Men’s Hiking Boots Reviews – Part 1

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Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Boot Review

01-bhbmCommuning with nature is always somewhat challenging and fun all at the same time. But for outdoor activities to be both challenging and fun, a person needs to be assured that everything he has brought with him would help keep him safe and comfortable as much as possible. This includes the shoes that are being worn during outdoor activities like hiking. Outdoorsmen are always looking for the best pair of shoes to use when going on their adventures and misadventures. By making the Timberland White Ledge Waterproof Boot your go- to pair of hiking boots, you can be assured of some challenge and lots of fun without having to worry about your feet getting in your way.

Features

  • It is made of leather and synthetic and also has a rubber sole.
  • Its foot bed is made with cushioned EVA foam
  • It comes in different sizes that cater to the standard shoe sizes of outdoorsmen.

Material

The boots are made from leather that is full- grain as well as seam- sealed, making it waterproof. It is the perfect pair to use when hiking through dewy rainforests or muddy riverbanks because the shoes will keep your feet dry. The rubber soles will prevent you from slipping or sliding through slippery slopes. In terms of comfort, the boots have a padded collar and tongue to keep feet from blistering.

Design

The Timberland boot has been known over the years for its fine looking design, which is sturdy and durable and strong. Colors are in different shades of brown that would go well with hiking clothes. The eyelets on the boots were designed to only move slightly, which lets the lacing system follow the contour of the feet while the wearer bends or flexes his feet during walks.

Functionality

This pair of boots is not only made for hiking. They can be used for work and during times when you have to go outside and run errands during harsh weather. If you think that only outdoorsy can rock them, think again! Many students from the metropolis have bought a pair or two because the boots can be the perfect pair when you need to go outside and there is snow or slush or even rain. These are the ones to wear during wet season to keep your feet warm and comfortable even if the weather outside is not.

Minor Issue

Some people might find this design as a little bit too flexible, especially if they expected it to have a steel foot bed, which it does not. Also, because of its soft rubber sole, may tend to collect plant material like cactus.

I would spend money to get a pair of these babies. Timberland is one of the best brands there is for outdoor footwear. These boots are not only comfortable, but they are the best hiking boots one could ever own. They provide the best traction allowed because it has Timberland’s BSFP system and its gusseted tongue will not make you worry about lace pressure at all.

Salomon Men’s Quest 4D GTX Backpacking Boot Review

02-bhbmWho has not gone on a backpacking vacation or holiday through US or Europe over the summer or before starting college? Almost everyone has had this kind of experience at least once in their lifetime. And although backpacking is a great way to unwind and have fun, it can only be so if you bring the right equipment and you wear the right clothing. Yep, you just do not go backpacking across the country wearing tennis shoes. That would be absurd! You would need a pair of Salomon Men’s Quest 4D GTX Backpacking boots. Even if you are a novice at backpacking, it is the most recommended pair as these babies do not have the need to be broken in.

Features

  • It has a tongue that is gusseted, making it easier to lock out certain forms of debris.
  • Its toe rand and rubber heel make it comfortable even if worn for long hours.
  • It has a Contagrip outsole, which is non- marking.

Material

Made from both textile and leather materials, the Salomon Men’s Quest 4D GTX Backpacking boots are both breathable and waterproof. Its rubber soles are an advantage since it can absorb shock at a greater amount and makes the boots more flexible as well. The rubber toe rand also provides additional water resistance and protection to the wearer.

Design

The Salomon brand of outdoor footwear has always focused on the performance and the safety that their products can bring to the wearers. The design of this pair of boots happens to focus on reducing the risk of ankle strains and of course, because it has Gore- Tex, it is guaranteed to permeate water vapor and even air, keeping your socks and feet dry and warm.

Functionality

If you are one of those unfortunate people who love to hike and backpack across the country, but have been limited by the possibility of ankle injuries, then start planning your cross-country itinerary once you buy this pair. If you just found out that your trusted backpacking boots have died out on you the day before your trip, do not despair. The Salomon Men’s Quest 4D GTX Backpacking boots are your best bet because they do not even need breaking- in (although some backpackers would think it is a crazy idea). The price you pay for the protection and comfort… you will find out that it will definitely have been worth it.

Minor Issue

If ever you have problems with hearing a squeaking sound with the pair you buy, do not call in to complain for a replacement. All you need to do is to tighten the laces up a little bit, the ones that are right at the boot’s toe and you should be ready to go.

Overall, I would give this pair a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Almost perfect and despite the fact that it has very minor misses, I would buy another pair if ever the first one would wear out (which I expect not to in the next couple of years or so).

Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking Boot Review

03-bhbmWhen going outside for a walk or a hike, it does not necessarily mean that you would need to wear traditional trekking boots, the ones that would go above your ankle bones. Do not be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try something new because you never know, it could be the best decision you ever made in terms of buying a pair of backpacking boots. Take for example the Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking boots. They are of course not your average run-of-the-mills pair of trekking boots and it may just look like an ordinary pair of running shoes but worry not because these boots were made for hiking.

Features

  • Its sole & outsole is made from Vibram, which means traction is excellent and does not leave your floor full of black scuffmarks.
  • Its air cushion heel is shock absorbing.
  • It has a mid- height cut with a Bellows tongue.

Material

The standard Merrell footwear is made from both mesh and leather and this pair is no different. The material and fabric in the mesh lining is moisture wicking, thus, it can absorb moisture from skin, thereby keeping your feet sweat- free and odor- free. The foot bed of the shoes is made from Ortholite, which keeps your runners well ventilated and adds more comfort.

Design

You will know that it is a Merrell pair of shoes just by looking at its design. It has turned away from the traditional design of outdoor boots because it is definitely lighter and more comfortable to wear. The walnut color blends perfectly with natural surroundings and its mid- height cut design makes you stand out from a crowd of mountaineers and hikers who are all wearing traditional boots for hiking.

Functionality

The Merrell Men’s Moab Ventilator Mid Hiking boots are certainly versatile. They look like running shoes on steroids and have upped the ante of running shoes (because they really aren’t sunning shoes in the first place!). You can use them for cross country trekking or hiking as well as on your normal jogging routine and they would not look out of place in either activity. If you do not want to feel any heaviness when hiking or running, these shoes are your best bet as they only weigh about 3 pounds or so. And another thing, blistered feet may be hell for the normal pair of tramping boots but if ever you do get blisters, they will not feel as painful because the extra cushion on these shoes will numb the pain a bit.

Minor Issue

Merrell has not claimed that these shoes are waterproof and they are not so do not expect them to be. This is the only hurdle so far with this pair, but they do have a bellowed tongue, which provides some protection from water or snow.

All in all, if you are both a runner and a hiker, this is probably the best pair of shoes you can get that can be used for both activities. And with the Merrell brand, you can be assured that it is of the best quality.

Timberland Men’s White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle Boot Review

04-bhbmFew items can claim that it has the best of both worlds. In the world of hiking, hikers and cross country trekkers will tell you it is difficult to find a good quality pair of waterproof boots that do not look like your traditional pair of trekking boots (meaning it does not go high up the ankle bone and are mid- cut). But with Timberland Men’s White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle boots, it seems that you can really experience having the best of both worlds. This pair has the traditional hiking boot quality of being waterproof and a non- traditional hiking boot quality of being mid- cut & lightweight.

Features

  • Shoes are made of waterproof leather, which is also resistant to abrasions.
  • It has a speed hook lacing, coupled with D-ring.
  • It follows Timberland tradition of high quality tramping boots, with EVA foot bed and BSFP.

Material

The leather materials in these boots are the full- grain type, which means it can withstand being exposed to water. Its sole is also made of rubber, which provides seemingly excellent traction. Its insole is cushioned and can be removed if needed and has mesh lining. And of course, an EVA foot bed and padded collar ensure comfortable wear all day long.

Design

Timberland seems to have upped the ante when it came to the design of this boot. It looks classic and in both all black and all tan colors that can go really well with any hiking clothes. The design makes it look like it was built really well. Since it is mid- cut, it can stand out from the more traditional pair of hiking boots so if you do not want to look like the average hiker, and more like an expert hiker, these can make you look like so.

Functionality

Because of its look and design, some people have bought a pair or so not as backpacking boots but more as working boots. It certainly can be considered versatile. And it is definitely one of the best all terrain pair of shoes on the market. Timberland has made it for both comfort and function. Comfort in the form of its EVA foot bed, which is dual density as well as removable and function because it can keep your feet dry amidst rains and crossing over water. The Timberland Men’s White Ledge Mid Waterproof Ankle boots boasts of being made from both recycled and sustainable materials in the shoes itself as well as its packaging so if you are both an environmentalist and an outdoorsman, these are your perfect pair of boots.

Minor Issue

They might be a comfortable wear, but this pair is certainly not for feet that need to be well ventilated. They tend to cause your feet to sweat at times. That is the only thing that makes these boots not perfect.

If comfort is your key to a great pair of mountaineering boots, then you should not hesitate to buy a pair of these. No matter how long you have walked or in what terrain you have been, these shoes are definitely going to be your feet’s best friend.

Columbia Men’s Mudhawk Waterproof Hiking Boot Review

05-bhbmIt is not only women who can have a shoe fetish. Men can have that too. But the shoes they would be looking for are of a different kind- they could either be basketball shoes or backpacking boots. And when it comes to trekking boots, it seems that if you are a serious hiker, you would at least have one pair of backpacking boots from Columbia (the brand, not the country). If you still do not have a pair, then I recommend the Columbia Men’s Mudhawk Waterproof Hiking boots. This is probably and adventurer’s dream pair of trekking boots because it looks like it can withstand all terrain as well as all elements that might come its way.

Features

  • It is seam sealed, which makes it withstand wet terrains and weather.
  • Its midsole is cushioned and made of Techlite.
  • From the arch, its shaft, when measured, is approximately five inches.

Material

The quality of the leather with which the shoes were made seems to be of the stronger kind (although it was not specified) because the boots are waterproof and can withstand wet weather- snow, rain, slush and the like. Since it has a rubber outer sole, expect the shoes to provide excellent traction and though it does look like a traditional hiking boot, its Techlite midsole make it a comfortable wear.

Design

It comes in two colors: the mud and maple sugar combination and the black and charcoal combo. These two colors have contributed to the shoes’ classic and stylish overall design. Although it is primarily a man’s hiking boot, the look and feel of it can pass for a woman’s standards too. To keep the design stay that way, you would have to continually use Mink Oil to prevent the leather from cracking and such. It makes it look new much longer.

Functionality

Because of its foolproof waterproof feature and design, people have been buying this pair and using it not only for hiking, but for errands and workloads that may have the possibility of getting your feet damp or wet (e. g. gardening or yard work). The fact that it is a lightweight is a big advantage as well (it only weighs about a pound!). Some have even used it for running (although I find that a bit weird). The Columbia Men’s Mudhawk Waterproof Hiking boots are designed to work well for all sorts of terrain and weather and in longer hours. Columbia definitely did not scrimp the quality on this model and unless the water goes above and beyond your ankles, they can guarantee that your feet will remain dry.

Minor Issue

Just a teeny weeny infraction- the clips on the laces tend to be narrower than the norm, so other people may have a bit of a challenge when crossing and tying their shoelaces.

If you are a fan of lightweight shoes, then go ahead and order a pair of these. Great for keeping your feet warm and dry and walking on them even makes you feel sometimes that you are not wearing anything at all.

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