5 All-Terrain Approach Shoes

5 All-Terrain Approach Shoes

Garmont

The Dragontail is built with progressive randing for optimum protection, and its forefoot flex is enhanced by lateral scoring to offer a more natural stride. It's also sold in a Gore-Tex option.
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Scarpa

With its minimal-leaning design and materials, the Crux is light and nimble. Kevlar webbing holds the forefoot snugly for precision footing. As a bonus, an eco-friendly EVA additive breaks the midsole down in 20 years (rather than 1,000); this is very good news for landfills.
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La Sportiva

The Xplorer's all-synthetic upper doesn’t stretch over time, and holds its structural integrity for the life of the shoe. Randed toes offer excellent edging and control for moderate climbs and mixed terrain.
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Patagonia

Truest to the approach ethos, the Cragmaster has a lugged Vibram® Idagrip sole for exceptional grip for scrambling and moderate climbs, while a bellows tongue keeps out sand and small rocks.
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Salewa

This workhorse shoe is very abrasion resistant. A special heel retention system staves off blisters on longer approaches, and the lacing system and EVA midsole provide comfort and stability for big descents and complex terrain.
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