Jack Wolfskin Crosshike Mid Texapore 2011

The first thing I noticed with the Jack Wolfskin Crosshike Mid Texapore was how padded and comfortable it felt when I first put it on – it was like wearing a pair of slippers! The laces are held in place over your foot with fabric lace loops, which helps prevent them digging in at any pressure points; and though the ankle cuff was a little high, it felt secure and didn’t rub. The toe box is very soft, even with the rubber rand covering part of it – you can still actually push it in with your finger without much effort – which means little protection from falling debris and boulders. The sole is very flexible so you can feel the terrain you’re on very clearly through it – this might not matter but some people do find it less comfortable on sharp rocks or scree. The lugs on the outsole are reasonable in terms of spacing and depth but there are places where it’s a little shallower than others featured here, which may not only affect grip but also cause them to wear down quicker over time. A heel breast, for added grip, is not featured on this model, and this could have helped prove grip considerably.

Weight 937g (pair, size 6)
Upper materials hydrophobic suede leather
Waterproof lining Texapore 03
Sole unit Trailock
Women’s sizes 4-9
Men’s sizes 7-13
Website www.jack-wolfskin.co.uk

The Jack Wolfskin Crosshike Mid Texapore is a comfortable, bendy-soled model that is fairly lightweight but could benefit from improved grip and a reinforced toe box.

Review by Phoebe Smith
First published in Trail magazine December 2011