Why They're CoolThe Torques are so sprightly, they encouraged me to jump across rocky chasms that perhaps should have been safely admired from the brink. I blame the shock-absorbing EVA midsole, bolstered by a resilient nylon shank and insole. Of course, if they cushion so well when thusly abused, you can imagine how well they work for plebeian activities like, say, hiking. » Unlike many fast hikers, the forefoot of the two-pound-two-ounce Torque feels just as well padded as the heel. Yet it flexes readily for a natural stride. » The sticky and sharply lugged outsole stuck to rocks like paint. » Details, details. I loved the elegantly sculpted steel lace eyelets, which worked without friction and tensioned evenly.Hmmm . . .The angles on the outsole lugs didn't grip well on loose-dirt hills.