Brand: The North Face Gear Reviews
Model: M Dhaulagiri II GTX, W Dhaulagiri II GTX
Testers usually prefer all-terrain mountain boots like these only for big-load, multiday trips. But the Khumbus are so comfortable that testers also chose them for dayhikes. Says one: “Unlike with some burly hikers, making the morning transition from camp shoes to these boots was easy.”
Credit a design that promotes comfortable walking without compromising protection. Our tester reports that ticking off miles in Rocky Mountain National Park was a breeze thanks to the boot’s slight rocker, low weight (for the category), and flex point at the ball. But it’s still plenty rigid for off-trail travel.
The boot’s full-length PU shank and EVA shock pads under the heel and ball provided all-day comfort on rock slabs and boulder fields in Pikes Peak Wilderness.
Deep lugs and a well-defined heel provide braking on dicey slopes. The 1.8-mm-thick suede upper protected against stones but molded to the foot. And they’re dry, thanks to a Gore-Tex liner, full rubber rand* (which seals upper to sole and prevents abrasion), and a snug collar that kept out rain, slush, and snow on weeklong Rockies peakbagging trips. $285; 3 lbs. 4 oz.; m’s 7-14, w’s 6-11; asolo.com/
*RAND A protective band—often rubber or synthetic leather—that wraps around the boot’s lower perimeter and increases abrasion resistanceLightweight, waterproof, breathable backpacking boot with X-Frame® ankle support plus Heal Cradle technology for load-hauling
exploration. UPPER/ 1.6-1.8 mm velvet oiled suede upper / Bomber abrasion-resistant and breathable textile mesh / Medial and lateral
X-Frame® Roll Control® stabilizer / Waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex® membrane / Gusseted tongue provides protection from unwanted
debris / Cast aluminum, rustproof metal eyelets / Scratched rubber protective toecap / Northotic ergonomically designed footbed with
Poron® forefoot and heel inserts / 3.0 mm injected polypropylene insole board for long lasting underfoot support BOTTOM/ Heal Cradle
technology encompassing a dual-density PU midsole with an injection-molded EVA X-2 heel insert / Full-length, nylon-perforated shank for
optimal support and stabilty as well as push-through protection / Exclusive Vibram® durateck rubber outsole specifically designed for varying
terrain with self-cleaning lugs that provide superior traction and stability underfoot for a long haul