Best Lightweight Hiking Boots for Women of 2019

Best Lightweight Hiking Boots for Women
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Incorporating shopping and spending time in nature is a dream for many women, and while of course it can’t be done at the same time, there are ways to make it a part of the same cause. Yes, we are talking about shopping for the right clothes and footwear for your hiking/camping trip. It doesn’t get much better than that, and the best thing is that you will get to have tons of models to choose from. 

Finding proper hiking boots can be quite a task. While there are hundreds of different pairs on the market, not each is comfortable and waterproof, and that is something you will need for your hiking trip.

To help you, we decided to do some research and came up with a few of the best lightweight hiking boots for women. Don’t worry — we included both the high-end and budget-friendly options, so everyone can find an option that keeps them both safe and happy. So, let’s take a look at the available options and see what we found out about them.

Best Lightweight Hiking Boots for Women Reviews

Meindl Island MFS Wide Active Shoes

As someone who enjoys hiking, we can tell you that Meindl boots are one of the best on the market. You will be paying a somewhat higher price for these shoes, but for the given quality and the comfort that this pair provides, it is worth every cent.

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Where should we start? This unisex pair of boots will work great for any outdoor activity that you can think of including hiking, camping, climbing, and regular outdoor walking. While staying waterproof, these boots are incredibly breathable because they are made out of high-quality calf leather that ensures any excess moisture is removed. 

Now, there are a few facts about this boot that make it a number one choice. First of all, the insole is cushioned and extremely comfortable. The outsole is made out of high-density rubber and is, as such, great for walking on rough and rocky terrains.

With the shaft sitting 5.5 inches from the arch, this pair of boots offer excellent ankle support, and superb comfort compared to other models at the same price point. Overall, a great choice if you have a flexible budget.

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    Well-made and strong
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    Great outsole, comfortable insole
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    Good fit for most people
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    Waterproof and water-resistant

CONS

  • Breaking in takes a bit longer

Ahnu Women’s Sugarpine Hiking Boot

Compared to the product we reviewed above, this Ahnu pair of boots is extremely affordable while still offering excellent comfort and sizing. 

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Yes, as you might have noticed, the Ahnu boots are made with 100% leather, mesh and rubber. There are still more than a few reasons why these are featured on our list of top lightweight hiking boots for women. 

These boots are mostly made of mesh and some suede leather. This feature just adds to the comfort and breathability of this pair. Coming in a few different variations including Blue Spell, Dark Grey, and Mulch, these are quite attractive, and when combined with fitting clothes, they can look great on any hiking route. 

Manufactured in the USA, and featuring a rubber sole and a cushy inner sole, these boots offer excellent comfort. Along with that, the featured Numentum technology is there to provide your ankle good support and ensure that a long hike doesn’t end up in a grave injury. 

While the fact that these boots are a bit narrow, and feature a high shaft at 5.75 inches from the arch that may not be the most suitable for everyone, these boots do offer stability and needed support.

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    Affordable for most
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    Comfortable and breathable
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    Lightweight
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    Good for rainy conditions

CONS

  • Too narrow for wide feet

Lowa Women’s Renegade GTX

If we were to talk about the best value for the money pair of boots, that would undoubtedly be the Lowa pair of boots. Coming in several variations of which the Taupe/Sepia is the most popular, these boots are comfortable sturdy and offer great moisture protection!

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Yes we know we are once again talking about a pair of boots that is kind of on the more expensive side, but if you are really looking to get your money’s worth, then it may be a perfect choice. The fact that these come in numerous sizes and colors might make the decision a bit easier.

If we look at the design, the shaft is situated at 4.75 inches from the arch, which is perfect for hiking on rough and rocky terrains, and is not too high if you plan on hiking during the winter. 

Also, it offers excellent ankle support. Other dimensions include the platform that is at 1 inch and a heel that is at 1.5 inches. One of the best pros about these boots is the easy lace-up vamp and speed-lacing system that will give you a tight grip to protect your feet.

A comfortable footbed and a sturdy Vibram sole allow great stability and grip for walking under rough conditions. One of the most essential features has to be the reliable Gore-tex membrane that is waterproof and allows excellent breathability. 

Offering great arch support, these boots do have a problem with narrow toes, but apart from that, it’s a pair that holds superb value when comparing to other lightweight boots on the market.

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    Attractive with most hiking wear
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    Well-made and durable
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    Comfortable and snug
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    Great ankle, arch support

CONS

  • Pricey

KEEN Women’s Targhee II

If you enjoy wearing comfortable and attractive leather boots that don’t have a high shaft but still offer excellent support for your feet, then this pair of KEEN boots are the perfect choice for you. 

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Manufactured in the USA, these boots are made out of high-quality suede leather that is waterproof and resistant to harsh weather conditions, including deep snow. Now, while the sole is not Vibram, it does feature a high-density rubber sole that will protect you from slipping and give you a good grip on the rocky and rough surfaces. 

Looking at the design, the shaft is situated at 4.5 inches from the arch, as well as a platform that is at 1 inch ensuring good stability and traction. 

Much like other hiking boots, the most essential feature is the breathable membrane that will allow fresh air, while keeping the excess moisture out of it. Apart from this, the EVA inner sole is what makes this pair of boots worth a while – great comfort and stability necessary for long hikes.

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    Well-made and durable
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    Waterproof and breathable
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    Comfortable EVA sole
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    Great fit for most

CONS

  • Inconsistent sizing

Salomon Women’s Quest 4D 2 GTX Hiking Boot

At the end of our list of the best lightweight hiking boots for women, we present a pair of boots that is the perfect mix of breathable synthetic and Nubuck leather. These Salomon boots are comfortable, breathable, and feature incredible feet protection, necessary for hiking on rough terrain and under heavy weather conditions.

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If you would ask us, this pair of boots is probably the most attractive out of all five that we have listed. Coming in Deep Blue and Camel Gold, getting a pair of these will really accent your clothing style. 

With regards to the design of these imported boots, we have to notice that the shaft is much higher than at the previously reviewed models, sitting at 6.5 inches from the arch. While that may be too much for some, it still ensures good ankle and arch support and thus a worry-free hike. A sturdy lace-up system and a breathable membrane on tongue ensure proper fit and comfort for these boots.

The two main highlights of Salomon boots have to be the Gore-Tex membrane that allows fresh air to enter while removing any excess moisture from the boot. Along with that, it is the EVA sole that will provide cushioned protection and comfort for your feet. Overall, excellent quality for a reasonable price.

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    Great ankle arch support
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    Comfortable and breathable
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    EVA Insole
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    Gore-Tex membrane

CONS

  • Too tall for some

FINAL VERDICT

Being a woman, you may find that many hiking boot options offer you what you need in terms of stability, durability, comfort, and traction, but they do not suit your style and taste. But fear not! We have covered five of the top options for lightweight hiking boots for women. These boots will give you everything you need and more.

As we said, it is safe to say that there are many great models and that the final decision is all yours. Put your budget and preference into the final calculation and be sure that the pair of hiking boots you buy is going to last you a while. Our personal favorites are the Salomon hiking boots, which are affordable, comfortable, and sturdy, but that doesn’t mean that the other reviewed products aren’t worth your attention.

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