boots to be more lightweight and comfortable, or more sturdy and stable? Once you have these answers, it is advisable to go through online reviews and user comments to narrow down your options and pick the best boot.

Below is my list of the top 5 best boots for hiking; considering stability,  traction,  comfort, breathability,  weight and such factors.

Ladies, you'll want to check our women's hiking boots and hiking shoes reviews.

Comparison Table

Image

Model

Upper

Sole

Price

Rating

Timberland Men's White Ledge Waterproof

Timberland Men's White Ledge

Mesh

Rubber

$$

KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid WP

KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid WP

Leather

Rubber

$$$

Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid

Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid

Leather and
Mesh

Vibram

$$

Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX

Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX

Leather

Synthetic

$$$

Hi-Tec Men's Altitude V I Waterproof

Hi-Tec Men's Altitude V I Waterproof

Leather and
Synthetic

Synthetic

$$

1. Timberland Men's White Ledge Waterproof Boot

Timberland Men's White Ledge Waterproof

Timberland is a renowned manufacturer of boots. Naturally, their product would be featured in my hiking boot reviews. The White Ledge Waterproof boot is easy on the pocket and despite a one-piece leather upper, is surprisingly lightweight.

Although it does not have an inner waterproof lining, this boot serves well in wet conditions. The lack of a lining definitely adds to great breathability. The leather upper is water resistant and because it is one piece, is a lot more durable than other boots that split at the seams.

Along with one of the best lightweight hiking boots, this boot is also one of the best hiking boots for wide feet. In terms of stability, a wide sole at the forefoot, great traction on wet surfaces and a snug padded collar greatly add to the balance and support. The Timberland Men’s White Ledge Boot is a great (and cheap) investment, for an all-purpose boot.

2. KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot

KEEN Men's Targhee II Mid WP Hiking Boot

Keen’s hiking products are hands-down my favorite, and it is no different with the Keen Men’s Targhee II Mid Hiking Boot. These boots guarantee high performance at an affordable cost. What makes them the best backpacking boots? They are extremely comfortable thanks to the dual density insole and padded ankle collar.

In terms of stability, they greatly negate your chances of twisting an ankle, and the boot has been engineered to offer resistance to impact and diffuse shock. The multidirectional lugs and non-marking sole offer great traction, in all weather and trail conditions.

I would also rate the Keen Targhee II Mid as one of the best waterproof hiking boots. The manufacturer has a proprietary waterproof breathable membrane, Keen Dry, which is excellent at keeping water out, and ensuring your feet breathe. All these factors guarantee that the Keen Men’s Targhee II Mid features in my list of top rated hiking boots.

3. Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot

Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot

The next on my list of good hiking boots is the Merrell Moab Ventilator Mid. To start with, the breathable mesh lining keeps your feet fresh and dry. These boots are not waterproof, so I would recommend not getting them wet.

However, if the boots get wet, they will dry out really quickly. The boot is also treated with anti-microbial agents to prevent odor. All these features make this the best hot weather-hiking boot. In terms of stability and traction, the boots have a wide forefoot, 5 mm vibram lugs and a shock absorbing air cushion heel. The Merrell Moab Ventilator, for me, is amongst the best lightweight-hiking boots.

For backpackers whose primary focus is weight and hot weather, this is your pick. The Merrel Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot has a much-deserved place in my Top 5 best hiking boots for men.

4. Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boot

Vasque Men's Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boot

The Vasque Men’s Breeze 2.0 GTX Hiking Boot is another great pick in my hiking boot reviews. The Waterproof lining in this boot is definitely a lot more breathable than in others.

The mesh upper also contributes significantly to its breathability. In combination with leather panels, the mesh upper enables the boot to have a snug fit and maintain a low weight. Couple this with dual density insoles and these boots rate high in terms of comfort and stability. The high ankle collar and tongue provide great support as well.

However, the mesh upper does compromise on the ability of this boot to be fully waterproof. It soaks up water and takes time to dry. Further, the soles do not provide much traction on smooth, wet surfaces. I would say the Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX classifies under good hiking boots for dry conditions. These boots strike a perfect balance between the comfort of lightweight boots and stability of mid-weight boots, and therefore are one of the top rated hiking boots, in my eyes.

5. Hi-Tec Men's Altitude V I Waterproof Hiking Boot

Hi-Tec Men's Altitude V I Waterproof

Similar to the Timberland White Ledge in terms of cost, the Hi-Tec Altitude VI hiking boot is the last and final pick in my list of best hiking boots. These boots are the best hiking boots for wide feet, with substantial room to ensure a blister-free experience.

In terms of comfort, it does take time to break in these boots with their fully leather uppers, but they are fully padded on the inside. They are also great in terms of stability with a stiff outsole and a foam-cushion footbed. Despite the ankle collar being more low cut than other mid-weight boots, the Hi-tec Altitude V offers excellent ankle support with the use of a lot of leather at the collar.

Traction wise these boots are better off in dry/ muddy conditions, as opposed to wet conditions. But, with a lot of features to make it long lasting and water resistant, I would rate these boots high in terms of durability.

Conclusion

With this, I come to an end with my review of the best hiking boots for men. I hope that these reviews may be of help to you. Remember that solid hiking boots are a one-time investment which, if done wisely, give you long term returns. Do not treat the activity of buying the right boot lightly. The wrong boot can do some serious damage to your feet and form. Consulting a podiatrist is always a good option, particularly if you have weakness in certain parts of your feet. Always give your boots some time to break in and it is advisable to break them in before you leave on your hike.

Here is wishing you a happy and healthy hike!

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