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OUR TAKE The best back­coun­try Nordic boots are flex­i­ble and light for ex­tended tours, but with enough an­kle support, warmth, and weather pro­tec­tion for heavy packs and deep snow. The BCX 6s de­liv­ered on all counts, car­ry­ing us through trail-break­ing ses­sions in fresh pow­der in Mon­tana’s Bit­ter­root Moun­tains, spring cabin trips over corn and slush, and day­long mis­sions on hard­pack. Sta­bil­ity is top-notch, thanks to an ex­te­rior plas­tic cuff that bol­sters lat­eral stiff­ness. It took a bit of futz­ing to ad­just the cuff ’s hook-and-loop strap and find the perfect fit, but once we did, our feet stayed com­fort­able. Trade­off: The boots’ stiff­ness and weight are overkill if all you do is cruise groomed tracks.

THE DE­TAILS Weather pro­tec­tion is di­aled: A waterproof, air-per­me­able mem­brane, plus an in­te­grated gaiter that ex­tends to mid-calf, kept snow out. A layer of Thin­su­late syn­thetic in­su­la­tion (with ex­tra fill in the fore­foot) kept our toes toasty into the low teens, but our feet got sweaty when temps reached the mid-30s.

TRAIL CRED “I left my reg­u­lar gaiters at home un­less I was head­ing out in calf-deep snow,” reports a tester. “In any­thing less, the BCX 6s were more than suf­fi­cient for keep­ing the wet stuff out.” $200; 2 lbs. 1 oz.; uni­sex 36-49; fis­ch­er­

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