Updated April 2017
To provide the latest and greatest models out there this Spring, we have updated this review with new award winners. HOKA ONE ONE won our top spot in its first inclusion in this review category, while Lowa's all-leather construction provided unbeatable durability. We are stoked to find that the market of hikers, as a whole, is becoming more comfortable and lightweight every year. We also added charts and tables to highlight each model's performance in the test metrics.
Best Overall Women's Hiking Boot
HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra HI - Women's
Lots of cushion underfoot
Judging only by looks, the HOKA ONE ONE Tor Ultra - Women's
stands out from the pack with its oversized sole and funky graphic design. We soon found out that it stands out in hiking performance as well. The Tor Ultra
takes our Editors' Choice award of 2017 for offering almost everything a hiker could want; stability, support, low weight, waterproofness, and a revolutionary new design that promotes foot comfort to an extreme. Don't be intimidated by this new look and approach, as it will keep your feet comfortable all day and virtually need no break-in period. Our reviewers with wide and narrow feet all found this boot accommodating. Hailing from France, HOKA ONE ONE
has been producing running shoes since 2010, and they have applied their successes in technology from that category to hiking specific boots very effectively.
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Best Bang for the Buck
Vasque Monolith UltraDry - Women's
Easy to break in
Effective water resistance
Mesh paneling could wear quickly
Lightweight. Comfortable. Supportive. Best of all, affordable. The Vasque Monolith - Women's
provides the most performance per dollar of any model in this review. Ready to endure days on the trail, this model's leather and mesh construction also breathes well while keeping water out. The moderate tread pattern was grippy on unstable, slick granite boulders. The Monoliths
felt light, even after a full day of hiking. After numerous hikes around Yosemite Valley, these became our go-to for all-day hikes and day-to-day walking on the valley floor.
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Top Pick Award for Durability
Lowa Renegade GTX Mid - Women's
Good ankle support
Sizing runs big
Lacks support for long hikes
Trailing close behind our 2017 Editors' Choice in our ratings is the Lowa Renegade GTX Mid - Women's
, last year's returning champion. This is a great boot that shines in its durable construction and waterproofness. The Renegades
are a throwback to hiking-specific boots of yesteryear when you could buy a pair of leather boots and know they would last decades. In that way, these boots are classic; burly, leather, and waterproof. They are lined with GORE-TEX and have a waterproof coating on their Nubuck leather upper to keep your feet dry while allowing them to breathe. Lowa
has also done an amazing job making these boots comfortable as well as durable. They break in quickly and will last you a long time. We are excited about the lightweight, hybrid boots, but the Lowa Renegades
are a tried-and-true choice for a well-crafted, comfortable hiking boot.
Read full review: Lowa Renegade GTX Mid - Women's