NITRO FAINT TLS $300
Don’t let the mess of laces confuse you, the Faint’s security-focused TLS system stays snug through long days of heavy abuse. Built for females who require a stiff, hardy boot, our testers found these to be among the most responsive offerings in the test. The beefy Vibram sole excelled when hiking icy boot packs, while the gel-cushioned heel sucked up bumps and chatter with the utmost efficiency. For those who tend to get cold feet, the Faint comes compatible with boot heaters, but the slim and soft D30 liner still provided plenty of warmth out of the box.
RAD: Beefy sole is built to withstand abuse. BAD: The lacing system is complex.