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.