b'HIKING SHOESd.BEST FOR STREET AND TRAILd. Ecco Exohike Mid GTX $200Just because a hiking boot is designed forresilience doesnt mean it has to be uncom-fortable. The mid-cut Gore-Tex Exohike pairs an aggressively lugged Michelin rubber outsole with a soft midsole that yields con-fidence when leaping from rock to rock. A hefty rubber overlay at the heel adds stability, while a knit cuff avoids the stiff feeling of an ankle-high boot. Bonus: Eccos DriTan leathere. uses a fraction of the water and chemicals required by other treatment processes. 1.4 lbs (mens, pictured) / 14.2 oz (womens)BEST LOW HIKER e. Oboz Arete Low $125With TPU stabilizers that are thicker in the heel than at the midfoot, the Arete Low boasts impressive stability without compro-mising flex. The result is a rebounding sensa-tion that eases foot fatigue on long hikes. We were big fans of the breathable mesh upper: it was great on hot days, but thanks to TPU overlays, it still provided a surprising amount of lateral support. One tester thought the Arete Lows insoles were the most supportive of any hiking shoe in our test. 13.6 oz (mens)/ 10.6 oz (womens, pictured)BEST FOR WOMENf. Salomon Vaya Mid GTX $160Every aspect of Salomons firstwomen- specific boot is designed to fit ladies feet perfectly: a narrow heel and wide forefoot, a stretchy upper for high insteps, and a soft collar that minimizes pressure on pronounced ankle bones. The Vaya Mid is made for long days, with a springy, s hock-absorbing midsolef.that tempered trail fatigue and a sturdy mesh outer that withstoodboulder-field scrambles. The outsole, made from durable,sticky rubber with a low- profile tread, held fast even on wet terrain. Right out of the box, they had us bagging a couple of Adirondack peaks in comfort. 12 oz42OUTSIDEBUYERSGUIDE2020 | HIKE AND CAMPSBG20_HIKE_GOYHikers_rlsd_448817.indd 42 3/31/20 5:01 PM'