Footwear Insight

July / August 2018

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Oboz' Bridger Vent Mid, $150 Garmont's G-Radikal GTX, $400 The Footprint: Developed and tested with mountain guides at Chamonix's Ecole Nationale des Sports de Montagne, the G-Radikal GTX is lightweight, protective and form fitting. Features include a Vibram sole with Mont rubber compound, a contoured erGo foot last and G-Wrap fit system, Double Damper shock absorbers and a Heel-Lock. The upper, made of tough and durable Lenzi Putek fabric, includes the Gore-Tex Performance Comfort water- proof/breathable membrane. The boot has a removable, washable foot sleeve that provides interior padding. Bill Dodge, CEO Garmont International North America: "Garmont continues to emphasize fit, comfort and performance in all levels of the product offering. Now more than ever, we are building from the inside out with our Anatomically Directed Design and the use of our erGOlast, Double Damper and Heel-Lock." Oboz' Bridger Vent Mid, $150 The Footprint: In women's and men's styles, the Bridger features panels of breathable mesh framed by supportive and durable Nubuck leather to keep feet cool and comfortable. Its Granite Peak outsole has grippy rubber, 4mm-deep toothy lugs and a lightweight ther- moplastic polyurethane chassis. It includes a signature O FIT Insole. There's also a water- proof version. Chuck Roth, Design Director: "Not everyone wants or needs a waterproof boot. The Bridger Vent Mid feels like putting the top down on a convertible car — airy and comfortable. Even a hundred years from now, designers will still be trying to build more functionality into the lightest possible outdoor boots — boots that are longer lasting, supportive and will go further faster." Scarpa's ZG Pro, $245 The Footprint: This easy-lace hiker, which pairs a nubuck leather upper and Gore-Tex weather protection with a lightweight dual- density polyurethane shock-absorbing midsole and a Vibram Salix outsole, weighs in at a nimble one pound, 6.6 ounces (for a 54 • Footwear Insight ~ July/August 2018 HIGH-TECH AND COOL FROM THEIR HEELS TO THEIR TOES OUTDOORS BOOT BOOK

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