The Berghaus Kibo has been available for some years now and it remains unchanged for 2013 except for a 10 per cent rise in price over last year. The upper of the boot is made with a mix of fabric and leather with some very modern styling. There is a full rubber rand to protect the boot from abrasion and a waterproof Gore-Tex lining to protect the feet from water. Inside there is also a double tongue, which helps with getting a closer and more comfortable fit around the top of the foot. The fit is not quite as close and precise as the more mountaineering-specific boots, but it is still fine for general walking, and easier snow and ice slopes when there is less need for such precision. The outsole is great, though, with a nice deep pattern of well-spaced lugs – and these are ideal for crunching through snow and maintaining a very good grip on a variety of winter terrain. As the ankle cuff is a little lower than some other boots there is less ankle support, which again places the Berghaus Kibo into the ‘winter walking’ rather than ‘winter mountaineering’ category. It is a well-priced boot too.
Upper materials leather and textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Granito
Women’s sizes none
Men’s sizes 39-47
Weight 2120g (pair, size 46)
The Berghaus Kibo is a well-priced boot that is good for general winter mountain walking, but it does not have the precise feel of some other models.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2013