Best Hiking Shoes for Men in 2020

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Vasque Men’s Juxt Multi-Sport Shoe

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Vasque Men's Juxt Multi-Sport Shoe

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I waited more than 6 months to review these shoes and can finally attest to their superior quality! I've completed nearly 500 miles of trail hikes on them as well as worn them to work ever day for nearly 6 months. Being assigned to a Violent Crimes Task Force in an urban city, I have pushed these shoes to their breaking point. From hiking the Sierra Nevada's to the swamps of South Florida, I discovered solid stability and support that I haven't experienced in any other shoe. From dry climate in high elevation, to extreme summer temps at sea level, my feet were never too cold or too hot. The shoes allow for enough ventilation to keep feet dry and allow the shoe to dry quickly after being completely submerged in water. In urban environments, the shoes allow for rapid mobility and unprecedented grip while running and performing any type of task you would need to accomplish. I wish I could tell every story but at the sake becoming too long winded, I will simply say, you will not be disappointed with these shoes!!!*Note: the loop on the back of one of the shoes broke several months ago and the sole is finally starting to fall apart on one shoe. That said, I have put these shoes through so much abuse, I couldn't possibly begin to blame that on the manufacturing. Just wanted to point that out. Also, after purchasing these shoes, it took almost a week to break them in.
January 27, 2016
Could it be that the Juxt is called a "multisport" shoe because it does several things okay, but nothing really well?Length:Relatively true-to-size, if a smidge long. I normally buy 9.5 when choosing a shoe that will be used for hiking to ensure there will be no toe bang. The size 9 Juxt is fine.Width:Sufficient room in the toebox. Definitely fits a more snugly through the forefoot than a typical "hiker"; might be more like an approach shoe. The heel pocket is not as narrow as the forefoot... might be more like the toebox. The extra lacing eyes and webbing allow for a very customized fit from toe to ankle.Heel pocket:For me, this is the most disappointing aspect of the shoe. Not sure if I can describe this in a way that will be comprehensible, but... the heel of the shoe, and the heel pocket, are shorter, top to bottom, than on a standard hiker. For me, this means that the heel doesn't feel as securely strapped in. And while the unique lacing arrangement holds the fore and mid foot securely, it does not lock the heel in place.On the first few wearings, there was noticeable heel lift. This has diminished somewhat as the shoes have broken in - perhaps because the sole has softened up and perhaps because the shoe is molding to my foot. But it remains true that the heel fit of the Juxt does not seem as... secure... as on the Lowa and Merrell hiking shoes I've owned..Support:Torsional rigidity is okay, probably a result of the design of the sole. But the shoe is fairly soft. More a lightweight "trail runner" than a substantive "hiker". Can feel rocks through the sole - which is okay when scrambling, but can be painful / tiring on a long day of talus hopping.Sole:As above... a bit soft; doesn't appear to have much of a shank. Seems to grip well enough. Haven't had the shoe out in inclement weather so cannot comment on performance in wet or mud.Quality of materials / construction:No complaints (so far). Similar quality to my Vasque Snowblimes. If Lowas are BMWs, Vasque would be a Chevrolet. Solid materials and workmanship. Decent value at this price-point.One niggle:As another reviewer commented, the laces are constructed of a "slippery" material and have a propensity to loosen even when double knotted. Which can be annoying but is not really a "problem".
August 17, 2017
The only shoes I have ever ordered on line are Vasque. I've only had these shoes for around two weeks. Wearing these instead of my Vasque hiking boots. I've only put on a few miles around my neighborhood wearing these. When I walk I wear a 20lb weight vest. I thought because the inside heel felt hard when I pushed with my fingers it would walk hard. My mistake, the way the heel is shaped on the bottom it has a good amount of cushion give. I have flat feet and these along with my boots are the only things I wear. Before I got Vasque boots, I couldn't jump down from a foot because my feet hurt so bad. Now a few years later wearing the boots and now these. I could easily jump down around 5 feet. This might not sound like much to some but before I found this product, I was having so much trouble with my feet. Now they don't hurt when I get up or walk around. Last Christmas this 58 year old man tried a pogo stick. Hurt the instep of my left foot so bad I couldn't walk. Heat, cold, massage nothing. Till I put on my boot. I was at least able to walk on my foot without falling over. Only reason I didn't call in it was Christmas eve and I was really needed at work. I haven't had these out hiking yet but from the looks of the tread it should give a good grip. Overall these things are very comfortable. Would I buy them again. Yes, or I'd be trying another Vasque product. I bought my first boots at a store. Next boots on line just like these. I trust them that much and they feel like I'm walking on clouds sometimes. This says a lot for a flat footed person. I use the arch support in the shoe and don't have to replace them like I had to with other shoes I've bought.
August 20, 2017

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Salomon X Ultra 3 GORE-TEX Men’s Hiking Shoes

A best seller, the x ultra 3 gtx has evolved into an even more effective hiking shoe. Thanks to descent control technology, it efficiently tackles technical hikes and really shines during tough descents. Wear this pair and head downhill with a spring in your step, even in wet conditions

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Salomon X Ultra 3 GORE-TEX Men's Hiking Shoes

A best seller, the x ultra 3 gtx has evolved into an even more effective hiking shoe. Thanks to descent control technology, it efficiently tackles technical hikes and really shines during tough ...
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So my husband and I have recently done a fantastic job with being more active and enjoying hikes, so we thought we deserved an upgrade to our regular running shoes. I recently purchased several shoe brands for myself to try (another review for another time), but my husband only tried two shoes, the Solomon Ultra GTX3's and the Inov-8's Roclite 315's. He would have tried the North Face 110's but wasn't able to find his shoe size online. The Roclite's weren't a good fit for him, but 3 weeks in later and he loves the Salomon Ultra 3's. Since he already owns the Salomon Quest 4d hiking boot, he knew that the Salomon brand was a good quality company, and wasn't surprised with the excellent quality and durability of the shoe. Personally, I also tried an Ultra GTX 3 (I actually went with the Speedcross shoes in the end), and I was also impressed with the shoe's traction, waterproof ability, front toe protection, all while being light weight. He's used his shoes so far on multiple types of terrains where we would normally slip with our old shoes, and he says that the shoes have been great with traction. The only issues he had were that the shoe wasn't very breathable in the beginning, that it doesn't really have any ankle support. We bought these shoes at a great price, but he says he possibly would have gone with the Mid Ultra 3's which have a bit more ankle support. But for terrains that get bumpy, he uses his Quest 4d's anyways. As for the breathability, it just took some getting used to I think, since 3 weeks in he uses them without any complaints. On flat terrain, sometimes he'll leave the laces mostly loose and walk with them that way, which he says makes them a bit more breathable. But even tightened all the way, he says his feet feel fine even after a long hike. So far a great buy and highly recommended.
July 29, 2018
Bought these due to high ratings. My girlfriend has the non-Gore-Tex (and perhaps earlier?) version that she loves and says fits great. The pair I bought hurt my feet. (Yes, I bought the correct size.) Pinches on side of left foot. Also rubs and irritates bones on lower ankles. Have never had shoes hurt my feet like this before. I tried to break them in but they just make my feet hurt more.
January 15, 2019
I bought these hikers for my trip to Ireland and had great plans for hiking the countryside with them. First things first, these are great shoes, well made, great support and excellent traction. But... read the other reviews, order a size or two wider than you normally would, these shoes do not stretch or "break in". My feet are a pretty standard D width, in fact most D width shoes are rather roomy as I don't have "thick" feet. So I thought, these would be fine if a little narrow... I was wrong, the size of the tor box is so small and does not stretch, that I ended up with burning hot spots where bunions naturally form - I could not wear these shoes for more than a few hours each time, they were that painful. Again, these are great shoes, just a waste of money on my stupid part because I did not heed the width warnings... so money down the drain for me... live and learn.
September 7, 2019

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ALTRA Men’s AL0A4PE5 Lone Peak 4.5 Trail Running Shoe

Like all previous versions, the Lone Peak 4.5 includes all of the Altra trail shoe must-haves like StoneGuard, MaxTrac, Balanced Cushioning and the FootShape toe box.

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ALTRA Men's AL0A4PE5 Lone Peak 4.5 Trail Running Shoe

Made in USA or Imported; Weight: 10.5 oz / 298 g; Insole: 5 mm Contour Footbed; Midsole: Dual Layer EVA / A-Bound with StoneGuard; Outsole: MaxTrac Rubber with TrailClaw; Cushion: Moderate; Stack ...
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I have been using this show for running and trail hiking since the 2.0 version. Very satisfied with fit function and durability.
January 9, 2020
I am a HUGE fan of Altra shoes. That's why this review is so painful to write. In their description they noted, "Trimmed down upper for enhanced comfort and flexibility." Well, when they trimmed down the upper, they reduced the volume of the inside of the shoe across the top of the foot. This makes the fit much tighter, to the point of being uncomfortable, and I don't even have a high arch. In fact, in my opinion, it completely spoils the fit of the shoe. It's very uncomfortable and does not resolve with time. I'm sending mine back. And if Altra keeps doing this I'll never buy their shoes again.
April 17, 2020
My feet may have gotten slightly wider with age, so I prefer a trail running shoe with a wider toe box. About a year ago, I discovered Altra and I tried on a pair of (the original) Timp model. When I first put those shoes on, I thought they were just about the most comfortable trail running shoes I've ever tried. I bought them and they've been great. But it's finally time to buy a new pair. I've heard the newer model of Timp is narrower than the original, so that fact didn't appeal to me. I decided to try the Altra Lone Peak 4.5, and just like the Timps, I bought them a half size larger than my usual size. They were close to fitting me properly, but I could definitely tell they were slightly more narrow than my old Timps. Bummer. I returned them and purchased the Topo Ultraventure. I'm very happy I made the switch. The Topos fit my slightly wider foot much better than the Altras.
February 29, 2020

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  • Weight: 10.5 oz / 298 g
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Merrell Men’s Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Experience out-of-the-box comfort in this waterproof hiker. With durable leathers, a supportive footbed, and Vibram traction, all in a versatile package,you won’t doubt why moab stands for mother-of-all-boots.

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Merrell Men's Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe

Experience out-of-the-box comfort in this waterproof hiker. With durable leathers, a supportive footbed, and Vibram traction, all in a versatile package,you won't doubt why moab stands for ...
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This represents my fifth or sixth pair of Merrell Moabs over the years. I've had both the waterproof and ventilated varieties, and I often have one pair of each. This, however, is my first pair of Moab 2s. Clearly, I like the Moab line, and one of the main reasons is the straight-out-of-the-box comfort for which Merrell is renown. There is no break-in period with these shoes. You can put them on and know your feet will be happy. There are a few things I would recommend however, based upon prior Moab usage. One of my other reasons for buying these shoes again and again is that they last a long time. The soles are rugged. They do not wear out whether I am hiking mountains or just doing the daily urban hiking of a walking city like New York.Always unlace the shoes to take them off. If you pull your foot out them all the time without unlacing, the cloth at the back of your foot by your achilles tendon will wear away and the padding behind it will be visible and become loose. Also, there is something about the laces that makes them susceptible to becoming untied. If I don't double knot them, they come untied more so than any shoe I have ever owned. Maybe the laces are coated to repel water or something, but I definitely recommend double knots. Lastly, if you want to keep your waterproof Moabs waterproof, I recommend using a waterproofing product at least one a year. That is a standard recommendation given by manufacturers for most waterproof gear, but I've found that my feet stay dry in these shoes if I re-waterproof them annually.Even with the preceding recommendations, I wholly recommend Merrell's Moab line. If the Moab 2 is as nice a shoe as its predecessors, I will be enjoying them for a long time.
December 21, 2017
I AM A PRIME MEMBERMerrell Men's Moab 2 Waterproof Hiking Shoe, Bark Brown, right shoe started leaking at pinky toe,(NOTE: AMAZON WILL NOT COVER WARRANTY, ITS BEEN 3 MONTHS AND 6 DAYS FROM PURCHASE). Wet spot after walking in morning dew. I am retired 70 yrs. young with daily walks with my 2.5 yr. old German Shepard. Going to try Merrell directly now. Show much for that SUB PRIME SERVICE.
May 24, 2018
The old Moab (not the Moab 2) was considerably wider. If you have a wide foot and you like the "old" Moab you may not like the Moab 2.With the exact same sizes of Moab vs. Moab 2, the Moab is wider and more comfortable.My Moab 2s aren't nearly as comfortable as my Moabs due to the 2 being narrower.YMMVUPDATE,The shoes are falling apart after only two months. They look new but the soles are coming off. These are junk compared to my old Moabs (NOT the 2). Stay away from Merrell. They went down the tubes IMO. VERY DISAPPOINTED. 🙁
February 18, 2018

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Saucony Men’s Peregrine 10 Running Shoe

Grippy versatility handles nearly any trail. For those who want to confidently explore off-road, the versatile Peregrine 10 is a grippy, protective trail shoe with cushioning that’s just right for uphill responsiveness and downhill forgiveness.

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Saucony Men's Peregrine 10 Running Shoe

Grippy versatility handles nearly any trail. For those who want to confidently explore off-road, the versatile Peregrine 10 is a grippy, protective trail shoe with cushioning that's just right for ...
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I'm 50 miles into owning this pair, having done quick midweek runs as well as a couple 13-15 mile runs.Also, like I said in the title, I'm confused about the product description saying "walking shoe". These are most definitely trail running shoes. Their lugs (deep, chunky teeth in the sole) are not designed for paved surfaces. That said, these could certainly work for hiking...though hiking shoes/boots would be better for that, right? I'm not sure...I'm just a trail runner.Ok, now for the actual review:I've been a fan of Saucony for years, and Kinvaras have been my go-to for the roads. When I started to transitioning to the trails, I was inclined to stay with Saucony since it seemed logical that they would be more likely to work for me despite Saucony not being one of the more popular brands for trail runners. I got close to 500 miles out of my Peregrine 8s, including a 9.5hr race, and had no issues.These 10s are a clear step up, though. The materials appear and feel much more advanced. It feels like they have a more form-fitting structure. I like that they are using less thick lugs to avoid trapping mud. There are just as many lugs as on the older generation, though. Also, the addition of a rock plate is lovely. Being new to having a rock plate, I'm naturally AIMING for sharp rocks now, because there's some novelty for me to not have it pierce through to my foot. I haven't felt any noticeable downsides to the plate either when it comes to flex.I see that there are a couple negative reviews when it comes to construction and I saw those for the 8 as well. For the 8, the criticism was that holes would form in the mesh around your toes. I did finally get that issue, but not for the first 400 miles. I was also pleased to see that Saucony added extra overlay on top of the toes of the 10, which I imagine was to prevent this. If construction is a concern for you, but you still want to buy these, I'd buy them from a local run shop. A local shop is likely to actually take them back if you come back a week or two later with a significant issue like this, as I imagine they will also be able to return it to their distributor. That said, I've gone through at least 10 pairs of Saucony shoes without experiencing any manufacturing defects.Anyway, I'm very excited to see this improvement from Saucony, as it seems they're getting serious about trail shoes. I just hope future iterations are continual improvements, as opposed to what we're seeing with Kinvaras :/
April 18, 2020
I am a walker. Rarely jog, I do not run because of my knees. I have used Saucony shoes off and on with mixed results over the years and the picture that goes with this review is an example why I have decided not to use Saucony products anymore. They are inconsistent in quality and the last two pairs of the shoe I have owned this year (which includes this pair) do not last long and are very poor in construction. The heel of this pair of Peregrine 10 walking shoe could not even make it for a month of walking. I purchased this pair on May 7, 2020 and I walk seven miles FOUR days per week. I did not even put 200 miles on this pair of Peregrine 10 and the heel wore out! I have not had a pair of exercise shoes that I can remember that gave out so fast with so little work put into them! Sorry, Saucony, but your competition has my business for now on.
June 23, 2020
Prior version of the peregrine (8) was more like a runner and this (Peregrine 10) is more of a sloppy plodder. Feels like a Brooks Beast with an extra plastic shell bolstering the heel. When you torsion this shoe laterally, it feels like the inner shoe slips against the outer shoe and you totally lose momentum. Sole is also less grippy than peregrine 8 making it slide off rocks. To be clear, the 8 had issues (sole durability), but the 10 is a plod in the wrong direction for the peregrine line.
July 13, 2020

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