The Hillmaster has for many years been described as ‘Britain’s most loved boot’ by Brasher, and it has certainly been popular for decades thanks to its instant comfort straight from the box. What set the Hillmaster apart 30 years ago was its weight, comfort and performance. Today there are lighter boots than the Hillmaster but it still offers great comfort and performs well. The upper is leather with minimal stitching or obstruction at the flex point to encourage durability in this area, where so often boots fail. The ankle cuff is lower than many boots’ but still ideal for general hillwalking, while the padding in the cuff ensures that it is extremely comfortable. There is a rubber rand that encloses the whole boot for durability on rock, although you don’t get the rubber toe cap of some models. The outsole is particularly impressive with a set of widely spaced lugs that provide great grip without becoming clogged up as easily as some others. On the foot the Brasher Hillmaster II has a very easy forward walking action as the toe flexes slightly more easily than some others, so this isn’t so good for scrambling, but it’s better than stiffer boots for walking on moorland as well
as hill or mountain paths.
Upper materials 2.2-2.4mm full grain leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Hillmaster, PU shock absorber
Men’s sizes 7-12
Women’s sizes 4-8
Weight 1664g (pair, size 11)
The Brasher Hillmaster II is a reasonably lightweight and very comfortable boot that performs well on paths, but others are better for more technical scrambles.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013