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.
W Ligero Mesh
Whether you’re flying down trails or flying around town, the Ligero Mesh is your perfect companion. Mesh panels in the upper ensure that your feet will stay cool, while the SpiderXC outsole and ShocPad technology give you all the performance you’ll need.
• Full grain nubuck and mesh upper with Scotchgard® stain protection
• Molded sockliner with comfort foam
• Nylon shank for torsional rigidity and stability
• Shoc Pad™ for enhanced shock absorption
• The SpiderXC™ outsole maximizes traction and durability