The Regatta Wetland Junior’s suede and synthetic upper looks fresh and appealing, and this children’s boot gets a waterproof lining. There is some good stiffness around the toe and heel too for increased durability and protection. The outsole lugs are also reasonably aggressive for getting a grip. But the low-ankle cuff means you need to avoid deep puddles and terrain where grit might easily enter the shoe. As always, a leather or simpler upper would be more durable in the long term. Although the sole is reasonable there are better options for rockier terrain.
Upper suede leather and mesh, waterproof lining
Sole lightweight hiking carbon rubber
Weight 828g (pair, size 3)
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 450+
Verdict: The Regatta Wetland Junior is a good children’s boot for valley walks and easier hill paths, but others are better for rockier mountain walks.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009