Berghaus describes this boot as being designed to be comfortable straight from the box. I probably wouldn’t say it was the most comfortable option, but it isn’t bad either. Berghaus also calls it a 2-3 season boot due to the amount of flex in the sole and that description is accurate, but don’t let it put you off. The Explorer Ridge is an all-leather upper version of the Explorer Trek (£115), which has a fabric upper. The leather isn’t as instantly comfortable on the foot as the fabric option, but it’s far more durable and also protects the foot better on rockier ground. The toe box is solid but the heel cup isn’t particularly stiff, so it may distort a little when traversing slopes. The real benefit of the Berghaus Explorer Ridge GTX is the extremely aggressive outsole with very deep lateral lugs and a good heel breast for gripping on softer ground. There’s good cushioning as well and the sole provides a stable platform with every step, making this great for general walking. The sole is quite bendy but stiffer than some other boots we looked at, so while it isn’t ideal for rockier ground, it’s better than most at this price.
Upper materials full-grain leather
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Berghaus Alpha Compound Hiking Rubber
Men’s sizes 39-47
Women’s sizes 36-42
Weight 1400g (pair, size 46)
The leather upper, outsole grip and general sturdiness make the Berghaus Explorer Ridge GTX great for general walking – and good for £125.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine December 2013