Experienced hikers swear by these boots.

By Madeline Diamond
May 03, 2020
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These days, spending far more time at home than usual has us itching to get outdoors. And whether you're taking a socially-distanced hike in your local area or planning for future outdoor travel, the right gear will help you make the most of the trails.

If you've been looking to update your hiking boots, we've found some of the top-rated boots for men and women that shoppers love for their comfort, durability, and impressive waterproof exterior. The Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot from Merrell is a sturdy boot, available in varieties for both men and women in regular and wide widths, that is designed to keep your feet dry, no matter the weather or trail conditions.

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To buy: (women) zappos.com, merrell.com, $135; (men) zappos.com, merrell.com, $135

The boots have a contoured footbed, which provides arch and heel support, while air cushioning in the heel absorbs shock and stabilizes the foot. The Vibram sole gives you all the necessary traction for any terrain. In addition to comfort, these boots stand out for their ability to keep up with you through any weather conditions. For starters, the suede and mesh upper seals out water but is still breathable enough to allow moisture to escape, keeping your feet dry and comfortable. The boot's tongue is padded and it's designed to keep debris out.

Shoppers are raving about how comfortable and functional these boots are. "I did something no experienced hiker would ever do — I wore brand new boots right out of the box without [breaking them in] for two weeks of intense hiking. Just returned from two weeks of hiking in Ireland in the rain, and these Merrell Moab 2 Waterproof mid height boots were perfect. Felt like bedroom slippers with excellent support and were dry in even pounding rain," one reviewer wrote.

Another reviewer emphasized the boots' waterproof finish. "These are perfect. I hiked for three hours in snow and slush and my feet were dry the whole time."

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