So you enjoy backpacking, but you find the idea of spending over $100 on hiking shoes scary. Fret not; we tested a mind-boggling number of hiking shoes (probably over 50 models) for hundreds of miles.
We looked at how each shoe performed on various surfaces, and their waterproofing ability and overall comfort. After recording our findings, we’ve picked the 10 of what we think are the best of the bunch right now, in no particular order.
The best, moderately priced hiking shoe is currently Vasque Juxt. It costs only $76.97 (as of this writing, at least), but provides terrific hiking performance, comfort, and breathability.
Just one little issue: it’s not waterproof. That means should you choose this shoe, it’s best to use it in dry conditions.
The North Face Ultra 109 GTX
If you want the best value for your money, look no further. We think the $120 Ultra 109 GTX is the best all-around pair of hiking shoes. It’s light, stable, and has great traction and foot protection.
The Ultra 109 GTX is a suitable outdoors shoe, whether you’re trail running, backpacking, or both. If the shoe has one weakness, it’s that its treads wear out relatively quickly, especially when you abuse it on rough trails.