Straight off the production line and hotly anticipated by the fell running cognoscenti, I was a little nervous to find myself testing these as I’m not much of a runner. I am in the hills every day however and I do appreciate the stiffness and lightness of a technical mountain running shoe. I did my best to put these through their paces on a variety of rough, boggy and rocky terrain, off the path as much as possible. The widely spaced but chunky V shaped lugs on the outsole inspired confidence on all manner of steep and slippy ground, they grip pretty much anything and leave mud where they find it. They were even supportive and protective enough for hiking with a big pack. The heavy-duty uppers shed boggy detritus really well, and in the version I tested, a Gore-Tex membrane keeps wetness out. This was the one drawback – it also keeps wetness in. No problem on easier trails, where water hazards can be avoided, but not so good for stomping through bog and burns, the natural habitat of a shoe like this. A non GTX version is available if you feel the same way.
Review by Lucy Wallace @