From hot summer days in the Sierra Nevada to winter treks in the southwest deserts, we have tried these boots in all types of terrain and conditions. Many trail miles across granite talus, sandstone slabs, forested trails, and alpine meadows have given us a good idea of which boots are better than others. We wore these boots in hot summer temperatures of Yosemite Valley and on cool fall mornings in Tuolumne Meadows. Wherever we were, we focused on the performance of each boot in terms of comfort, support, traction, and durability.
Stream crossings and run-off filled meadows were great places to test the water resistance of each of these models while rocky talus and sandstone slabs made for great opportunities to test traction. We wore these boots on steep switchbacks, rugged and eroding approach trails, and cross-country treks in the alpine. While most of the boots require short break-in periods, the more we hiked, the more comfortable they became. Stewardship work and trail building were added opportunities to test the durability and all-day comfort of these women's boots. Working on Yosemite Search and Rescue demanded that these boots be capable of traveling through rugged terrain, lacking any sign of trails. From granite peaks to sandstone canyons, these boots have been put to the test!