7 Best Backpacking Boots, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2022
Pack adventures and backcountry trips that last for days need the right gear. In the realm of footwear, backpacking boots are your sure allies.
This guide is exclusive to those in dire need of the best kicks built for extended journeys. So, whether you need something dependable on all fronts, a lightweight pair, or a boot that can tough it out there for months, we got you covered.
To make this best-of-the-best selection a reality, we’ve thoroughly tested over 100 backpacking boots available on the market. Check out our top picks in several categories below.
How we test hiking boots
We aim to provide you with unbiased reviews on the best backpacking kicks known to man. Here is what we do:
- We receive no backpacking boots for free. All pairs are purchased with our own funds to help us stay unbiased.
- We test every pair for days on various types of terrain—from manicured trails to off-the-beaten-path locations. We also put each boot through the wringer in different weather conditions to gauge its longevity and overall performance.
- To make our reviews as comprehensive as possible, we factor in tons of reviews from both regular users and gear experts.
With all that in the bag, we come up with a CoreScore, which plays a major role in determining the best, and in most cases second best, backpacking boots.