The Helly Hansen Beck II is a good sandal with a three-point Velcro adjustment, and this is neatly produced. The straps are synthetic too so they are fast-drying, unlike many of the leather-strap sandals here. Good padding on the straps adds welcome comfort to the top of the foot. Underfoot there is a stiff sole unit with a good lug pattern, making this ideal for a variety of terrain from rocky paths to muddy campsites. In fact this is one of the stiffest sole units here. I also like the wide straps around the forefoot, which add a little extra protection to the foot. Low weight adds further to the attraction of this functional yet stylish sandal, which provides most of what many walkers will want from a sandal. But the sole unit is not well-cushioned, so although the sole stiffness is welcome, the result is slightly less comfort due to the lack of cushioning – and this is a real drawback for walkers who may want to use a sandal for lots of walking. The Helly Hansen Beck II has no adjustment at the heel, unlike some other sandals.
Upper synthetic straps, neoprene padding
Sole Helly Grip and Helly Wear
Sizes 6-12.5 (men’s); 3.5-8 (women’s)
Weight 672g (pair, size 11)
Made in Vietnam
Stores in the UK no info provided
Verdict: A good, all-round sandal with great support, fit and grip for most activities. But others are more cushioned, which could be a major consideration for a walker or traveller.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009