Hiking boots are essential outdoor gear that should be protective and comfortable. Terrains surface and elevation can be difficult, which tend to put a lot of stress and impact on your foot and ankle. It is important to choose shoes that fit well and offer a lot of cushioning to prevent injuries. Look for hiking boots with a snug heel fit and a deep Achilles' notch to protect your ankles. Top-rated hiking boots that offer plenty of ankle support are available in the market.
Kayland Zephyr is a lightweight hiking boot that features excellent traction, support and comfort. It is equipped with an ergonomic pad at the Achilles' notch, giving it plenty of ankle support, especially for uphill hikes. It also flexes for downhill hikes while providing outstanding cushion and support with its EVA midsole and plastic shank. Backpacker Magazine tested the Kayland Zephyr and gave it the Editors' Choice Boot Review Award for 2009.
Keen Targhee II Mid
The Keen Targhee II Mid hiking boot provides excellent ankle support with its mid-cut shoe design. It is also lightweight and flexible with an upper that is made with waterproofed nubuck leather, nylon mesh and rubber toe guards. The outer sole has excellent traction with its non-marking carbon rubber and multidirectional lugs. It is recommended for backpackers carrying a load up to 30 pounds.
Asolo Fugitive GTX
This waterproof boot gives a lot of support and protection with its reinforced rubber heels and toe boxes. The midsoles are equipped with DuoAsoflex and a shock-absorbing soft layer that protects the ankle, along with a stiff shank for torsion control. Hikers foot can stay dry on wet terrain as the Asolo Fugitive GTX is built with water-resistant split-grain leather, Gore-Tex liners and nylon uppers, making it comfortable in a variety of conditions.
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.