7 Best Backpacking Shoes in 2022
Where the trail turns for the worse, but mobility is still high on your hiking preference list, turn to backpacking shoes.
After testing 15+ trekking kicks, we have chosen our top picks in several categories. Do you need a hiker that excels on and off the trail? Maybe something quite light to give you enough agility on your way? Or perhaps a backpacking shoe that dances to the tune of your humble budget? Check out our recommendations below.
How we test hiking shoes
We gather fact-checked data and put backpacking shoes through a series of tests to come up with honest reviews. The details of our approach are as follows:
- We buy every pair of hiking shoes with our own money.
- We spend days trekking on a variety of terrain in both dry and wet conditions to test each kick.
- To make our backpacking shoe reviews more comprehensive, we gather, analyze, and include hundreds of opinions from experts and regular patrons alike.
These elements lead to a CoreScore. We use this proprietary grading system to make this list of backpacking top picks possible.