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.
Riva Leather Mid eVent
The Riva Leather Mid eVent is a durable and supportive hiking boot that can handle any task. The Vibram outsole ensures that you’ll always have traction, while the full-grain leather upper and eVent waterproof membrane keep your feet dry and warm. So whether it’s a short day hike or a multiple day excursion up to the snow level, the Riva Leather Mid eVent will take good care of you.
•Full-Grain Leather 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