The Best Hiking Boots
Updated Dec 12, 2022
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Whether you’re on a day hike with friends or tackling an ambitious backpacking route, you need a good pair of hiking boots to protect your feet and stabilize your ankles. After trekking over 1,200 miles and taking more than 2 million steps across all types of terrain in 43 pairs of hiking boots over the course of three years, we’ve chosen the Salomon Quest 4 Gore-Tex Hiking Boots (men’s and women’s) as the best hiking boots because of their solid traction and support, breathable and waterproof materials, and a mix of features that let us hike comfortably for miles, including a wide toe box, sturdy heel protection, and a gusseted tongue.