A sturdy pair of boots seems so essential to any outdoor activity today that it's hard to believe they're a relatively recent development in history.
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Hi-Tec's Prism is a woman's boot with high-carbon rubber outsoles.
This medium-duty Danner Santiam is light and dries quickly.
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Hi-Tec's Sherpa (left) and Euro Adventure are both for strenuous backpacking.
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Merrell's lightweight Mariah GTX boasts a high-wrap closure system.
Nike's Baltoro provides good traction on all terrains.
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For traIl cruising and backpacking, Merrell's Spirit is also a color trip.