High-top lightweight Obōz Yellowstone: The econo-SUV of hikers, with mid-cut nubuck leather and waterproofing. Likes: Feels like something new: a high-top trail runner. Because of its fairly light weight (1 pound, 3 ounces in size 9) and a very flexible sole with rounded edges, I became confident enough to run off-trail in it. The ankle protection and "Be-Dry" waterproofing keeps feet dry and ankles unscratched. Dislikes: The flexible, rounded sole doesn't seem too stable. Lightweight, day backpacking, OK; heavy, loaded backpacking, no. Price: $119. (406) 522-0319; www.obozfootwear.com.
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