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Lowa AL-T Rex XCR - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

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...

Patagonia Huckleberry - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

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....

Keen Voyager - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

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...

Five Ten Prodigy - Light Hikers

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...

Five Ten Camp Four - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

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...

The North Face Smedge - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

The North Face Smedge - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

PREFERS TECHNICAL TRAILSThe mashed-up name says it all: smear + edge = "smedge." True to the equation, the Smedge is a serious approach shoe that won't let you down when the trail gets vertical....

Vasque Kota - Light Hikers

Vasque Kota - Light Hikers: Reviews

Though it's not billed as a trail runner, the Kota is constructed on a running-shoe last, and it shows. Racing to beat sunset, I sped down north Georgia's Hemp Top Trail in these shoes and reached...

Merrell Phaser Rush - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

Merrell Phaser Rush - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

LEATHER GOES NEW-SCHOOLWhile others try to reinvent light hikers with synthetic materials, Merrell went another route: It transformed the classic leather midweight into a new breed of light hiker...

Chaco Canyonland Low - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

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...

Zamberlan 140 Paso - Light Hikers

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...

Montrail Namche - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

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...

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...

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...

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