Trezeta has brought an excellent range of low-priced boots to the British market over recent years, and the Helvellyn is particularly well-suited to heading to the Lake District fells, as its name suggests. In addition to the leather upper it also benefits from an eVent waterproof lining for additional weather protection plus a stiff sole that make rocky paths more comfortable underfoot and adds a little extra stability.
The Trezeta Helvellyn has a full leather upper with minimal stitching so it should resist the abrasion of rocks well over the years. The upper and heel cup feels reasonably supportive and it’s certainly better than some here. Although the Helvellyn has a lower ankle cuff than some other boots this cuff is also stiffer than some, so it can actually provide more support than the higher cuffs that are softer. The waterproof lining inside the boot is made from eVent, which is a well-proven material with excellent levels of breathability. The sole is a good aggressive Vibram unit with well-spaced lugs that manage to shed mud, rather than getting clogged up.
On the hill
The Trezeta Helvellyn is an unusual boot that you’ll either love or hate. The ankle cuff suggests this is a boot for easier terrain as its low height means mud and grime can more easily enter the boot and also your ankle has less protection. But then there is a stiff sole unit and reasonably stiff upper that allows this boot to cope pretty well on rocky terrain. In the Lake District this boot is ideal for walking on the rocky paths that lead up most of the fells. But as soon as you step off the paths the lower ankle cuff is less appealing and on moorland walks it is again a drawback. But if you like boots with lower ankle cuffs then the Trezeta Helvellyn is a great choice, of course. These are the heaviest boots we looked at, which is surprisingly – but we are only talking about 100g per size 11 pair so it is not really worth worrying about – just empty your change from your wallet to compensate! I’d like to see a slightly stiffer toe box for rocky terrain and a little more of a heel breast on the sole for better downhill braking. But this is a good boot for the fells if you like the idea of that lower ankle cuff.
Upper full-grain 1.8mm leather, eVent waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Ananasi
Weight 1624g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 100
Stockist details tel. (01625) 505927; www.trezeta.com
The Trezeta Helvellyn has a reasonably stiff leather upper with minimal stitching; eVent waterproof lining; aggressive outsole lug pattern with widely spaced lugs to prevent mud being trapped; good low-level ride to ground improves stability. Bit it’s relatively heavy; very low ankle cuff allows grime into the top more easily than others; very soft toe box; lack of pronounced heel breast limits downhill braking.
In all, it’s a surprisingly heavy boot that is good for rocky paths thanks to the stiff sole unit, but the soft toe box and low ankle won’t suit everyone.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2010