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

Chaco Hinterland Mid Mesh — Leather and mesh comprise the uppers of these non-waterproof boots. They are designed for “ample breathability in warm or dry conditions,” the company notes.

We tested them in spring weather, where the boots were fine for dry and muddy trails alike. They are among the most flexible and light traditional boots in this review.

Sole tread, with 5mm lug depth, is trail-running influenced but made to be all-purpose across different terrain. Chaco, known for its sandals, has a nice entry with the Hinterland, which we see as a model right in between a hiking boot and a trail running shoe.

Weight: 17 oz. (per boot, men’s size 12); MSRP: $130; 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.