Hanwag Banks GTX

Great looking boots with nubuck and cordura uppers that will accommodate quite wide feet. Lots of nubuck in the uppers makes them feel quite warm – a positive or a negative depending on the conditions. They flex easily at the toe, but provide enough support on rough terrain, and a very chunky Vibram sole grips very well on both rock and mud. There’s a decent amount of shock absorption, which feels great on hard ground, and a rubber bumper at the toe protects from knocks. The lacing system is excellent, and coupled with the women-specific last (narrow heel; broad forefoot), it is easy to fine-tune the fit. Ankle support is excellent, helping to prevent any twists on rough terrain, and there’s a Gore-Tex lining to keep your feet dry.

: 3½-9
Upper: Nubuck/cordura
Sole: Vibram Ultra Grip
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Weight: 1,200g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 02392 528711; www.hanwag.de