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    Recommend me some hiking boots

    So it's that time of year I venture into getting a new pair of boots. I always go the Timberland route, because that's just what I like and am used to.

    I tried a pair of these the other day, and I'm actually considering trying a pair of these over the normal 6" standard boot I go with.

    Timberland - Men's Chocorua Trail Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot

    I guess they make a few different "models" of this style, but the Gore-Tex version is supposed to be the most complete one.

    I don't really know much about hiking boots, but I'm looking for something pretty heavy duty, yet comfortable and waterproof. Any other brand recommendations are welcome as well.

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    I wear these for just about everything:

    [VIDEO]] Merrell Men's Moab Ventilator Multisport Shoe: Shoes[/VIDEO]

    And the waterproof version for MTB/winter:

    [VIDEO]] Merrell Men's Moab Waterproof Hiking Shoe: Shoes[/VIDEO]

    They are the goods. The only thing about the waterproof ones (like any waterproof boot) is that your feet will sweat a bit if you're doing anything moderately aerobic (like shoveling a driveway). Since you live in The Old People State, I don't think you have to worry about that.

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    Vasque do some really great boots too. Mine are top-ventilated to avoid swampfoot.
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    I had a pair of Merrells. Most comfortable shoes ever.
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    I hike in a pair of these, they're fucking awesome:

    Patagonia Nomad GTX Men's : Clear Water Outdoor

    They also make a lower cut mesh "shoe" version, which I live in when I'm not at work.

    Patagonia Men's Drifter A/C Waterproof Hiking Shoe

    Not the exact pair I have, but I dig them.
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    IMHO these are some of the best boots money can buy.

    Sundowner GTX

    I used to climb mountains every weekend and just about every AT hiker, serious speed hiker, etc. wore these. They are a bit pricey but can easily last 10-15 years and remain comfortable with solid traction. I hiked all 48 of NH's 4000 foot peaks up here in one pair of Vasques (not even the high end Sundowners either) from 1994 to 2000 and the soles still had plenty of life left in them.

    Check this link to see how Vasque's boot placed in this top 10 list. Asolo is damned good too so you can't go wrong trying on a pair from them if Vasques are not available.

    Top 10 Hiking Boots

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    I have a pair of these and I love them. Waterproof and incredibly comfortable.

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