Strong and built to breathe, the Spire GTX is a low cut, mid-duty waterproof hiking and backpacking shoe that features 360-degree breathability from the Gore-Tex® Surround™. The first thing I noticed about this hiking shoe is that it feels and looks ready for whatever terrain you would ever want to throw at your feet. The second thing that jumped out at me is the obvious effort to create a highly breathable shoe, from aeration channels in the midsole and abrasion-resistant mesh in the uppers. The Spire GTX is a tough, technical day hiking or light backpacking shoe that will maximize foot comfort and combat moisture from within and without through waterproof/breathability harmony. Available at REI and online. MSRP: $190. Sportiva.com.