Brasher Superlite GTX
FOR SALE. 1 PAIR OF THESE SUPERLITES.
These need to be broken in or you'll wreck your heels. I wore mine in Paris for a weekend of walking and I couldn't wait to get out of them. I haven't worn them much since. For the expense I expected more as I already owned a pair of TOWA from Brasher which I have lived in every day. They should have invested more in the comfort and design to prevent the chafing at the heel. Do yourself a favour and buy something else.
All footwear can feel good when you walk around the retail store so it never gives you a true sense of what it feels like to walk in them. (why don't they fit treadmills in these stores?)
I fell for the spiel and the promises of the sales rep and suffered like never before. I won't buy these again EVER. Unfortunately, even my local stockist has discontinued the Towa by Brasher.
I will now pay the extra for a tried and tested Scarpa boot. While it may not be beautiful to look at, I have been convinced by all the other reviews.
Price Paid: €150
Really excellent boots! I put these on and spent 4 days hill walking in them immediately with no problems. I wouldn't recommend that to others simply because it's not a good idea in general, but it worked well for me. I wear them with medium weight Smartwool socks. They are very light and stylish as well.
Update: July 26, 2008
I wrote a review of these boots when they were still very new to me, and they are still excellent. I wear them at least a couple times a week, and they are comfortable, waterproof, and have held up well. I will probably be wearing them for years to come (unless my dog gets a hold of them when I am not watching).
Break-in Period: none
Price Paid: 100GBP
Good light boot, very comfortable, but I get blisters on my heels if the laces are not really tight or if I do too much road work (more than 5km in a 20km+ walk). It may be that I do not have Brasher shaped feet (mine seem to be very wide with narrower heels). Thorlo rather than Bridgedale socks seem to help, as does shock absorbing pad under the footbed. Leather cut up badly when used scrambling and since soaks up water that used to pour off, despite several coats of conditioner. Still 100% waterproof.
Soles have so far lasted about 300km of walking and still have lots left. Used in Brecon Beacons for a week with no problems, even off paths in the deep, rough stuff. I will probably keep them for low level walks and buy something firmer for week long or high level walks, especially when I take my camping kit next time (around 25kg pack).
Materials: leather + gore-tex
Use: hillwalking and low level walking, medium pack
Break-in Period: About 2 seconds
Weight: 620 each (UK 11) - I weighed mine
Price Paid: £120 (rarely on sale for less)
Incredibly comfortable from the word go. Great support, completely waterproof like a glove.
Materials: Leather GTX
Use: Trail walking
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: £120