Alaska is notorious for eating boots, but these hikers barely had bite marks after a trip up north. "Wonderfully protective against wet and cold," pronounces our tester. The crampon-compatible boots are a smart choice if you need to tread the line between heavy treks and light mountaineering, and the amazing price sweetens the deal. A synthetic rand around the entire all-leather upper makes them bombproof. Best for medium-volume feet. For more specs, see www.gearfinder.com.