The Haglöfs Vertigo II GT has proven its worth over the years, thanks to being built to take plenty of abuse. The upper’s made from leather with a synthetic tongue and there’s minimal stitching – so this should make the upper more durable than many when used on tougher outdoor terrain. The toe box is stiffer than some other shoes too, and there is a rubber rand around the toe, which all helps to make the Haglöfs Vertigo II GT more suitable for rockier ground. The heel cup is also nice and stiff – again a great feature for more challenging terrain. The outsole lug pattern is reasonably aggressive, and while not as a good as a boot it’s good for a shoe. Grab the shoe and you’ll find there’s good stiffness laterally as well as toe to heel, which again makes this model better than most for rockier ground. Inside there’s a footbed that’s moulded to support the arch, meaning this shoe feels more stable on the foot than some others. There’s good cushioning too. The Haglöfs Vertigo II GT isn’t as light and springy as some options, but if you want footwear for walking over rocky ground, approaching crags and generally acting as a trusty outdoor workhorse when you’re not wearing boots, then this shoe is for you.
Upper material 1.6 to 1.8mm nubuck leather, synthetic tongue
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Haglöfs HSH
Men’s sizes 6.5-12.5
Women’s sizes 3-8
Weight 1170g (pair, size 11)
The Haglöfs Vertigo II GT is a true all-round mountain walking and scrambling shoe that will provide longer-term durability than most; but others are better for street comfort or fast and light action. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine May 2014