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

Two thousand miles--nearly the length of the Appalachian Trail. That's how far our testers walked in these midcut boots, from the desert Southwest to the North Cascades to the Swiss Alps. Our verdict: Goodbye old-school leather clunkers, hello nimble hikers. The latest synthetic materials make these shoes quick to break in and nearly as agile as trail runners, but deliver far better ankle support, waterproofing, and grit defense than their low-cut counterparts. The five boots that made our final selection are ideal for summer's moderate-load treks and high-mileage dayhikes. Read the reviews carefully to see which pair is right for you.

 

Montrail Stratos XCR
The test's most versatile shoe is the ticket for everything short of a job interview.

©Mitch Mandel

Wherever we went and whatever we did-from steep scrambles in the Rockies to soggy Northwest treks carrying 40 pounds-these shoes kept pace. The all-around performance starts with a near-perfect fit that worked for a variety of foot shapes. Add good arch support, ample toe space, and a snug, no-slip heel cup, which together took the sting out of 20-mile days. The sole's torsional stiffness let one tester haul a moderate load across the jumbled terrain of a Swiss glacial moraine. The XCR liner kept water out when splashing through shallow streams-although, like the rest of the field, the Stratos soaked through after long periods in wet snow or drenched brush. Lacing's what it should be: quick and secure. The outsole's shallow lugs gripped well on loose dirt, pebbly slopes, and off-trail rock in Washington's North Cascades, but slipped on water-slick surfaces. Rubber reinforcements buffer the toe, ankle, and heel, though one pair's rubber showed early signs of wear, slightly delaminating from the upper. Best for medium-width, medium-volume feet. (Tip: Buy before August 1, when the price goes up $10.)


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

The Political Arena
Bad Year for Air Travel
Posted On: Jul 25, 2014
Submitted By: halstead
Trailhead Register
White Collar Blues
Posted On: Jul 25, 2014
Submitted By: RebeccaD


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