I’m not a great fan of synthetic and suede 3-season boots for regularly hill and mountain walking as in general they are not durable enough and tend to be slow-drying due to all the foam and nylon that are put inside to create support. However this is a reasonably good version of the genre. It has Gore-Tex waterproof lining, tucked away behind the upper, which boasts the bare minimum of stitching and what stitching you get is all in double lines, for extra durability. The toe box is solid and protected by a rubber rand. The heel has a nylon outer to protect and provide support. Underfoot you get a Vibram sole unit with a very deep lug pattern that is also widely spaced to allow mud to clear more easily. Use this for general hill, moorland and mountain walking and it should be ideal for those on a budget. But a boot with a leather upper and full rand would be more durable than this mix of synthetics and suede leather.However that is really the only drawback here and at least you get a rubber toe rand and a very aggressive and stiff sole unit to compensate. These two features are perhaps enough to make this a better buy than some boots with leather uppers.
Upper: suede leather, synthetic Cordura, Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole: Vibram Trailblade with TPU Torsion Plate
Sizes: 39-47 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Trail fit profile: Forefoot 2; heel 2; volume 2; length 2
Weight: 1760g (pair, size 11)
Made in Romania
Stores in UK: no info provided
Verdict: Buy it if you want a boot with a great sole for hill and mountain walking and cannot afford a full leather version with the same great sole.