Brasher Hillmaster GTX
This is a boot I would love to like. At first it was comfortable, durable and waterproof. Used on roads, it was ideal.
Then I went off road and cross country and that is where the trouble started. After a long cross-country walk I had serious and symmetrical chafing on the tops of both feet. The cause: the toecap crease-fold had formed a point which wore into the feet, identically on each boot / foot. The damage was confirmed by wear patterns on the heavy walking socks I wear. An inspection of th inner of each boot using a mirror revealed precise blood stains where the leather had folded into a wear point.
Materials: leather & goretex
Use: cross country walking
Break-in Period: 2 on-road walks
Good walking boot extremely waterproof used on many trips Snowdon, Old man of Coniston, Tryffan and Mawdach estuary. Ideal boot wouldnt suit somebody with narrow foot. Have to make sure they are realy laced up tight.
Use: Rough trail
Break-in Period: 4 Trips
Price Paid: £109
These boots really are excellent. I have had them for 5 years and have just had them re-soled in Sheffield, England, at a cost of £45. I cannot prase them enough. Comfortable, light, and totally waterproof! They feel like warm slippers on your feet. If there are any doubters out there, please take the plunge! You will not regret it.
Materials: Leather & Goretex
Use: General Walking
Break-in Period: Nil
Price Paid: £110
When you try these on in a shop you'll think these are the best things to hit you're feet in years. What you get isnt bad either but it won't work for everyone. Take the upper for instance, you get 2mm leather upper that is light but won't be suportive enough for everyone. The carbon rubber outsole grips well and is hard to clog.
Another big plus is the Famous Brasher last. This rocks you're feet forward effortlessly. The EVA midsole is good as well but its effect is weakened by the canbon rubber outsole if the ride was softer this would be the perfect boot.
The boot is also waterprofed using the GORE-TEX "TOP DRY" system which consists of the GORE-TEX membrane sandwiched between 2 layers of layer which of course improves durability.
On the down side the leather dosnt bead water well, if youre feet are narrow youre feet will slide about inside the boot and the upper is easily scuffed.
If you want something more supportive check the Brasher Ridgemaster which has a more supportive upper (B1boot C1 Crampon) and a stiffer midsole.
P.S. from autum 99 all NEW Brasher boots were fitted with the more durable and better gripping EVAlution5 sole unit and all boots were fitted with breathable waterproff membranes.
Use: 2-3 season hillwalking
Price Paid: £110