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OUR TAKE Set your an­kles free with the Sytron, which has best-in-test 75 de­grees of ar­tic­u­la­tion. “It’s more than you’d ever need for a leisurely tour, but it might come in handy if you’re go­ing for speed,” one Colorado tester says. Mind you, it’s not a full-car­bon race boot, but the Gril­amid shell makes it con­sid­er­ably cheaper and wear­able all day for longer mis­sions. We thought it han­dled medium-an­gle slopes in the In­dian Peaks fine, but add a power strap if you want to push the Sytron into more ag­gres­sive down­hill use. Note: It’s stiffer than its pre­de­ces­sor (the Sy­borg), thanks to a beefier lower shell and liner.

THE DE­TAILS The ski/walk lever con­nects to the an­kle-cuff buckle, so you can lock ev­ery­thing down by switch­ing to ski mode. A ca­blestyle buckle on the fore­foot dis­perses pres­sure when you’re de­scend­ing.

TRAIL CRED “My heel felt re­ally se­cure in the footbed,” our tester says of the heel cra­dle. “No blis­ters and no slid­ing around when all buck­les were open dur­ing climbs.” $749; 4 lbs. 2 oz. (27); m’s 25-30, w’s 23.5-26.5;

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