Berghaus Tarazed GTX (2012)

The Berghaus Tarazed GTX is very light for a boot in the 3-4 season category, and in part that is due to its not being quite as stiff as most other boots in this class. But you do still get a robust, supportive upper to protect the foot on scree as well as snow, and there is a Gore-Tex lining to keep your feet dry. The rubber rand will ensure the long-term durability of the upper on a broad range of terrain. In touch with the ground is a Vibram Opti-Stud sole with widely spaced lugs to prevent clogging, but these lugs are not as deep as others and so it is not the ultimate option for crunching through snow or negotiating soft ground. The shallow depth of those lugs also means they will probably be less effective sooner than a deeper lug as they wear down. So you don’t get quite the performance of the higher-priced and heavier 3-4 season boots, but for most hillwalkers who want a boot for year-round terrain including easier snow the Berghaus Tarazed GTX is still an excellent option – as long as you don’t find yourself on overly challenging winter terrain where this boot won’t perform as well as other models. There is also no women’s option.

Upper materials nubuck leather, textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Opti-Stud
Women’s sizes none
Men’s sizes 39-47
Weight 1742g (pair, size 46)
Website
www.berghaus.com

 

The verdict
The Berghaus Tarazed GTX is more flexible than most 3-4 season options, so best kept for easier winter terrain.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2012