Brasher Hurricane GTX 2011

The Brasher Hurricane GTX is a good, robust shoe that has a slightly traditional look due to its brown colour but is making use of the latest materials. So the upper is primarily synthetic mesh, with a very tight knit to keep grit away from the Gore-Tex lining. Brown suede adds extra protection around the lower sides of the upper as well as on top of the toe to make this more durable on rougher terrain. The toe box and heel cup are both firm for good support on rough ground, and these areas are reinforced with extra synthetic layers to resist abrasion. Underfoot there is a good sole unit with widely spaced deep lugs for grip and to reduce clogging in mud. The stiffness is particularly good for general use in the valley and on the hill. There’s not a great deal wrong with the Brasher Hurricane GTX unless you prefer a more sporty design. The shoe is an all-rounder, so others are better for running and climbing. There are lower-priced options, of course, although they don’t offer the performance provided by the Hurricane.

Upper 1.6-1.8mm suede, synthetic mesh; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Brasher
Sizes 7-12 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 1008g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 72

The Brasher Hurricane GTX is an ideal all-round shoe that is great for walking and biking, but specialist rock and run-orientated designs are better for those activities.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011