Lots of padding and very soft uppers make for a great fit, but the lacing system could do with a couple more eyelets, especially near the toe. Fine on easy surfaces, but just too soft on the hill with barely any midsole support and a very flexible ankle cuff. Good waterproofing and breathability, though.
Colours: Gravel, grey stone
Sizes: 7-11 (UK including half-sizes), 41-46
Upper: Water-resistant velour leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: Texapore
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01434 633363, www.jack-wolfskin.com
Verdict: The Cross Hikes are best-suited to very easy walks on level terrain, where they will keep feet dry and warm and won’t need to be changed for the drive home!
First published in Country Walking magazine, April 2008