The Boreal Strider is lightweight for a leather boot at 1576g (pair, size 11) and yet it also manages to squeeze in a good range of practical features to make it perform well on the hill. Firstly it has a leather upper that’s virtually stitch-free so it should be pretty durable, as there is almost no stitching to fail or to become stressed at the flex point. Inside you get a waterproof lining, which is not Gore-Tex, but I would doubt you will notice any lack of performance – it may even be better. The upper has a soft ankle cuff, plus a very stiff toe box and heel cup, which is just about the perfect combination. There is no rand on the Boreal Strider, so for anyone tackling masses of rocky terrain other options may be better, but for most general walkers this will be ideal. The outsole is a very aggressive Vibram unit, with widely spaced lugs that are also deep enough to be durable and bite into mud. There is good lateral stiffness for scrambles, but the toe flex is softer than most boots featured here that are higher in price. Get the Boreal Strider on the foot and it does have a good close feel, which allows neat and precise footwork, although the soft toe flex means it isn’t the best for scrambling.
Upper materials 2.6mm full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Boreal Dry-Line
Sole unit Vibram Soropiss
Men’s sizes 6-12
Women’s sizes 4-8
Weight 1576g (pair, size 11)
The Boreal Strider is a very good-quality leather boot that has a neat and precise fit, good weight and great comfort, making it ideal for general valley, moorland, hill and mountain walking. It won the ‘Best Value’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013