For big loads and steep, off-trail terrain, I want solid support and stability without excess weight. The Terek delivers, thanks to the midsole’s relatively light combination of molded EVA (for cushion) and full-length polyurethane shank (for rigidity). I sported these high-cuts all over the West, from light-load dayhikes in Yosemite to difficult treks, like a six-day bushwhack around Mt. Shasta with a 60-pound pack. The boots weren’t too heavy or clunky for the former, nor too light or flexy for the latter.
The eight-hook lace system and tongue hooks enhanced all-day comfort, as I could cinch the uppers snug without causing too much friction in any spot. The split-leather and Cordura upper and full rubber rand stood up to abrasion on Sierra granite, and the Gore-Tex liner kept my feet dry during a soggy-snow trek up Yosemite’s Cloud’s Rest. Bonus: Break-in time was negligible because of the excellent out-of-the-box fit (ideal for my wide feet). $260; 2 lbs. 10 oz. (w’s 8.5); m’s 7-14, w’s 5.5-10.5; lowaboots.com.
The GoLite Footwear Pak Lite features "soft against the ground, whole body stability, shock absorbing technology. Utilizing two densities of PU with the softer one enveloping the inconsistencies of the terrain while the firmer stabilizes your foot.
Upper:NeoForm(TM)Seamless Uppers,Premium Natural Leathers
Fit:Stabilizing Heel Cradle,Trail Strike Last,Anti-Microbial Precise Fit(TM)Footbed in Half Sizes
Traction:Paw Pad Sole,GripStick(TM) Rubber