With a totally synthetic upper and plenty of padding, these are easy to wear from the off. Easy to lace tightly to avoid toe banging on descent, this lightweight model is an absolute delight, with ample midsole stiffness, a tread pattern that copes with most conditions and plenty of ankle support, too.
Sizes: 3-13 (UK including half-sizes), 35-48 (‘Euro)
Upper: Microfibre/Air 8000
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Plume Hiking
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01250 873863, www.ardblairsports.com
Verdict: A quality walking boot that really cuts it on the hill. It’s perhaps a little contemporary looking for some, but the totally synthetic upper will appeal to vegans.
First published in Country Walking magazine, April 2008