Footwear

Lowa, Zephyr, Outside Bozeman, footwear, lowa boots
Mike England
A familiar quandary in outdoor towns is ambiguity of dress: is this recreational apparel or casual wear? Can I don biking shoes to the bar, hiking boots to an art show? Read more >>
Hoka OneOne Challenger ATR 3
David Tucker
Spring in Bozeman means variable trail conditions, so if you’re going to spend time on the run, you’ll need a shoe that can handle it all. Enter the Challenger ATR 3 from Hoka One One. Read more >>
Hi-Tec Waimea Falls
Melissa Doar
Rarely does a product come along whereby I find myself secretly hoping for the end of ski season in exchange for warmer temps. The super-comfy Hi-Tec Waimea Falls casual sandals actually had me contemplating such nonsense. Read more >>
Rockport Trail Technique
Simon Peterson
I walk a lot—around town and in the mountains—and I have struggled for years to find durable and practical shoes that fit my wide foot and also fit a modest budget. Thanks to the Rockport Trail Technique, I have to look no further. Read more >>
Oboz Madison Boots
Stoops, Kira
These comfy-cute snow boots belie a beastly survival instinct. I jumped into ankle-deep half-frozen puddles, and watched the water just roll off. Trekking up snowy, wet trails, I couldn’t keep them dirty. Icy concrete? No slipping. Read more >>
Howlett, David
I’ve put many expensive boots and shoes to the test over the years, so I was quite surprised at the performance, fit, and features of the moderately priced Mou Read more >>
StreamTrekkers Boot
England, Mike
If you’re sick of slipping and sliding on slime-covered rocks all summer long, but don’t feel like dropping a bunch of dough on new boots, then pick up a pair of StreamTrekkers. Read more >>
LOWA Phoenix
Sipes, Terri
Having spent most of the past decade hiking in sandals, I was a bit skeptical of a trekking shoe. I thought they’d be heavy, stiff, and cause damage to my feet. Wow, was I pleasantly surprised, as the Phoenix GTX Lo from LOWA definitely are not my mother’s hiking shoes. Read more >>
Garmont Sticky Rock
England, Mike
Whether I’m clambering over coarse granite in Pipestone or speed-stepping rock on the steep way up the M, I need a shoe that grabs. Alas, my heavy-lugged hikers, designed for dirt and other soft surfaces, invariably slip on smooth rock, especially on the downhill. Read more >>
OBOZ Scapegoat
McCarthy, Chris
The trails are calling and my answer is the Oboz Scapegoat Low. This versatile light-hiker is perfect for heading up Sacajawea Peak or a simple stroll along Peets Hill. Read more >>
Lorpen T3 Light Hiker Shorty, Montana Hiking
England, Mike
Gone are the days of 12-pack tube-socks, worn until hole-ridden, stinky, and stained; today’s high-impact outdoor activities call for socks that match the rest of one’s apparel in performance, comfort, and moisture-control. Read more >>
Garmont Dragontail MNT GTX, Montana Hiking
Howlett, David
I often transition from one excursion to the next, which may have me walking the banks of the river one day, followed up by a rigorous hike on the next, or on a real good day, both. Therefore, I must have footwear that can perform in various environments. Read more >>
Tucker, David
I still have a hard time calling myself a runner, but I guess comeone who runs about four times a week is just that. As my newfound hobby has taken me from town to alpine, I've upgraded to a beefier shoe with more support and cushioning. Read more >>
Mangels, Angie
For a while, I’ve been searching for that perfect hiking shoe that will do it all. With the Zen Pro Mid, I finally found my sole mate. Read more >>
Mangels, Angie
The Impact Low is one of the burliest options in the Five Ten lineup. With a stiff sole, slingshot technology to hold your foot in place, and some strategic padding, this shoe offers a ton of support for really getting after it. Read more >>
Tucker, David
The first thing I noticed about the X-Alp Enduro IV shoes from Pearl Izumi was how comfortable they were; they felt more like trail runners than mountain-biking shoes. This comfort doesn’t comprise pedaling performance, however. Read more >>
LOWA vantage GTX
McCarthy, Chris
It’s been a constant problem for me with mid-height hikers: regardless of brand, the boots rub on the insides of my ankles. I mess with the lacing. Move the tongue to different places. Try socks of different thickness. Read more >>
Saucony Peregrine 5
McCarthy, Chris
I’ve never been one to pontificate about a trail shoe. Hell, up until three years ago, I’d run in whatever was on the bargain table. The Peregrine from Saucony has changed all that. This trail shoe is the perfect combination of ruggedness and comfort. Read more >>
Scarpa Ignite Women's shoe Review
Brayton, Lea
From the moment I slipped on the Ignite Women’s trail runners by Scarpa, my feet sighed in relief—no tension points and a very comfortable fit. Read more >>
Balega v-tech quarter
Tucker, David
I’ve never been a runner, but last summer, I trashed my mountain bike and wasn’t able to pick up a new one until recently. That meant I needed another exercise outlet, and since running is relatively affordable, I decided to give it a try. Read more >>
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