Top critical review
Great boot, let down by the grip when wet
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 October 2020
I have been using these boots for around 3 weeks now. Been of three decent sized hikes over several different terrains and weather. The boots are quite a snug fit so I would recommend going half a size bigger or a full size with thick socks. I replaced the insoles with memory foam inners and the boots are very comfortable. No need to break them in. Not a single blister from them. They will keep your feet warm through the day in all weathers. Waterproofing seems decent, although my feet were wet after a 6 hour hike in torrential rain, although I believe this to have come in through the top of the boots, soaking my socks from the top (I was in shorts). I've trampled through streams and deep puddles, previously, without any water entering.
I do have one major bugbear with these boots. Walking in wet weather is lethal. Walking over wet stone, concrete and wood is akin to having teflon boots on. I've come close to disaster once or twice while climbing and this afternoon I had my first fall in them. I walked down some granite steps and the boots slipped as soon as my foot touched down on the first step. No lasting damage but others may not be so lucky. Mountain warehouse need to look at solutions to the grip in the wet. This is the only reason it has lost stars.
In summary, these boots are fine for dry weather hiking or shorter walks on flat terrain. I'll be trying traction spray in hope that solves the problem for me.
Edit: just completed my 5th walk in these boots. No longer waterproof, insoles have started slipping out from the back of the boot and soles look to be starting to come away from the uppers. Now shopping for another pair. Reasonable priced boot, expensive mistake.