Contour New Navigator 2011

The Contour New Navigator has dominated the lower-priced end of the 3-season boot market for many years. For the price you get an exceptional quality of features and performance. The upper is made from top-quality leather that is virtually free of stitching so this is a very durable design. The upper is also stiffer than most boots and the toe box is solid, so your foot is well-protected from stray boulders when tackling the rockier British mountains. The outsole has a very aggressive lug pattern where the lugs are well-spaced to give a good grip without clogging up too easily with mud. There is decent stiffness too in the sole, which makes this ideal for long days on rockier mountains. It is very much a traditionally designed boot that is great for tackling rockier hills year after year after year.  But there are lighter boots out there than the Contour New Navigator if weight is your priority. Some higher-priced leather boots are more comfy, too, thanks to better internal padding, better shape and better ankle flex. It is not fully waterproof, so you will have to care for the leather to keep the water out, although with so little stitching water will not enter this boot easily in the first place.

Upper one-piece calf leather
Sole Contour rubber. EVA cushioning
Sizes 40-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Weight 1744g (pair, size 11)
Made in Europe
Stores in the UK 120

The Contour New Navigator is the best boot available at its price for hill-walkers who want superior mountain performance for years to come.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011