Trail running shoe technology makes these boots incredibly comfortable straight from the box, with a trainer/multi-activity shoe feel to them. The soft upper and soft flexing sole underfoot gives them this added level of initial comfort. With this degree of flex, longevity may be an issue, although they maintained the same level of stiffness throughout the test. While not super-stiff, there is a small element of roll in the sole to propel your foot forwards, and the whole shoe feels performance- orientated, with excellent shock absorption in the midsole. They’re not really suited to high, rocky terrain due to the lack of foot protection, although the wider sole does help give a firm footing, and they could do with an extra lace loop on the ankle for added security.
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Women’s version: Yes
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