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How to Choose a Pair of Hiking Boots

The type of hiking pack you need depends on how you’ll be using it. The pack capacity and features you need for the trail are different for a day hike, an overnight hike or a longer backpacking trip.

1 Min. Read | Hiking

Day Hike

One of the best choices for standard day hikes are boots with a flexible sole and extra ankle support. Most come in ventilated styles for adapting to changing weather and climates. And some hiking boots come in styles for everyone in the family.


Multi-Day Hike

Choosing the right hiking boot for a multi-day hike is really important because it’s going to make or break your entire trip. You want hiking boots that give you the ankle support you need when carrying a heavy pack and a flexible, yet supportive sole with an aggressive tread for strong traction on multiple terrain. If you prefer a hiking boot that doesn’t sit higher on the ankle, there are plenty of low-cut options with the strong support and a rugged tread you need, along with other hiking boot features.

Backpacking or Expedition Hike

For those longer hikes with lots of heavy gear, you want something that will really support you. We recommend a rugged hiking boot with a very sturdy outsole, aggressive tread and exceptional ankle support. You need a boot that will get you through any conditions on the trail. There are also more lightweight options that can give you rugged traction and strong ankle support, in a more streamlined style.


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