The original Brasher Supalite showed that a durable leather boot need not be heavy, while the Supalite II is slightly better-looking and offers slightly better performance. The boot is based around a clean leather upper, which means you get maximum durability whatever the terrain as there is no stitching to fail. A waterproof lining ensures the feet remain dry, while good stiffness in the heel and toe box provide excellent protection for the foot. The sole unit provides a good level of stiffness for general walking on a variety of terrain. The outsole lug pattern is also very aggressive, with widely spaced lugs to prevent mug clogging the sole. The result is a boot that offers good hill performance in a durable package that will suit the valley walker, traveller and hill-walker who wants to travel light. But the Brasher Supalite II GTX won’t win any prizes from style gurus, although it does look better than its predecessor. Heavier boots offer more support and protection in the upper, and may also be more durable if they have a rubber rand for example. The ankle cuff is lower than many heavier boots so this is not ideal if you prefer more supportive footwear.
Upper 1.6-1.8mm full-grain leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sizes 7-12 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 1312g (pair, size 11)
Made in India
Stores in the UK 91
The Brasher Supalite II GTX is a traditionally styled, durable boot with a modern performance for travelling light in the hills on a wide variety of terrain.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010