When it comes to soles, striking a balance between bendy enough that you can feel what you’re doing and stiff enough that you’re not groaning at every bump and lump is key. With the Kenai GTX, Brasher seems to have found this balance. Though undeniably bendier than some other models on test, the Kenai (men’s version is the Kiso) does still have a good degree of rigidity while keeping things comfortable over longer distances. There’s a good set of widely spaced lugs on the outsole that are deep enough to give effective grip on boggy terrain and should last well over prolonged use. A heel breast helps with braking on inclines. The ankle cuff is very supportive yet comfortable and there’s extra protection from rubber on the toe box and heel cup. A Gore-Tex liner makes this model waterproof and breathable. And though an all-leather boot may last longer if you’re a hard user, the features it’s got, noticeable comfort it offers thanks to the EVA midsoles, good sole flexibility, and light weight (it’s beaten to the lightest on test spot by 30g) makes the Brasher Kenai GTX a great pair of boots for this price bracket.
Weight 960g (pair, size 6)
Upper materials suede upper with fabric panels
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Brasher rubber sole with EVA midsole
Women’s sizes 4-8
Men’s sizes 7-12 (Kiso GTX)
Stylish and comfy boots with great features and a lightweight make the Brasher Kenai GTX an excellent option for all-round mountain use. It won the Trail ‘Best in Test’ award.
Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine December 2011