The lightest in the test, on the scales and feet, this is a versatile boot for all seasons. The low weight outguns the moderate flex to make them comfortable enough in summer, while that 3/5 rating laterally and at the forefoot provides confidence on harder ground. Lacing starts almost at the toe bumper and culminates in two ankle hooks. It uses loops on the foot and for the heel anchor so doesn’t run as smoothly as through eyelets, but as I rarely needed to adjust them this didn’t matter. Ankle support is good, while a defined dip at the rear of the cuff cuts any chance of pressure on the Achilles. The sole unit is standard ‘trekking’, with small central lugs; I had no problem with grip, including on packed snow. The toe bumper is rubber but the rand is textile. This is less resilient than rubber but gives a weight saving; it’s a choice. I found this boot less warm and aggressive in full winter conditions than the others, but better for all-round use, and with good ground feel. If you only want one pair of hiking boots, it’s an excellent option.
First published: April 2013