10 The Best Men's Hiking Shoes

Updated on: April 2021

The Best Men's Hiking Shoes in 2021


Columbia Men's Redmond Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Black, Squash, 11 D US

Columbia Men's Redmond Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Black, Squash, 11 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Columbia Men's GRANITE RIDGE MID WATERPROOF Hiking Shoe, Dark Grey, Golden Yellow, 13 D US

Columbia Men's GRANITE RIDGE MID WATERPROOF Hiking Shoe, Dark Grey, Golden Yellow, 13 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Columbia Men's Granite Ridge Mid Waterproof Boot is crafted of our signature waterproof and breathable construction to help keep you dry and comfortable
  • HANDY FEATURES: Treacherous days out on the trail are comfortable and worry-free with this boot's waterproof full-grain leather and suede bootie construction. Its durable mesh tongue adds breathability
  • ADJUSTABLE FEATURES: This waterproof hiking boot features a lace-up closure for an adjustable, secure fit
  • MIDSOLE SUPPORT: Our signature midsole support provides superior cushioning and high energy return for comfort on any terrain
  • OMNI-GRIP: This multi-terrain traction system matches specially formulated compounds and treads to specific environments. A dual-zone winter tread pattern ensures solid footing on surfaces such as ice and snow. Omni-Grip provides the right grip for every environment

Under Armour Men's Charged Assert 8 Running Shoe, Black (001)/White, 11.5

Under Armour Men's Charged Assert 8 Running Shoe, Black (001)/White, 11.5
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • NEUTRAL: For runners who need a balance of flexibility & cushioning
  • Lightweight mesh upper with 3 color digital print delivers complete breathability
  • Durable leather overlays for stability & that locks in your midfoot
  • EVA sockliner provides soft, step in comfort
  • Charged Cushioning midsole uses compression molded foam for even greater responsiveness & durability, providing optimal cushioning & energy return

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Beluga, 10.5 M US

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Beluga, 10.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • M Select DRY seals out water and lets moisture escape so you stay dry when you're on the move
  • Performance suede leather and mesh upper
  • Bellows, closed-cell foam tongue keeps moisture and debris out
  • Protective rubber toe cap
  • Vibram TC5+ sole ; 5mm lug depth

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Walnut, 10 M US

Merrell Men's Moab 2 Vent Hiking Shoe, Walnut, 10 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • Performance suede leather and mesh upper
  • Bellows, closed-cell foam tongue keeps moisture and debris out
  • Protective rubber toe cap
  • Breathable mesh lining. 5mm lug depth
  • Vibram TC5+ sole

The North Face Mens Ultra 109 GTX Hiking Shoe TNF Black/Dark Shadow Grey - 11 D(M) US

The North Face Mens Ultra 109 GTX Hiking Shoe TNF Black/Dark Shadow Grey - 11 D(M) US
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • For maximum protection underfoot and subtle pronation correction, the Ultra 109 GTX from The North Face® gives you stability and traction when blazing down slick, uneven trail.
  • Uppers are made of GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort Range waterproof, breathable membrane.
  • PU-coated leather upper midfoot support.
  • Lace up closure for a snug, custom fit.
  • Protective TPU toe cap for added durability. Compression-molded EVA midsole. ESS midfoot shank. TPU Snake Plate™ forefoot protection. UltrATAC™ rubber outsole. Stability running shoe. Imported. Measurements: Weight: 1 lb 1 oz Product measurements were taken using size 11.5, width D - Medium. Please note that measurements may vary by size. Weight of footwear is based on a single item, not a pair.

Nord Trail Mt. Hood Low Men's Hiking Shoes, Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Breathable, Lightweight, High-Traction Grip (11, Black/Royal Blue)

Nord Trail Mt. Hood Low Men's Hiking Shoes, Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Breathable, Lightweight, High-Traction Grip (11, Black/Royal Blue)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • ✅Waterproof & Breathable: The synthetic uppers with Softshell waterproof membranes features flexible, quick-drying and highly breathable.
  • ✅SILVADUR Technology: Turbo air SILVADUR insoles offer a carefully engineered upgrade in performance and comfort. Nord Trail insole features our exclusive turbo air foam, designed to absorb shock and return energy to your feet with every step.
  • ✅Shock absorption: Compression-molded EVA midsole provides comfort, absorbs shock and adds stability.
  • ✅High-Traction Grip: Confidence-inspiring traction offers unique lugs pattern with more contact surface area underfoot, providing improved lateral stability and enhanced traction.
  • ✅Protection: Gusseted tongues keep debris out so you can focus on the trail.

Timberland White Ledge Men's Waterproof Boot,Dark Brown,11 M US

Timberland White Ledge Men's Waterproof Boot,Dark Brown,11 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Our White Ledge Men's Hiking Boots have premium full-grain waterproof leather uppers, seam-sealed waterproof construction, and rustproof speed lace hardware with hooks at top for secure lacing.
  • LOOK NO FURTHER for trail-ready performance and style. Our selection of men’s hiking boots, waterproof hiking boots, casual boots, and casual shoes is designed to fit in with your outdoor-ready ensembles.
  • TIMBERLAND HAS YOU COVERED whether you're looking for men's boots, women's boots, or kids boots. For the best in hiking boots, rain boots, work boots, casual shoes & boots & more, choose Timberland.
  • WHAT YOU NEED IN THE OUTDOORS: Timberland has the gear you need for all your outdoor adventures, including jackets and coats for outdoor activities, backpacks and luggage & outdoor accessories.
  • THE BEST IN OUTDOORS: Trust Timberland's line of high-quality men's, women's, and kids boots. hiking boots, outdoor gear, and activewear for all your activities from the trail to the sea to the streets.

Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boot, Cordovan/Squash, 11 D US

Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof Hiking Boot, Cordovan/Squash, 11 D US
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: This Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof hiking boot features Techlite lightweight midsole for long lasting comfort, superior cushioning, and high energy return as well as Omni-Grip advanced traction rubber sole for slip-free movement.
  • HANDY FEATURES: This men's hiking boot is crafted of a waterproof full-grain leather and suede lightweight construction as well as a durable mesh tongue for breathability and comfort during treacherous days out on the trail or on the mountain.
  • ADJUSTABLE FEATURES: The Newton Ridge Plus Waterproof II hiking boot features a lace-up closure for an adjustable, secure fit.
  • DURABILITY: This men's waterproof hiking boot is lightweight and durable.
  • This Columbia Men's Newton Ridge Plus II Waterproof hiking boot is the perfect waterproof addition to a treacherous day out on the trail or up the mountain.

Vasque Men's Mantra 2.0 Hiking Shoe,Dark Earth/Chili Pepper,10.5 M US

Vasque Men's Mantra 2.0 Hiking Shoe,Dark Earth/Chili Pepper,10.5 M US
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • Low-cut hiking shoe with the same stability and grip of a backpacking boot
  • 1.8mm Nubuck leather upper with abrasion resistant mesh for breathability and durability
  • Speed lacing system for comfortable fit and performance hiking
  • Dual Density EVA footbed
  • Vibram Nuassi outsole with XSTrek Compound for trail traction

Hiker's Universal Tent

Guide to finding the right type of a tent for all styles of hiking.

When I was into weeks long travels through wilderness I got myself heavy-duty completely waterproof 1-person 4-season tent, which could be turned into a bivi sack and into a poncho. While it suited that specific purpose perfectly, once I decided to try fastpacking I realized that the tent is so heavy that no matter what I do to lighten the load my backpack still weighs too much. Then, when my girlfriend expressed interest in fastpacking with me, another question emerged: should she get another 1-person tent, or should we get a 2-person tent and split its weight between the two of us? I took a systematic approach to figuring out what shelter system I am to use in the future to have as fewer limitations as possible. The search has ended with me selling my old tent on eBay and purchasing a new one that since then served me in all sort of hikes, including light mountaineering trips and stealth camping adventures.

So, what features to look for when shopping for hiker's universal tent?

Size. Without doubt 1-person shelters are the lightest ones. However, such tents impose a serious restriction: you must travel solo. Of course, if you never ever bring or plan to bring someone along to hike with then a solo tent is just fine. Most of us, I think, would prefer to leave this option open and purchase a multi-person tent. The best size then is a 2-person tent. A good quality 2-person tent is only about 300-500 grams heavier than a solo one yet its packed size is small enough to fit into a daypack. Tents that fit 3 or more people usually are significantly heavier and their packed dimensions require larger backpacks.

Weight. A typical good quality 2-person tent weighs a bit more than one and a bit less then two kilograms. Of course, the total weight can be even less than one kilogram if you use a shelter of a modular kind and the weather conditions permit you to leave a few modules behind.

Structure. Basically, there are two types. One type is where the shelter's structure is stabilized when poles are attached to the fabric of the tent. Such tents are known as freestanding. Wherever there is enough space and the surface can support your weight you can stand them up. Another type requires the hiker to tie poles and fabric to fixed objects, for example, to the hammered into the ground stakes, in order to setup the shelter. Most shelters of this kind are designed to use trekking poles as the structure's frame. If you do not hike with trekking poles then the freestanding shelter is a better choice, as they are quicker and easier to setup.

Modular. The purpose of a shelter is to shield against rain, wind and sunrays, prevent ground water from wetting the sleeping bag, provide adequate ventilation, and keep the bugs out. Modular shelters accomplish all of these tasks with individual piece of equipment working together as a system: a tarp for rain, a bug-net for bugs, a waterproof footprint for wet ground. An advantage is in the reduction of overall weight you'll carry as you take only those modules that deal with the weather condition you expect to encounter on your journey. Why carry a bug-net if it is not a mosquito season? Why carry a footprint if the ground is dry? Generally, the systems that utilize trekking poles are the most customizable and can be made lighter by about 1 kilogram than any freestanding tent. The drawback of such shelter is that the setup may be a time consuming process since you will have to secure every module individually. Freestanding tents mostly come in two varieties: double-wall and the more expensive single-wall design. The double-wall tents use outer wall to block the rain and wind and the inner wall to provide ventilation and protection from bugs. The footprint is sewn to the inner wall, so the only way to lighten the load is to leave the outer shell behind on dry windless occasions. The single-wall tents cannot be customized at all, but since they are typically geared toward mountaineers for whom light gear is a matter of life and death they weigh less than double-wall shelters.

For people who hike with trekking poles I recommend getting a modular shelter system large enough to fit two people. Enjoy lighter backpack and the closeness to the nature that freestanding shelters simply do not offer. If you don't use trekking poles find yourself a good quality 2-person freestanding tent. When choosing between single and double wall designs remember that the weight difference is not all that significant for anyone who is not involved in serious fastpacking or mountaineering. The same can be said about the setup process. Setting up a single-wall tent takes fewer steps compared to a double-wall tent, but the overall time difference is about two to three minutes. For a general hiker these micro advantages hardly justify the added cost of GoreTex-like waterproof breathable fabrics that single-wall tents rely on.

When looking for any type of shelter make sure either that it is spacious enough for you to store your gear inside or that it has a hood, which could protect your gear from the elements. Also pay attention to the color of the tent. If you anticipate that some of your journeys can end up with you awaiting an arrival of the rescue crew then definitely go for the bright colored fabrics that are easier to spot from a distance and from the air. If, on the other hand, you plan to rest for the night at places that are not public campsites, the practice known as stealth camping, then you should go for fabrics in mellow earthy colors, which better blend in with the ground and vegetation.

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