Climbing - - GEAR TESTED -

When a ve­neer of ice cov­ered the trail to Boul­der, Colorado’s First Flat­iron, our tester con­sid­ered re­treat— that is, un­til he cinched down the dou­ble speed lac­ing of the Ap­proach Pro GTX. These Gore-Tex– lined per­for­mance ap­proach shoes stayed dry through the snow, and the Vi­bram Roc Trac treads added fric­tion on the icy trail and held fast on the 5.6 tech­ni­cal “scram­bling” of the Flat­iron’s East Face. The board- lasted shoes of­fered good sup­port for hik­ing and easy climb­ing; our tester, who used them on late- fall/early- win­ter ap­proaches, de­scribed them as “a light, comfy go- to for steep, snowy, and tech­ni­cal ap­proaches.” $225, lowa­boots.com

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