Marcus Woolf

Marcus Woolf

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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...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

La Sportiva Sandstone GTX-XCR - Hiking Shoes: Reviews

1. The Gore-Tex XCR–lined Sandstone has a strip of airy mesh along the tongue (where it can best release the foot's heat) and leather/tightly woven mesh along the sides, where durability is key...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

Fox River Bio-Fiber Outdoor - Socks Reviews

These eco-socks are made with 65 percent corn-based fiber. And they work. The fabric over the toes is knitted like mesh to release heat, while a flat toe seam eliminates irritating hot spots. foxsox....

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

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...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

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...

Marcus Woolf
Nov 1, 2010

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....

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

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

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

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

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

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

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