The North Face Safien GTX Hiking Boot might just be the very best hiking boot out there\u2014and that\u2019s not easy considering there\u2019s only so much you can do to change a design that has been around as long as man has stubbed his toes on rocks. We\u2019ve grown from sandals to boots to shoes, and each has shared the same basic characteristics. The Safien GTX boots fall right in that line, so what makes them so different from anything else on the market?\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s the outsole. The North Face is claiming that their Exploration Trax System outsole is the best-in-class rubber, and that no one else can compete or compare. That confidence comes from their three-tiered approach to traction\u2014proprietary rubber, strategically placed lugs, and lug shapes crucial to enhanced grip.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Safient GTX rubber is purportedly better at gripping the trail whether wet or dry than any of the competition, and that means fewer falls and fewer injuries. When North Face developed the rubber, they focused on durability and grip. In that process, they also focused on renewability, and ended up with a rubber that is 42 percent plant-based. What\u2019s more, the rubber is sticky. Couple that with proven placement and shape of the lugs, and these boots will keep you safely on the trail.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIt\u2019s not just the rubber that makes these boots a stand out. There are plenty of other features to check out as well, including coated yarns and improved cushioning.\r\nCheck it out\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.