The Brasher Helium XCR multi-activity shoe manages to tick a lot of boxes and so it is a true multi-activity shoe. Firstly it is relatively lightweight at just 856g (pair, size 11), making it ideal for stashing in a pack when looking for a shoe to travel with or wear around a campsite. But functionally it benefits from a waterproof lining and an upper that is supportive at the heel and protective at the toe. There is an abrasion-resistant rand around the whole shoe too, to add a little more durability. Underfoot the Brasher sole unit is well-cushioned and able to flex well for a natural walking action. The outsole has well-spaced studs to provide a grip without clogging. This shoe also looks very smart, making it ideal for general walking too. But I can see some young in age and young-at-heart users wanting something with a little less of a ‘pedestrian’ style. Also a more pronounced heel breast would be useful in descent. Other shoes are better for pure running and pure scrambling, and may also be more durable.
Upper 1.2mm synthetic with mesh panels; Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining
Sole Brasher 3 part sole
Sizes 7-12 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 856g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 35
Verdict: The Brasher Helium XCR is a beautifully crafted shoe that could be used for trail running, travel, biking or general outdoor use in many activities as long as the style is to your liking.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009