This shoe faced tough competition in our review, and some shoes fared better in some metrics and specific uses. The Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX provides greater traction on sloppy trails and more durable through rough terrain. Our Editors' Choice winner, The North Face Ultra 109 GTX writes the book on versatility and weighs an ounce less per pair.
Hoka One One Tor Summit Mid WP is for your answer. The boot version of the Tor Summit is every bit as comfortable and very lightweight while providing additional material (and support) around the ankles. Lace up the Mid's to keep your feet and ankles happy when heading out for extended backpacking trips with heavier loads.