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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2013

Gear Guide 2013: Boots & Trail Runners

Find the perfect kicks for going fast and far.

by: Dan Larson

Mammut Mercury Advanced GTX (Courtesy Photo)
Mammut Mercury Advanced GTX (Courtesy Photo)

HEAVY DUTY
Best Ankle Support: Oboz Wind River II Heavy Duty Boots
Big-load Comfort: Lowa Camino GTX Flex Heavy Duty Boots
Pronator's Pick: Ecco BIOM Hike 1.1 Heavy Duty Boots
Nimble: Crispi Ascent Plus GTX Heavy Duty Boots
Ultralight: Mammut Mercury Advanced GTX

MID-DUTY

Best Protection: Salewa Hike Trainer GTX Mid Duty Boots
Best for Big Breaks: Vasque Breeze 2.0 GTX Mid Duty Boots
All-day Comfort: Patagonia Drifter A/C Mid Waterproof Mid Duty Boots
Best Arch and Ankle Support: AKU Transalpina GTX Mid Duty Boots
Editors' Choice 2013: Zamberlan 230 SH Crosser Plus GTX RR

LIGHT DUTY

Most Versatile: Salewa Wildfire GTX Light Duty Boots
Toughest: Millet Rock Hopper Light Duty Boots
Best for Hot Hikes: Merrell Proterra/Vim Sport Light Duty Boots
Best for Scrambling: Five Ten Aescent Light Duty Boots
Editors' Choice 2013: Asolo Reston/Athena

TRAIL RUNNERS

Lightweight Protection: Salomon XT Wings 3 Trail Runners
Best Traction in Mud: Saucony Xodus 3.0 GTX Trail Runners
Light and Cushy: Asics Gel-FujiTrainer 2 Trail Runners
Ultralight Minimalist: New Balance Minimus 1010 Trail Trail Runners
Nimble & Waterproof: Scarpa Spark GTX Trail Runners
Grippy Mountain Runner: La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Trail Runners


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