Gear Guide 2010: Boots & Footwear - Backpacker

Gear Guide 2010: Boots & Footwear

Whether you need a trail runner or a burly mountaineering boot, here's the best of the year.


lightweight support

Kayland Contact Rev Hiking Boot

summer mountaineer

La Sportiva Karakorum Hiking Boot


leather-lined luxury

Zamberlan 308 Trekker RR Hiking Boot

light and rugged

EDITORS' CHOICE 2010: Salomon Wings Sky GTX

kids' hiker

Hi-Tec Renegade Trail WP Jr. Kids' Hiking Boot

most versatile

SCARPA Bhutan GTX Hiking Boot

best all-around

EDITORS' CHOICE 2010: Zamberlan 760 Steep GT


Mammut Cirrus GTX Hiking Boot

best grip

Merrell Col Mid WP Hiking Boot

best value

L.L. Bean Trail Model Hiker II TEK2.5 Hiking Boot


wet-weather bargain

Columbia Pole Creek Omni-Tech Hiking Boot

speed hiker

KEEN Obsidian WP Trail Shoe

best scrambler

Five Ten Guide Tennie


Chaco Pro Sandals

best trail runner

La Sportiva Wildcat Trail Running Shoe

PLUS: Size and Buy the Right Hiking Boots

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