For big loads and steep, off-trail terrain, I want solid support and stability without excess weight. The Terek delivers, thanks to the midsole’s relatively light combination of molded EVA (for cushion) and full-length polyurethane shank (for rigidity). I sported these high-cuts all over the West, from light-load dayhikes in Yosemite to difficult treks, like a six-day bushwhack around Mt. Shasta with a 60-pound pack. The boots weren’t too heavy or clunky for the former, nor too light or flexy for the latter.
The eight-hook lace system and tongue hooks enhanced all-day comfort, as I could cinch the uppers snug without causing too much friction in any spot. The split-leather and Cordura upper and full rubber rand stood up to abrasion on Sierra granite, and the Gore-Tex liner kept my feet dry during a soggy-snow trek up Yosemite’s Cloud’s Rest. Bonus: Break-in time was negligible because of the excellent out-of-the-box fit (ideal for my wide feet). $260; 2 lbs. 10 oz. (w’s 8.5); m’s 7-14, w’s 5.5-10.5; lowaboots.com.
The Ligero provides multi-sport versatility in a shoe that was designed specifically for a womans foot. Built with quality, all-leather uppers on a stable reinforced platform, and featuring enhanced cushioning under the heel, the Ligero has the technical features to cover some miles whether you are on the road or the trail
Full-Grain Nubuck and Suede Leather Upper with Scotchguard Stain Protection
Molded Sockliner with Enhanced Comfort Foam Technology
Nylon Shank for Torsional Rigidity and Stability
External Shoc Pad for Enhanced Shock Absorption
The SpiderXC Rubber Outsole Maximizes Traction and Durability