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The previous Alp Trainer (2011 Editors’ Choice) was already tough. Now, with a Kevlar rand, it should be bulletproof. $200
Hoka One One is known for their maximalist, super-cushioned running shoes, and they’re bringing that technology to the trail with this waterproof mid-cut hiker. We’ve never seen a midsole this soft and fat on a hiking boot, and are really curious to see how it affects support and stability. $230
Our boot captain loves Under Armour’s springy midsoles; he’s excited to see if more is better with this shoe that boasts a fat midsole and Michelin rubber soles. We plan to bang it around in the gloppiest, muddiest conditions we can find. $200.
Waterproof breathability is the name of the game with this shoe. This shoe combines midsole vents with OutDry waterproofing for an experience that might be similar to the new Gore-Tex Surround technology we loved this summer. $115
We’ve loved the Sportiva Trango mountaineering boots for years; now it comes in a model specifically designed for ice climbing. It’s on the wider Nepal last (instead of the Trango last) so it can accommodate thicker socks, it has an integrated gaiter, and it’s compatible with fully automatic crampons. $550
The new Durand Polar is Keen’s warmest boot, with 400 grams of insulation. A new snow and ice grip outsole should help with traction. $200