The KSB 300 has been a mainstay for Karrimor for many years, and it remains an excellent boot for hill-walkers looking for good performance at a very attractive price compared with the competition. For a tenner under £100 you get a good supportive upper with reinforcement at the toe and heel. The toe box also has a large rubber rand for extra durability, and there is an eVent waterproof lining to guarantee dry feet. The outsole is a very good Vibram unit with very deep lugs to keep a grip in the mud plus a good degree of stiffness to take the pain out of rockier ground. But there is also good cushioning to make walks on rock and other hard surfaces comfy. A good general outdoor boot for valley, hill and mountain walking, but it is the price that really sets it apart. But the Karrimor KSB 300 eVent’s upper and sole flex are both a little softer than some similarly priced boots, which is fine for easier terrain but a drawback for rockier ground. Leather uppers are more durable than this in the long term as well.
Upper 2mm suede leather, Cordura, eVent waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Phoenix
Sizes 7-13 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 1652g (pair, size 11)
Made in Far East
Stores in the UK 174
The Karrimor KSB 300 eVent is a good all-round outdoor boot that’s hard to beat for the price.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010