In Vermont, where slick rocks and exposed roots are trail standards, I need a durable boot that has killer grip. The Teton’s Vibram sole has sharp-edged, scooped-out perimeter lugs and toothy center lugs made of soft rubber that bite into any surface. The flexy plastic board in the midsole allows comfortable striding, yet protected me from rocks, even when I carried 40 pounds. And the high-cut ankle prevented my weak joints from twisting. The Gore-Tex-lined, suede-and-nylon upper proved waterproof and durable during weeks of Long Trail hiking. Bonus: Flat laces always stay tied. Medium fit. mammut.ch
Multiday, medium-load trips through rocky terrain, where you need protection underfoot and good ankle support
> Berne Broudy
> Duration Nov. to Feb.
> Locales/conditions VT, NY, MA; mud, rain, snow
> “The PU midsole is hollowed out in the strike (heel) and push-off (ball) zones, which allows those areas to compress—like shock absorbers—so even though this boot is stiff, my stride felt natural.”