Just In - Berghaus Exterra Trek GTX
Fabric-uppered, three-season walking boots from Berghaus in for review.
Posted: 12 April 2012
Newly arrived for reivew is a pair of Berghaus Exterra Trek GTX walking boots with a combination of suede and fabric uppers and the latest generation of the impressively grippy Berghaus OPTI-STUD outsole.
They may look a little like bastardised, high-top trainers, but beneath the styling, the chassis is proper three-season walking stuff but with a nod to aesthics. The uppers are a mix of Cordura fabric and nubuck leather with waterproofing provided by a Gore-Tex liner.
There are reinforced toe and heel bumpers for durability and, if you look closely, you can see that the laces are anchored to webbing straps placed to improve tension - the lacing itself moves very slickly - across the forefoot and front of the ankle.
Fit is apparently based on the last used for the Berghaus Trek boots, but we'd say based on a quick try, that the Exterra is appreciably roomier and close to a Brasher-type high volume sort of shape with a broader forefoot and heel, so they're maybe worth a look for those with larger-sized feet. There's a fair bit of internal padding padding around the ankle for instant comfort.
Underfoot there's decent lengthways flex with good lateral stiffness, generous cushioning - they feel plush on hard surfaces - and the latest incarnation of the Berghaus OPTI-STUD sole unit, which we've found to give excellent grip, particularly on softer ground.
Overall they seem like a more contemporary, all-round, alternative to more traditionally-styled leather or fabric three-season boots. The fit feels quite generous in a 'traditionally British' sort of way and they seem to be more about comfort than precision compared to, say, a similarly specced Salomon boot.
At 663g per boot - size 9 - they're a reasonable weight too. Retail price is £135 and there should be more info at www.berghaus.com.
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