A dual-density EVA midsole provides torsional rigidity on the bottom with a soft, shock-absorbent layer next to the foot. This, combined with a springier EVA in the heel, provided more than enough support and cushion during a 20-mile hike in Leadville, Colorado, with a 35-pound pack (the Avalon can easily handle up to 50 pounds).
Metal eyelets, tough suede, and thick nylon in the upper held up well during rocky hikes in Colorado, and a
polyurethane film protects the midsole from abrasion.
The Avalon is a high-volume boot, which leaves plenty of room for an aftermarket insole or thick socks on winter hikes.
The chunky lugs and prominent heel brake gripped well on everything.