If there’s such a thing as a year-round boot, this is it. “I wore it for everything: scrambling on slickrock, punching through snow, plowing through mud, and even carrying a violin up a mountain,” said our Washington tester after 150 miles in the Canyonlands. Although the boot isn’t insulated, its heavy nubuck upper kept her warm down to 20°F on snowshoe excursions in the Central Cascades.
Though it looks like your standard brown-leather hiker, the Canyonlands has the heart of a burlier mountaineering boot, with a TPU shank that kept us stable when hauling a 35-pound load on uneven terrain. The Vibram Lite Wolf rubber outsole with chevron-shaped lugs held fast on hardpack, and our tester felt secure during a climb of Washington’s Webb Mountain that featured rotten snow and class 3 moves. A waterproof membrane and an over-the-ankle cuff kept our feet dry when we stomped through slush and mud puddles.
“Over three days in Utah’s Salt Creek Canyon, the Canyonlands provided support and stability through a gnarly mix of sand and boulders, and I emerged blister-free,” our tester says.
Weight: 2 lbs. 10 oz.
Sizes: Men’s 7-14, Women’s 6-11
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