A fairly traditional style of boot, the Boreal Strider offers more functionality at its price than many modern styles. It weighs in at 1608g (pair, size 11), which is light for its design, but less substantial boots are certainly lighter. What you get here is a virtually stitch-free upper so it should be pretty durable for many years to come as there is hardly any stitching to fail. There’s a waterproof lining too. The heel cup and toe box are both very protective of the foot, making this a good option for trekking over rockier ground. The ankle cuff is supportive but it also benefits from a very soft cuff for more comfort when traversing slopes. The upper is slightly softer around the forefoot than some other boots, which improves comfort, but this area may not be as protective as stiffer boots or those with rubber rands. The outsole is very aggressive with deep, widely spaced lugs that are ideal for getting a grip in mud. There is good lateral stiffness for rocky ground, although the toe-to-heel flex is softer than in some other boots, so this isn’t the best option for the rockiest of ground. The Boreal Strider is a very comfortable boot, though, offering a good, durable performance for a wide variety of general trekking, backpacking and hillwalking.
Upper materials 2.6mm full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Boreal Dry-Line
Sole unit Vibrio Soropiss
Men’s sizes 6-12
Women’s sizes 4-8
Weight 1608g (pair, size 11)
The Boreal Strider is a good-quality leather boot at a great price that’s well-designed for valley, moor and hillwalking while being reasonably decent on rocky mountains too. The boot won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014