Model: Freney Mid GV
Comfort: 4.7 The Freney Mid’s cushy lining and footbed mean its break-in time—almost instant— was the fastest in the test. “No rubbing, no hot spots, no slippage, and a snug heel fit,” one tester said after trekking 35 miles with a 40-pound pack in New Zealand’s Arthur’s Pass National Park. In rocky terrain, he appreciated how a large wedge of PU at the back cushioned heel strikes. The Freney Mid has a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort liner, and its almost fleece-like interior padding captured enough heat to keep one tester warm into the teens on a glacier in Greenland.
Durability: 2.7 After nearly a full month of use on steep and rocky terrain in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, one tester noticed the Freney Mid’s rand had begun to crack.
Stability: 4.0 A carbon-fiber lasting board helps the Freney Mid remain stable on snow slopes while paired with semi-automatic crampons. Its Vibram Mulaz outsole with its single, large lug that curves around the toe area allowed our tester to find footholds on small rock ledges in Arthur’s Pass.