A little harsh to start with, but the leather upper soon wore in to offer a decent level of comfort. Broad toe area, making it hard to eliminate toe-bang on descents. A stiff boot best-suited to rougher going, yet quite low at the ankle so not as supportive as some. A little clumsy at times and they lose a mark as an eyelet pulled off during the test.
Colour: Dark brown
Sizes: 6-12 (UK including half-sizes); 39-47 (Euro’)
Upper: Full-grain leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Hiking
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01625 508218, www.raichle.ch
Verdict: A classy, rugged, high-mountain boot that will suit those with wider feet, especially if they don’t like a high ankle. Excellent performance and superb value.