Timberland Earthkeepers Intervale Ventilated

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Ahnu Kirkham, Timberland Earthkeepers, and Oboz Missoula     Photo: Inga Hendrickson

BEST FOR: Short, fast day hikes.

THE TEST: “Felt great out of the box,” wrote one tester. The easy break-in is probably due to the fact that the Intervale’s materials are, in a sense, already broken in—the laces and lining are upcycled from plastic bottles, and the outsole is 42 percent recycled rubber. The mostly leather Intervale handled day hikes and light trail runs in Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge with ease, providing great trail feel. When mileage hit double digits, though, enthusiasm waned: the soft sole and flexible uppers are better suited to afternoon hikes.

THE VERDICT: Pared-down, go-fast shoe with casual looks. 11.2 oz.

LIGHTNESS: 4.5
RUGGEDNESS: 3.1

Brand: Timberland $90

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