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At less than 500 grams, these new Salomon S-LAB X ALP CARBON GTXs are the lightest mountaineering boots ever. That means they’re uninsulated, lack ankle support and aren’t compatible with traditional crampons. Can you still climb a mountain in them? We summited Rainier to find out.
A masochist just ran the entire 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail in just 46 days. Another one just did 50 Ironmans in 50 states in 50 consecutive days. For the rest of us, Patagonia’s got crazy-soft new base layers and MSR has a portable filter that’ll make clean water out of sewage.
You want to wear hiking boots to go hiking, right? That may be conventional outdoors wisdom, but often, it's not the right answer. Let's examine the merits of each and try to help you find the right solution.