These fabric boots from Raichle are really comfortable from the off, with a medium-high ankle cuff and plenty of padding where it’s needed. Slightly wider than some, they allow you to really crank up the laces for a super-stable fit, with no heel-rubbing on the climbs and no toe-banging on the descents. Plenty of toe and heel protection too. They don’t disappoint on the hill, feeling less clumsy than some, with a medium-stiff midsole that makes them ideal for all-round walking. Being so stable means they feel quite nimble when negotiating difficult ground. The Vibram outsole does a great job too, providing decent grip on soft ground and excelling on rock and firmer surfaces. Quite light too, with a good rugged build.
Verdict: The Sierra GTX is a superb three-season fabric boot with a supportive upper, a medium-stiff midsole and a versatile outsole that’s ideal for all-round hillwalking. Ruggedly built, well-padded and best suited to those with average to wide feet. Great price too.
Colours: Anthracite/grey or grey/orange
Sizes: 6-13 (UK), 40-48 (Euro’)
Upper: Velour leather/Cordura
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Hiking sole
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01625 508218; www.raichle.ch