The Benefaction is marketed as a multi-sport shoe but is best described as a lightweight trail-running shoe that will work as a walking shoe in the right conditions and on the right feet. It has no waterproof liner, so wet feet are guaranteed (unless you only walk in very dry places). But once wet, there’s no danger of water slopping around, and it also dries very quickly. As a walking shoe, it really does feel fast and light. The midsole is exceptional – enough torsional rigidity to deal with rough surfaces but soft enough to feel like a trainer. And grip is excellent too, although it’s definitely happiest on drier trails and rock. There’s also the option of a more muted colour scheme – the one shown here looks a little frantic!
Upper: Mesh (no waterproof liner)
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0191 516 5700; www.berghaus.com
Review from Country Walking magazine, June 2012