Brand: L.L. Bean
Model: Men's Ascent Day Hiker Gore-Tex Fabric Leather Boot
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 5-10Day hiking over moderate and rough terrain; offers the benefit of Gore-Tex® waterproof protection in a fabric boot.
Upper: Waterproofed nubuck leather; Cordura® nylon fabric.
Lining: Nylon; Gore-Tex® waterproof/breathable membrane inner lining.
Innersole: Synthetic covered multidensity EVA foam. (removable)
Arch Support: Contour of innersole.
Midsole: Molded EVA.
Outsole: Rubber; aggressive lugged tread pattern. (not resoleable)
Laces: 62″ round polyester.
Eyelets: 4 sets leather lacing channels; 3 sets speed lace hooks.
Outsole lugs are lower profile to reduce snags on rocks and stumps.
Gusseted, padded tongue. Padded collar.
Web pull-on loop at back heel.