Blacks Laughton Sympatex

These boots from Blacks have lots of padding – particularly in the tongue and ankle cuffs – and an averagely broad fit, making them ultra-comfortable. The uppers are also very supportive. They’re definitely more at home on softer trails and good surfaces. The low-ish ankle cuff doesn’t feel as supportive as some, and the midsole flexes a little too much on tougher going.

Verdict: A superb boot for lower-level and easier walking, and one that could be pushed higher up the hill occasionally. Enjoyable to wear and great value for money.

Colours: Black

Sizes: 7-12 (UK), 39-47 (Euro’)

Upper: Suede

Waterproof/breathable lining: Sympatex

Sole: Vibram

Weight: 1,270g

Women’s version: Yes

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