There are a lot of great boots around the £110 mark, but the Brasher Towa GTX definitely demands a little extra attention. It offers far more performance-orientated functional features than many other boots, and that is its advantage. Firstly you get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining for dry feet. The upper is also protected at the toe by a huge rubber rand. Also for a fabric boot the upper is very stiff and supportive, making it ideal for rough and rocky ground. While there is a lot of stitching at least it has double lines for more durability. Underfoot there is an excellent Vibram sole with good flex for general hill terrain and rockier ground. The outsole lugs are also good for general walking on a variety of terrain. For the price this offers an excellent combination of features for hill-walking. But the Brasher Towa GTX is a little bit heavy compared to those that are both lower and higher in price, and that is a major drawback – which is why it only just scrapes into the top 12. The fabric upper with lots of stitching is not the most durable option so if you are tackling lots of rocky terrain than an all-leather – but sadly higher-priced – option has advantages.
Upper suede, synthetic fabric, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Winkler, EVA cushioning
Sizes 7-12 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 1724g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 56
Verdict: The Brasher Towa GTX is excellent for the price and an ideal general-purpose hill-walking and backpacking boot for many walkers, but it is a bit heavy.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009