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Incredible Hiking Boots For Your Next Outdoor Adventure
The Merrell Moab 3 Mid Waterproof boot is a well-priced option that is good for multiple terrains, is waterproof, and stays comfortable after tons of use.
Best Overall
For the average hiker, this boot checks all the boxes and remains a shoe they can keep for years. You can get the Moab 3 Mid Waterproof from Merrell for $150.
Columbia's Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof hiking boot is priced well under most other comparable boots, starting at around $70, without sacrificing quality.
Best Affordable
The lightweight suede boot features an outsole with traction needed for traversing various terrains. It's a solid, comfortable shoe — just watch out for heavily wet conditions.
Ridgemont Outfitter's Monty Hi Hiking Boot is great when the mood to explore outdoors strikes or when you encounter an off-sidewalk opportunity.
Best Everyday
It looks like a high-top street shoe and comes in a number of colors while also offering more ankle support than your typical high-top sneaker and a much-improved tread.
The Scarpa SL Active is a great rock scrambling shoe. A rubber rand fully encompasses the boot, shielding the heel, toes, and sides of the feet from rock rubs.
Best Rock Scrambling
The Scarpa also employs a good toe grip, and many advanced hikers have happily used the boot for decades. You can get the unisex Scarpa SL Active from Scarpa for $359.
If you are injury-prone, consider Xero's Xcursion Fusion boots. As a barefoot shoe, it may help prevent injury by strengthening your arches, ankles, and Achilles.
Best Protective
The high top keeps ankles from being scraped, and the boot features a toe cap and supportive layers underfoot. You can grab the Xcursion Fusion from Xero Shoes starting at $75.