The versatile-as-it-is-durable Outback from Ridgemont Outfitters is a boot that bridges the harrowing – at times – gap between form and function for the hiking boot.
Made of 2mm waxed full-grain leather and waxed cotton canvas, the Outback features vulcanized construction and an Ortholite innersole. A gusseted tongue and lugged natural rubber outsole beckon for adventuring.
We tested the Outback for two weeks all over city streets in late January and a day hike in the Appalachians; the soles clung to slick, wet sidewalks in near-freezing temps as well as they navigated across gravel and rock scree on the mountain trail we wore them on. Wearing a 25L day pack with a hydration bladder and gear for a balmy winter day, the Ortholite insole padded each landing and hard step with surprising comfort, even on the way down.
The Outback is a timeless style made for the city as it packs substance for hitting the trail. $125. ridgemont.com