Kayland Zephyr (Photo by Steve Howe)
Editors’ Choice Hall of Fame
When we find a boot that: A) fits six different testers straight out of the box; B) requires no break-in; C) has enough support for 50-pound packs in rough terrain; D) has waterproofness and traction worthy of a Welsh winter; and E) is light and comfortable enough for a dayhike—we stop looking. That’s the 2009 award-winning Kayland Zephyr in a nutshell. $200; 2 lbs. 7 oz. (men’s 9); m’s 8-14, w’s 6-10; kayland.com.