Karrimor has made great boots for many years, and the KSB Skye X-Lite Event is particularly good if your budget is £100. It has a full leather upper, so it should offer plenty of long-term performance, so that you are making the most of the cash outlay. There is a waterproof lining inside the upper to guarantee dry feet too. Also the toe box has good stiffness for rocky ground and the heel cup is reasonably supportive too, which is again ideal for rough ground. Underfoot there is a good, aggressive Vibram sole unit with decent stiffness and grip to tackle most terrain. This is a classic traditionally styled boot with a waterproof lining and it is ideal for general hill-walking, backpacking and moorland walks. But while the Karrimor KSB Skye X-Lite Event is good for the price, you can get better if you spend more money. It does not have the best level of underfoot cushioning, the outsole is not as stiff as some others, and the upper is surprisingly soft around the forefoot, all of which means that others are better if you are after a boot for tackling rocky ground.
Upper 2.4mm full grain leather, eVent waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Phoenix
Sizes 7-13 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 1648g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 500
Verdict: The Karrimor KSB Skye X-Lite Event is a good, low-priced boot for general hill-walking with a waterproof lining, decent durability and a good sole.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009