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Big-Trip Boots: Trail Blazers

Get maximum support, traction, and protection without wafflestomper weight or break-in. Welcome to the new breed of all-terrain, any-load boots.

Big-Load Support | Fast & Light | Best for Hard Miles | All-Day Comfort | Best Fit | Bargain

Kayland Convert
Overall 4.0
Don’t be fooled by how light and nimble these boots feel when you first lace them up: They held their own against heavier boots in some of the roughest conditions we saw. One tester took the mostly suede Converts out of the box in Greenland, shouldered a 50-pound pack, and hit the trail for two weeks of slogging through marshy permafrost and stomping up craggy peaks. She reported plenty of support, and said the tread held firm on everything from rocks to roots to steep gassy hillsides. "And the eVent liner made the Converts the most breathable waterproof boots I’ve tested," she added. "They dried out fast even when the uppers got saturated." Testers raved about the innovative sliding ankle lace hook. It took a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but the result is a snug, custom-feel fit with excellent stability. Another smart feature: Fabric panels at the ankle allow for easy forward flex, maximum comfort, and easy break-in. The inset rubber toe rand resists scuffing and peeling, but several testers noticed some frayed stitching near the instep. Best for medium- to high-volume and medium to wide feet. $185; 3 lbs. 3 oz.; men’s 7–14; women’s 6–10. (603) 918-7395;

Big-Load Support | Fast & Light | Best for Hard Miles | All-Day Comfort | Best Fit | Bargain

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