UN­DER AR­MOUR NEWELL RIDGE MID RE­AC­TOR

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OUR TAKE When moun­tain weather was chang­ing rapidly, we reached for the Re­ac­tors for their su­pe­rior trac­tion across a wide range of con­di­tions. Deeper-than-av­er­age 4.5mm, trape­zoidal lugs on Miche­lin’s Wild Dig’R De­scent outsole—with a pat­tern based on its line of moun­tain bike tires—dug into mud and loose gravel like cleats, and shed de­bris just as eas­ily. The rub­ber com­pound kept us glued to packed snow, talus, and gran­ite slabs. Al­though they’re fairly light, the Re­ac­tors per­form like a heav­ier boot. Thick, above-an­kle cuffs and a rigid, PU-coated foam up­per of­fer ex­cel­lent support, and felt at home on a class 4 scram­ble on Colorado’s South Ara­paho Peak. Our tester also back­packed in the Re­ac­tor with loads up to 50 pounds. Note: The Re­ac­tors run large, so con­sider mov­ing down a half size.

THE DE­TAILS Two hun­dred grams of Un­der Ar­mour’s Re­ac­tor in­su­la­tion kept our tester’s feet warm into the low teens, while a waterproof mem­brane locked out snow. The dual-den­sity EVA midsole con­tains cir­cu­lar in­serts (made of a pro­pri­etary foam) in the mid­foot and heel that took the teeth out of rocky ter­rain. “I had no foot fa­tigue over an 18-mile day through ice, snow, and mud in Colorado’s Elk Moun­tains while wear­ing a day­pack,” our tester reports.

TRAIL CRED “The in­su­lated up­per breathed re­ally well while I was slog­ging through wet snow and rain,” one tester says. “I had no prob­lems with sweat­ing, and my feet were warm and dry dur­ing hikes when I was mov­ing fast.” $190; 2 lbs.; m’s 8-14; un­der­ar­mour.com

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