8 new light hikers
Our picks for 2012's best pairs
Photo by Gary Davidson
The North Face Havoc Mid GTX
$170; 2.2 lbs, 918 g; thenorthface.com
This is one of the few low-cut hikers we’d use for backpacking. A rigid heel cradle, supportive upper and protective midsole can handle the roughest terrain with a weekend load. And multiple densities of outsole grip tenaciously. The rubber toe rand and the leather forefoot stand up to abuse, and a Gore-Tex liner keeps your feet dry. Of course, all that performance means a little more weight.
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