Tough and dependable, the Merrell Outbound Mid Hiking Boot ($185-$210) covers all the bases. Its rugged construction and Gore-Tex waterproof protection keeps the elements at arm's length, while the Spring Motion Technology Insole keeps you going during those long backpacking trips. Other features include Cordura, Synthetic and Ripstop Mesh Upper, metal hook and lacing eyelet, reinforced silicone molded synthetic instep and heel stability arm, Vibram Outbound Sole and more.