Solid Footing

Meet the top performance kicks of spring.

La Sportiva FC Eco 2.0 GTX     Photo: Photograph by Inga Hendrickson

Rain Walker
Editors' Choice
Put a hiking boot on a strict diet and you'll get something like the FC Eco 2.0 GTX, from La Sportiva. Though lightweight and low-cut, it feels as sturdy as a backpacking clomper: The stiff Vibram sole (30 percent scrap rubber) is perfect for sharp scree and rock scrambling, and the upper—Gore-Tex-lined waterproof nubuck leather and recycled nylon—stood up to both muck and rough-trail abrasion. 16.8 oz; $140; sportiva.com

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