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1) BEST ALL-AROUND

La Sportiva Saber GTX

$169; 2 lbs.; m’s 6-14, w’s 6-10

COMFORT ▸4.6

The Saber’s aggressively rockered outsole and rigid midsole give it a smooth ride that makes it feel more like a sneaker than a boot. It allowed us to walk naturally, even in the rough off-trail terrain of Arch Canyon, Utah. Large mesh cutouts in the leather upper keep the boot flexible, reduce weight, and make it breathable up to 70°F.

SUPPORT & STABILITY ▸ 4.8

A TPU rear stabilizer increases heel support and prevents rubbing, while TPU inserts in the EVA midsole provide torsional rigidity (which limits twisting when you’re picking your way across a scree field). Together with the medium-stiff outsole, they make for a boot that handles loads up to 40 pounds.

TRACTION ▸ 4.7

The outsole uses a proprietary rubber

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