As the mid version of Haglofs’ flagship approach shoe these certainly look the part. There’s ankle to toe lacing that helps to engineer the fit, a protective rand around the toe for shoving the boot into cracks, and a dotty pattern on the outsole designed to grip slippery rock. However, I took them out for a scrambling day and felt that the boots underperformed. I have a narrow foot and I couldn’t get the locked down fit that I desired, with lots of lateral movement causing me problems. Worse still, the laces are super skinny and cut in to my hands. The rand is fairly good, but on damp granite the outsole didn’t feel as grippy as it looks. There isn’t much cushioning, and the camber of the boot is flat with very little rocker, so whilst they are ok for short days, for longer days in the mountains my feet prefer more protection and all round encouragement. Having said all of that, they look incredibly cool, slipping effortlessly from street to crag, and perhaps I pushed them beyond their remit? Weight 430g per size 5 boot.
VERDICT: Good looking but minimalist scrambling boot.
BEST FOR: Outdoor lifestyle and adventuring.
Review by Lucy Wallace @