Helly Hansen Bekk II

This is an updated version of the original Bekk sandal that Trail reviewed in April 2007. The new version has a better sole and a better strap system than before. There is three-point Velcro adjustment, and this is neatly designed. The straps are synthetic, too, so they’re fast-drying. Good padding on the straps adds welcome comfort to the top of the foot. Underfoot there’s 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 and low price add further to the attraction of this functional-yet-stylish sandal.
The sole unit is not well-cushioned, so although the sole stiffness is welcome, the result is slightly less comfort. However, as the price is good and the other features are excellent I think many walkers will find this is something they can overlook.

 

Upper: synthetic straps, neoprene padding
Sole: Helly Grip and Helly Wear
Sizes: 6-12 1/2 (men’s); 3 1/2-8 (women’s)
Weight: 628g (pair, size  8)
Made in: Vietnam
Stores in the UK: no info provided

Verdict: A good, all-round sandal with great support, fit and grip for most activity but others have better cushioning.

 

First published in Trail magazine, April 2008