This is Karrimor’s updated version of its classic KSB 300 3-season boot. It’s now about 100g lighter. Also, the wide synthetic mesh panels on the side should increase breathability (if they’re not plastered with glue on the inside) and you get an eVent waterproof lining to keep your feet dry. The upper also features suede leather. The toe box is reasonably stiff to protect the feet on rocky ground and there’s a rubber rand for extra durability. Underfoot there’s a new Vibram sole unit, with a good pattern of well-shaped lugs to get a grip without dragging the mud with the boot. The sole has good stiffness for walking over rocky UK hills, while having enough flex to allow comfortable walking when backpacking on moors or along the valley. Paying more for your boots will buy greater durability, a stiffer sole flex and probably more comfort, which would all be useful if you were heading for the roughest high mountain paths. A higher price would also bring a full rubber rand to protect the upper a little more on scree and rock.
Upper: 2mm suede, mesh, eVent waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram Phoenix
Sizes: 7-13 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight: 1652g (pair, size 11)
Made in: China and Vietnam
Stores in the UK: 150
Verdict: This is a good mid-priced option for those who want one boot for valley, hill, moor and mountain walking.
First published in Trail magazine, April 2008