Marcus Woolf

Marcus Woolf

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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

Vasque Mantra - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

FIT FOR LONG DAYSCan your hiking shoes survive the airplane test? On a long journey, swollen, sweaty feet can drive you mad, but en route to Spain's Canary Islands mine stayed cool and comfortable...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Chaco Canyonland Low - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

THE WETTER, THE BETTERNot surprisingly, sandal maker Chaco's first-ever light hiking shoe excels in soggy conditions. As one of our testers shimmied down a waterfall drainage, he bloodied a knee, but...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Zamberlan 140 Paso - Light Hikers: Reviews

Testers didn't want to take this shoe off, thanks to its blend of trail-worthy guts and low-key style. The sole's balance of support and flexibility was perfect for speedy trail hiking. And while the...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Montrail Namche - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

LITTLE BIG BOOTA hike on the eight-mile trail to the top of Colorado's 14,259-foot Longs Peak demands a lot out of a shoe: support, traction, durability, agility, and low weight. That's a tall order...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Lowa Renegade II GTX Lo - Hiking Boots: Reviews

MUCK BUSTERStylewise, the most I can say about the Renegade is that, well, it won't exactly upstage your Gap khakis. But performance is what counts, and, with a full-grain leather upper and a stiff,...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Keen Voyager - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

LIKES IT ROUGHThe Voyageur was one of several shoes that we sent to our most abusive tester. His take: They're "as tough as beef jerky." After several weeks of hiking, the upper's sturdy leather hide...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Five Ten Prodigy - Light Hikers: Reviews

You wouldn't expect Guinness to make anything but stout, and you shouldn't expect Five Ten to make a shoe that can't climb. The Prodigy has obvious rock-shoe features: sticky Stealth C4 rubber on the...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Five Ten Camp Four - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

PROTECT YOUR JOINTSCan a low-cut hiker really deliver the ankle support of a high-top? Um, no. But the Camp Four comes darn close. The trick is accomplished with bands of thick PU molded to the rear...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Vasque Breeze Low - Hiking Boots: Reviews

ONE TOUGH CUSTOMERThe Breeze Low keeps its cool in warm weather with ultrabreathable nylon mesh, deployed here on both side panels and tongue. But the Breeze is no featherweight: Bands of leather...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Bridgedale X-Hale Trailhead - Socks Reviews

Don't settle for socks that go flat. The X-Hale Trailhead has double loops of thread at the ball, heel, and ankle, so high-impact areas won't get crushed by miles of impact. bridgedaleusa.com

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010