Altra Lone Peak 4.0
Our gear experts test the latest backpacking, trail running, hiking and camping boots and shoes in real trail conditions to help you find the best backcountry footwear to fit your needs. Whether you’re looking for a sturdy boot for stability on rocky trails or a lightweight minimalist trail running shoe, Backpacker has you covered with our comprehensive footwear reviews.
Best value boot
Women's boot pick
Your feet deserve a little downtime. Pamper them with these 5 post-hike pairs.
This bomber boot offers tons of protection and comfort.
Warm weather means it's time to go farther, and get there faster. Here are our top picks for summer trail runs, from smooth singletrack to alpine ridges.
Going up? On routes that require more than just your standard hiking footwear, these boots will keep you on track.
The most affordable boot in the test is also durable.
A plush interior makes this boot best for chilly ascents.
This do-anything boot excels all over the mountain.
This boot proves good support doesn’t have to be heavy.
This boot’s traction and stiffness shine on steep climbs.
Great flexibility means no-problem approaches.
A reinforced upper boosts protection and cuts ounces.
Every piece of gear starts off new and shiny. But then come the miles. And the rocks. And the sun and the rain and the marmots. The stuff that lasts becomes part of our trip memories, intertwined with the journey. We keep using these things because we love them—and we love bucking our throwaway culture. Guides, editors, and testers share some all-time favorites here, and we hope your shiny new gear will someday look the same.
Editors' choice update
Best for speed-hiking
Best trail runner
Extreme conditions call for extreme boots.
Classic style meets modern performance.
These 5 pieces perform well on the trail and benefit the Earth.
Eco-friendly leather and a supportive ankle make this a boot that made us feel good about our choices.
Strut into savings with this trusty mid-cut.
The warmer months are in their final stretch, but they're not over yet. Make the most of the dog days with these 14 products.
Mixing the best of a low-top with mid-cut stability, this may be the perfect light boot.
Trail runners get dialed-in drop and extra support as customers train for their next ultrarun or thru-hike.
Hiking footwear gets decked out with proprietary components, race car rubber, and laceless cinching systems.
Skip Prime Day and pick up this fleet-footed trail runner instead.
This breathable boot is a swamp foot slayer.
This light, waterproof boot is built to handle the heat.
Expect more from your sandals.
Eat up trail miles with these fleet-footed kicks.
Need a little extra support on the trail? These mid-cut boots are here to help.
Somewhere between trail running shoes and mid-cut boots, there are light hikers. Find your happy medium with our picks.
These cozy slippers are made for winter camping.
From a lighter winter boot to a tech-stuffed jacket, these eleven pieces of gear are what's coming next.
A good backpacking trip starts with good footwear. Come prepared with these brand-new hiking boots and shoes.
Best Trail Runner
Best for Mountaineering
Waterproof light hikers
5 tips on keeping your feet dry, cool, and comfortable
The best boots and shoes of the year can rip their way up steep trail runs, traverse long trails, and tackle the roughest mountain routes. Pick your favorite and get out there.
Best for wet trails
Savor protection where you need it most.
Slip no more.