L.L. Bean Summit Trekker

L.L. Bean Summit Trekker

L.L. Bean Summit Trekker     Photo: Courtesy of L.L. Bean

THE SELL: The quintessential all-rounder. THE TEST: Made by Tubbs for L.L. Bean, the Summit Trekker doesn't have any bowl-you-over technology. Rather, its simplicity and dependability set it apart. "All I needed and nothing more," said a Vermont-based tester. Aggressive steel crampons and a sturdy heel lift make for secure footing, even on steep and icy sections of trails. The binding's dual-sided pull straps cinched the comfy basket in a second and kept our feet snug in everything from off-camber wind crust to powder. A single glove-friendly strap released the binding just as easily. Bummer: a fully pivoting binding makes it hard to reverse without burying your tails. THE VERDICT: No frills but plenty of function. 4.4 lbs

Grip: 4.5
Comfort: 5
Ease of Use: 5

Brand: L.L. Bean $199

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