In the Berghaus GR20 Leather GTX 3-4 season boot a virtually stitch-free leather upper is combined with a rubber rand at the toe for good levels of durability. There is a double tongue for extra comfort and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining too. Unlike many other 3-4 season boots you get a relatively low ankle cuff for extra walking comfort and lower weight. Underfoot the sole is a very aggressive Vibram unit with plenty of stiffness and grip for rock and scree. This boot fills a niche that is growing as UK winters become milder. It is a boot that can take a crampon and can deal with winter, but it should be approached as a boot for less challenging winter conditions. The price has not been increased, so this is a real bargain in terms of value. But given that the ankle cuff is lower than many and therefore not very supportive – and the flex is a little softer than some – your feet will have to work a bit harder on steeper or rougher terrain. So this means that other boots are better when walking on snow and also for mountaineering or really rocky ground.
Upper water-resistant nubuck leather and fabric; Gore-Tex Sierra waterproof lining
Sole Vibram Werewolf
Sizes 39-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Crampon compatibility B1
Weight 2040g (size 46)
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
The price of the Berghaus GR20 Leather GTX 3-4 season boot is amazing for the performance, and it is great for mountain backpacking and use on level snow.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine December 2009