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. This is why I am so impressed with the Dragontail MNT GTX from Garmont. These shoes have handled everything I’ve thrown at them so far, and they ask for more. Their performance in wet and snowy conditions has been superb, and I couldn’t be happier with their durability. They incorporate a wide array of technology and are at home bouldering, light trekking, or even on modest alpine adventures. If you’re looking for a low-cut performance shoe, but hate giving up the stiffness and stability of a boot, look no further. $190; www.garmontnorthamerica.com.