Berghaus classes the Explorer Light Gore-Tex 2012 as a 2-3 season boot, as an indicator that it is a little softer in the sole than more traditional 3-season boots, although these days there are plenty of bendier boots than the Explorer and so this categorisation should not put you off totally. The upper is fabric and suede with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to keep your feet dry. The heel cup is a little softer than some, but the toe box is stiff enough to prevent stray rocks damaging your toes. Underfoot you get a very aggressive outsole with deep lateral lugs and a good heel breast, which allows this boot to provide a very good grip in mud and on moorland bogs. The sole does flex toe-to-heel quite easily and is a little uncomfortable on rockier ground, but there is reasonable lateral stiffness and also there is reasonable resistance to the pressure of jagged rocks. In traditional terms this is definitely a 2-3 season boot and it performs best on valley paths and moorland walks; but as the trend today is for lighter more flexible footwear many walkers will find the Berghaus Explorer Light Gore-Tex suitable for hill paths too as it is more supportive than some so-called 3-season boots!
Upper materials fabric and suede leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Asylum, PU cushioning
Weight 1288g (pair size 11)
Men’s sizes 6-12
Women’s sizes 3-8
The Berghaus Explorer Light Gore-Tex 2012 is a good general walking boot in terms of grip, although a little more heel support would be good; but the price is a little higher than other fabric boots.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012