Brand: Marshall WP
Unlike some lightweight shoes, which feel too flimsy for big mileage or rocky terrain, the low-cut Marshall delivers enough stability and support for rough trails and weekend-plus loads. Big, knobby lugs on the sole’s perimeter gripped off-kilter surfaces and provided a reliable, ankle-protecting platform throughout a soggy hike in Colorado’s Park Range. The midsole’s cushioned heel and instep (along with a TPU stability shank) protect against bruising rocks and ably support a 30-pound pack. The synthetic, closed mesh upper feels light and supple. Downside? The KEEN.Dry waterproof membrane isn’t the most breathable I’ve used: A strenuous five-hour hike through the Flat Tops Wilderness (in humid, snowy 45°F temps) left my socks damp from sweat. $120; 1 lb. 6 oz. (w’s 6.5); m’s 7-15; w’s 5-11; keenfootwear.com
Hikers with low- to medium-volume feet who dayhike and fastpack rain or shine.
When May to June
Where CO; wet and dry trails; 45°F to 80°F
“The underfoot protection flexes beneath the toes, which enhances scrambling agility.”