A generous fit and the tricky lacing system makes it difficult to get a really snug fit. They are still comfortable, though, with excellent ankle support and nice soft cuffs. A stiff boot with a chunky rubber sole that gives good grip and shock absorption on rocky ground, and a Gore-Tex lining that is completely waterproof. A little heavy and clumsy, though.
Sizes: 4-8 (UK), 37-42 (‘Euro)
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Winkler
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 0191 516 5780, www.brasher.co.uk
Verdict: Tough and worth a look if you have broad feet. Rather warm and heavy for summer use or low-level walks, but the Gore-Tex lining will certainly keep your feet dry.
First published in Country Walking magazine, April 2008