At just £50 the Karrimor Whirlwind Weathertite offers an incredible set of features and a good performance to match. It is based around a conventional design of synthetic leather and mesh on the upper with a waterproof lining from Weathertite. The result should be dry feet as well as good breathability from that mesh, and good durability from the synthetic leather. At the toe there is good protection for the foot and a durable synthetic rand. The heel cup is also very supportive, making the upper ideal for rough ground. Underfoot there is a good degree of stiffness, again to make this comfy on rough and rocky terrain. Better still the outsole lug pattern is of tractor tyre proportions and looks ideal for moving through mud. This is well-suited to walking and general outdoor activity while the price is stunning. But it feels slightly ‘clumpy’ on the foot compared to some lighter shoes with a more controlled flex in the sole. Climbers and scramblers would benefit from a dedicated rock approach shoe, while runners would benefit from something lighter. Weathertite waterproof lining may not be as breathable as an eVent or Gore-Tex waterproof lining.
Upper synthetic nubuck and mesh, Weathertite waterproof lining
Sole Karrimor Vibram
Sizes 7-12 (men’s); 4-8 (women’s)
Weight 1088g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 174
The Karrimor Whirlwind Weathertite is a good shoe at an excellent price that is ideal walking, trekking, travel and taking part in general outdoor action.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010