If only we were allowed more than one Best Buy Award… then the Versatrail would get mine. These are the other shoes that I reached for again and again this summer, perfect for the less technical trails and bike journeys closer to home. The fit is superbly comfortable, with a huge toebox and a very concise heel cup, which actively resists rise or roll at the back end of the shoe. These are non goretex, fairly low drop and offer minimal toe protection, but if your walking is predominantly on more level, groomed paths or trails (think canal tow paths, South Downs and the like) then these are nigh on perfect. The sole is fairly grippy with a very soft rubber, but the shallow lugs do struggle a little more on steeper wet grass and rock. The elasticated ‘speed’ lacing was a pleasure to use, and the tongue is attached to the sole unit and wraps around the foot to provide some of that heel support that the Versatrail does so well. While I’d choose another shoe for the high mountains, I loved wearing these for everyday hills, parks and lochside jaunts. With a very breathable mesh upper, they are lightweight at 300g per shoe.
Review by David Lintern @