A high-mileage, high-speed boot needs to have enough support to prevent foot fatigue, low weight and low bulk to enhance agility, and a tread that grips without tripping you up. The Cirrus GTX nails ’em all. After a 20-mile day in Vermont’s Green Mountains, one tester said, “On the trail, the low-profile tread never snagged roots or debris, and bit into everything but ice.”
Rather than chunky lugs, the outsole has rows of double dashes cut into the rubber. The Cirrus is also exceptionally stable for a fastpacker, thanks to an X-shaped external heel cup that extends to just behind the ankle, as well as a TPU shank that provides torsional rigidity. A deep Achilles cutout provides a huge range of motion for extra nimbleness. That, plus a shock-absorbing EVA midsole, let one tester run these shoes down Tunnel Mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
The Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable liner functioned exceptionally well in conjunction with the durable nylon mesh upper, keeping testers’ feet dry in sloppy autumn rain, but never getting hot and sweaty in mild temps. Angel-hair-thin laces tie into the midsole. Most testers got a snug wrap, but others felt the laces loosened too easily, leading to heel-slip and blisters. $149; 1 lb. 15 oz.; m’s 7-15, w’s 5-10From trail running to mountain biking or hiking, these technical waterproof shoes will keep feet dry and comfortable all day long. Mesh-and-synthetic-leather upper dries quickly and provides support and protection on rocky trails. TPU straps are injected directly into the upper for lightweight strength and support. Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex® lining ensures feet stay dry through puddles or unexpected showers. Dual-density EVA midsole delivers targeted cushioning and lateral support. Breathable, moisture-wicking antimicrobial lining. Imported. Fit best with lightweight socks.
Upper: Nylon mesh fabric;
Polyurethane synthetic leather; External TPU stability ribs (colorless).
Lining: Moisture wicking nylon;
Gore-TexÂ® waterproof/breathable membrane inner lining.
Innersole: OrtholiteÂ® foam w/ moisture wicking nylon covering; perforated & antmicrobial treated. (removable)
Arch Support: Contour of innersole; External nylon arch shanks at midfoot.
Midsole: Dual density EVA.
Shank: Nylon lasting board.
Outsole: Rubber; High density EVA imbedded into outsole (Full foot "bruise plate");
Lugged tread. (not resolable)
Laces: 48" round polyester.
Eyelets: 4 sets web lacing loops; 1 set metal eyelets.
External nylon arch shanks provide midfoot torsional support.
Full foot "bruise plate" protects against rocks & roots underfoot.
Polyurethane toe bumper & heel counter.
Padded tongue & collar. (gusseted tongue).
Web pull-on loop at back heel.