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OUR TAKE We’re used to think­ing of win­ter boots as slog­gers, but the Conrax was sur­pris­ingly nim­ble on snowy day mis­sions. The 200 grams of Pri­maLoft Sport in­su­la­tion, thermo-welded up­per, and waterproof mem­brane kept one tester toasty and dry down to the low sin­gle dig­its on hikes around Utah’s Wasatch Range. When we were mov­ing fast, adi­das’ Boost midsole—the same one used in their run­ning and ath­letic shoes—pro­vided am­ple re­bound, help­ing stave off foot fa­tigue. (Boost is made of an en­cap­su­lated PU, which doesn’t com­press like EVA when the mer­cury plum­mets.) “The cush­ion­ing is much bet­ter than any other win­ter-duty boot I’ve used; it felt like I was walk­ing on air even when mov­ing fast with a 25-pound pack,” our tester says.

THE DE­TAILS A Boa lac­ing sys­tem helps keep bulk to a min­i­mum, and let us make quick and easy fit ad­just­ments, even when we were wear­ing thick gloves. One tester praised the padded cuff, which en­hances sta­bil­ity: “While side­hilling across a snow­field un­der a 35-pound pack, the boots stayed rock-solid,” he says. The Stealth rub­ber outsole with 4.5mm-deep, tri­an­gle-shaped lugs kept us sure­footed on hard snow, but lost grip in slush and mud.

TRAIL CRED “Putting on trac­tion de­vices is easy,” our Utah tester says. “It doesn’t have a tra­di­tional heel welt, but the small plas­tic lip eas­ily ac­com­mo­dated cram­pons for an as­cent of Box Elder Peak.” $300; 2 lbs. 11 oz.; m’s 6-14; adi­da­sout­

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