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Field Notes: Boots, Jackets, Tents, And More

The latest word from our testers. This month, we test the Marmot Cauldro jacket, Gregory Z65 pack, Exped Andromeda, tents, Danner Formation boots, and more.

Danner Formation GTX

Twenty-seven Grand Canyon miles in less than 24 hours–it’s the perfect boot-testing trial by fire, and the Formations passed with out-of-the-box, all-day comfort. “A descent through slushy snow, 15 miles of speed hiking along the Tonto Trail, scrambling in Lonetree Canyon, and a 3,500-foot ascent,” said our tester, “and my feet were fine.” Our crew deemed the waterproof, fabric-and-nubuk Formations ideal for high-mileage trail days, with adequate support for loads up to 35 pounds and traction good enough for the slickest trails. The lacing system is comfortably snug and doesn’t loosen during long days. Our samples showed minimal signs of wear after close to 200 miles of testing. Best for medium-width, medium-volume feet, and available in wide sizes. $150; 2 lbs. 9 oz. (men’s 9.5); men’s 7-12D (regular), 8-12, 13EE (wide); Reader Service #117

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