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March 2004 Hiking Boots

Boot Review: Montrail D7

Whether you're on rocks or a grassy trail, you're sure to love these boots.

After kicking around European crags all summer, our tester reports these goatlike low-tops are equally at home on the rock and trail. The close-fitting toebox and to-the-toe lacing provides sensitivity for climbing, yet a no-slide fit prevents toe jamming on descents. Traction is awesome on all surfaces, thanks to an outsole that combines sticky rubber under the forefoot with trail-worthy lugs in the heel. A fat rand and durable synthetic leather upper won’t blow out after one season.

Price: $80

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