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

ECCO BIOM Terrain Plus — Made with yak leather, the BIOM has proved to be comfortable and solid in our review (including more than six months of use and wear-testing). It’s a Gore-Tex lined hiker, waterproof and designed to be usable across a range of terrain. We like the look as well as the fit.

Noted our reviewer in a detailed article this past fall, “I tested the Biom Terrain Plus boots for a month that included long days on snowy hillsides and bramble patches on the prairie. With a burly tread, protective yet supple yak leather upper, and a flexible sole with low stack-height for a boot, I was pleased with the performance all around.”

Weight: 24 oz. (per boot, men’s size 12); MSRP: $230; sale price, $199; 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.