The Hiking Shoes: Montrail Hardrock
Trade those flimsy running shoes you've been passing off as trail runners for a pair of these Montrails, and in no time you'll be worshipping at the altar of the Hardrock. These heel-cupping, moisture-wicking wonders garnished Outside's 2005 "Gear of the Year" award—and for good reason. The Hardrock provides durability and cushioning that a soggy pair of joggers can't hope to match, and boasts waterproof air-mesh uppers, making it breathable and light. Inside, the under sole is lined with a protection plate to comfort and stabilize the foot, which translates into less slipping and more gripping via its carbon rubber outer sole. If you're looking for a trail stomper to conquer the Amazon, or just a solid all-around outdoor shoe to take you from dirt to asphalt, enter the House that Montrail built.
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