When the snow melts in the high country, backpacking season is upon us. Whether you’re out for a marathon day hike, or fine tuning your kit for a week-long adventure, comfortable, sturdy footwear is a must for keeping your feet in working order for the duration. While a pair of hiking shoes can get you through easy hikes on tame trails, when you start hitting rough terrain or carrying a heavy load of gear (or both) it’s a good idea to upgrade to a pair of ass-kicking boots. These five backpacking boots are your ticket to fearing no trail, gnarly or otherwise.
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