Getting ready for a big backpacking trip this summer and need a new pair of women’s hiking boots? We’re here to help! After hours of research and comparing with our hiking experiences, we were able to select the top performers for a variety of needs, whether you’re looking for an all-around performer, a value purchase, or something that will last for years. There are so many different models out there, and so many bold marketing claims, that it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. We carefully noted the features that made a pair comfortable for the long hauls, or not, and whether we got the support and traction we needed. Keep reading below to help you find the best option for your next mountain adventure.
1. HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra HI
Judging only by looks, the HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra stands out from the pack with its oversized sole and funky graphic design. We soon found out that it stands out in hiking performance as well. We’ve given this pair the top choise for offering almost everything a hiker could want; stability, support, low weight, waterproofness, and a revolutionary new design that promotes foot comfort to an extreme. Don’t be intimidated by this new look and approach, as it will keep your feet comfortable all day and virtually need no break-in period. Our reviewers with wide and narrow feet all found this boot accommodating. Hailing from France, HOKA ONE ONE has been producing running shoes since 2010, and they have applied their successes in technology from that category to hiking specific boots very effectively.
2. Keen Targhee III Mid
Day after day on the trail, we were continually impressed by the Keen Targhee III. These boots are made with just the right combination of leather and mesh to make them durable and water-resistant, yet still lightweight and breathable. They seem to toe the line between hiking boots and shoes while taking the best features of both categories. Underfoot, they are supportive and stiff enough to hold up even under heavy weight or long days on the trail. Also, they provide excellent traction and protection with the sturdy rubber toe cap and 4mm lug depth of the soles. We also liked the lacing system, which allows the boots to be cinched up tightly, without risking blowing out the eyelets, as the laces go right through the leather of the uppers. All of these factors are highlighted by the fact that these boots are reasonably priced!
3. Lowa Renegade GTX Mid
This is a great boot that shines in its durable construction and waterproofness. The Renegades are a throwback to hiking-specific boots of yesteryear when you could buy a pair of leather boots and know they would last decades. In that way, these boots are classic; burly, leather, and waterproof. They are lined with GORE-TEX and have a waterproof coating on their Nubuck leather upper to keep your feet dry while allowing them to breathe. Lowa has also done an amazing job making these boots comfortable as well as durable. They break in quickly and will last you a long time.
4. Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX
Year after year, Salomon provides the outdoor industry with well-made, comfortable hiking boots and shoes, and this season is no exception. The Salomon X Ultra Mid II Gore-Tex hiking boots are an all-around great shoe. They are exceptionally cushioned, required very little time to break in, and have held up on the rough and varied trails according to the various reviews.
5. Vasque Monolith UltraDry
The Vasque Monolith UD Mid is a top ranking boot that with a lightweight, comfortable feel. The Monolith scored highly in all categories as an affordable, lightweight hiking boot. They are comfortable and stable in all types of terrain and held up to stream crossings nearly as well as the some of the full-leather boots such as the Oboz Bridger BDry Mid – Women. Overall, these boots stand up to the abuses of the trail without feeling heavy or bulky.