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Which are the best all-round hiking boots?

40 pairs of hiking shoes in the test: boots, mid-cut and low shoes - all test results here - with price comparison ...

Hiking boots master short trips into the low mountain range as well as ambitious backpacking tours in the foothills of the Alps. The test of 16 new pairs for the 2020 hiking season shows which hiking boots are particularly successful. We looked at two test fields: On the one hand, quite high and stable hiking boots with firm soles, on the other hand, somewhat softer, waterproof mid-cut hiking boots that don't weigh too much (around 1 kg / pair). Both perfect companions for the low mountain range - also in winter:

A hot candidate for the all-round hiking boot of the year is the Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX * - an old acquaintance that also impressed in previous OUTDOOR tests. The new edition 2020 has increased again, not only in terms of walking comfort, but also in terms of shaft stability and sole grip. This hiking shoe was one of the best in comparison, because the rough profile claws itself into puddles of mud, as online editor Ralf Bücheler found out on his hikes through the Black Forest.

And: The pair of Salewa Alp Trainer Mid GTX offers enough support to be able to do trekking tours in the low mountain range - he proved this on a five-day tent tour through Saxon Switzerland. In addition, the very soft and cuddly Salewa hiking shoe only weighs around 1 kilogram / pair.

Those who prefer to hike in alpine regions will find what they are looking for in the two most expensive test shoes in 2020: the Scarpa Marmolada Pro OD and the Meindl Air Revolution 3.7. Both cost 260 euros and in the second test of the year made a rather robust, precise, but never uncomfortable appearance. The attributes surefootedness and edge strength are also found more frequently in the test sheets. But only the Meindl Air Revolution 3.7 is really stable, with almost 1600 grams per pair, but also the heavyweight in the tests.

"With the Meindl Air Revolution 3.7, even tough alpine treks with large luggage are no problem," says equipment expert & tester Frank Wacker. But the Scarpa Marmolada Pro OD offers more freedom of movement.

The second test win in 2020 was won by a hiking boot made in Germany - which still costs just 220 euros: The Lowa Baldo GTX (women's model: Lowa Badia GTX) *, which performed fantastic.

The fun starts when you put it on, as the newcomer can be opened wide and, thanks to the roller-mounted laces guide, locking hooks, soft upper material and soft lining, can be easily and precisely adjusted to the foot. Despite strong lateral support, the shaft remains flexible in the direction of walking, but confidently protects against twisting in rough terrain, provides support for the ankles and, thanks to torsion-resistant soles, provides guidance as if walking on rails. And the damping of the Lowa Baldo GTX? Tight but soft enough that the seals stay in the teeth.

Other hiking boots tested:

In our first hiking boot comparison test in 2019, no lightweight hiking boots were tested, but rather those made of mostly strong leather, made for proper backpacking tours in the low mountain range, but also in the foothills of the Alps, in Scandinavia or Scotland.

Test number 2 examines half-height hiking boots with a low shaft. One of the highlights: the Scarpa Mescalito GTX, which scored highly in the 2019 test with stability and an extremely torsion-resistant sole that was particularly easy to grip on rock.

In comparative test number 3, MidCut shoes were put to the test: soft and light enough to be able to almost jog or at least speedhike with them, but so stable that tours with a backpack are also possible. Because the shaft of the half-height hiking boots protects the joints from injuries and from twisting - and the socks from moisture.

Always in view: wearing comfort

Here, three hiking boots convinced across the board: Aku Alterra NBK, Hanwag Tatra II GTX * and Lowa Ticam II GTX * (women's version: Lowa Lavena II). They land precisely, but not too hard, roll off perfectly in one swing, guide your feet over stony paths as if on rails and inspire with a coherent fit without even the slightest pressure. The remaining candidates are also at a high level in terms of wearing comfort: none of the eight hiking boot models tested are uncomfortable.

Overview here:

Hiking shoe / link to the test report price test judgment

Adidas Terrex Skychaser GTX (test winner) 180 euros * Outstanding

Scarpa Mescalito GTX (test winner) 199 euros * Outstanding

Salomon Outline GTX (purchase tip) 130 euros Very good

Hanwag Belorado II GTX 190 euros * Very good

Lowa Maddox GTX Lo 170 euros * Very good

La Sportiva Spire GTX 189 euros Very good

Keen Targhee III 130 euros * Good

Salewa Speed Beat GTX 170 euros * Good