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Backpacker Magazine – June 2005
On hot summer days, these breathable shoes beat the heat.
Even the best waterproof/breathable liners limit ventilation on long summer days, and they also slow draining and drying if water comes in over the ankle. So for the hottest conditions, consider a non-waterproof shoe like the Extend. It matches a breathable mesh upper with leather and rubber reinforcements in high-wear areas for a good balance between air conditioning, foot protection, and durability. The flexible, EVA-cushioned midsole and pillow-soft ankle padding make these a good choice for hikers who want light-duty shoes with instant break-in. On mucky spring hikes, the shallow tread gripped well on all but the slickest surfaces. If you want more rigid support for heavier loads and off-trail terrain, go with Salomon's Pro Trek 5 LTR GTX ($110), a bargain with all-leather uppers, stiffer sole, and Gore-Tex liner. Both are best for medium to wide feet.
Sizes: men's 7-11 ½, 12, 13, 14; women's 5-9 ½, 10, 11, 12
Weight: 2 lbs. 9 oz. (men's 11)
Contact: (877) 272-5666; www.salomonsports.com