BEST FOR: Knocking around with friends.
THE TEST: The Mountaineer isn’t as toothy as either the Easton or the MSR. But if you’re not looking to tackle the steepest and iciest trails you can find, that’s a good thing—big, aggressive teeth only get in the way of your natural walking gait on flatter ground. And the pintail-shaped Mountaineer has plenty of bite for moderate terrain. As one tester noted, there’s an “alligator’s mouth” of steel underfoot. The fixed binding accommodates all boot sizes but is poorly designed—it works fine but is unnecessarily complicated. Style note: The final production model is blue, not red.
THE VERDICT: If you’re after bang for your buck, look no further. 4.8 lbs
Ease of Use: 3