The boots I’ve ended up wearing most on this test, and my overall favourites for general purpose hillgoing, these have dealt with a little fresh snow and lots of wet mud, rock and grass. With fabric boots I don’t expect the same levels of durability as with leather, but for now, they stay very grippy, and dry. The ‘Proof’ proprietary membrane is PFC free and the lining is recycled, so it scores well on the environmental front. The upper is partly mesh, so these are very breathable and therefore cooler to wear than some others here. The fit is roomy in the forefoot with plenty of lacing control and no heel rise. It’s not a technical boot and remains comfortable all day, with plenty of flexibility in the footbed. I’m not a massive fan of boots outside of full on winter conditions but these have been a real pleasure to wear. Weight 475 per shoe.
► Verdict: A modern hiking boot: Comfortable, good value and with excellent traction.
► Best for: Walking and backpacking. Useful for those transitioning to lighter footwear.
Review by David Lintern @davidjlintern