Re: Hiking Boots
There are a number of good companies for hiking boots.
Those are a couple of the good brands that are out there..that list does not include any of the hunting/workboot brands (Danner, Redwing, Rocky) as most people are familiar with them. I have always had good luck with Montrail, Lowa, Vasque and Merrell. I used to work at an outdoors shop and have hiked the AT from Harpers Ferry, WV North to Katahdin, in ME. What I look for in a hiking boot depends on my use (light duty - day hikes, lightweight backpacking, daily use or heavy duty - rough/rocky terrain, heavy packs). I also typically look for a good outsole like Vibram.
That's just my opinion but you can check out more boots online from like Backpacker Magazine, REI, Campmor, EMS, etc..
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