Model: Ribelle Tech OD
Comfort: 4.9 The Ribelle Tech OD is a unique-looking boot, with a high mesh gaiter that provides more debris protection than support. The lack of a true cuff results in lots of ankle flex and, combined with the most pronounced toe rocker in the test, creates a natural stride: “I was even able to jog in this boot when I had to hoof it back to my car to get to work after an early morning outing in Rocky Mountain National Park,” one tester says. The tongueless design also cuts bulk while maintaining weatherproofing. PrimaLoft insulation kept testers’ feet warm down to 20°F. Ding: It’s the most expensive boot here.
Durability: 4.4 The Ribelle benefits from the highest-in-test rand, the major reason the boot is in tip-top shape after 75 miles in the Alaska wilderness. The mesh lace protector has suffered some snags, but the laces look pristine.
Stability/support: 3.7 This boot is stiff enough to allow one tester to kick steps in soft snow on Alaska’s Ptarmigan Peak, but the lack of a true cuff means it isn’t ideal for using crampons on steeper, firmer snow.