Haglöfs Vertigo II GT (2014)

The Haglöfs Vertigo II GT has proven its worth over the years, thanks to being built to take plenty of abuse. The upper’s made from leather with a synthetic tongue and there’s minimal stitching – so this should make the upper more durable than many when used on tougher outdoor terrain. The toe box is stiffer than some other shoes too, and there is a rubber rand around the toe, which all helps to make the Haglöfs Vertigo II GT more suitable for rockier ground. The heel cup is also nice and stiff – again a great feature for more challenging terrain. The outsole lug pattern is reasonably aggressive, and while not as a good as a boot it’s good for a shoe. Grab the shoe and you’ll find there’s good stiffness laterally as well as toe to heel, which again makes this model better than most for rockier ground. Inside there’s a footbed that’s moulded to support the arch, meaning this shoe feels more stable on the foot than some others. There’s good cushioning too. The Haglöfs Vertigo II GT isn’t as light and springy as some options, but if you want footwear for walking over rocky ground, approaching crags and generally acting as a trusty outdoor workhorse when you’re not wearing boots, then this shoe is for you.

Specifications:

Upper material 1.6 to 1.8mm nubuck leather, synthetic tongue

Waterproof lining Gore-Tex

Sole unit Haglöfs HSH

Men’s sizes 6.5-12.5

Women’s sizes 3-8

Weight 1170g (pair, size 11)

Website www.haglofs.com

Verdict

The Haglöfs Vertigo II GT is a true all-round mountain walking and scrambling shoe that will provide longer-term durability than most; but others are better for street comfort or fast and light action. It won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade.

Review by Graham Thompson

Published in Trail magazine May 2014

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Haglöfs Vertigo II GT (2013)

The Haglöfs Vertigo II GT is a well-proven outdoor workhorse that can cope with the toughest of conditions. It has a leather upper and a fabric tongue with minimal stitching to wear out and fail. But also the upper is very stiff and supportive, so you can kick through rubble when approaching crags without fear of damaging your foot or the shoe. More specifically the toe box is solid with a rubber rand and the heel cup is solid too, while toe-to-heel flex is robust. The outsole lug pattern is fairly aggressive, and while not as good as a boot it’s good for this type of shoe. What is unique about the Haglöfs Vertigo II GT is the footbed, as it is moulded to support the arch, making this shoe feel more stable on every step. This footbed pushes up the price though, so if you don’t want or need that level of performance then you may consider it not being worth the cash. There is good cushioning though and overall this shoe is great for kicking about outdoors. It is too ‘clumpy’ for running in, and more dedicated rock-climbing designs are better for climbers; but the Haglöfs Vertigo II GT is a great general-purpose all-rounder for those heading outdoors but not wanting to wear boots.

Upper material 1.6-1.8mm nubuck leather, synthetic tongue
Waterproof lining Gore-Tex
Sole unit Haglöfs HSH
Men’s sizes 6.5-12.5
Women’s sizes 3-8
Weight 1170g (pair, size 11)
Website www.haglofs.com

  

Verdict

The quality of the all-round performance, coupled with the long-term durability of the design, makes the Haglöfs Vertigo II GT ideal for general use in a wide range of activities. It won the ‘Best in Test’ Award.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2013


Haglöfs Solid Lite GTX 2011

The Haglöfs Solid Lite GTX weighs 1848g (pair, size 11); stitch-free leather upper for maximum durability; rubber rand for further durability; Gore-Tex waterproof lining; solid toe box; deep lugs for grip; stiff sole unit ideal for rocky ground; good cushioning; supportive and mouldable SOLE footbed. But other boots are lighter and lower in price; outsole may clog easier than some others with more widely spaced lugs.

The Haglöfs Solid Lite GTX is a superb boot that is ideal for general hill and mountain walking, but others are lower in price.

First published in Trail magazine May 2011


Haglöfs Vertigo GT 2011

The Haglöfs Vertigo GT is an extremely durable shoe with modern outdoor styling. Like all Haglöfs footwear the Vertigo comes fitted with a Sole footbed, which is a stiff moulded footbed that will tend to provide more arch control than a conventional floppy layer footbed fitted to most shoes and boots. This footbed can also be moulded to your foot by following the instructions on the box. The shoe itself is also very supportive with a stiff heel cup, upper and sole, and the toe box is also well-protected. The outsole lug pattern is reasonably aggressive and there is good cushioning too. The laces extend well down the foot for a precise fit, which will suit climbers in particular. A waterproof lining is hidden inside the leather and fabric upper.  But the Haglöfs Vertigo GT is comparatively heavy, so it’s no good if you want fast and light footwear. A dedicated climbing shoe is better for climbing. If you don’t need the extremely tough construction then you can save money and even gain comfort with something lighter and more flexible. You are paying for a posh footbed, which your feet may not need.

Upper 1.6-1.8 nubuck leather, synthetic and rubber; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Haglöfs Flex frame
Sizes 40-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Weight 1224g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 25

As an all-round multi-activity shoe the Haglöfs Vertigo GT is excellent – indeed, it won Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade; but others have benefits for running, climbing or travelling light and saving cash.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2011


Haglöfs Solid Lite 2010

The Haglöfs Solid Lite weighs 1848g (pair, size 11); stitch-free leather upper for maximum durability; rubber rand for further durability; Gore-Tex waterproof lining; solid toe box; deep lugs for grip; stiff sole unit ideal for rocky ground; good cushioning; supportive, mouldable Sole footbed. But other boots are lighter and lower in price; outsole may clog more easily than some others.

The Haglöfs Solid Lite is a superb boot that is ideal for general hill and mountain walking, but others are lower in price.

First published in Trail magazine May 2010


Haglöfs Vertigo GT 2010

The Haglöfs Vertigo GT is a solidly made shoe from a brand that is known for producing quality outdoor clothing, but clearly they make good shoes too. Haglöfs footwear comes fitted with a Sole footbed, which offers far more support and pronation control than a standard footbed. This can be temperature-moulded to your foot too. The shoe is very supportive throughout with a stiff heel cup, upper and sole. The toe box is well-protected too. Underfoot you get a reasonably aggressive outsole lug pattern for keeping a grip. There is good cushioning underfoot for hard surfaces too. The laces extend well down the foot for a precise fit, which will suit climbers in particular. A waterproof lining is hidden inside the leather and fabric upper. This is a real workhorse design that looks ideal for a wide variety of use. But it is heavy compared to others, so it’s no good if you want ‘fast and light’ footwear. A dedicated climbing shoe is better for climbing. If you don’t need the extremely tough construction then you can save money and even gain comfort with something lighter and more flexible shoes. You are paying for a posh footbed, which your feet may not need.

Upper 1.6-1.8mm nubuck leather, synthetic and rubber; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Haglöfs Flex Frame
Sizes 40-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Weight 1224g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 25

As an all round multi-activity shoe the Haglöfs Vertigo GT is excellent but others have benefits for running, climbing or travelling light.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2010


Haglofs Solid Lite 2009

The Haglöfs Solid Lite weighs 1812g (pair, size 11); relatively stitch-free leather upper for durability; rubber rand for more durability; Gore-Tex waterproof lining; solid toe box; deep lugs for grip; stiff sole unit ideal for rocky ground; good cushioning.
But other boots are lighter and lower in price; outsole may clog more easily than others.

Verdict
The Haglöfs Solid Lite is a superb boot that is ideal for general hill and mountain walking and a welcome addition to the UK market.

First published in Trail magazine May 2009


Haglöfs Vertigo GT 2009

The Haglöfs Vertigo GT is a top-quality multi-activity shoe from just about every angle. One unique feature is the inclusion of a Sole footbed, which offers far more support and pronation control than a standard footbed. This can be temperature-moulded to your foot profile too, which is superb if you need that extra control. The sole is nice and stiff with a reasonably aggressive outsole lug pattern for keeping a grip. Plus there is good cushioning underfoot for hard surfaces. The upper is a tough suede and fabric construction with rubber reinforcement for durability and Gore-Tex for waterproofness. The laces extend well down the foot for a precise fit while the toe box and heel are very supportive for maximum foot control and protection. These features make this shoe a very high quality offering. But the Haglöfs Vertigo GT is very heavy, and it lacks the performance edge of the more dedicated climbing footwear. If you don’t need the extremely tough construction you can save money and even gain comfort with lighter and more flexible shoes. You may not actually need the Sole footbed, which adds to the cost.

 

Upper 1.6-1.8mm nubuck leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining
Sole Flex frame mid
Sizes 40-48 (men’s); 36-42 (women’s)
Weight 1092g (pair, size 11)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 10

Verdict: The Haglöfs Vertigo GT is a superb, true multi-activity shoe that is ideal for doing a bit of anything and everything in the outdoors.

 

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine May 2009