As the winter months approach, you can count on STACK to feature several top picks in boots and evaluate their overall performance. To get the reviews underway, let's start with a good-looking hiking boot from Rockport called the Range Trail.
Although cost is a bit steep at $180, the boot has plenty of technology built in that helps justify the price. For instance, its footbed incorporates EVA with adidas adiPRENE, a shock-absorbent cushion that protects the heel at impact, as well as a resilient and flexible forefoot cushion that provides a responsive, dynamic push-off. The EVA midsole delivers lightweight shock absorption to help reduce foot and leg fatigue.
When searching for a winter boot, one of our top priorities is finding a style that keeps our feet dry. The Range Trail does exactly that with a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane layer. Also, the waterproof leather and mesh make a stylish combination and are easy to maintain—hopefully for an extended product life.
Comfort is also high on our list, and the Range Trail is a cozy, lightweight boot that offers ankle stability supported by soft cushioning. Also, the external heel counter provides durable medial/lateral heel stability, preventing excessive rearfoot motion when walking across a rocky hillside.
The Range Trail shows plenty of versatility with its rubber sole, which performs extremely well on a variety of surfaces.
Need a bonus? Reflective details are placed on the back heel, making the Range Trail a great boot for nighttime walking.
The Rockport Range Trail comes in two colorways, vincuna (tan) and black, and can be purchased at rockport.com.
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