12 Good Boots: Find Your Perfect Hiking Footwear For Spring 2014

SCARPA Zanskar GTX A burly hiking boot with a dose of mountaineering-boot influence, the Zanskar is at home on a trail or in a field of talus. The company calls it a medium-weight backpacking boot, though in this test it was the second beefiest at just less than 2 pounds per boot (men’s size 12). High-quality leather uppers and a Gore-Tex lining make them waterproof.

A dual-density polyurethane midsole is comfortable and dampening when you tromp with a heavy pack on through harsh terrain. It’s pricey at $289. Pick this model if you need extra protection, super support, and a build that can do double duty on mountain peaks.

Weight: 30 oz. (per boot, men’s size 12); MSRP: $289; More info/buy now

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.