SUBSCRIBE | NEWSLETTERS | MAPS | VIDEOS | BLOGS | MARKETPLACE | CONTESTS
TRY BACKPACKER FREE!
SUBSCRIBE NOW and get
2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on Backpacker.com


Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – August 2005

Boot Review: Five Light Hikers

Introducing a new breed of synthetic boots: fast, nimble, and surprisingly supportive.

by: Mike Lanza, BACKPACKER Northwest Editor

PAGE 1 2 3 4 5

Dunham Waffle Stomper Terrastryder Mid
Got odd-sized feet? This grippy climber fits virtually anyone.

©Mitch Mandel

With good torsional stability and stiffness, plastic midfoot support posts, and a firm heel cup, the affordably priced Terrastryder handles loads of up to 40 pounds, even on rough terrain. But the shoe really stands out for its availability in multiple widths-a rarity in this category-which helps guarantee a good fit and out-of-the-box comfort. Testers also applauded the Vibram waffle-stomper tread; the deep lugs provided excellent traction on loose dirt and mud in treacherous places like Aasgard Pass above Washington's Enchantment Lakes Basin. The Dryworks membrane kept feet dry even when one tester walked a mile through a shallow creek, but the Terrastryder was the least breathable of the group. The small toe cap and soft midsole got a bit chewed up on rocky terrain, yet the boots otherwise proved tough. Oddly, the fat laces supplied with the boots don't always slip readily under the hooks (we bought new laces). The Terrastryder is a bit clunky for fastpacking, but a good choice as an all-purpose light hiker for people with extra wide or narrow feet.

Price: $120

Sizes: men's 8-11½, 12, 13, 14, 15 (four widths); women's 6-10½ 11, 12, 13 (three widths)

Weight: 2 lbs., 5 oz.

Contact: (800) 843-2668; www.dunhamfits.com


PAGE 1 2 3 4 5

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
City:
State:
Zip:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -

ADD A COMMENT

Your rating:
Your Name:

Comment:

My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

Trailhead Register
He Is Risen!
Posted On: Apr 23, 2014
Submitted By: TDale
Gear
Super Cat pot stand
Posted On: Apr 23, 2014
Submitted By: DaveG


Go
View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site MyRockyMountainPark.com.

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
City:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
State:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions