L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
Materials: leather, vibram sole, gore-tex
Break-in Period: 5 miles
Price Paid: $180
These boots are tanks that ride like a cadillac. There's a good reason LL Bean has been making this boot for nearly 17 years. You can go lighter, but you'll compromise stability and comfort with anything else.
Get the right size (Beans will work with you like no other) and you'll have no complaints.