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Salomon X ULTRA 2 GTX

Written by: Brian Miller

Stability  The X Ultra has found the perfect mix of fast and sleek with phenomenal stability and performance. The Contagrip outsole outperformed the Vibram sole and gave added confidence while traveling over boulder-strewn trails as well as class 3 or 4 scrambling. Between the mid- and outer sole is an Advanced Chassis technology, which reinforces Read more ›

Lowa Renegade GTX Lo

Written by: Brian Miller

Stability  For such a low profile shoe, the Renegade has deceivingly solid stability. It comes standard with a Vibram outsole that grips rock well when scrambling. The specific type of Vibram outsole is referred to as Renovo, which is a grip-oriented rubber tread, making the Renegade more specialized in scrambling on rock. An added benefit Read more ›

Merrell Moab FST Waterproof

Written by: Brian Miller

Stability For having one of the thinner outsoles in the test group, the Moab FST made up for it with a wide option for fit and superior traction (hence the FST). It was obvious that the shoe excelled in those two qualities. The Vibram MegaGrip technology performed noticeably better than other shoes in its class Read more ›

La Sportiva Genesis Low GTX

Written by: Brian Miller

Stability  La Sportiva had been producing stable, high quality trail runners for years and finally rolled out a low top traditional hiker in the Genesis. Referred to as STB Technology, the midsole is connected to the upper portion of the shoe, creating a unified fit. The outsole sports Vibram rubber in addition to an Impact Read more ›

Salewa Wander Hiker

Written by: Brian Miller

Stability The Michelin rubber had arguably the best grip in its class, and the outsole was slightly wider than the rest of the shoe, providing added stability and ground contact. This made up for the abnormally low cut of the Wander Hiker. The lack of comfort in this shoe took away from the stability to Read more ›

REI Flash Carbon

Written by: David Lottmann

Weight Only three of the six models in our review weighed a pound or less and the REI Flash Carbon trekking poles have the distinction of being the lightest in our assortment at 14.8 ounces (420 grams). Packability Unfortunately while they came in as the lightest they also were noted for being the least packable Read more ›

Black Diamond Alpine FLZ

Written by: David Lottmann

Weight At 1 pound 3 ounces (534 grams) the Black Diamond FLZ trekking poles were the second heaviest model in the group and the only other model that was primarily made from aluminum. Despite the actual weight, testers felt the swing and “feel” of these were quite close to the carbon fiber models we tested, Read more ›

Leki Carbon Ti

Written by: David Lottmann

Weight At 15.2 ounces (432 grams) the Leki Carbon Ti trekking poles were the third-lightest in the group. From trekking in Nepal to skinning multiple laps in the Gulf of Slides testers appreciated the lightweight feel of the Leki Carbon Ti. Packability The minimum collapsed size of the Leki Carbon Ti trekking poles was 26.5 Read more ›

Leki Micro Vario Carbon

Written by: David Lottmann

Weight At 1 pound (458 grams) the Leki Micro Vario Carbon trekking poles were not the lightest in the test, but they were within one ounce of the three lightest models and we did not hear any concerns about the weight in comparison to the other models. Packability The minimum collapsed size of the Leki Read more ›

Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber

Written by: David Lottmann

Weight At 15 ounces (428 grams) the Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber trekking poles were one of the lightest models we tested. Packability The minimum collapsed size of the Montem Ultralight Carbon Fiber trekking poles 24 inches and it was noted that these collapsed shorter than all other non-folding models. However, they still proved too big Read more ›

Mountainsmith Pyrite 7075

Written by: David Lottmann

Weight At 20 ounces (560 grams) the Mountainsmith Pyrite 7075 trekking poles were noticeably heavier when compared head-to-head with the other models in the test. Yet, one tester commented that he would still prefer to take these on his long distance treks rather than not have any poles. Another tester felt that the weight of Read more ›

Volkl 100Eight

Written by: Peter Kray

One of our testers compared the Volkl 100Eight to a Porsche 911 Targa, saying you could appreciate its power, masterful control and uncanny grip even if you weren’t going very fast. Which is true, this ski feels accurate and balanced even just getting off the lift. In short and long turns, that purring sense of Read more ›