TrekSta Alta GTX Trail Shoe

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Scarpa Rapid LT, TrekSta Alta GTX, and Aku SL Sintesi GTX    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Heavy loads; snow and ice.

THE TEST: Two things separate the Alta GTX from all the other tan boots on the shelf. First: the bulbous, lumpy toe box, which looks weird (and feels weird at first). But, as advertised, the anatomical shape makes for a comfier ride, especially downhill. Second: the outsole’s lugs, embedded with micro-glass filaments that, according to TrekSta, create “slip-stopping surface tension.” It sounds like B.S., but testers agreed that the Alta GTX was noticeably grippier than the competition on virtually every slick surface.

THE VERDICT: The pronounced arch takes some getting used to (expect hot spots). Otherwise, best-in-class fit and bite. 21 oz.

LIGHTNESS: 3
RUGGEDNESS: 4

Brand: TrekSta $200
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