In-depth reviews of hiking boots

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Danner Mountain 600 - A classic hiker with running shoe comfort

90/100 by Jake Boesch
Danner Mountain 600 - A classic hiker with running shoe comfort
Like many others, I discovered the Danner brand - thanks to the movie Wild starring Reese Witherspoon. She does not wear the Mountain 600 but nonetheless sports a pair of Danner boots with classic styling. Two years ago, in my local store, I was in search of a pair of relatively lightweight boots to get me through a New Hampshire winter. I tried on several pairs, yet the Danner Mountain 600s were by far the most comfortable.    The Danner Mountain 600 boasts li[…]

Oboz - Women's Sapphire Mid B-DRY: Ultimate hiking companion

94/100 by Mary Brauch
Oboz - Women's Sapphire Mid B-DRY: Ultimate hiking companion
I usually shy away from mid-to-high top hiking boots because anything that isn’t low like a sneaker will always give me blisters. However, I took a chance with the Sapphire Mid’s because I wanted extra support for hiking in Patagonia.     I was also looking for a boot comfortable enough to walk in and around town, so I would not have to pack so much footwear for a round-the-world trip. I have worn these boots for weeks straight (wearing no oth[…]

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX: Great hiking boots

90/100 by Isabella Bonacini
Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX: Great hiking boots
The design and how the boots look are the first characteristics that draw my attention when I have to choose a pair of boots over many others. As for the Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX, the navy blue colour enhances the great design—simple but practical.     The lace eyelets are symmetrical with a slightly recessed lace eyelet. This seems quite a good option in having your ankle tighten up. Based on your gait or the nature of the hiking, you can adjust how[…]

Keen Explore Mid WP: A hiking boot as light as my running shoes

82/100 by Chris Chasseaud
Keen Explore Mid WP: A hiking boot as light as my running shoes
I’ll be reviewing the exceptionally lightweight hiking boot, Keen Explore Mid WP. In my review, I’ll go through aspects of look, comfort, and performance. I tested the boot with approximately 100 miles of wear and tear. I managed to do my proper testing in the Lake District, England where I spent several days hiking up mountains and along countryside roads.     Upon first look, the boot is rather modern and techy which I like. It has a s[…]

Hoka One One Sky Kaha - One small step for man, one giant midsole for hiking

95/100 by Drew Rice
Hoka One One Sky Kaha - One small step for man, one giant midsole for hiking
"That's one small step for man." I jokingly said when first seeing these moon boots in comparison to trail running shoes; I normally use for hiking. Despite these fitting in with the Hoka brand with their large and "clown shoe" size, I actually love the look of them! The black/grey colorway, as Hoka calls it, is vibrant and eye-catching with its bright red bottoms and orange accents. Well done, design team!    Tech specs The Sky Kaha is a very lightweight[…]

Keen Venture Mid Leather Waterproof: World-class lightweight hiking boots

99/100 by Augustus Huang
Keen Venture Mid Leather Waterproof: World-class lightweight hiking boots
Bottom line upfront, these are an excellent pair of boots that I believe are worthy of nearly any terrain. Keen put a premium price tag on the Venture Mids for a reason, and it’s because these boots provide anything you would need from hiking footwear. They are durable, comfortable, breathable, stable, waterproof, and extremely lightweight. I could say nice things about them all day, but let’s get into the details.   Fit & comfort The Venture M[…]

Keen Explore Waterproof Boot: Bringing a spring in the step to the trail

75/100 by Jeff Binder
Keen Explore Waterproof Boot: Bringing a spring in the step to the trail
It’s hiking season, friends! I was excited to get these out on the trail, but what exactly are they? Keen has developed a reputation for its hybrid models. So are these boots? Are they sneakers? What we end up with is an incredibly versatile boot (there, I said it) that is ready to go just about anywhere.     Keen describes the Explore Boot as "part hiking boot, part sneaker." This makes me so excited to try them out in all sorts of different scenar[…]

Are you a Keen hiker? I think I might be

92/100 by James Hughes
Are you a Keen hiker? I think I might be
Previous experience with hiking boots for me was a pair of fairly agricultural and robust shoes. Those are not the most comfortable and memories of lacing up seemingly hundreds of eyelets before I could get walking. Imagine my joy to get my hands on these comparatively light, midrange hiking boots made from leather and with only two eyelets.     After opening the box, my immediate feeling was one of pleasant surprise at their weight because they have a li[…]

Keen Venture Mid Leather WP: Comfortable, versatile but a harder sell to those who wear more minimal options

70/100 by Paul Josua
Keen Venture Mid Leather WP: Comfortable, versatile but a harder sell to those who wear more minimal options
I wasn’t sure what to expect with the Keen Venture Mid Leather WP. When the opportunity to try out a hiking shoe arose, I jumped at the opportunity. As a runner who has been seeking out cross-training activities to balance pounding the pavements, hiking is something I’ve begun to integrate into my training. But, I’ve always used trail shoes, and typically those on the more minimal end of the spectrum.     When I was offered the higher cu[…]

Keen Venture Mid Leather WP - A reliable boot for your next rainy adventure

93/100 by Charles S.
Keen Venture Mid Leather WP - A reliable boot for your next rainy adventure
If you’re looking for a waterproof hiking boot with added foot protection and insulation from an all-leather upper, but still want some flexibility and a comfortable fit, then the Keen Venture Mid Leather Waterproof is a solid choice. This leather version is a little a bit heavier than the mesh upper version of the boot. Thanks to some interesting design elements from Keen, it doesn’t have any of the problems endemic in many other leather uppers (stiffness,[…]