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 Riva eVent is a durable and supportive hiking shoe that can handle any task. The Vibram outsole ensures that youll always have traction, while the eVent waterproof membrane keeps your feet dry and warm. So whether its a short day hike or a multiple day excursion up to the snow level, the Riva eVent will take good care of you.
Full Grain Nubuck and Durable Mesh Upper
eVent Waterproof/Breathable Membrane
Molded Sockliner with Enhanced Comfort Foam Technology
Nylon Shank for Torsional Rigidity and Stability
External Shoc Pad for Enhanced Shock Absorption
Vibram Rubber Outsole with Aggressive Lug Design