We heart hiking. It’s a way to connect with the natural world – to slow down, and feel in tune with what’s going on around the trail. The narrow dirt track that meanders through wild spaces leads us forward, but also inward and outward: learning about our own endurance, and how to navigate the environement that surrounds us.

What you put on your feet for a hike can make or break the whole experience. Photo: Jake Ingle/Unsplash

Proper, well-fitting gear that is suited for the terrain you’ll be exploring frees you from worrying about your physical situation (for the most part) so that your mind can concentrate on what’s happening right in front of you.

Boots are a key component of that. They protect and support your hardest working asset on the trail – your feet.

We’ve rounded up six hiking boot options that are perfect for the spring season. Each of these comes in a men’s and women’s version, and have been designed to handle the rigors of the trail, as well as the variable weather and conditions that spring is known for.

Danner Mountain 600 EnduroWeave ($160)

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New for Spring, Danner has introduced the Mountain 600 EnduroWeave – as the name would suggest, the shoes utilize a lightweight, woven textile that, according to the brand, has been “carbon washed for abrasion resistance.” Featuring a Vibram SPE midsole and Fuga outsole with Megagrip, this is a breathable, rugged hiking option for any adventurer out there.

Vasque Women’s Mesa Trek UltraDry ($140)

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Vasque’s reputation as a premium maker of footwear continues with this spring’s release, the Mesa Trek UltraDry. The boot has been modeled around the comfort of the Women’s Constant Velocity running shoe, the Mesa Dry is the cross between the lightweight comfort of running shoes and the durability of hiking boots.

Best used for dayhiking and quick overnight trips, the Mesa Trek UltraDrys are the shoe to wear when getting back outdoors after a long winter.

Forsake Range Low ($140)

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These sneakerboots are the ultimate mix of trail utility and fashion-forward design. The Range Low features a waterproof and breathable membrane inside of a seam-sealed leather upper that protects against all types of weather (and looks good while doing so). Featuring a Vibram Megragrip outsole, a wide footprint for toe comfort, and a composite shank, this boot is made for comfort.

Merrell Men's Chameleon 7 Mid Waterproof ($170)

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Merrell’s midheight waterproof is a great choice for spring hikers who want breathability and durability wrapped into one convenient package. Keeping with the theme of the other boots on this list, the Chameleon 7 features a Vibram outsole, but includes some additional features: a protective rubber toecap, a molded TPU heel cup for added stability, a removable contoured insole and Merrell Air Cushion in the heel that protects against shock.

Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX W ($150)

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With its key attributes being noted as “Foothold, stability and cushioning, and grip” there’s no doubt that this hiking shoe can handle the rigors of the trail. Designed specifically for a woman’s foot shape, the multi-function outdoor shoe tackles technical trails with ease.

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