The Berghaus Kibo has held its price below the competition for a while now, and even this year it is only a tenner up on 2010 while most boots are £15 or £20 higher in price. So in terms of cost it is a winner. The boot itself has an upper based on a mix of fabrics and there is a full rubber rand to add durability. A Gore-Tex lining helps keep your feet dry. You also get a double tongue with this boot, which improves comfort and protection from the elements. Get the Berghaus Kibo on and it is quite a spacious, high-volume fit, which does not feel quite as precise and close-fitting as others. So when walking it seems more ‘clumpy’ and cumbersome than others. The slight tapering towards the toe improves foot placement a little when climbing, but it is not as precise as other boots. You do get a good Vibram outsole, though, with widely spaced and deep lugs for a good grip on softer ground. So while it is certainly a great price and will do a good job on the hill, it does not perform as well as other boots in the test when walking or climbing. There is no women’s version of the Berghaus Kibo.
Upper materials leather and textile
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Vibram Granito
Women’s sizes none
Men’s sizes 39-47
Weight 2120g (pair, size 46)
The Berghaus Kibo is a relatively low-priced 4-season boot, but what you gain in cash savings you lose in terms of performance compared to higher-priced options.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine January 2012