Contour Navigator

This 3-season  boot has been a regular runner-up in Trail tests as there is little else to beat it at the price, or a higher price if you are a hill-walker. The upper is made from a very stitch-free top quality leather, so it is very water-resistant if looked after properly and also very durable and ideal for tackling on rocky mountain terrain. The upper is also stiffer than most boots and the toe box is solid, so your foot is well protected. The sole unit has a very aggressive lug pattern that is also widely spaced, so that mud tends to fall out rather than cling to the sole. The sole is nice and stiff too, which is again ideal for rocky ground. This is an astounding performance for the price tag and it competes well with higher priced boots in all departments. But for more cash you may get a better fit and you may get a little more comfort from extra internal padding and a softer ankle cuff flex where articulation is provided. Some will want a waterproof lining and there are plenty of boots that have one, including the equally well priced Contour Nevada at only £70.

 

Upper: one-piece calf leather
Sole: Contour rubber
Sizes: 40-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: forefoot 2; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 1616g (pair, size 11)
Made in Europe
Stores in UK: England 151; Scotland 10; Wales 20; Ireland 2

Verdict: Buy it if your budget is £70 to £100 and you want a durable, supportive leather boot for walking, scrambling or backpacking and don’t want a waterproof lining