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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Treksta Alta GTX Boot

Wear the midweight Alta GTX, which provides unmatched grip on frozen terrain.

by: Dan Larson

Treksta Alta GTX Boot (Ben Fullerton)
Treksta Alta GTX Boot (Ben Fullerton)

Best Ice Traction

Bad idea: Wear crampons or mini-crampons on every winter hike, “just in case.” Good idea: Wear the midweight Alta GTX, which provides unmatched grip on frozen terrain. Treksta’s Icelock technology embeds vertically aligned glass filaments into the dozen rubber lugs, so the exposed ends of the filaments can bite into icy surfaces. “I called these the ice skippers,” says one tester, who wore them on rink-like slopes around Oregon’s Mt. Hood and Mt. Bachelor. “Other people I encountered were moving in slow motion and falling on frozen patches, while I’d walk confidently along, never slipping.” While uninsulated, the Gore-Tex-lined leather kept testers’ feet warm down to 20°F. “They gripped well on mud, rocks, and wet wood, too,” says another Oregon hiker, who wore them on lower-elevation forays in the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness. A full-length nylon shank between the insole and EVA midsole provides support for loads up to 45 pounds. The unique footbed features depressions for each toe, which anchor the foot in place and provide a custom-feeling, “glove-like” fit. Best for high arches. $200; 2 lbs. 15 oz.; m’s 8-13, w’s 6-10.5;

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