These sturdy yet compact boots became one female tester's "favorite shoes ever" after long, hard backpacks through Yellowstone and around Big Bend's foot-pounding Outer Loop. She credits the forgiving fit and lightweight support: "There's plenty of forefoot room, and they're super-stable in the arch and ankle. Also, the tongues don't have any pressure points or shift around, and the hard toecap protects my feet so I can gawk at the scenery without stubbing my toes." For men, Asolo offers the nearly identical Fugitive; we've seen both boots stay dry and survive brutal talus on multiweek Alaskan epics. Best for low- to medium-volume feet.
Weight: 2 lbs. 8 oz.