Marcus Woolf

Marcus Woolf

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Dahlgren Ultra Light Trail - Socks Reviews

Butter. That's the best way to describe the feel of these socks, which blend soft merino and alpaca fibers. Wicking channels at the forefoot move moisture up to the ankle, where it evaporates more...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Hi-Tec Vector - Hiking Boots: Reviews

SPEEDY HYBRIDVector charts a course that's swift, stable, and true. The reason? Hi-Tec injected the shoe with a hypodermic needle full of running-shoe DNA—it's very flexible and weighs only 13...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Lowa AL-T Rex XCR - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

LIGHT BUT SUPPORTIVETake a closer look and you can see it: One solid, continuous piece of polyurethane forms the midsole and sidewall supports on the awkwardly named AL-T. Because fewer materials are...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Merrell Passage Ventilator - Light Hikers: Reviews

Some low-cut shoes beg for mercy under the weight of a 40-pound pack. But the Passage Ventilator can bear a load, thanks to a muscled chassis that includes an injection-molded plastic plate in the...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Patagonia Huckleberry - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

GREEN KICKS WITH GUTSEco-friendly shoes used to be fine for backyard lounging, not the backcountry. With its new footwear, Patagonia makes it clear such restrictions no longer apply. Here's why....

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

SmartWool Adrenaline Ultra Light Mini - Socks Reviews

These wafer-thin socks rule for high-mileage jaunts in close-fitting shoes. With 69 percent merino, the fabric feels cool as cotton, while a dose of nylon hugs the arch like a second skin....

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Aku Energy Mid XCR - Light Hikers: Reviews

Nubuck leather, a Gore-Tex XCR liner, and midcut ankle support for $125? Snap this up before the bean counters at Aku snatch it back. You get an all-purpose hiker with aggressive traction, a near-...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Garmont Eclipse XCR - Hiking Boots: Reviews

Stripped-down light hikers can leave weekend adventurers craving a little more of everything. But, just like my pre-ramble, all-you-can-eat Southern breakfast, the Eclipse XCR fills the plate....

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Adidas Terrex Low GTX - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

TOUGHER THAN IT LOOKSThe waterproof Terrex may look like every brightly colored sneaker out there, but one of our testers proclaimed it "rugged as hell" during an off-trail scramble up Santa Fe's ski...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Lowa Jannu Lo - Light Hikers: Reviews

Cross a Suburban with a BMW and you'd get the automotive version of Lowa's Jannu Lo: a smooth and fast ride anywhere. By combining a tough upper with a solid platform and then lining the inside with...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Raichle Storm - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

GO ANYWHERE, FASTIf we entered a shoe in the Dakar Rally, the Storm would be the choice. It's tough, thanks to split-grain leather and plastic reinforcements on the upper. It's light (16 ounces per...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Kayland Convert - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

BEST FOR BIG LOADSLooking for something that isn't a clodhopper but can handle a three-day back-packing trip? The Kayland's waterproof eVent membrane lets sweat out, while the shoe's plastic...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Tecnica Prima Mid GTX-XCR - Light Hikers: Reviews

Cheaper shoes exist, but you'll be hard pressed to find one that beats the Prima for dollar-per-mile value. It's light enough for a day hike and sturdy enough for a week in the Grand Canyon, and its...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010