Timberland Franconia Trail GTX

A lightweight 3-season boot weighing 1000g (pair, size 8 1/2). Gore-Tex waterproof lining; leather upper for durability; stiff toe box for protection on rocky ground; good cushioning; reasonably aggressive lugs to get a grip in mud; fine on grass and moorland. However, quite a bendy sole unit, so not the best for rocky mountain walks.

Verdict: Lightweight boot ideal for valley and hill paths.


First published in Trail magazine, April 2008