Berghaus Explorer Light GTX (2012)

This is a great boot for lower-level walking, offering great comfort levels. The sole unit is fairly soft, and so works well on less challenging terrain. The middling levels of ankle support also make for good comfort levels, but it’s not so great on rougher terrain, especially with the softer upper construction. The fit is fairly relaxed and best-suited to those with a wider foot shape. The boots are cut quite high, with good levels of padding around the ankle, which helps to keep your heel locked down at the back. Although they don’t have the most aggressive tread pattern on the market, the widely spaced lugs on the sole do help to shift out mud. The lugs aren’t the deepest, however, and work best in middling conditions that aren’t too muddy. There’s also a reasonable heel brace that helps to provide a bit of extra grip on downhill stretches.

Sizes: 6-12

Upper: Suede/mesh

Lining: Gore-Tex

Sole: Asylum

Weight: 1,306g

Women’s version: Yes

Contact: 0808 234 0229,

*Published in Country Walking magazine, April 2012