Our feet felt protected and pampered at the same time, thanks to a firm polyurethane midsole topped with a soft memory foam insole. That, combined with secure mid-height ankle support, enabled the Phoenix to handle 50-pound packs on steep inclines and off-camber trails in the Adirondacks.
The thick toe bumper and the leather-and-textile upper armored our feet when we were hiking off-trail through rocky terrain in British Columbia—all without any signs of wear.
The memory foam insole gave these shoes a decadent, custom feel that became even more comfortable as we piled on the miles. The uppers conformed to our tester’s wide feet after a few short hikes.
The sticky rubber and wide, triangle-shaped lugs held their grip on wet rocks and muddy trails, and the pronounced heel braked well on soft downhill trails.