The Haglöfs Vertigo GT is a solidly made shoe from a brand that is known for producing quality outdoor clothing, but clearly they make good shoes too. Haglöfs footwear comes fitted with a Sole footbed, which offers far more support and pronation control than a standard footbed. This can be temperature-moulded to your foot too. The shoe is very supportive throughout with a stiff heel cup, upper and sole. The toe box is well-protected too. Underfoot you get a reasonably aggressive outsole lug pattern for keeping a grip. There is good cushioning underfoot for hard surfaces too. The laces extend well down the foot for a precise fit, which will suit climbers in particular. A waterproof lining is hidden inside the leather and fabric upper. This is a real workhorse design that looks ideal for a wide variety of use. But it is heavy compared to others, so it’s no good if you want ‘fast and light’ footwear. A dedicated climbing shoe is better for climbing. If you don’t need the extremely tough construction then you can save money and even gain comfort with something lighter and more flexible shoes. You are paying for a posh footbed, which your feet may not need.
Upper 1.6-1.8mm nubuck leather, synthetic and rubber; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Haglöfs Flex Frame
Sizes 40-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Weight 1224g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 25
As an all round multi-activity shoe the Haglöfs Vertigo GT is excellent but others have benefits for running, climbing or travelling light.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010