Take Montrail’s running-shoe DNA and give it up-armored construction, and you get this go-fast hybrid. “It’s bedroom-slipper light and instantly comfortable, thanks to the great-fitting meshy upper, with good cushion, ankle stability, and underfoot support,” says a NOLS instructor who wore it on a two-week trip in Montana’s Absarokas, while carrying a 30-pound pack over long miles, steep terrain, snowfields, and talus. The sole’s toothy, in-cut lugs give it plenty of traction on packed dirt trails.
Webbing lace guides are easy to tighten without pressure points. Testers praised the midsole’s springy-yet-protective layers of EVA and TPU*, and they loved the built-in debris protection. “The midcut neoprene collar is soft and snug,” reports a tester, “and, combined with the gusseted tongue, kept out all detritus.” But beware of wet rock, she warns. “I slipped on steep, slick slabs.”
Bonus: A progressively harder midsole from heel to pinky toe supports the outer edge of the foot to prevent ankle roll. Fit runs wide. $135; 1 lb. 12 oz.; m’s 7-15, w’s 5-11The 310 Skill GT represents Zamberlan's deep history of boot making. Designed for trekking & hiking, the 310 Skill GT features outstanding old-world workmanship and modern day technology combined to provide comfort, support, and stability. The perforated leather lining in the heel and ankle areas and one-piece leather upper encompassing the tongue and gusset grip the feet snugly to ensure a great fit. The Gore-Tex lining and premium Hydrobloc full grain leather combine to provide superior water repellence. The exclusive Zamberlan Vibram LH07 sole with moderate gauged lugging will ensure stability while traversing uneven terrain and comfort on flat surfaces. Available in Dark Grey (Men's).