These boots made by Italian company AKU are a light, nimble, waterproof/breathable option for taking on the Inland Northwest’s rougher mountain trails. The Elica Fit technology allows your feet their natural range of motion and normal heel and forefoot positioning for comfort and control. And welded PU exoskeletons, Vibram Megagrip outsoles, and a mid-cut profile provide foot and ankle support and traction on rocky trails and during unplanned but always fun lost trail bushwhacks. 

MSRP: $179.95, Akuoutdoor.com 

AKU Selvatica GTX Hiking Boots