Brasher Kiso/Kenai GTX 2011

The Brasher Kiso/Kenai GTX is a new fabric boot than comes in at a good price and a good weight while also offering a better performance than some of its similarly priced competitors. On first inspection it has the usual suede and fabric upper with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining inside. But there is also some reasonable support there in the upper, heel cup and toe box, so this boot can be used quite well on more rugged ground. The outsole is pretty good too with a good set of widely spaced lugs that are deep enough to offer good grip and decent durability. The sole also has a good degree of longitudinal and lateral stiffness, so it is going to be reasonably comfy on rockier ground. All that for just 1248g and £100 is a good offering that many walkers will be content with.  But for more money you can get more durability, better flex in the sole and even better grip than the Brasher Kiso/Kenai GTX. An all-leather boot may last longer if you are a hard user for example. Other boots offer more support in the upper too for tackling rockier ground day after day. The fit is slightly narrow compared to some, which may or may not suit you. The women’s Kenai has a slightly lower ankle cuff than the men’s Kiso.

Upper 1.6-1.8mm suede leather, fabric panels; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Brasher rubber, EVA cushioning
Sizes 7-12 (men’s Kiso); 4-8 (women’s Kenai)
Weight 1248g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 52

The Brasher Kiso/Kenai GTX is an excellent low-priced and reasonably light boot that will match the needs of many walkers who don’t need the ultimate in performance but want a good product.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011