Zamberlan Fitz Roy

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“Just the right balance of stiffness and agility,” said one tester after three days of summer mountaineering above Chamonix, France. Credit the dual-density PU midsole with a full polypropylene shank for ultra-stable frontpointing and a flexible nylon notch for unencumbered ankle movement. “On low-angled glacial terrain, I could feel the pronounced rocker propelling my strides forward, even with crampons on,” said our tester, who also praised the boot for a precise feel on mixed terrain. A ceramic Cordura fabric in the upper prevents punctures or tears from repeated crampon nicks. A matrix of tiny ceramic beads forms a breathable armor that showed no visible weakness even after purposeful attempts to puncture it. Expect to use these 1 lb., 11 oz. boots for several years. Compatible with semi-automatic crampons. $400; zamberlan.com

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