Designed as a great-value option while maintaining the Brasher heritage of being light and comfortable, the Hillwalker II stands apart from many boots in its price range by having a leather upper with minimal stitching, which should improve durability. There’s also a fabric tongue while a Gore-Tex lining ensures dry feet. The toe box is well stiffened, a great feature for protecting feet on rockier ground, and the heel cup is stiff enough to support the foot when traversing unpatched slopes. Underfoot there’s a well-spaced lug pattern and a small heel breast, which is a great feature for braking quickly when travelling downhill. A good layer of cushioning ensures a springy ride on hard ground, but the sole is quite bendy so your feet have to work quite hard. For the price, though, the Brasher Hillwalker II GTX is a good boot and while similar alternatives with fabric uppers may look more stylish, it’s likely this will be a more durable option. When scrambling or walking over rockier ground a stiffer boot would be more comfortable, but if £120 is your price limit this is an excellent option.
Upper materials 1.6-1.8mm full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Brasher rubber
Men’s sizes 7-12
Women’s sizes 4-8
Weight 1164g (pair, size 11)
The Brasher Hillwalker II GTX is a good price for a durable leather boot that can still provide reasonable performance in the mountains.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2013