If you need an ATV of a boot that’s supportive enough for big-load backpacking or mountaineering, the Croda (Syncro is the women’s) is your ride. “When I hiked the North Fork Quinault River Trail in Washington, the Croda bulldozed through river crossings, branches, mud, and snow,” says one tester. The cut is the highest in the test, and the midsole is rigid and thick. Break-in required. $215; 3 lbs. 3 oz.; 8-14; Syncro GTX: $235; 2 lbs. 9 oz. (7); 6-11; garmontusa.com
A sporty, low cut with the stability to scamper over rocks and dry
washes with styling worthy of the rest of your life's passions. A highly supportive upper offers freedom of movement, agility and weight savings that you'll appreciate when hefting a light load to a nearby shelter.
The upper is highly breathable and offers Gore-Tex® waterproofing for