Contour New Navigator 2011

With Contour known for producing quality boots for a low price it’s not surprising the New Navigators found their way into the top eight in Trail’s test. The leather upper has hardly any stitching in it, which virtually guarantees durability, and a stiffened toe box provides maximum protection from loose stones. Of all the boots on test, this one has the stiffest sole so you feel less through them, which some find more comfortable over longer distances. Though it has a wedge of EVA cushioning these boots felt less padded underfoot when compared to others on test and the tongue dug into the top of my foot no matter how I positioned it. On the sole the heel breast is impressive and the outsole features a grippy pattern that works well going downhill. The main downside to this boot – aside from the fact it looks a bit plain – is that it features no waterproof liner so you need to spend time caring for it to make sure it lasts – which can be a pain! At 1107g for the pair they’re not the lightest; but there’s no denying that – providing you look after them – you do get a durable boot for your money.

Weight 1107g (pair, size 39)
Upper materials calf leather
Waterproof lining none
Sole unit Contour + EVA
Women’s sizes 36-42
Men’s sizes 41-47

A stiff sole and sturdy leather construction makes the Contour New Navigator a heavier but durable 3-season option that will suit ‘traditional boot’ fans who don’t mind caring for their footwear.

Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine December 2011