During an epic spring mud season in Alaska, one tester praised the waterproof Alamosa for its “sneaker-like feel and roomy toebox,” which accommodated swelling as he racked up big miles. Best for lighter (less than 30-pound) packs and groomed trails.
> Price $130
Designed with advice from the mountain guide experts, the Exum Guide is a rugged mountaineering shoe designed for hikers, alpinists, peak baggers and Via Ferratas. Built for use with strap-on crampons, the mid-top Exum Guide has a durable non-sealed water resistant nubuck leather upper. Providing extra support is Five Ten's patented molded proprietary heel cage and extra-plush EVA cushioning.