Don't let the mess of laces confuse you, the Faint's security-focused TLS system stays snug through long days of heavy abuse. Built for females who require a stiff, hardy boot, our testers found these to be among the most responsive offerings in the test. The beefy Vibram sole excelled when hiking icy boot packs, while the gel-cushioned heel sucked up bumps and chatter with the utmost efficiency. For those who tend to get cold feet, the Faint comes compatible with boot heaters, but the slim and soft D30 liner still provided plenty of warmth right out of the box.

Boot Features & Details

  • TLS twin 5 Lacing System
  • Vibram Outsole
  • Therm-Ic Heating
  • D3 Enhanced Liner
  • MSRP $300.00

Rad: Beefy sole is built to withstand abuse.

Bad: The lacing system is complex.

Nitro’s Faint TLS was built for hard-charging women who demand a stiff and aggressive boot. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Despite the TLS 5 Twin Lacing system looking a little overwhelming, it proved to stay secure through our all-day-long abuse. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The unique lacing system allows you to retighten (when necessary) with just a single pull. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The Faint’s Vibram compound sole features D30 shock absorption for heavy impacts. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The Vibram Outsole composed of Icetrek excelled when hiking up icy bootpacks. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Stiff, responsive, full of traction, and compatible with add-on boot heaters, the Faint TLS is nothing short of one heater of a boot. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

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