Whether you’re venturing out into the mountains, the desert, or your nearest park, the best hiking boots are the most important piece of gear you’ll need to hit the trails safely and comfortably. While it may be tempting to grab that old pair of running shoes in your closet and go for a hike, they probably won’t cut it. Hiking boots, on the other hand, are designed for the challenges of the trail: The high top design provides structured ankle support in uneven terrain, rigid toe caps protect your feet from rocks, and the lugged soles grip the ground to keep you upright in all trail conditions.

After extensive testing on hiking trails and rock scrambles in the Wasatch mountain range, I found that the Scarpa Rush Mid GTX (which comes in a men’s and women’s version) was the best overall hiking boot because of its versatile yet lightweight design. Likewise, the Adidas Terrex Skychaser 2.0 Mid (which comes in a men’s and women’s version, too) won the best value hiking boot pick because it provides structured ankle support at a more approachable price point than traditional backpacking boots.

Nothing can end a hike faster than blistered, tired feet, so it’s important to take care of them with the proper gear and invest in a great pair of hiking boots (as well as a great daypack or hiking backpack). The best hiking boots for you should provide traction, support and comfort for all-day use whether you’re hiking an urban trail or backpacking deep into the wilderness. In the last decade, brands have been using design innovations to expand

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