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Montrail CTC Mid XCR - Light Hikers

Montrail CTC Mid XCR - Light Hikers: Reviews

Though some manufacturers like to throw around the sexy-sounding "approach shoe" title, the CTC is no marketing gimmick. When my trip up a creekbed turned into a bouldering session, the CTC proved as...

MSR Reactor Stove System - Camp Stoves: Reviews

MSR Reactor Stove System - Camp Stoves: Reviews

The fuel miser: It's freezing and the wind's howling—a perfect time to fire up the Reactor, which has a completely enclosed, windproof burner. The integrated pot/burner system puts the...

Vasque Ranger GTX - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Vasque Ranger GTX - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

GREAT ANKLE SUPPORTIn a world of Honda Elements and Subaru Outbacks, the Ranger is a Ford Bronco: old-school and well-built but certainly not flashy. The crux of this classically designed boot is the...

Tecnica Prima Mid GTX-XCR - Light Hikers

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...

Kayland Convert - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

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...

Columbia Skamania Pass - Light Hikers

Columbia Skamania Pass - Light Hikers: Reviews

At 2.4 pounds per pair, this scrappy boot performs above its weight class. Made with super-sturdy nubuck and full-grain leather, the Skamania was still standing after going 12 rounds with a full pack...

Optimus Stella+ - Camp Stoves: Reviews

Optimus Stella+ - Camp Stoves: Reviews

Ultimate versatility: The Stella+ is light enough for long-distance trips and stable enough for a big group (it'll hold a four-liter pot), plus the remote-canister design allows you to use it...

Brunton Flex - Camp Stoves: Reviews

Brunton Flex - Camp Stoves: Reviews

Weight saver: Don't be fooled by this stove's tiny dimensions. It cranks out big heat, adjusts down to a simmer, and has four serrated pot supports that are surprisingly stable for the size....

Garmont Eclipse XCR - Hiking Boots: Reviews

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....

Aku Energy Mid XCR - Light Hikers

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-...

Vasque Breeze Low - Hiking Boots: Reviews

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...

Bridgedale X-Hale Trailhead - Socks Reviews

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

Hi-Tec Vector - Hiking Boots: Reviews

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...

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