Popular Mechanics Picks the Best Hiking Shoes and Boots for Spring 2018

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If you’re in the market for a new pair of hiking boots for the upcoming hiking, camping, and backpacking season, than you’ll want to check out the latest article from Popular Mechanics. The venerable print and web outlet has put together its picks for the best new hiking footwear for everything from day hikes to long distance treks.

The Pop Mech list offers excellent suggestions for hikers of all categories and budgets. There are lightweight options like the new Salomon Quest 4D II GTX, as well as classics like the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid, which his built for demanding day hikes or shorter backpacking excursions. There are also boots that are built for comfort like the Under Armour Verge Mid GTX and others that excel at keeping your feet dry, like the Columbia Daska Pass III. There are even options for the ladies, including the Vasque Women’s Breeze III.

We’re living in a golden age of outdoor footwear. Each year, hiking shoes and boots continue to get lighter, more comfortable, and durable, all without sacrificing performance. Now days, you can spend as little as $70 for a pair of boots or well over $300, and get footwear that will last you for years. In between, you’ll find dozens of great options to keep your feet and legs protected for many days out on the trail, whether you’re simply hitting your favorite local park or trekking the Appalachian Trail.

To check out all of Popular Mechanic’s picks, which include links to reviews on other sites too, click here.

Kraig Becker