The Berghaus Tarazed GTX is a remarkable boot in a number of ways. Firstly the price is stunning by modern standards for a 3-4 season model. But it is also very light for this type of boot. For the minimal price and weight you get good performance too, thanks to a stiff, supportive upper to protect the foot on scree as well as snow. There is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to keep your feet dry, while the rubber rand ensures the upper will be durable over many years of mountain abuse. The outsole utilises the Opti-Stud design and has widely spaced lugs to prevent clogging. The lugs are not as deep as some, which is a bit of a drawback for long-term use as they will obviously wear thin sooner and hence provide less grip sooner than others. The stiffness is also a notch less than some alternatives we looked at, while still being capable of holding an edge and being used with flexible crampons. So you don’t get quite the performance of the higher-priced boots, but for hillwalkers who want a boot for year-round terrain including easier snow the Berghaus Tarazed GTX is an excellent option. Those walkers need to be male, however; there’s no women’s version.
Upper materials nubuck leather, textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Opti-Stud
Women’s sizes none
Men’s sizes 39-47
Weight 1788g (pair, size 46)
The Berghaus Tarazed GTX offers good 3-4 season performance in a relatively lightweight and low-priced package, but others offer more performance if you are prepared to pay more. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2011