The Berghaus Tarazed GTX is a new boot that involves a collaboration between Vibram and Berghaus to create the unique Opti-Stud sole unit. This sole has widely spaced deep studs that appear ideal for getting a grip in mud as well as resisting clogging. There is a good heel breast too for braking power downhill plus good stiffness for rockier ground. The upper is equally robust with a large rubber rand protecting the toe and boot sides from abrasion on rockier ground. The upper is leather with a synthetic tongue and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. Considering the features provided this is an excellent weight and also an excellent price. The fit is quite wide too and generally this feels ideal for bagging British hills and trekking abroad. But there are lighter boots than the Berghaus Tarazed GTX out there if you don’t need the rubber rand or the general robustness of the Tarazed. The fit could be a little too wide and too-high volume for those who prefer a neater, closer and more precise feel for scrambling. The lugs on the outsole are not as deep as some, so in the long term they may wear smooth quicker than some other boots.
Upper nubuck leather, synthetic Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Berghaus Opti-Stud, EVA cushioning
Weight 1744g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
The Berghaus Tarazed GTX is a good boot for tackling rough and rocky hills and mountains at a good price for the performance.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011