3 Great, High-End Hiking Boots for the Avid Outdoorsman

By Fawn Farley , last updated December 25, 2011

Every avid outdoorsman needs a great pair of high-end hiking boots, and one of these three boots are a great place to start your search for the perfect boot. Footwear is an essential component of the hiking experience, as every outdoorsman knows. Paying a few more dollars for a high-end pair that will last longer and be a walking pleasure is surely worth the cost! Try on Vasque Taku Gore-Tex, Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker, and Keen Gypsum Mid for a great hiking boot. One of the three is sure to be just what the avid outdoorsman needs.

Vasque Taku Gore-Tex, $165

The Taku hiking boot by Vasque is everything you could ever want in a boot. Its light weight gives it a versatility on and off the trail. The Gore-Tex lining provides a waterproof experience while simultaneously whisking away sweat from the foot. The Vibram Neo Day Hiker outsole is very light, flexible, and yet durable, providing the best all-around experience for the foot. The molded EVA insole provides support and cushion for comfort. The women's boot features a natural tan leather outer with hints of chili pepper red and is designed specifically to contour the woman's foot. The men's Taku GTX is slate black with hints of estate blue. Both boots have an Arc Temp last that provides a quickness and agility in movement. Check out the women's Sundowner for another great hiking boot from Vasque.

Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker, $330

This boot is about as tough a hiking boot as you are likely to find, but don't let that make you think they are any less comfortable! The upper leathers are 2.8mm thick with heavily padded collars to comfort the foot, and the seven inch height will provide the necessary ankle support. The heavy duty K-Talon outsoles are paired with stiff nylon midsoles to give you the most traction and stability in your outdoor excursions. The Gore-Tex lining make the boot completely waterproof, as well as wind proof. If you are an extreme outdoorsman or dealing with difficult weather and terrain, the Kenetrek Hardscrabble Hiker boot is for you! Kenetrek also offers two great women's hiking boots: Women's Mountain Extreme and Women's Hiker.

Keen Gypsum Mid, $140

Keen is a great brand for a one of kind fit, combining a firm, stable fit with a natural comfort. The Gypsum Mid hiking boot brings you everything you love about Keen, pairing it with everything you need in a good pair of hiking boots. These boots are of a lightweight quality that is great for camping, hiking, climbing, or just wearing about town. These boots also feature a wide, 4mm outsole and Keen-developed membrane for water protection. The upper is waterproof nubuck leather and breathable mesh. These boots come in four earth-toned color options, and the women's Gypsum Mid boots come in three colors. The Gypsum is like an updated version of the Keen Targhee hiking boot. A great option for the outdoorsman with versatile needs.

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