The 3-4 season boot category is very variable in terms of the sole flex displayed by each boot, and the Brasher Ahklun GTX is toward the more flexible end of the scale. The upper is a mix of suede leather and fabric overlays with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to ensure any water working through the stitching won't get your feet wet. There’s a moulded rubber toe cap for extra protection on rock, but you're not getting quite the same level of protection as boots with thicker one-piece leather uppers and full rubber rands, so you may not get the long-term durability of some other boots. The outsole is a Vibram unit with good deep lugs, well-spaced to provide grip on softer surfaces. The flex in the sole is noticeably softer than others featured here, with the toe flexing quite easily, but there’s good lateral stiffness for traversing slopes. The upper is quite flexible, so others may give more support on steeper slopes. If you want a boot specifically for scrambling, or tackling challenging winter hills, those with a more precise fit and a stiffer toe will be better. But if you want a general walking boot that can be used on easier snow slopes with crampons, the Brasher Ahklun GTX is a good option.
Upper materials 1.8-2.0mm suede leather, textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Foura
Women’s sizes none
Men’s sizes 7-12
Weight 1852g (pair, size 11)
The Brasher Ahklun GTX is best suited to easier winter conditions, but it’s a good option if you don’t need the best performance on snow.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2013