Lots of other candidates also come to mind, depending on what fits best. Merrell's Wilderness ($250; www.merrellboot.com) is a fine boot with classic all-leather looks and construction and a rugged, stitched-down sole. Tecnica's Bio-Flex GTX ($200; www.tecnicausa.com) will be a little lighter and more comfortable, and includes a Gore-Tex liner. I'm also a big fan of Boreal's Bulnes ($215; www.borealusa.com), a boot that has the heft for a big trip but feels a lot like a big day-hiker.
Be darn sure you get a pair that fit well, and that you get at least 50 miles on them before you head out. Then, get out there and have fun!
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