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

Wolverine Sentinel Hiking Boot — A rare made-in-the-USA entry, this model gets some influence from the work-boot world. But hiking is its main pursuit, and the Sentinel has waterproof leather uppers with a Gore-Tex lining. A higher ankle keeps out the debris. On the foot, its sole is more flexible than it looks.

Knobby rubber tread stomps toothy footprints in the mud. Downsides? It’s the heaviest and among the most expensive boot in this review.

Weight: 31 oz. (per boot, men’s size 12); MSRP: $302; On sale for $239; 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.