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LL BEAN Men's Adventure Trail Shoe

A superlight boot for high-mileage speedhikers

Brand: L.L. Bean

Model: Men's Adventure Trail Shoe


A high-mileage, high-speed boot needs to have enough support to prevent foot fatigue, low weight and low bulk to enhance agility, and a tread that grips without tripping you up. The Cirrus GTX nails ’em all. After a 20-mile day in Vermont’s Green Mountains, one tester said, “On the trail, the low-profile tread never snagged roots or debris, and bit into everything but ice.”

Rather than chunky lugs, the outsole has rows of double dashes cut into the rubber. The Cirrus is also exceptionally stable for a fastpacker, thanks to an X-shaped external heel cup that extends to just behind the ankle, as well as a TPU shank that provides torsional rigidity. A deep Achilles cutout provides a huge range of motion for extra nimbleness. That, plus a shock-absorbing EVA midsole, let one tester run these shoes down Tunnel Mountain in the Canadian Rockies.

The Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable liner functioned exceptionally well in conjunction with the durable nylon mesh upper, keeping testers’ feet dry in sloppy autumn rain, but never getting hot and sweaty in mild temps. Angel-hair-thin laces tie into the midsole. Most testers got a snug wrap, but others felt the laces loosened too easily, leading to heel-slip and blisters. $149; 1 lb. 15 oz.; m’s 7-15, w’s 5-10These high-performance shoes are great for all your weekend adventures. If you are trail running, speed hiking, or just bombing around town you will want to be in our Adventure Trail Shoes. We’ve combined the lightweight feel and cushioning of running shoes with the traction and support of trail shoes to create these versatile multisport shoes. Synthetic-leather upper with ventilating mesh panels dries quickly and provides support and protection over rough terrain. Dual-density EVA midsole absorbs and disperses impact, while the built-in nylon shank adds stability by controlling flex. Ortholite® footbed cradles your foot in comfort and is breathable, moisture wicking and antimicrobial. Full-foot bruise plate protects against rocks and roots. Low-profile lugged rubber outsole delivers superior traction over varied terrain.

Upper: Synthetic leather; synthetic mesh fabric.
Lining: Dri-lex® (wicking nylon).
Innersole: Dri-Lex wicking top layer, molded Ortholite memory foam footbed (removable)
Arch Support: Contour of innersole.
Midsole: Dual density molded EVA.
Shank: Nylon.
Shock Plate: High density EVA.
Outsole: L.L.Bean’s exclusive ‘Trail Trac’ sticky rubber. (not resoleable)
Laces: approx 45″ round polyester.
Eyelets: 4 sets metal loops; 1 set metal eyelet.

Special Features

Dri-Lex wicking top layer, Molded Ortholite memory foam footbed
High fequency molding on synthetic leather toe bumper & heel counter.
Padded tongue. Padded collar.
Reflective trim.
Web pull-on loop at back heel.

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