The Top Hiking Boots in 2018

Boots for hiking are essential both for comfort and performance on the road. The trend, however, is towards a more flexible material which will still provide the required support. And the most popular on the market today are waterproof boots. The list today is a selection of nice hiking boots which will provide the required support you need during your adventure, and also be flexible enough for comfort.

1. Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX ($230)

Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX
The Salomon’s updated 4D 3 GTX Quest is an all-in-one package which combines an outstanding comfort, traction, and support for serious day camping or adventure, overlanding and backpackers. Based on the popular Quest 4D 2, this new boot brings with it a sturdier outsole which grips well in every condition it finds itself. Also is the first class performance, an aggressive stance and the strong construction that make Quest a popular hiking boot.
Category: Midweight
Weight: 2 lbs. 13.8 oz.
Waterproof: Yes (Gore-Tex)
Pro: Tough and supportive yet comfortable.
Con: Pretty heavy and overkill for most day hiking.

2. Merrell Moab 2 Mid WP ($130)

Merrell Moab 2 is for day hikers, including lightweight backpackers who only follow maintained trails. What makes the boot standout is that it is lightweight and a comfortable choice at a low price. For such a low price, you get optimal cushioning underfoot, a reliable Vibram sole and waterproof membrane. Although the Moab was updated to the version “2” last year, it did not get the required acceptance even with the proven design. So the significant changes include the new insole with a higher arch, better under heel cushioning and a durable waterproof suede top.
Category: Lightweight
Weight: 2 lb. 4 oz.
Waterproof: Yes (M Select DRY)
Pro: Great price, fit, and comfort.
Con: Not as supportive for heavy loads or rough trails.

3. Lowa Renegade GTX Mid ($230)

The Lowa Renegade looks like a traditional hiking boot with an incredibly low weight. Unlike the modern Quest, the leather Renegade provides a better stability and insulation to wearers. There was a little sacrifice of the fun factor and the performance, but it is worth it if you’re planning to carry a heavy backpack or if you want a more protective underfoot on rocky trails.
Category: Midweight
Weight: 2 lbs. 7 oz.
Waterproof: Yes (Gore-Tex)
Pro: Light and comfortable; enough support for most backpackers.
Con: Not the toughest construction.

4. Scarpa Zodiac Plus GTX ($250)

This scarpa zodiac boot mixes approach shoe-like traction on rock and boulders with the toughness and stability of a lightweight mountaineering boot, which is quite a combination. Over some brutal days of on and off-trail hiking, while shouldering a heavy pack, the Zodiac impressed: the semi-stiff build, high-quality construction, and solid protection provided a lot of confidence on steep climbs and sketchy descents.
Category: Midweight
Weight: 2 lbs. 6.4 oz.
Waterproof: Yes (Gore-Tex)
Pro: Reasonably light but stiff enough for backpacking over rough terrain.
Con: Overkill for maintained or moderate trails.

5. Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid GTX ($165)

The Salomon X Ultra 3 Mid is a fan favorite ultra-light boot, it was built just like a trail-running shoe, however, it has an ankle protection and support. It was updated last year, but salmon did not alter the formula, which means the boots are very light and flexible, it is even 2 ounces lighter than previous models, but the toe protection was retained as well as a stable chassis and the new lug design which grips exceptionally well.
Category: Lightweight
Weight: 1 lb. 15.6 oz.
Waterproof: Yes (Gore-Tex)
Pro: Fast, light, and flexible.
Con: Thin underfoot and less stable than the Quest 4D