7 Best Waterproof Hiking Boots For Men, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2023

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7 Best Waterproof Hiking Boots For Men, 100+ Shoes Tested in 2023

Getting drenched is a big no-no to men of the backcountry. When drizzles turn for the worse and puddles are obstacles you need to go through (not around), best be geared up with the finest waterproof hiking boots for men.

300+ pairs of watertight hikers we have put to the test to come up with this fine selection. There is more than enough for your powerful teeth to sink into here: from incredible all-rounders to extraordinary backpacking kicks and speedy hikers.

How we test hiking boots

Here at RunRepeat, we put out hiking footwear reviews with objectivity at the forefront. To do that, we follow this approach:

  • Even though waterproof hikers for men can be quite expensive, we buy them using our own funds.
  • We hike and trek in every pair for days in both dry and wet conditions, testing each one’s strengths and weaknesses. We also determine their areas of expertise.
  • Our reviews on the best men’s waterproof hiking boots reflect hundreds of findings from gear mavens and regular adventurers.
  • We attach a CoreScore to every reviewed boot. We use this RunRepeat-exclusive scoring system to choose the finest boots under this category.

Best waterproof hiking boots overall for men

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

CoreScore

91
Superb!
4.5 / 5 from 20,056 users
92 / 100 from 27 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable hiking shoe
  • Lightweight
  • Short break-in time
  • Excellent ankle support
  • Waterproof
  • Excellent grip
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Poor build quality
  • Expensive price tag
  • Doesn’t offer much in terms of torsional stability

Verdict

We implore you: get the Renegade GTX Mid. This mighty gem from Lowa blew us away in every respect!

Indeed, if there is one waterproof boot to truly fanboy over, the Renegade GTX Mid is it and nothing else. All manners of wetness stayed outside this monster hiker, and we have no complaints. Its Gore-Tex liner and sealed tongue (a.k.a. gusseted tongue) kept the boot’s interior dry, whether in a heavy downpour or deep puddles.

Suppleness was readily available in the Renegade GTX Mid. On day one, the boot gave us the level of comfort we were expecting. Its padded confines never rubbed, and hotspots never reared their ugly heads in the entirety of our hikes!

“Immensely supportive” is how we’d also describe this Lowa bad boy. Both its collar and midfoot (arch) were stellar in this regard, not allowing us to tilt or lose balance.

Now, the Renegade GTX Mid worked its wonder on the breathability front, as well. Where most waterproof boots trade ventilation for impermeability, this offering swims in both directions. Yes, the boot in question is both watertight and breathable!

And as an icing on top, the Renegade GTX Mid lasts. In the days we tested it, this Lowa hiker was a bull! Its outsole only received minor dents, and its leather shell sustained only light scratches.

Lowa Renegade GTX Mid full review

Best men's waterproof hiking boots for backpacking

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX

CoreScore

91
Superb!
4.6 / 5 from 11,746 users
91 / 100 from 29 experts

Pros

  • Superb comfort
  • Very secure fit
  • True to size
  • Stable
  • Perfect ankle support
  • Fantastic grip
  • Great for long-distance hikes

Cons

  • Expensive

Verdict

For the tough homies out there needing an equally incredible backpacking boot, we give you the formidable Quest 4D 3 GTX from Salomon!

After testing over 100 pairs of backpacking boots, we are proud to crown this Salomon hiker as the king of trekking (that rhymes!) in inclement conditions! Heavy rains and murky creeks were a no match to its Gore-Tex-lined upper, leaving our manly-but-gentle tootsies moisture-free!

Lasting comfort is what you can expect from the Quest 4D 3 GTX. We experienced neither hotspots nor rubbing inside its impermeable shell. Yes, the boot’s comfiness matches its exemplary waterproofing. Superb!

Another amazing thing about the Quest 4D 3 GTX is its stabilizing heel. Whether on the move or stationary, the boot cradled our feet with incredible balance. Even fist-sized rocks had a hard time sweeping us off our feet.

In the area of grip, the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX also left us in awe. We went over rocky tracks and mossy roots, and we didn’t get even the slightest hint of slippage. Yes, its Contagrip outsole with aggressive lugs made our brave hearts even more courageous on tricky surfaces, including icy ones!

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX full review

Best lightweight waterproof hiking boots for men

Columbia Fairbanks Rover
Columbia Fairbanks Rover

CoreScore

84
Great!
4.6 / 5 from 2,109 users
N/A

Pros

  • Day-one comfort
  • Superb insulation
  • Great for cold conditions
  • Waterproof
  • Keeps moisture out
  • Solid construction
  • Barely-there lightness
  • Value for money
  • Appealing design

Cons

  • Narrow fit
  • Low tongue gusset

Verdict

Manly, fast, and elegant for the urban lifestyle, the Columbia Fairbanks Rover is a striking hiker in both form and function!

This stylish beast from Columbia is among the lightest hiking boots on the market. Where most kicks of its kind average around 600 g per piece, the Fairbanks Rover stuns with a measly 490 g per kick! Make bigger leaps in this lightweight bad boy!

Now, its eye-catching shell deflected rainwater and splashes from streams without a hitch. We also did our staple water-immersion test on it, and the boot kept its plush interior dry!

While its name doesn’t give a hint about its cold-weather prowess, the Fairbanks Rover is insulated, and remarkably so. The boot helped our feet stay toasty in freezing conditions, even with just a pair of regular socks on.

Past its rather short break-in period, the Columbia Fairbanks Rover became the comfiest lightweight hiking boot in our books. Its mid-top shell felt custom-made, exciting our feet with more than enough plushness we could ever ask for!

And the best part? The Fairbanks Rover has the price tag to match its lightweight construction. Indeed, at $140 (MSRP), this wondrous gem is a real treat!

Columbia Fairbanks Rover full review

Best waterproof wide toe box hiking boots for men

Xero Shoes Alpine
Xero Shoes Alpine

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 1,621 users
88 / 100 from 12 experts

Pros

  • Mighty cozy in cold conditions
  • Roomy toe box
  • Traction wonder
  • Watertight
  • Lightweight
  • Amazing foot-to-ground sensitivity

Cons

  • Middling flexibility
  • Low clearance

Verdict

If you wish to bring the campfire with you, especially where frozen terrain and slush get in the way, gear up with the Alpine. In this Xero Shoes hiker, ground intimacy is yours, giving a sense of control and freedom like never before. While it does not have a spotless minimalist resume, the Alpine is still a boon for those who like to go agile in the cold.
Xero Shoes Alpine full review

Best men's waterproof hiking boots for speed hiking

Salomon OUTline Mid GTX
Salomon OUTline Mid GTX

CoreScore

87
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 29,517 users
91 / 100 from 4 experts

Pros

  • Day-one comfort
  • Marvelous traction
  • Bracing collar
  • Featherweight
  • Moderately ventilated
  • Excellent waterproofing
  • Reasonably priced

Cons

  • A bit narrow toebox
  • Frail liner

Verdict

Do you want to zoom past your homies, leaving them baffled in a cloud of dust? Then get the OUTline Mid GTX ASAP!

Out of the hundreds of waterproof boots we’ve tested, this offering is the nimblest of them all! Weighing no more than 420 g per kick, the OUTline Mid GTX is a definite must-buy for speedsters like you. Oh, but its lightness is only half of the story as its propelling sole unit deserves equal credit.

Our ninja-like performance was matched by the OUTline Mid GTX’s buzz-worthy water protection. With hurried strides making bigger splashes, we went through this one creek without getting our feet soaked. That dryness and freshness persisted all the way to the B-point of our speedy excursion!

On that same watery journey, which was actually our initial test/hike, the Salomon OUTline Mid GTX impressed us with resplendent comfort. Nothing within its lined interior felt odd, and the usual rubbing sensation you get in new boots was completely non-existent. Fantastic!

And we can’t be swooning over the OUTline Mid GTX without touching on its grip level. Simply put, the boot delivered with flying colors in the area of surface traction. Nothing caused us to slip—no slippery rock, no mossy routes.

Salomon OUTline Mid GTX full review

Best value waterproof hiking boots for men

Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof
Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof

CoreScore

89
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 271,609 users
88 / 100 from 8 experts

Pros

  • Comfortable all-day wear
  • Short break-in time
  • Lightweight
  • Grips well
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Not durable
  • Ineffective waterproofing
  • Insufficient ankle support

Verdict

This is NOT a test: the Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof sells for a measly $80 a pop! This impossibly affordable boot is also a generous giver in more ways than one.

Keeping your feet fresh and dry is the boot’s primary objective, and in our time with, it delivered in aces! Although we didn’t encounter a more serious downpour, and the stream we crossed was rather shallow (about 3 inches tops), the Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof lived up to its name!

While its watertight shell kept everything on the inside moist-free, the boot’s padded interior pampered our feet. Straight from the Columbia box, the Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof exceeded our expectations comfort-wise. Our fears of getting blisters were completely quelled in this plush hiker!

The Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof is a lightweight wonder, too. No weightier than 450 g per shoe, this Columbia boot felt as light on our feet as it did on our wallets!

And let’s not dare forget its clawing performance on various terrain. Its tire-like lugs afforded us plenty grip on rocky inclines and grassy hillsides. Descents were also a cinch in this handsome must-but thanks to its highly capable heel brake.

Columbia Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof full review
Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.