10 Best Waterproof Hiking Boots in 2022
Other than keeping your feet nice and dry, waterproof hiking boots come in a variety of designs to match different types of hiking adventures. This guide will help you navigate this vast selection.
Having reviewed over 100 pairs of boots, we have selected the top picks in five different categories. Are you looking for a rugged boot for backpacking? A lighter one for speed or urban hiking? Perhaps you only need it for occasional trips and don’t want to spend over $100? See our recommendations below to find the one that serves you best.
Also scroll down to our guide sections to learn more about Gore-Tex, the different levels of water protection, and how to maintain your waterproof boots.
Overview of this guide
- 1. How we test hiking boots
- 2. Best overall
- 3. Best for backpacking
- 4. Best lightweight
- 5. Best for speed hiking
- 6. Best value boot
- 7. The best waterproof hiking boots: Are they REALLY waterproof?
- 8. The difference between waterproof, water-repellent, and water-resistant boots
- 9. Disadvantages of wearing waterproof hiking boots
- 10. Best time to use/not to use waterproof boots
- 11. What is Gore-Tex?
- 12. Bonus Topic: 4-step guide to waterproofing your boots
- 13. What are the most popular waterproof hiking boots in 2022?
- 14. What are the cheapest waterproof hiking boots in 2022?
How we test hiking boots
RunRepeat gathers, collects, and analyzes data from hundreds of retailers and experts, as well as thousands of users. We do all this so that you can shop conveniently in the comfort of your own home and provide you the following:
- 300+ boots from various brands in one list
- An easy-to-read summary of all the boot’s pros and cons gathered from reviews from 110.000+ users and 900+ experts
- A CoreScore is given to each boot to easily gauge the likability of the shoe based on what users and experts say.
Best waterproof hiking boots overall
Best waterproof hiking boots for backpacking
Best lightweight waterproof hiking boots
Best waterproof hiking boots for speed hiking
Best value waterproof hiking boots
What are the most popular waterproof hiking boots in 2022?
- Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GTX
- Salomon Quest 4 GTX
- Salomon Cross Hike Mid GTX
- La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX
- Salewa Alp Trainer 2 Mid GTX
- Hoka One One Anacapa Mid GTX
- La Sportiva TXS GTX
- Lowa Explorer GTX Mid
- Lowa Taurus Pro GTX Mid
- Columbia Trailstorm Mid Waterproof
- La Sportiva Nucleo High II GTX
- The North Face Vectiv Exploris Mid Futurelight
- Scarpa Maverick Mid GTX
- Scarpa Rush Mid GTX
- Columbia Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry
What are the cheapest waterproof hiking boots in 2022?
- Columbia Trailstorm Mid Waterproof - from £64
- KEEN Revel IV Mid Polar - from £74
- Merrell Erie Mid Waterproof - from £74
- Columbia Peakfreak X2 Mid Outdry - from £75
- Vasque Breeze AT GTX - from £83
- The North Face Chilkat IV - from £95
- Merrell Altalight Mid Waterproof - from £96
- Adidas Terrex Swift R3 Mid GTX - from £100
- Adidas Terrex Trailmaker Mid GTX - from £100
- Teva Grandview GTX - from £102
- Teva Ridgeview Mid - from £103
- Lowa Explorer GTX Mid - from £107
- Merrell Moab Speed Mid GTX - from £110
- Lowa Taurus Pro GTX Mid - from £113
- Salomon X Ultra 4 Mid GTX - from £114