The Haglöfs Vertigo II GT is a well-proven outdoor workhorse that can cope with the toughest of conditions. It has a leather upper and a fabric tongue with minimal stitching to wear out and fail. But also the upper is very stiff and supportive, so you can kick through rubble when approaching crags without fear of damaging your foot or the shoe. More specifically the toe box is solid with a rubber rand and the heel cup is solid too, while toe-to-heel flex is robust. The outsole lug pattern is fairly aggressive, and while not as good as a boot it’s good for this type of shoe. What is unique about the Haglöfs Vertigo II GT is the footbed, as it is moulded to support the arch, making this shoe feel more stable on every step. This footbed pushes up the price though, so if you don’t want or need that level of performance then you may consider it not being worth the cash. There is good cushioning though and overall this shoe is great for kicking about outdoors. It is too ‘clumpy’ for running in, and more dedicated rock-climbing designs are better for climbers; but the Haglöfs Vertigo II GT is a great general-purpose all-rounder for those heading outdoors but not wanting to wear boots.
Upper material 1.6-1.8mm nubuck leather, synthetic tongue
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Haglöfs HSH
Men’s sizes 6.5-12.5
Women’s sizes 3-8
Weight 1170g (pair, size 11)
The quality of the all-round performance, coupled with the long-term durability of the design, makes the Haglöfs Vertigo II GT ideal for general use in a wide range of activities. It won the ‘Best in Test’ Award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013