The original Contour Navigator and the New Navigator have been ‘Best Buys’ in Trail for a number of years. The advantage of this boot over most others is how much you get for your money. There is a relatively stitch-free leather upper, so it will be very water-resistant if looked after properly, very durable and ideal for tackling 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 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. You’d have to spend over £100 to find something better than the Contour New Navigator. But for more cash you may get a better fit, and you may also 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 too (the Contour Nevada at £80 would be a good choice).
Upper one-piece calf leather
Sole Contour rubber
Sizes 40-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Weight 1744g (pair, size 11)
Made in Europe
Stores in the UK 200+
Verdict: The Contour New Navigator is by far the best hill-walking, backpacking and scrambling boot under £100 in this test, and it is hard to find a better way to spend £85.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009