Backpacking BootsSerious hikers venture through the wilderness for days, weeks and even months. The packs on their back contain supplies for survival and at times can weigh more than 50 pounds. Due to this heavy load, backpackers need to wear a specific boot that is not only durable but extraordinarily sturdy. Many backpacking boots contain a lot of cushioning and stability as well as deeper lugs in the outsole. Especially important for rough terrain and off-trail experiences, these hardcore boots keep you and your pack moving ahead at a steady pace, even in extreme weather.