Salomon Explorer GTX

Quite a broad fit, but with an excellent lacing system that enables a really stable fit, and the well-padded uppers are a delight to put on at the start of each walk. Medium-stiff midsole, a lovely supportive ankle cuff and good sole grip.


Colours: Asphalt/autobahn/eucalyptus, thyme/black
Sizes: Unisex 3.5-13.5 (UK), 36-49 (‘Euro)
Upper: Suede/textile
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex XCR
Sole: Contagrip
Weight: 1,160g
Women’s version: No
Contact: 0800 389 4350,

Verdict: An excellent fabric all-rounder that will cope with pretty much anything thrown at it and at a superb price, too. If it fits, splash the cash without any hesitation.


First published in Country Walking magazine, April 2008