The trail-runner-like Forge Pro has the teeth to take on ice, slush, and snow, as long as it’s not too deep. “The Forge Pro is lightweight with a svelte, agile profile, but even with my weak ankles and a 30-pound pack aboard, I felt supported,” says a tester who wore it hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Credit a stiff heel counter and a soft, shock-absorbing pad in the heel of the EVA midsole, paired with a protective partial nylon shank.
The snow-shedding sole has good braking lugs and fiberglass impregnated pads for excellent grip on ice. The synthetic leather upper has 200 grams of Thinsulate and a waterproof membrane, which kept testers warm and dry down to freezing on spring Appalachian Trail hikes in slush and mud. Metal, D-ring lace loops are pressure-free under snowshoe bindings. The neoprene cuff seals out trail debris, but the cut is short, so wear gaiters in snow more than a few inches deep.