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August 2005

Boot Review: Five Light Hikers

Introducing a new breed of synthetic boots: fast, nimble, and surprisingly supportive.

Dunham Waffle Stomper Terrastryder Mid
Got odd-sized feet? This grippy climber fits virtually anyone.

©Mitch Mandel

With good torsional stability and stiffness, plastic midfoot support posts, and a firm heel cup, the affordably priced Terrastryder handles loads of up to 40 pounds, even on rough terrain. But the shoe really stands out for its availability in multiple widths-a rarity in this category-which helps guarantee a good fit and out-of-the-box comfort. Testers also applauded the Vibram waffle-stomper tread; the deep lugs provided excellent traction on loose dirt and mud in treacherous places like Aasgard Pass above Washington’s Enchantment Lakes Basin. The Dryworks membrane kept feet dry even when one tester walked a mile through a shallow creek, but the Terrastryder was the least breathable of the group. The small toe cap and soft midsole got a bit chewed up on rocky terrain, yet the boots otherwise proved tough. Oddly, the fat laces supplied with the boots don’t always slip readily under the hooks (we bought new laces). The Terrastryder is a bit clunky for fastpacking, but a good choice as an all-purpose light hiker for people with extra wide or narrow feet.

Price: $120

Sizes: men’s 8-11½, 12, 13, 14, 15 (four widths); women’s 6-10½ 11, 12, 13 (three widths)

Weight: 2 lbs., 5 oz.

Contact: (800) 843-2668;

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