Just because you like to climb mountains, your athletic capabilities don’t necessarily carry over to solid footfalls on a steep, scree-heavy descent. Thankfully, Lowa’s Mauria GTX mid-rise hiking boots have your back—and your ankles. This boot uses a mold made specifically for women, which provides a superb fit and aids in off-trail coordination. Not only that, but the Vibram outsoles stick to slippery, snow-covered rocks like glue. The unique tongue-stud/x-lacing lets you tie up these boots with even pressure distribution, with easy alteration for variable terrain. For a solid pair of boots, these guys are remarkably breathable while still boasting a waterproof lining for those surprise creek-crossings. Feeling fashion-conscious? The Maurias come in a snazzy navy-blue color sure to enhance any backcountry ensemble. Available at Schnee's. $295; lowaboots.com.