• External Sensifit® with mid-foot stabilizer wings
• Contagrip® X-Adventure outsole designed to facilitate a natural and balanced stride even at a faster pace
• Shock absorbing, heat-molded Clima-Dry® insole
• Nubuck leather waterproofed to the heart of the fiber combined with durable waterproof mesh upper gusset
• One-pull lacing system with glide through eyelets
• Clima-Dry® external weather protection
I am a keen walker, for a start it's my second name (true), and I've always enjoyed a nice hike across the British country side with the family - and any pets which want to come along for the journey. It's such a simple experience, and yet you gain so much satisfaction from it - it feeds the hunger I believe every human shields inside, the hunger to explore and see places of natural beauty. Plus, it's an excellent form of exercise, as walking burns more calories than jogging (over the same distance at least)!
These boots are nothing short of exceptional. They are made from durable, high quality materials which resist the rugged textures of the terrain around you, as well as any viscous weather patterns you encounter. Nubuck leather is the main ingredient, a resistant material which ticks all the boxes of the walking boot specification. The plastic clips which hold the laces (also made from a high quality material) are nailed into the surface of the boot and give great strength, allowing for you to tie the boots up tightly, increasing their water-resistance - perhaps the most important feature of the walking boot.
The rubber sole is designed to promote a stable stride - there are mid-foot stabiliser wings which give added stability - and the shape of base ensures feet within stay comfortable in a practical way. Like all boots there is a central arch which gives an even more stable walking and quick walking stride.
The arch and general grip of the boots makes them great for dry and rain-sodden walks across the Peak District - the national park nearest my home and the place I most like to spend weekends strolling. The grip keeps well during slippery conditions, namely whilst walking on saturated soil and grass paths. Against hard surfaces like rock, the rigid rubber tends to slip relatively easily on the surface, but this is the only terrain I've had difficulty negotiating. In icy conditions (frosty surfaces with perhaps the odd frozen solid puddle) grip is maintained well, helped by the great ankle support which keeps the boots firmly in a linear position to promote stability. I think generally this boot is a multi-terrain product which can succumb to most environments well.
I bought mine for about £85.00 (roughly 5 years ago), and when you start looking into the prices of proper walking boots like these today you'll soon realise that anything under £100.00 can quite often be considered acceptable. I remember getting a pair as a child and my parents having to pay out a ridiculous £50.00, despite my small show size and lack of frequent use for the boots.
I haven't had an issue with the boots. My feet don't swell up, get wet, blister, get cold when walking through snow, or ache in anyway at all. the lace section gives weather resistance, and sole terrain resistance. It's an expense, at around £80-100, but that's what you have to expect with this kind of product.
Walking boots have gone through many stages of evolution over the last few decades, from heavy leather uppers and soles with metal studs to the lightweight high technology designs used today. Perhaps the best three season boot I have come across is the Salomon X-Adventure 7, which uses a combination of leather and fabric upper, with a super sticky and long lasting sole. As a biker, I tend to use the boots for the journey as well when I'm at my destination. Clomping around in biking boots all day is not very practical, whereas the Salomon?s are great for everyday wear given that its not too hot. They are extremely comfortable, need no breaking in and are a reasonable weight for a three-season boot. They are also a good-looking boot with the added bonus of a waterproof membrane. Highly recommended, and available from all good climbing and outdoor shops.