Plenty of padding on the ankle cuff and tongue, and soft mesh uppers, make the Dhaulagiris exceptionally comfortable, straight from the box. The ankle cuff is very high to give maximum support, and also helps keep out grit and water splashes. A good lacing system and well-placed locking eyelet will keep feet comfortably in place all day and there’s extra reinforcement at the toe, heel and ankle bone to protect against painful knocks and help keep you walking confidently. The sole is really chunky and gives excellent shock absorption and grip on all surfaces, although it does make them feel a little clumsy. The lightweight mesh uppers flex well at the toe to help propel you forward, and they’re waterproof and breathable too.
Sizes: UK 3-8 including half-sizes
Upper: 1.6-1.8mm Velvet oiled suede upper
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Weight per pair: 1,200g
Men’s version: Yes
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