The Best Summer Hiking Boots

The Best Summer Hiking BootsFinding the right hiking boots can be challenging, but finding great summer hiking boots adds some new considerations to the equation. Excellent traction, foot support and protection are still key features, but in warmer weather, insulation against snow and rain take a back seat to evaporation and breathability as key features in a hiking boot. Also, since the added weight of insulation isn't as important during the summer months, people looking for summer hiking boots can afford to go lighter and look to add some bounce to their steps.

Merrell Outmost Mid Ventilator

For hikers who want a boot that will stand up to the most severe punishment, Merrell's Outmost Mid Ventilator is the way to go. At 1 lbs., 13 oz., the hiking boot makes is lightweight and supportive. With a waterproof suede and mesh upper, its durable and aggressively lugged 5mm outsole is built to last. A moisture-locking membrane keeps feet dry, while the Merrell Air Cushion in the heel keeps feet comfortable over the toughest ground.

Vasque Breeze III GTX

If you see a river crossing or two in your near future, the Vasque Breeze III GTX hiking boot is an excellent option. The waterproof Gore-Tex® Extended Comfort Membranes keep feet dry while maintaining breathablilty and comfort. Heel and toe ventilation increase airflow to further keep feet cool in hot summer weather. The Vibram® Contact Grip outsoles provide enhanced control for hiking in dry or rainy conditions.

Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX 

The Salewa Alp Flow Mid GTX packs traction, protection and support into an rugged pair of shoes. The insole provides support on moderately rough surfaces, while the Vibram® outsole allows for solid traction. The Alp Flow Mid GTX has the Alpine Fit 100% blister free guarantee.

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Article Written By Billy Brown

Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California. An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.

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