It would be best to have good hiking boots for your feet to support your ankles and protect them from the elements. Over the past three years, we have walked over 1,200 miles in 43 hiking boots. We also took more than 2,000,000 steps on all terrains. The Salomon Quest 4 Gore-Tex Hiking Boots (women’s) were the most comfortable. They are strong traction and support, waterproof and breathable materials, and offer a variety of features that allow us to hike for miles.
What we tested
- Miles and miles
- Our testers walked more than 2,000,000 steps and hiked 1,200 miles for this guide.
- There are many terrains
- These boots were used to trek through New Zealand, Iceland, Canada, and 13 US states.
- There are no leaks
- Our picks kept our feet dry when we hiked in snow, rain or walked along streams, lakes, and waterfalls.
- Many feet
- Good hiking boots are comfortable and fit well. We had 26 testers who helped us select boots of various sizes.
Salomon Quest4 Gore-Tex Hiking Boots for Women (women’s sizes).
The best hiking boot for women
These boots are versatile and offer reliable traction, excellent cushioning, and the largest toe box among all boots tested. These boots are best for long treks with heavy packs but can also be worn comfortably on longer hikes.
Salomon has recently upgraded its Quest boots from 3D to 4. (available in men’s and ladies’ sizes). The Quest 4 Gore-Tex boots retain many of the essential features we loved about the previous version, such as a solid toe and heel support, solid traction, waterproof materials, and a gusseted mouth. Although the updates are insignificant, we appreciate the two minor improvements over the previous model. These include increased ankle and heel support for those who carry heavy loads and a flexible midfoot plate that makes it easier to flex your foot. The new Quests had a slightly longer break-in time than the previous model. However, they also had the largest toe box of all the boots we tested. The boot will likely fit most foot shapes straight out of the box. The Quests are bulky, so they are not recommended for people who carry heavy bags or children. They are comfortable even on short hikes, despite their bulkiness.
Merrell Moab2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots for Women (women’s sizes).
The Women’s hiking boot is straightforward.
These boots are great for anyone who plans to hike short distances or those with broad feet.
The Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof Hiking Boots are affordable for budget-minded hikers. They come in men’s and ladies’ sizes. These boots are less expensive than the other choices, but they fit well in all aspects. They provide good ankle support for moderate-length hikes and a simple lacing system. They were comfortable and fit well. They are not the best for long hikes on steep or rocky terrains. However, the lack of traction makes them less suitable than our other picks. The Moab 2 boots are wide and regular widths for those with wide feet.
La Sportiva Ultra Raptor II Middle GTX (women’s sizes)
A lightweight, flexible option
Ultra Raptor II is the perfect hiking shoe for those who want the support of trail running shoes. Its unique construction provides solid underfoot support and doesn’t add weight. These boots are also easier to drive and walk to the trailhead than our other picks.
La Sportiva’s Ultra Raptor II Mid GTX (women’s) replaces the La Sportiva Saber. It offers the same lightweight, flexible setup but with more toe protection and takes a little longer to break-in. The Ultra Raptor is designed to be worn by hikers who prefer trail running shoes but need support for their ankles (to transport a child or heavy pack), and it has the same lightweight, flexible setup as a trail running shoe. This makes it easier to flex your feet, which makes it easier to drive and walk, and also easier to put on the boots and take them off. The Raptor’s excellent waterproofing, solid underfoot support and traction on wet trails were all appreciated by us. The Raptors are a little smaller than the Sabers, so order half or full sizes larger than your street shoe size. Most La Sportiva boots have a narrow profile, but the Raptors, just like the Merrells, are available in a wide range of widths to fit more foot shapes.