Berghaus Explorer Ridge Plus GTX (2014)


This boot is made from British Pittards full-grain leather with minimal stitching, which protects a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. There is good stiffness in the toe box too and heel cup to provide protection and support on rockier ground. Underfoot you get a very well-cushioned Opti-Stud sole with widely spaced studs and a heel breast. 5/5


The Berghaus Explorer Ridge Plus GTX comes in men’s sizes 6-12 and women’s 4-8, and the fit is slightly roomy but with a good shape to give a good general fit for many walkers. The toe box is neither overly wide nor overly narrow and profiled, making it great for general hillwalking. The ankle cuff is slightly lower than others, which you may or may not like. 5/5


At 1318g (pair, size 11) this is very light for the performance advantages, which all helps the overall comfort. I don’t like the lower ankle cuff from a comfort perspective due to my bony feet, but that is my only question mark here, and of course it may feel great on you. There’s great cushioning underfoot too for hard surfaces. 4/5

In use

That lower ankle cuff means you get more freedom of movement, making the Berghaus Explorer Ridge Plus GTX great for level paths and uneven terrain, unless you like a little extra support. The cushioning is great on rocky paths, and the grip is excellent on moorland and mud. The upper is durable enough for rocky ground and it feels good or easy rocky scrambles. 4/5


Not the lowest-priced option but performance is far better than that of the boots with lower price tags, making it great value for regular users. 4/5


You can’t get total perfection at this price, but the Berghaus Explorer Ridge Plus GTX is about as close as it gets to general hillwalking perfection for under £140. It won the ‘Trail Approved’ accolade.


Review by Graham Thompson

Published in Trail magazine December 2014