If you need an ATV of a boot that’s supportive enough for big-load backpacking or mountaineering, the Croda (Syncro is the women’s) is your ride. “When I hiked the North Fork Quinault River Trail in Washington, the Croda bulldozed through river crossings, branches, mud, and snow,” says one tester. The cut is the highest in the test, and the midsole is rigid and thick. Break-in required. $215; 3 lbs. 3 oz.; 8-14; Syncro GTX: $235; 2 lbs. 9 oz. (7); 6-11; garmontusa.com
A full height boot that provides the stability, traction and confidence from trailhead to summit. Amica Hike has the elegant execution of a hard core hiker with inconceivable lightness for its support. Our most techinical women's boot for challenging steep trails, rocky and slippery terrain or when you don't know where the day will lead you. The nimble design offers a full rand and to-the-toe lacing for an uncompromising fit.
Gore-Tex® waterproof-breathability for all-weather protection.