7 Best Waterproof Hiking Shoes For Men in 2022

Paul Ronto
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7 Best Waterproof Hiking Shoes For Men in 2022

Have you ever been on a hike where the sun would bail on you and get replaced by gloomy clouds and rain? Trust us, in such a situation, you’re better off with the best waterproof hiking shoes for men.

We’ve tested over 150 pairs of watertight kicks for the homies to come up with this compelling list. Whether you’re looking for an impermeable all-rounder or you’re in dire need of a highly affordable waterproof pair, this manly selection is for you.

How we test hiking shoes

A comprehensive list like this is as challenging to make as it is rewarding. For the curious Joes, our selection process is made up of the following:

  • We buy men’s waterproof hiking shoes, expensive or not, using our own money.
  • We hit the wet trails (right away most of the time) to test each waterproof pair’s strengths and weaknesses.
  • To make our reviews on the best waterproof hikers for men as comprehensive as possible, we include in the mix thousands of reports from regular trail-goers and gear experts alike.

A CoreScore is assigned to every reviewed men’s waterproof shoe. The score a hiker receives, which can be anywhere between 0 and 100, plays a vital part in our selection process.

Best waterproof hiking shoes overall for men

Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX
Salomon X Ultra 4 GTX

Corescore

83
Great!
4.0 / 5 from 983 users
90 / 100 from 6 experts

Pros

  • Instant comfort
  • Grippy
  • Supportive
  • Light
  • Balance preserver
  • Watertight
  • Antimicrobial insole

Cons

  • Questionable lacing design
  • Towering collar
  • Pricey

Verdict

Do you want to be the ultimate champion as far as staying dry in the rain is concerned? Then contemplate no further and lock your sights on the X Ultra 4 GTX from Salomon!

Hiking in this watertight bad boy translated to moisture-free negotiations through streams and creeks. In the rain (slightly heavy though it was), the X Ultra 4 GTX was like an umbrella to our feet. Our time traipsing through couple-of-inch puddles in it also resulted in dry feet all the way through!

Its Contagrip outsole performed just as well as its Gore-Tex liner in wet conditions. Although its lugs aren’t as deep as those seen in burlier kicks (mostly boots), they managed to impress us with extraordinary grip on loose and muddy soil.

We were energized to hike in the X Ultra 4 GTX the moment we put it on. The reason? It just felt super-plush fresh from the box! From its snug-but-not-restrictive instep down to its comfy insert (footbed), the shoe’s confines felt amazing!

We also want to commend the X Ultra 4 GTX for being mighty stable and supportive the entire time. Never did we feel ill-equipped for the rugged trail before us. Indeed, we powered through everything it threw at us like juggernauts!

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Best men's waterproof hiking shoes for backpacking

Salewa Mountain Trainer Lite GTX
Salewa Mountain Trainer Lite GTX

Corescore

83
Great!
4.3 / 5 from 2,156 users
85 / 100 from 2 experts

Pros

  • Amazing surface grip
  • Day-one comfort
  • Waterproof
  • Ready for ascents
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Weak liner
  • Short laces

Verdict

Treacherous off-path pack adventures require an equally formidable waterproof hiker. We’re, of course, talking about the trekking superstar from Salewa—the Mountain Trainer Lite GTX!

“Enduringly hydrophobic” is the best description we can give this beastly hiking shoe in the realm of waterproofing. Our multi-day hikes, which went on for about a week, were rainy for the most part, yet we encountered zero seepage within its stout confines!

Equally astounding was how quickly we were able to break in the Spire Mountain Trainer Lite GTX. Right on mile one, the shoe hugged our feet with tongue-tying comfort. We felt no rubbing around the tongue area, and its footbed + midsole combo was exceptionally plush!

For a hiker that can bear the weight of an adult male while hauling a loaded pack, the Mountain Trainer Lite GTX is surprisingly light. If you consult the box, you’ll discover that it weighs around 450 g per shoe. Based on our experience, however, we thought it was way lighter. Incredible!

And let’s not forget the toothy outsole of the Salewa Mountain Trainer Lite GTX. Its rubber lugs (forefoot side) boosted our hiking morale on ascents, while its aggressive heel brake and treads made a cakewalk out of semi-steep rocky slopes.

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Best lightweight waterproof hiking shoes for men

Salomon OUTline GTX
Salomon OUTline GTX

Corescore

86
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 8,492 users
82 / 100 from 15 experts

Pros

  • Remarkably pampering
  • Watertight
  • Tenaciously grippy
  • Lightweight
  • Instant break-in
  • Breathable

Cons

  • Somewhat narrow
  • Subpar support

Verdict

What’s a lightweight kick that doesn’t mess around in the rainy weather called? Well, to us, it’s none other than the Salomon OUTline GTX!

Designed to be among Salomon’s lightest pairs with waterproofing, the OUTline GTX provides nimble performance on manicured trails. Weighing no more than 350 g per shoe, this offering is aimed at trail-goers who need a balance between power and agility.

Complementing the OUTline GTX’s barely-there weight is its wowing supply of comfort. Without using said shoe on a pre-hike, it floored us with insane snugness right from the off! Everything just felt so right and rich within its padded interior that we didn’t mind leaving it on hours after we reached our homes!

On the waterproofing front, the OUTline GTX was simply stellar. We navigated dewy and mossy valleys in it, yet not one drop made it through the shoe’s Gore-Tex-lined shell. Tip: While its comfy upper is fully waterproof, keep your creek traversals around the shallowest parts (2 inches deep tops) to prevent moisture from entering through the collar.

And before we forget—the Salomon OUTline GTX is also quite breathable! We used it in warmer conditions, and it dealt with stuffiness and sweat like an absolute genius!

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Best waterproof wide toe box hiking shoes for men

Salomon Odyssey GTX
Salomon Odyssey GTX

Corescore

79
Good!
4.2 / 5 from 69 users
N/A

Pros

  • Downright comfortable
  • Super lightweight
  • Perfect fit
  • Watertight
  • Fences out moisture
  • High enough support
  • Instant break-in time

Cons

  • No traction on damp loam soil
  • Expensive price tag

Verdict

Get the boost you need on your next multi-day trip in the Salomon Odyssey GTX. Aside from its impressive lightness, this comfy-from-the-get-go pair will stun you with its supportive construction and excellent water protection. Though not a perfect trekking shoe especially on damp loam soil, the Salomon Odyssey GTX is fully equipped to carry you safe and sound across rugged terrain.
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Best waterproof hiking shoes with best comfort for men

Merrell Moab 2 GTX
Merrell Moab 2 GTX

Corescore

87
Great!
4.4 / 5 from 47,711 users
95 / 100 from 3 experts

Pros

  • Incredibly comfortable
  • Responsive 
  • Waterproofing that actually works!
  • Durable upper
  • Perfect for short one-day hikes
  • Soft, plush feel
  • Protects from sharp rocks underfoot
  • Flexible

Cons

  • Poor heel lockdown
  • Average grip

Verdict

After venturing outside in hundreds of waterproof hiking shoes, we can’t be any prouder to declare the Moab 2 GTX as the comfiest of them all!

If judged by its looks, you probably would write off this Merrell hiker as rock-solid both inside and out. But as the saying goes (looks can be deceiving), the Moab 2 GTX isn’t stubborn at all on the inside. We were able to break it in on the first mile, giving our mostly hobbit feet jaw-dropping comfort as quickly as one, two, three!

Oh, but you won’t be off the mark, either, if you call its leather upper hard as a rock (because it is, but in a good way). You see, the Moab 2 GTX, while flexible, has an almost bomb-proof shell. Its durability can last you months, which is always a plus!

But does the Merrell Moab 2 GTX live up to the hype waterproofing-wise? Absolutely! This comfy kick for the hardcore hiker has the towering defenses against all things wet. We went back to this rather calm stream several times just to check its impermeability, and each time our feet came away moist-free!

As for support, the Moab 2 GTX gave us what we expected. Our at-times-unreliable arches were prevented from caving in by this exemplary Merrell offering!

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Best value waterproof hiking shoes for men

Columbia Crestwood Waterproof
Columbia Crestwood Waterproof

Corescore

83
Great!
4.5 / 5 from 9,215 users
N/A

Pros

  • Keeps the feet warm and dry
  • Bulky
  • Durable
  • Secure fit
  • Excellent traction
  • Lightweight
  • Budget-friendly

Cons

  • Narrow toe box
  • The insole needs improvement

Verdict

In a world where priciness is often associated with quality, it’s refreshing to see Columbia go against the current. Yup, at no more than $80, value for money is yours with the Crestwood Waterproof!

As obvious as its name implies, this super-affordable Columbia hiker delivers sufficient water protection. We stood in a two-inch deep puddle for roughly five minutes, and the Crestwood Waterproof didn’t let a single drop moisten our fresh socks.

On the inside, the Columbia Crestwood Waterproof gave us sneaker-like coziness. While we wish it had a cushier insert or footbed, its foam-like lining and bunch-free tongue pampered our unmanicured feet to the nines nonetheless!

Grippy hikes also equal the Columbia Crestwood Waterproof. It’s true—this inexpensive must-buy latched on to virtually all sorts of surfaces we threw at it. And although its heel brake doesn’t look aggressive enough, it still helped us go down stony slopes scot-free.

And get this: the overlays on its watertight shell aren’t just for show. They did a mighty fine job deflecting scratches and dents. Extra credit goes to its toe rand for shielding our piggies from the bumpiness along the way!

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran 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 analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.