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The Quest for the Best Men’s Hiking Shoes in 2017

From budget-friendly options to top-of-the-line hiking shoes, our experts evaluated over 60 models and tested the top 10 side-by-side to help you find your perfect match. Covering hundreds of miles, our lead tester hiked trails of varied terrain and climbed ridges on Colorado 14’ers to push these products to their limits. Besides crushing mileage in […]

Chaco Trailscope Waterproof Shoe

THE GOOD A non-flashy, versatile light hiker Breathable mesh/suede upper Comfortable, easily removable mesh-lined footbed Gusseted tongue helps keep out debris THE BAD Higher volume fit not the best for scrambling and precise foot placement Conservative styling Soft lining takes longer to dry THE VERDICT The Chaco Trailscope Waterproof Shoe represents the brands foray into […]

Arc’teryx Acrux FL

THE GOOD Extremely burly technical footwear Gore-Tex lining available on some models Great for approaches as well as hikes New product from respected core mountain brand THE BAD The second-most expensive in the test group New technology takes some getting used to May seem overbuilt, unfamiliar or clunky to some THE VERDICT Compared to the […]

Salewa Mountain Trainer L

94 2015 THE GOOD Ultra high quality design and construction A Gore-Tex version of this shoe is available Shoes are burly enough for all classes of hiking and approaches THE BAD Fit must be precise The most expensive of the test group Leather may be hot in warm and dry climates Probably overkill for casual […]

The North Face Storm II Hiking Shoe

THE GOOD Lightweight Optimal padding Excellent sole protection THE BAD Limited toe protection Snug toe box THE VERDICT In a head to head comparison of leather waterproof hiking shoes, The North Face Storm II hiking shoe proved to be a protective and extremely comfortable option. The 5mm lugs on the Vibram outsoles provided excellent traction […]

Keen Targhee II WP Hiking Shoe

86 2016 THE GOOD Excellent traction and stability Highly protective sole and toe guard Wide, comfortable foot box Excellent padding THE BAD Requires break-in Runs a half size small THE VERDICT In a head to head comparison of leather waterproof hiking shoes, the Keen Targhee II hiking shoe placed highest in stability, traction and protection. […]

Garmont Dragontail LT

91 2016 THE GOOD Exceptionally well built Great for scrambling Secure fit THE BAD Bulky Requires some care Overkill for casual hikes THE VERDICT The Garmont Dragontail, available in the MNT Gore-Tex version for $190 or the LT version for $150, which we tested, is one of the great light hikers of the day that […]

Scarpa Zen Pro Low

THE GOOD Ultra high quality construction Burly for all classes of hiking Long-term comfort THE BAD Heavier than some in the class Pricier than many in the class Overbuilt for casual hikes THE VERDICT One of the best outdoor shoe makers in the world, Italy’s Scarpa, has made updates to its classic light hiker the […]

Ridgemont Monty Lo

THE GOOD Looks great off trail Comfortable for all day use Durable top to bottom THE BAD Low lugs Not very protective Lacks arch support THE VERDICT To keep the light hiker category interesting, this shoe from growing millennial brand Ridgemont is far from ordinary. It was never intended to compete against a Salewa for […]

Merrell Capra Bolt

THE GOOD Light yet burly Excellent traction Great support THE BAD Too athletic looking Confusing proprietary technology names Not weather or rock proof THE VERDICT This is the latest in the Merrell Capra collection, the Capra Bolt, which is a burly athletic-inspired answer to several current trends in hiking shoes. They are lightweight (ultra-light, according […]