If you're going to test the quality of what many consider the best outdoor gear on the market, you might as well take it as far away from civilization as possible—somewhere like Squamish, British Columbia. Just under two hours north of Vancouver in the southwest corner of Canada, the area not only has challenging hiking terrain, but also a capricious high-altitude climate close to the ocean that can and will snarl from sunshine to rainy cold at a moment's notice. (I'd be remiss not to mention the breathtaking views; see below.)
With a reputation for taming these sorts of conditions, it was only fitting that Gore-Tex chose Squamish to show us its new Surround technology, a years-in-the-making improvement to its already excellent waterproof footwear that La Sportiva is adopting in 2015. After all that, it was hard to go back to New York.