7. For overnight hikers: Sierra GTX by Garmont
One of our editors wore these on several 10-plus-mile hikes over unforgiving terrain in New York’s Hudson Valley, and he won’t stop raving about them. Sure, they have the standard features: Gore-Tex waterproofing, handsome suede leather, and Megagrip-boosted Vibram Winkler outsoles, which absolutely devour boulder scrambles that would be much more difficult in lesser boots. They’re surprisingly light, too. But he was really impressed by Garmont’s “a.d.d.” design, which makes for a much more comfortable fit on the trail. The cuff, tongue, and ankle pads are all built asymmetrically, which offers a much more natural embrace of your feet and ankles, while its relatively roomy toe box allows plenty of room for foot splay. One note: While the Sierra GTX is comfy enough right out of the box, we suggest breaking it in a few times before going on any epic hikes, especially if you have wide feet.
Fit: true to size
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