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New Footwear for 2010, Part 1: Boots and Climbing Shoes

New technologies are enhancing a host of outdoor footwear in 2010.  Among the innovations shoe shoppers will see in the months ahead: grippier outsoles, more durable cushioning, and asymmetrical and form-fitting lacing designs.
 
Today, Trailspace is previewing new boots for hiking, backpacking, and mountaineering along with a sampling of the latest climbing shoes. Next Monday we'll devote a page to trail shoes, multi-sport shoes, and miscellaneous footwear; then, we'll close Jan. 18 with trail running shoes and outdoor socks.

Hiking Boots

Asolo Advance GTX Asolo Advance GTX

Light hiker in new Power Lite series.

Materials: Suede, Gore-Tex
Sizes
: Women's 6-11 
Weight
: 1.1 pounds per boot (women's 6.5)
MSRP
: $230
Available
: March 2010

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Asolo Ergo GTXAsolo Ergo GTX

High-end leather entry in Power Lite series.

Materials:  Full grain leather, Gore-Tex.
Sizes: Men's 7-12 (half sizes), 13, 14; Women's 6-11 (half sizes)
Weight: 1.1 pounds per boot (women's 6.5)
MSRP: $250
Available: March 2010

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Inov-8 Roclite 288 GTXInov-8 Roclite 288 GTX

Inov-8 says it's the lightest waterproof boot on the market.

Materials: Synthetic mesh, Gore-Tex
Sizes: Men's 5-13, 14; Women's 6.5-11 (half sizes)
Weight: 10.1 ounces per boot (Men's size 9)
MSRP: $130
Available: Now

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Kamik SnowpassXKamik SnowpassX

Insulated winter hiker with
OutDry waterproofing.

Materials: Suede and nylon
Sizes: Men's 7-14 (whole sizes)
Weight: 1.41 pounds per boot
MSRP: $130
Available: Now

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Merrell Col Mid Waterproof Merrell Col Mid Waterproof

New Col collection weds classic hiking performance with the latest technologies. 

Materials: Full grain leather
Sizes
: Men's 7-12 (half sizes), 13, 14, 15; Women's 5-11 (half sizes)
Weight
:1.3 pounds per boot
MSRP: $145
Available: Spring 2010

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Montrail JawboneMontrail Jawbone

Built for shorter, faster hikes with low-profile design and aggressive lugs on the outsole.

Materials: Synthetic leather and nylon mesh
Sizes: Men's 7-12 (half sizes), 13, 14, 15; Women's 5-11 (half sizes)
Weight: 13.5 ounces per boot (women); 15.6 ounces (men)
MSRP: $140
Available: Spring 2010

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Sabino Trail MidMontrail Sabino Trail Mid GTX

Designed for endurance runners and thru-hikers.

Materials: Synthetic leather and nylon mesh
Sizes: Men's 7-12 (half sizes), 13, 14, 15; women's 5-11 (half sizes)
Weights: 15.6 ounces per boot (men); 13.5 ounces per boot (women)
MSRP: $140
Available: Now

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Oboz Sawtooth MidOboz Sawtooth Mid

Three-season boots with Oboz BDry membrane.

Materials: Nubuck leather; BDry waterproof membrane
Sizes: Men's 8-12 (half sizes), 13, 14; Women's 6-11 (half sizes)
Weights:  1.5 pounds per boot (men's size 9);  1 pound per boot (women's size 7)
MSRP: $135
Available: Now

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Wenger All-Terrain Wenger All Terrain

Mid-cut hiker  with aggressive outsole.

Materials: Abrasion resistant polyester
Sizes: Men's 6-12 (half sizes), 13; Women's 5-10 (half sizes), 11
Weight: 1.4 pounds per boot
MSRP: $79
Available: Spring 2010

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Backpacking Boots

Kayland Contact Rev Kayland Contact Rev

Lightweight, breathable  boot inspired by Kayland's Contact.

Materials: Water repellent suede and microfiber
Sizes: Men's 8-13 (half sizes), 14; Women's 6-10 (half sizes)
Weight: 1.7 pounds per boot
MSRP: $249.95
Available: March 2010

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Montrail Feather PeakMontrail Feather Peak Vent Cordura

Warm-weather version of new Feather Peak line of long-distance backpacking boots.

Materials: Nylon mesh and Nubuck leather
Sizes: Men's 7-12 (half sizes), 13, 14,15; Women's 5-11 (half sizes)
Weight: 1.4 pounds per boot (women); 1.7 pounds per boot (men)
MSRP: $140
Available: Spring 2010

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Montrail Feather PeakMontrail Feather Peak GTX

Premium waterproof model in Feather Peak line.

Materials: Synthetic leather and nylon mesh
Sizes: Men's 7-12 (half sizes), 13, 14,15; Women's 5-11 (half sizes)
Weight: 1.4 pounds per boot (women); 1.7 pounds per boot (men)
MSRP:  $190
Available: Spring 2010

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Scarpa BhutanScarpa Bhutan GTX

Full-leather construction in a contemporary design that molds quickly to the feet for comfortable break-in.

Sizes: Euro 39-47, 48 (half sizes); Wides: Euro 39-47 (half sizes); Women's: 36-43 (half sizes)
Weight: 1.7 pounds per boot   (men's); 1.3 pounds per boot (women's)
MSRP: $199
Available: Early 2010

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Scarpa MistralScarpa Mistral GTX

Cushioned ride with a softer impact on the wallet.

Sizes: Euro men's 39-47 (whole sizes); Euro women's 36-43 (whole sizes)
Weight: 1.3 pounds per boot (men); 1 pound per boot (women)
MSRP: $149
Available: Early 2010

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Mountaineering Boots

Scarpa Phantom 6000 Scarpa Phantom 6000

Lightweight alpine boot designed for warmth, comfort at extreme altitudes.
Materials: Micro-porous polyurethane midsole inserts
Sizes: 39-48 (whole sizes)
Weight: 2.2 pounds per boot
MSRP: $679
Available: Early 2010

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Scarpa Phantom GuideScarpa Phantom Guide

Lighter version of Phantom series alpine boots.
Materials: Micro-porous polyurethane midsole inserts
Sizes: 38-47, 48 (half sizes)
Weight: 2 pounds per boot
MSRP: $525
Available: Early 2010

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Climbing Shoes

Five Ten Team climbing shoeTeam Five Ten Team Shoe

Designed for intricate foot work, high-level bouldering, and competitions.

Materials: Stealth Mystique outsole, microfiber upper
Sizes: Men's 6-12
Weight: 7.2 ounces per shoe (size 9).
MSRP: $144.95
Available: Now

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La Sportiva TC ProLa Sportiva TC Pro

Dubbed the ultimate technical big-wall free-climbing shoes, TC Pros are designed to provide powerful technical edging.

Materials: Leather/Vibram rubber rands
Sizes: Euro 33-46 (half sizes)
Weight: 8.7 ounces per shoe
MSRP: $170
Available: Now

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Scarpa Geko Guide

Scarpa Geko GuideUltralight approach shoe for climbers who carry footwear for the descent up and over on big walls or multi-pitch routes. 

Materials: Suede and webbing
Sizes: Euro 39-47, 48 (half sizes)
Weight: 13 ounces per shoe (Euro size 42)
MSRP: $169
Available: Early 2010

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Scarpa Force

Scarpa ForceA a sensitive, versatile shoe for climbers who value comfort and performance.

Materials: Lorica and leather
Sizes:  Euro men's 36-47 (half sizes);  Euro women's 34-41 (half sizes)
Weight: 9 ounces per shoe (men's size 40).
MSRP: $130
Available: Now

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Scarpa Instinct

Scarpa InstinctScarpa's most versatile climber is suited to steep sport climbing, bouldering or gym climbing.

Materials: Suede
Sizes:  Euro 34-45 (half sizes)
Weight: 8.2 ounces per shoe 
MSRP: $139
Available: February 2010

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Scarpa Vapor V

Scarpa ForceDesigned with an asymmetric last to enhance performance, the Vapor V features Velcro enclosures and 2 mm Vibram Grip 2 roles

Materials: Lorica and suede
Sizes:  Euro 34-45 (half sizes)
Weight:  9.1 ounces per shoe
MSRP: $140
Available: February 2010

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Coming up

Jan. 11: New trail shoes, multi-sport shoes, and miscellaneous footwear

Jan. 18: New trail-runners and outdoor socks.

 

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Asolo  |  Five Ten  |  Inov-8  |  Kamik  |  Kayland  |  La Sportiva  |  Merrell  |  Montrail  |  Oboz  |  Scarpa  |  Wenger  |  Climbing Shoes  |  Approach Shoes  |  Hiking Boots  |  Backpacking Boots  |  Mountaineering Boots  |  Approach Shoes  |  Mountaineering Boots  |  Climbing Shoes

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