Berghaus Explorer Trek Gore-Tex hiking boots review

Berghaus called older versions of its Explorer Trek GTX boot “Britain’s most popular waterproof fabric walking boot”. Does this new suede design still have what it takes? On paper it ticks a lot of boxes, with a Gore-Tex waterproof membrane, Vibram rubber soles, lightweight and flexible suede fabric that should make it comfortable for long days in the hills. Sounds great on paper; it’s time to put it to the test and see if it ranks among the best hiking shoes for women and the best hiking shoes for men. Read on for my full review of the Berghaus Explorer Trek Gore-Tex hiking boots.

Berghaus Explorer Trek Gore-Tex hiking boots review: design and features

Berghaus Explorer Trek Gore-Tex hiking boots test: specifications

Mass: 540g
Waterproofing: Gore-Tex
Soles: Vibram
Available colors : 1 (for women) 2 (for men)
Sizes available: 4.5-8, 7-12

It rains around 170 days a year in the UK, so there’s a good chance you’ll encounter wet conditions when hiking in Blighty. Enter Gore-Tex, makers of a hiking shoe membrane that does a great job of keeping water at bay. It’s integrated into the Explorer Trek boot and worked great in testing, even when I walked in the pouring rain. This boot is as warm as leather to wear, although not as breathable as a cloth boot, so it’s best to save it for fall to spring use.

At 540g per boot (for the women’s model), the Explorer is a lightweight to medium boot that won’t weigh the foot down even over long distances. The rubber sole is quite strong and has less flex than some lighter boots we’ve tested, but it’s durable and supportive underfoot and great for tackling rocky, rough terrain, with a durable toe and a tight and narrow ankle lacing system adding extra protection and support.

I love the neutral looks and dark colorways of this classic look boot. Suede is a good choice of material for hiking boots because it is both durable and breathable, but in my experience suede boots require a little more care than washable fabrics or washable leather models. , and can stain easily – it’s a good idea to invest in a suede-specific cleaning agent if you get mud in your new boots, to keep them looking their best.

Berghaus Explorer Trek Gore-Tex hiking boots

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Berghaus Explorer Trek Gore-Tex hiking boots review: Performance and comfort

Grip is arguably the most important element of a good hiking boot – and the grip of the Explorer Trek really impressed me when I hit the trails of Wales to test it. The Vibram-branded rubber sole features well-placed Opti-Studs (the indentations that help your boot stay in contact with the ground) that provide welcome control and balance, even on wet rocks or muddy terrain. This grip that stays in place adds confidence in bad weather and makes this boot well capable of exploring beaten hiking trails and climbing hills. Top marks – if you’re getting more ambitious with your hiking adventures and want to upgrade from a more basic boot, this is a solid choice.

The Explorer Trek is comfortable right out of the box, and the deep, cushioned insoles mold to your feet snugly over time. The fit is true to size but on the narrower side around the toes – if you suffer from bunions or just have naturally wide feet, try a size up or something completely different.

Berghaus Explorer Trek Gore-Tex hiking boots

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Berghaus Explorer Trek review: alternatives

If you prefer full leather, the Hillwalker II boot from Berghaus features a classic look and Gore-Tex waterproofing.

Berghaus Explorer Trek Gore-Tex hiking boots test: verdict

Comfortable suede, reliable Gore-Tex waterproofing and truly excellent grip – the Explorer Trek from Berghaus is a bit of a classic walking boot for the colder months for good reason. This versatile design might just be the complete package for day hikers looking to get from the summit to the pub, although it’s best suited to those with a narrow foot, and be aware that the suede will require maintenance to keep it up. intelligent.

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