Berghaus Hillmaster II GTX (2015)


Berghaus and Brasher have merged, so this is the classic Brasher Hillmaster under the new Berghaus logo. It has a Pittards leather upper that has virtually no stitching, particularly at the flex point to lengthen durability. There is a full rubber rand too, again for durability. The outsole is well-stiffened and there are deep, well-placed lugs for grip in the mud. 5/5


The Berghaus Hillmaster II GTX comes in a good range of sizes: 7-14 for men and 3½-9 for women. The boot is quite spacious with a useful locking eyelet quite low down the lacing to allow tension at the arch to be controlled. The ankle cuff is lower than some heavier and higher-priced boots, so ankle fit is less restrictive. The fit is not quite as precise as the best boots though. 4/5


The toe box and forefoot area are very roomy, making the boot comfier for those with wider, higher-volume feet. The heel cup is a closer fit than some other boots, while the soft and low ankle cuff is very comfy. The sole is more flexible than some, making it more comfortable on softer ground. 5/5

In use

The Berghaus Hillmaster II GTX feels good for walking on moorland and general hill paths, but the fit and general positioning of the boot are less precise for more technical ground. You can scramble in it, but the best boots are better. On rockier ground there is less support here, so again the best boots are slightly better. But the Gore-Tex waterproof lining and general performance are ideal for paths. 4/5


A general hillwalking boot offering  better value for money than pricier options. 4/5


The classic Brasher Hillmaster retains its hillwalking edge under the new Berghaus branding. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award. 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson

Published in Trail magazine May 2015