The Sprayway Arran Hydrodry is a great budget boot ideal for scrambling in even the wet Scottish weather.

Sprayway Arran Hydrodry might be at the budget end of the scale when it featured in our guide to the best hiking boots, but these boots stood up well against the other models we have tested before. The Vibram XS Trek sole has deep lugs and a flatter section at the toe, ideal for scrambling and moving on rockier ground, whilst the edge can cut into wet and slippy terrain.

Materials: Suede and mesh | Features: Vibram XS Trek sole, Hydrodry Pro waterproof lining, EVA midsole | Sizes: UK 4-8 | Men’s version: Yes

The upper consists of suede with mesh sections around the laces, which gives a very comfy-out-of-the-box boot that barely requires breaking in. However, it is constructed out of several sections with lots of stitching, so it may lack the durability of one- or two-piece boots.

There is a rubber rand that protects the toe box and should serve to minimise wear in this area. For a waterproof lining, the Arran uses Sprayway’s Hydrodry Pro technology. It held up well against Scottish west coast bog; however, after drying out, there is a white line left on the suede. This just requires a bit more care and cleaning after each use to prolong the life of the waterproofing.

The lacing runs through metal eyelets with three hooks, which allow the comfortable ankle collar to fine-tune your fit. Overall, these are a really great option for anyone on a lower budget.