At BACKPACKER, we usually seek “outlier” circumstances to test new gear. And whilst six inches of surprise October snow may well not appear that intense, it was nonetheless a good atmosphere for my very first outing in the Zion Mid. On the 11.six-mile roundtrip hike to King Lake in Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness, the boot’s five-millimeter-deep, nicely-spaced triangular lugs held quick on packed snow and slushy mud, and the waterproof membrane kept my foot dry when I punched via thin ice covering a stream (not my smartest move).
I was only carrying a light daypack, so I have but to test how the boot feels below a multiday load, and I am curious to see how the leather-and-mesh upper holds up more than time. But the Zion Mid passed its very first shoulder-season challenge, so I am hunting forward to logging much more time in them.