I’m normally a leather boot fan my favourite being Berghaus (Brasher) Superlite GTX. The superlites have served me well, a half worn pair got me through a very wet Cape Wrath trail in May this year, they held up well but became heavy when saturated and never tried out. For my next serious adventure (Cambrian Way) next spring I wanted something lightweight (even when saturated) , reasonably robust and be quicker drying. I’m bit sceptical about fabric boots. Therefore I read quite a lot of reviews about these boots before taking the plunge. Other reviews on other sites stated the sizes came up a half size small. I ordered a half size bigger, they fit perfectly, toes not cramped, no loose heel and not tight across the bridge of the foot. After a couple of days wearing around the house there’d been no problems, so out into the big world they’ve been. So far only on dry ground and over the length and back of Malvern Hills a couple of times. I’m very, very happy, excellent grip, no pinch points, feet haven’t felt to hot. I’ve yet to give them some serious Mountain terrain or in boggy ground but overall I would certainly recommend these boots.
Great boots, really comfortable and light. Sole is grippy although not worn on wet rock yet. Went for a half size up on my regular boots and found them perfect.
they feel instantly plush when you put them on. Sole grip is great. Good size toe box. Material feels like it will give and shape to your foot, but still be robust. I was looking for a pair with a bit of give, as I have a foot that is an unusual shape so need room where boots are not made to have room! So I went up a full size. Would normally cause heel slippage, but the lacing on these enables me to tighten up enough that the heel doesn't slip. Sorted!
After 3 reasonable length hikes I can highly recommend these boots. The weight is seriously impressive, especially considering the support and protection they provide. The balance of cushioning and feel provided by the sole is great, the flex allowing for better grip I believe. Although I haven’t had these for long, they feel reasonably robust and if the graphene claims hold true should last many many miles. I would say sizing is spot on, no need to size up, I usually go for a 9 in most boots/sports shoes, the 8.5 I ordered (my true size) fits perfectly.
The boots look super slick and the fabric pattern is ace. When wearing the boots there are two things that immediately jump out, firstly is how comfortable they feel and secondly is the lightness of the boots. I have worn these a handful of times and can summarise them as almost a perfect purchase for what I need. When selecting my boot size I found that I needed an 8.5 rather than my normal 8, so they are a slightly small fit. LD mountain centre were excellent - super quick delivery.
Really impressed by these boots. I have very wide feet and really appreciate the width, especially around the toes. Have stomped through a couple of streams in them and stood in one for a few mins to test the Gortex — zero ingress. As a pair, they're about 600g lighter than my previous boots (Marmoladas), which makes a massive difference when walking all day or going uphill. Haven't tested them in the summer heat so can't really speak to their breathability yet. Really comfortable. Look good too. The only negative I can think of is that I sometimes catch the lace on the 'back' of the base of the top hooks before the lace slips into the hook bow. Mildly annoying and sure could be designed out with a different hook form because never been an issue in other boots. That's a small niggle though, overall they're excellent. Sooooo light! Can't see me wearing anything but Inov-8 in future — this is my first pair and I'm a total convert now.