These boots from Blacks have lots of padding – particularly in the tongue and ankle cuffs – and an averagely broad fit, making them ultra-comfortable. The uppers are also very supportive. They’re definitely more at home on softer trails and good surfaces. The low-ish ankle cuff doesn’t feel as supportive as some, and the midsole flexes a little too much on tougher going.
Verdict: A superb boot for lower-level and easier walking, and one that could be pushed higher up the hill occasionally. Enjoyable to wear and great value for money.
Sizes: 7-12 (UK), 39-47 (Euro’)
Waterproof/breathable lining: Sympatex
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0800 665410; www.blacks.co.uk