Hardcore backpacking boots take an agile step forward with the St. Elias GTX. Although it’s Vasque's lightest backpacking boot, the St. Elias is built to bomb. To begin, Vasque combined traditional all-leather comfort and support with a cutting-edge, weight-optimized sole. And then they got creative: the midsole incorporates a soft EVA bed which allows the sole to conform precisely to the irregularities of the trail. The result? Ridiculous traction and a feel (both out of the box and out on the trail), that’s unlike anything that’s come before.