This 3-season boot took 4th place back in TrailApril 06. It benefits from a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to guarantee dry feet, and that higher level of waterproofness makes this ideal for those walking day after day in very wet conditions. Like all the top-end Raichle boots this offers much of what most walkers will want. So you get a very stitchless nubuck leather upper, which means you’ll get years of durability no matter what the terrain throws at you. The upper is virtually a one-piece leather construction, to allow it to fight of the knocks and scrapes from scree. A solid toe box means those stray boulders won’t bruise your toes. The stiff leather upper provides support and protection to the foot, while the ankle cuff is comfortable enough to allow easy walking yet supportive enough to reduce ankle injuries. Underfoot you get a very aggressive Vibram sole unit, and this is partly what sets this apart from some other boots in its class. Good cushioning and sole flex make this boot comfortable on a rocky ridge or a long walk home along a country lane. Add in the fact that these are available for women up to size 9 and everyone should be happy. There is nothing major wrong here and I would definitely try this alongside the other boots in its price range to ensure you get the best fit for your feet. However the boot does not get a full rubber rand. The Raichle Mount Trail XT for £140 has a rubber toe cap. Some walkers may feel that Gore-Tex waterproof lining is unnecessary as there is little stitching to leak. I felt slightly higher from the ground in Raichle boots than in some others. The Raichle did not feel especially spacious in the forefoot, so those with wider feet may prefer to look elsewhere. If you want to save some cash, then check out the £120 Raichle Mnt Guide GTX.
Upper: Nubuck leather, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram MT Traction
Sizes: 6-14 (men’s); 4-9 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: forefoot 2; heel 1; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 1728g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in UK: England 150; Scotland 20; Wales 40; Ireland 5
Verdict: Buy it if you want the one of the best hill and mountain walking boots in the country, like a waterproof lining and don’t think you need a full rubber rand as this is hard to improve on.