Hiking can put strain and impact on your foot, making it essential to choose the right pair of boots. A heavy and uncomfortable boot can ruin the hike, no matter how great the scenery. Hiking boots should be comfortable, durable and protective. Top-rated hiking boots focus on different features that work well in various settings. When selecting a pair, consider your specific hiking needs.
Keen Voyageur Mid
Tested by "Good Housekeeping" magazine's Research Institute (GHRI), the Keen Voyageur Mid is an effective hiking boot for rugged terrain. The outsole is aggressive and has 4mm lugs to provide traction. It also has a torsional stabilized shank to provide protection and stability, whether you are hiking in a flat terrain, valley or to the mountaintop. Best for summer hiking, the Voyageur is well ventilated but not waterproof.
Keen Voyageur Mid
Chosen as "Backpacker" magazine's editors' choice for 2009 (backpacker.com/editors_choice_2009_kayland_zephyr/gear/12877), the Kayland Zephyr is an all-purpose midweight boot. It has a polyurethane outsole that provides durability without adding much weight. It earns top marks for comfort, traction and support. It is well-suited for the serious hiker with a pack load of up to 50 pounds---efficient for fast-striding day hikers. The Zephyr is completely waterproof.
North Face Vindicator Mid GTX
North Face Vindicator Mid GTX earns top marks from GHRI as a leading waterproof and sweatproof hiking boot. Designed with a Gore-Tex exterior, this mid-hiker is built to withstand rough trails while providing optimal support and comfort. With features like protective toe cap, heel mudguards and Vibram outsole for traction over varied terrain, hikers can use the Vindicator for day hikes and multiday backpacking trips.
The North Face Vindicator Mid GTX
Article Written By Rona Aquino
Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.