Swedish lightweight walking boots should be spot on for mountain hiking.
launched a range of outdoors boots and shoes in the UK this spring and
so far we've been very impressed, with the models we've tried, the good
news is that there's more on the way for autumn/winter 2009, most
notably a higher-cut version of the Vertigo
we tested back in June in the shape of the Vertigo HI GT
As with this spring, the boots come complete with an excellent
footbed, which would retail separately for around £32.
Haglofs Vertigo HI GT
We've found the Vertigo shoes extremely stable and stiff in the sole
unit for a low, but still with good grip and shock absorption from the
EVA mid-sole unit. The new higher cut version should have the same
basic characteristics, plus added protection for your ankles and better
resistance to invasive stray stones and gravel.
Haglofs say the new boot is designed for 'hiking and climbing on
demanding trails' and we reckon the stiff sole is well up to use on
rocky terrain. Uppers are Nubuck leather and a 'star-shaped' design
gives good flexibility with a PU heel-cup adding to stability. We've
found Haglofs generous fit to work well for classic UK feet.
At a claimed 1300 grammes per pair in the men's version, they're not
super lightweight, but if the performance of the Lows is anything to
go, they should make for a cracking all-round mountain hiking boot.
They're also available as a women's specific 'Q' version.
Haglofs Crag HI GT
The other new addition to the range is a high version of
the Crag GT
a lightweight fabric and sueded-uppered boot based on the shoe of the
same name. Sole unit appears to be the same as the Vertigo with a
similar roomy fit, but the lighter uppers save weight with Haglofs
quoting around 1080 grammes per pair in the women's Q version - below.
Again a Gore-Tex membrane should keep things dry and combined sticky
rubber outsole and EVA mid-sole unit promise grip and cushioning. Toe
and heel reinforcements are aimed at extending durability in scree-type
We've used the low version of the Crag and really like the combination
of sturdiness underfoot and lightweight feel, so the boot version,
again, looks like a good mountain walking option.
Both new boots should be in the shops in early autumn 2009.
More Haglofs information at www.haglofs.se