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
An elegantly technical low cut hiker perfect for everyday outings and
life's extraordinary adventures. Comfortable for whatever the day brings from a lunchtime speed hike to afternoon trips to the coffee shop.
A highly breathable upper keeps you cool and comfortable on warm days. A lightweight low profile midsole positions the user's weight close to the ground for unmatched agility and versatile traction.