Women's gear, up first
Testers reached for the burly Vector when they knew they'd be in changing conditionslike atop Mount Elbert, a Colorado fourteener. Spiked rails and a bear claw of points underfoot bit into hard-packed snow and ice. "I never had to take my gloves off when adjusting my shoes," one tester reported. "And they were so lightweight, I forgot I had them on." Plus the bindings have infinite adjustabilitygreat for smaller feet. 4.1 lbs.