Gear Guide 2009: Light-Duty Boots

We tested 150 boots this year, tallying enough trail miles to hike from Acadia to Denali–and back. Why? To help you find the perfect outdoor footwear.

Light Duty | Mid Duty | Heavy Duty


Best All-Around
Lafuma X Light Mid OT

Oboz Teton Suede

Killer Deal
Ahnu Lodi WB

All-Purpose Comfort
Vasque Velocity VST GTX

Tough and Versatile
Patagonia Karakoram

Ultralight and Waterproof
Teva Aniso eVent

Best Trail Runner
Asics Gel-Trabuco 11 WR

Stickiest Scrambler
Five Ten Exum Guide

Fast and Grippy
GoLite Speed of Lite

New Technology
Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra WPi

Top Waterproof Trail Runner
Kayland Dragonfly eVent

Women's Favorite
Merrell Chameleon Arc Wind

Summer Comfort
Merrell Chameleon Evo Mid

Best Hike/Run Crossover
Montrail Hardrock 09