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Backpacker Magazine – August 2011

Five All-Purpose Light Hikers

Get light yet supportive shoes that stand up to the worst boot-chewing terrain–and satisfied our crew of Grand Canyon rangers and guides.

by: Annette McGivney

Patagonia Drifter A/C (Courtesy Photo)
Patagonia Drifter A/C (Courtesy Photo)

Best All-Around
Patagonia Drifter A/C

Top Scrambler
Five Ten Insight

Most Support
Lowa Tempest Lo

Toughest
Merrell Chameleon 3 Ventilator

Best Dayhiker
Keen Alamosa



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Mike
Apr 30, 2012

To bad they are made by Merrell who has consistent manufacturing defects in almost everything they make.

Dave Staszak
Apr 07, 2012

I live in the Adirondacks. My lightweight hiker needs to be water proof. How about a review of some water proof versions? AND for good measure add a pair of lowcut,lightweigth waterproof gaiters that work with the specific shoe being reviewed? A good gaiter would be one that seals well enough to give you aleast a 5 second leaway so that the waterproof shoe doesn't fill up when you get a "hot foot".

Bill
Apr 03, 2012

Got to agree with the comment about little to no width choices, but that is why trying on shoes is important. I spent several hours over the last week "fitting myself" and ended up with a pair of Tevas. If they don't work out I'll take them back 'cause I got 'em at REI.

Aaron
Sep 13, 2011

Love my "old school" Danner Mountain Lights. You can say what you want about all the new space-age materials, but I still like the look, feel & protection of real leather. And after 12 years of use I was more than happy to pay the $130 to have them recrafted. When I got them back it was like getting a brand new pair of broken in boots!! Ready for another 10-15 years...

Frank
Aug 23, 2011

As usual, none of these come in different widths. If you want a pair of quality light hikers that actually fit, go to newbalance.com & pick from several good options. And if you want quality gear reviews go to backpackinglight.com. If you want the backcountry version of Vogue, stick with Backpacker.

Frank
Aug 23, 2011

As usual, none of these come in different widths. If you want a pair of quality light hikers that actually fit, go to newbalance.com & pick from several good options. And if you want quality gear reviews go to backpackinglight.com. If you want the backcountry version of Vogue, stick with Backpacker.

Roland the outdoor man
Aug 23, 2011

Quite happy here with my Danner Traverse choice. Fits perfectly, the weight is alright, grip excellent, so I regret they don't offer them anymore (as far as I guess).

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