OUTSIDE MAGAZINE GEAR GUIDE - A COMFORTABLE RIDE
The Best Summer Hiking Boots of 2017
We tested dozens of boots last season. These 10 stood out for their versatility, durability, and comfort.
Best For: A comfortable ride.
The Test: Some boots are responsive but too soft. Others are stiff but feel like bricks.is just right. “It’s not often that a boot immediately stands out on the trail,” said one tester. “But a perfect recipe of rebound and cushion in the midsole—sort of like a perfectly tuned mountain-bike suspension for your feet—was noticeable right off the bat.” That springiness sped up our gait considerably, which over the long haul can reduce wear and tear on knees and ankles, while the cushion kept us comfortable during long treks. The Crest also wins for durability—after 100 miles, it didn’t look even a little beat-up.
The Verdict: A Cadillac for the trail. 1.1 lbs
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