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How To Choose The Best Hiking Boots

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Hiking and backpacking boots are one of the most critical outdoor gear selections that you can make. They will literally determine the quality and comfort of your time while out on the trail. In this how-to video we visit Sierra Trading Post's Boise, Idaho retail outlet for some in-depth professional advice on how to choose the best pair of hiking boots for your outdoor adventures. With the help of STP's footwear expert (complemented by extensive personal in-the-field experience), we cover an array of invaluable information ranging from: - The different classes and categories of hiking boots, such as ultra lightweight boots ideal for the ultralight to lightweight hiker looking for ways to lighten their load, good all-around boots that are well suited for day hiking to weekend trips in varied terrain, solid backpacking boots that excel for backpacking with heavier pack weights on extended trips in rugged terrain, to the ultimate in a Winter and/or mountaineering boot that will provide the warmth and versatility necessary for cold weather and activity specific accessories such as snow boots, crampons, and gaiters. - Features to look for in a boot that will provide you with the ultimate in comfort and performance such as; sole traction, arch and ankle support, waterproof and breathability considerations, overall boot construction, and interior liners such as Gore-tex, Omni-heat, and Thinsulate for added warmth and comfort. - How to insure a perfect fit prior to purchasing a new hiking and/or boot. - An overview of the break-in process required before heading out on your first hiking or backpacking trip. - How-to properly care for your new boots to guarantee the maximum life-span of the boot. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Special thanks to the entire Sierra Trading Post staff for their help in making this video possible! For amazing deals on some of the boots seen in this video, as well as a wide-range of quality outdoor gear and equipment, you can visit SierraTradingPost.com via the link below: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/ To take advantage of even more exclusive savings and discounts you can also visit STP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sierratradingpost ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Copyright 2012 - IntenseAngler Outdoors - All Rights Reserved ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ HAPPY TRAILS!!
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Gnome Add (2 years ago)
Here's the deal, man. Your site has some of the best material on the topics you cover on youtube. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
IntenseAngler (2 years ago)
+Gnome Add Thanks for the truly generous and complimentary feedback my friend... much appreciated! All the best... -John
cannontaylor97 (20 days ago)
When Sierra had the best deals!! I miss the old Sierra Trading Post!
Greg Kosinski (2 months ago)
Of course. John.
Kawa Man (2 months ago)
I love Meindl boots
JEFFERY THOMAS (2 months ago)
What are the boots on the left side. Brand name/model
C M (3 months ago)
The guy with the pony tale deserves an Oscar
ppratt3 (3 months ago)
What was brand of the first shoe
pl4ne tr33 (4 months ago)
What would you say about Vibram military boots?
Marta Baena (4 months ago)
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Anaz Abuthahir (5 months ago)
Why are Hiking boots so ugly?
Aenon (6 months ago)
Did you guys record this on an aircraft carrier? :)
Kai-leen Hsueh (6 months ago)
If you’ve worn them for 2-3 years and they’re still not broken in, that means you chose the wrong pair of boots to begin with.
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Jimmy Gomez (8 months ago)
Best snow and hiking shoes I bought for $160 under armour fat tire govie boa ,pricy but I sure don’t regret it sole is made by Michelin tire climbing boulders not a problem I love the fact a twist of the knob ties the shoe
Joseph Kerkhof (8 months ago)
Great video, but what if I want to kick an attacking coyote? Which boot is best for that?
Tangchi Prathomo (9 months ago)
Just buy Danner and you’ll be alrite.
Mariano Kanyes Son (9 months ago)
Lol I just use my Ultra Boost and I’m gucci😂👌🏽
WolverBean (10 months ago)
Great video guys! Thanks for the info.
Beau Penny (10 months ago)
It's unfortunate the photos were taken with a potato.
ULTRA NOOB (11 months ago)
what a useless vid in every bloody aspect.
Christopher Wright (1 year ago)
hey I live in Boise!
STEPHEN CHRISTIAN (1 year ago)
SORRY MAN I GUESS I AM AN EXPERT BY HIKING 40 + YEARS THIS VID IS JUST A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME!! GET INTO WHAT EACH BOOT WILL GIVE ME, WHAT BOOT WEIGHS, HOW MUCH WILL THEY COST! (avg range 4 range of boots) HOW MUCH WILL THE BOOT HANDLE FEEL GRIP CAN BE USED FOR WORK AS WELL HAS BACKCOUNTRY? DAMN
STEPHEN CHRISTIAN (1 year ago)
NO I JUST 'COMMENTED' U HAVEN'T HELPED ME AT ALL WHICH I WOULD THINK WOULD BE THE REASON FOR YOUR VID, THIS IS MY "COMMENT"" I AM CONSIDERING A NEW BOOT FOR ALL SEASON THAT IS WEATHER/WATER 7 HIGHER FOR ANKLE SUPPORT IT IS MY REASON FOR TAKING THE TIME TO WATCH YOUR VID, NOW BACK TO THE GAME,
IntenseAngler (1 year ago)
You sound upset. Maybe a nice hike would help :) Happy Trails.....
Travis Zane (1 year ago)
Dope content!
IntenseAngler (1 year ago)
Thanks brother.. much appreciated!
Mark Hazlett (1 year ago)
Thanks for this video, Last couple of days ago i bought hiking shoes from here : http://bit.ly/boots-hiking if you looking for one,don't miss it.
Duffelbag Drag (1 year ago)
This video was so general and non-specific it was TOTALLY WORTHLESS. 👎🏼
Ilich Ramirez Sanchez (2 days ago)
seems to me, too... at minute 2, now... :)))))))
Glühwürmchen 79 (1 year ago)
It´s good, that you didn´t tell, what are the best ones, because you didn´t show good boots. There´s only a choice between Lowa, Hanwag, Haix oder Meindl. Or someone really wanna tell, these boots in the video can mess with these ones? It´s the same to compare backpacks from maybe Colombia with ones like Deuter, Tatanka or Fjällräven. Haha. It´s like to compare a Chevrolet with the european version of an Audi or a BMW. Funny video.
Ppp (1 year ago)
do you do steel toe cap flip flops
Ppp (1 year ago)
give him the boot
jack george (1 year ago)
what is shoe name, model ,second from left with red laces
weirdshibainu (1 year ago)
man, the Sierra trading post store in Reno only has about 15 pairs of boots on display...I ordered alico boots
Simon Unwin (1 year ago)
what is the name of them ultra leight yellow ones so i can research them? thnk you u
Andy29212 (2 years ago)
Helpful video, but some brand recommendations would be helpful.
Klaus Zungler (2 years ago)
Why talk about Boots ---- you did not mention one brand ---- stupid businessmen
turtlepowersf (2 years ago)
Klaus Zungler lol, yeah. 15 minutes of them stating the obvious. "if you want to reduce weight, get a lighter boot"
Alex Gilles (2 years ago)
need shoes with low-high Quality for hiking
TVinmyEye (2 years ago)
are hiking socks are necessary for backpacking boots? like do they add more cushion on the heel and toes?
Bonnie (2 years ago)
coz they're thicker
highonimmi (2 years ago)
need shoes and boots with wider widths,,,,,
cmdaltctr (2 years ago)
I appreciate the guy with the cap asking the right questions and very creative. But the other guy seems like he could have elaborate more on each answer on the specific topic brought up. Seems like lazy answers for me to be honest.
Kasino80 (2 years ago)
Bought a pair of Kappa umberte running shoes for flat and wooded terrain on a hot summers day. I was super comfortable the entire trip. They don't weigh much and are very breathable.
Sean Cook (2 years ago)
#cringe
Taylor Bell (2 years ago)
What type of boot would I need for caving?
John Corder (2 years ago)
you seem like the most typical eco-hippie moron. mmmkay.
clerus17 (2 years ago)
Best hiking footwear are Running shoes boot weight to much
UnseenSpirit (1 year ago)
clerus17 until it rains...
OutdoorMaster (2 years ago)
Useful, good boots are very important when going for long hikes
Raju K (2 years ago)
Thanks , good video.
basfoor (2 years ago)
i just use my nike air max 1 lol
Serapis Bey (2 years ago)
Hi! I'm currently trying to search for trekking shoes and i'm going to use the shoes for camping and field works in forested areas here in the Philippines (a tropical SE Asian country) such as open-woodland and rainforests. I want shoes that is waterproof and breathable at the same time with excellent traction/grip in slippery areas, preferably midcut for protection during hiking while carrying heavy loads but also light weight since i walk fast haha. I have sweaty feet so its quite an issue. Suggestions about variety of shoes to choose from is highly appreciated. Thank you :)
baludoyz (2 years ago)
trekking shoes are fairly common and available in the philippines. you will find merrells, columbia, the north face, etc in mall based stores. so i guess you just have to try them out when you get there and just choose what you prefer i myself recently bought a pair of merrells
Danny Ford (3 years ago)
Which would be the best soak for all day high physical out put in Africa heat please
Danny Ford (3 years ago)
Sorry sock lol
Fred Farmer (3 years ago)
Good video. These videos are gradually giving me the feeling that many outdoors people are Codependent.. sensitive types who are trying to get away from toxic people ... or from people who have different life and cultural sensitivity. I was raised by a "RAGING Codependent" mother and I adopted her personality structure. Codependency is a wounded identity structure. It's not us...it's the "Loss of Self" that occurred during the first 6 years of life. Bottom line... we worry too much about what others think of us. "Codependents Anonymous Meetings" ...or better yet, some of the books and videos by Darlene Lancer helps a lot... because often I'm reacting to or internalizing to other people's traumas and complexes when I don't have to. Thanks for the video dude.
Lara Montez (1 year ago)
charles whitfield, md or alice miller. pia melody and bradshaw are 3rd and fourth!
Michael Ambrose (1 year ago)
What the fuck! Came here for some tips on buying hiking boots and you're over here writing a case study on some deep shit. Hahhahha
Al humphits (1 year ago)
Spare us your pseudo intellectual, pseudo psychological ramblings. I walk because I love nature, it has nothing to do with the bollocks you just spewed.
Fred Farmer (2 years ago)
+Brandon Fouts ((LoL)) "Whatever you see in me... you see in yourself!" (Keep living son.)
Brandon Fouts (2 years ago)
lol wtf...spend your money on a psychiatrist instead of boots
rjhyden (3 years ago)
The guy on the right is the poster boy for stoner.
Juai nott? (1 month ago)
Haha and hentai underage pillow
Saulo Cwerner (3 years ago)
I chose the hiking boot
Saulo Cwerner (3 years ago)
I love hiking boots
Wolfhair (3 years ago)
But what about the ugg boot
john seymour (3 years ago)
Alico Summitt//the best boots evr made ..period
fingercrack (3 years ago)
the most important in hiking boot/shoes, it has to be lightweight and good material inner and outer sole.
fingercrack (3 years ago)
I wore adidas once, such a nice shoes, trekking for 4 days without socks, everyday treks for more than 12 hours,my feet doesnt blister at all. most comfort and so much cheaper than these hype..overrated !
+cracken lord I see, I've been a couple of places with similar terrain and the shoes you showed would suffice for that. I'm blister-free myself as well but these more expensive shoes are made for terrain more extreme than what you showed. (except for the shoes on the right, they offer either lightness or more support compared to your shoe. Not to say that your shoe won't get the job done) The shoes on the left are for climbing, not walking, generally above the tree line without a worn-in path where you have to scale boulders to go forward.
fingercrack (2 years ago)
+𝖘 𝖍 𝖎 𝖗 𝖔 all kind of terrain, this is the actual picture, not me, but this is the place http://s42.photobucket.com/user/cs_goh/media/G%20Bintang/tahan94-2.jpg.html https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-l1WupDBw2Xg/TWss88gq2OI/AAAAAAAABPk/YeXRM6lVTtQ/s1600/Transpex+2005+119.jpg
I'm curious as to what kind of terrain that hike was on
fingercrack (2 years ago)
I cant remember which model, because it was an old model, I bought it 2ndhand, but in good condition. It got leather + other material, its not boots, but trekking sneakers, exactly like Adidas AX1 GTX or Adidas AX1 with a bit of leather outsole. I think this is the link image - http://cdn.overtons.com/product/616/swatches/616679_GRBBES_1.jpg?interpolation=lanczos-none&downsize=1200px:*
cmdaltctr (2 years ago)
Which adidas model can you be more specific?
Francisco Vazquez (3 years ago)
Excelent review, very complete. Thanks for sharing
Fatvod (3 years ago)
Guy on the right sounds like hes stoned as fuck
Simran Brar (1 year ago)
Fatvod what the fuck exactly 😂😂😂
Arpad Krokovay (3 years ago)
+Fatvod he is calm like helll
BoeingSkunkWorks (3 years ago)
Meindl are the only boots I buy. I have to import them, but they're worth it.
Tommy Correa (3 years ago)
Can anyone give feedback on the Palladium Pampa HI boot for long distant hiking? Im planning on walking the camino de Santiago in august, 550 miles of mainly dry, hot terrain one would presume, i figured a canvas boots would suit the jouney best?
Tommy Correa (3 years ago)
+sportz sportz As helpful as those books seem (thanks) do you actually have any experience or knowledge using the the Pampa HI boots lol?
sportz sportz (3 years ago)
Good resource. A few more for hikers with these issues... http://www.amazon.com/The-5-Minute-Plantar-Fasciitis-Solution/dp/1598585517/ref=pd_sim_b_36?ie=UTF8&refRID=0JPP6WHBXVZP93QTT28Y http://www.amazon.com/Treat-Your-Own-Achilles-Tendinitis/dp/1457510928/ref=pd_sim_b_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=0Y652ZN907P2M7W5VZC4
garebear0819 (3 years ago)
What boot is the first shoe
06:58  Do you know the firm of pair with red shoelace?
forrest225 (2 years ago)
+Αγγελος Αγγελου I'm pretty sure those are ALICO guides. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/alico-new-guide-mountaineering-hiking-boots-leather-for-men~p~64724/
apeirrron (3 years ago)
+Αγγελος Αγγελου those are probably Danner boots
jorge Alberto Linardi (3 years ago)
That´s nice information...thanks.
Michael Dodd (4 years ago)
Are those the Zamberlan Tofane in the back ground?
Dorothy Griggs (4 years ago)
good video. thanks.
anthony adams (4 years ago)
I don't want to hear the same old crap as this video of "It depends on where you want to go."  Thats Bull Shit.  Nobody has the money to have 12 kinds of boots to wear for each hike.  We want to know your choice of boot if you only had to chose one boot and why.  
BigNastyreborn (4 years ago)
lol i used my normal yellow work boots on the 70 mile high sierra trail, i put gel inserts under the normal insert and it was fine.
Maylia Lee (4 years ago)
What is the name of the shoe that is all the way to the far right? Yellow pair. Thanks
shotgunfacelift355 (4 years ago)
I'm disgusted when I think of all the European boot brands that fucking sold out to make money. We already knew the American brands stopped giving a shot a long time ago. No one makes the one piece leather boots with the double welt anymore because they want people to guy new boots every few years. Now they only use those cheap injected ones that last a year of hard use. The only american ones that are still truly old school is limmer.
black knight (7 months ago)
limmer boots best in the wold... did buy them in 1964 hiked more then 1000 miles and still i great shape.
Fundamentalist American. (10 months ago)
Old school work boots made in the US are all you need for wilderness hiking. I prefer Whites smokejumpers. Yes I have worn then fighting woodland fire and hiking miles off trail on wilderness hunting trips. They are 15 years old and still strong. They fit me like a glove now too. No liner, just 100% leather hand made. Wear sock liners in summer and heavy wool socks in winter.
J. Mig (1 year ago)
zamberlan, scarpa and la sportiva to name a few still use one piece leather boots .do your research before making that kind of statement buddy
check bestard's boots if you want durability. Each show is hand made and they have a nice policy.
UnseenSpirit (1 year ago)
shotgunfacelift355 generally people don't want to pay for boots that last 10 years because they are more expensive. We can't blame them because it's their money and choice. Companies will sell out because money talks
Thomas Chase (4 years ago)
nice video :)
Thomas Chase (4 years ago)
I wish I had viewed your video before purchasing my hiking boots. I bought a waterproof boot but they are aren't as good as I expected. I was hiking the other day in the snow..and i slipped. My sister bought hers from http://thecampingtrail.net/besthikingboots/ and they are great. 
Alaskan556 (4 years ago)
hands down salomon's are the best!!
chewidude (4 years ago)
Sorry, but the video is really boring...
Iván Linck (4 years ago)
Does anyone know what's the brand name of the third boot that appears in the 'four boot-types description' ? (the one with the swiss flag on it) 1:08 
morrisonreed1 (4 years ago)
So one boot is leather and can be resoled and one boot is made of petrol based plastic and goes in the trash .I have never heard any one break down which boot is better for the planet
Eric Mesias (4 years ago)
Will all this shoes help you in close combat if you have to defend your self if some or some animal attacks you?
Eric Mesias (3 years ago)
i always wanted a good pair of boots for camping and exploring jungles
Quadrant14 (4 years ago)
thank heavens my 20 year old Italian Vasque leather boots are still with me, those and my combat Danner boots never ever had to be worn in, {ok the mid weight Merrill's also did not either}........good basic vid thanks
Papa Bless (1 month ago)
Quadrant14 leather is undoubtedly the best material for most boots
Emmanuel Wolf Machler (4 years ago)
Great video. Being in the market for new hiking boots I found this very helpful. Good work!
Doug Rambo (4 years ago)
I would suggest considering ecco boots.
SnowDay Studios (4 years ago)
Turn on the CC
Laura Farrington (4 years ago)
Kevin has a lot of personality
Horace Hogsnort (4 years ago)
I thought BOTH of them absolutely SPARKLED!!  (Juz kidd'n folks!)
William Dotson (4 years ago)
I hike and backpack 150 miles a month through some of the most insane terrain one can imagine. My favorite multipurpose boot is the mid weight synthetic, mid price Keen Targhee II. I love the wide toe box! My last pair of Targhee II's had 1500 + miles on them. I have about 200 on my new pair. My closet is filled with boots that cost much more yet I role with the Keens. And so people don't think that i'm a shill for Keen I will say that I purchased a pair of Keen Voyageur hiking shoes and they fell apart after less then 50 miles. After a whole tube of shoe glue they still continue to delaminate :(   Targhee II's rock!
Raven Lancaster (4 years ago)
The more you pay the better the quality? That's BS! More then half the time you're paying for a brand logo, not quality.
kristian mcshane (8 months ago)
True to a point, mountaineering boots however demand a level of quality that can't be held together by a brand name. When you pay big dollars you're paying for the guarantee of quality and consistency that the brand offers. I've never been mountaineering, I have been a contract tree climber for 20 yrs and the only boots that last are top quality mountain boots,
IntenseAngler (4 years ago)
I agree... but only to a point. You do not need to spend a fortune on gear (of any type) to get out and enjoy the outdoors. However... price is typically a fair indicator of quality. And the "logo" that you are paying a higher price for is generally higher for a reason: Better materials, quality construction, performance, and ultimately a longer lasting product. 
Mickey Sealtoe (4 years ago)
Andre Agassi's little brother.
bobd1311 (5 years ago)
I'm trying to figure out what the best boots are for my wife and I to put in our bugout bags.  We need to travel just over 50 miles which is doable.  We have heavy packs (40 and 60 pounds) but we will be walking on mostly roads. Will the lighter, 12oz shoe, be ok with a heavy pack if we stay on roads?  Obviously we'd keep heavier shoes in our pack in case we go off road.  I'm just wondering how comfortable the lighter shoes can be on roads with a heavy pack.  Thanks.
seattwa (5 years ago)
You should have given the names of these boots. I like the all purpose boot, but dont know what it is.
Ronny Kennedy (5 years ago)
im going on hike soon i need a nice pair hikeing boots i want low cut ankle boot. cool video thank thank you it was helpful
Ervin Swartzentruber (5 years ago)
What brand makes the bright yellow shoes?
dubprocesslbc (5 years ago)
i have bad ankles..so a solid hiking boot is my only choice..
Lorenzo Bover (5 years ago)
When I transition from mountaineering to light weight I learned a very important lesson. Don't be cheap about it and Vibram is the answer for the sole.
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ebaybusiness87 (5 years ago)
i agree with intenseangler have about the same problem and i solved it with haix boots, the p9 desert and the haix tibet
cdo29mike (5 years ago)
US jungle boots, use them for everything work, hiking and leisure never had a problem : )
RaineyDayGaming (5 years ago)
I'm no expert, but just to be safe, why not do both?
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seattwa (5 years ago)
The light weight 'all purpose' hiking boot wouldn't be good for backpacking?
Kristan Horton (5 years ago)
nice
IntenseAngler (5 years ago)
I would personally go with a good boot that provides the solid ankle support that you need...
RealityStar9 (5 years ago)
I have bad ankles thanks to old basketball and soccer injuries so should I wrap my ankles for hikes or just go with the right boot?
Frank Callahan (5 years ago)
Another very fine and informative video, good sir; it's cool to see all of that info and all of those options presented in one spot. Question: Have you ever tried Vibram FiveFingers? I know they're certainly not for everyone (probably not for most), but I've been a barefoot walker for all of my 28 years, practicing martial arts barefoot for 22 of them, and the Vibrams are fantastic for someone like me- they may for other folks, too; been rocking them three seasons for 5 years, with no problems.
nalan075 (5 years ago)
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sam watson (5 years ago)
best hiking boots? easy! LOWA.

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