Over the next week or so, we’ll be bringing you reviews of seven top lightweight walking boots ranging from the latest version of Brasher’s trail-blazing Supalite GTX, via the astonishingly capable Adidas Terrex Fast X FM Mid GTX and Salomon’s very orange Wings Sky GTX boot through to Inov-8’s fly-weight Roclite 400 GTX, the world’s lightest Gore-Tex-lined leather boot.
Why go lightweight? Simple really, less weight over a long day means less work because you’re moving less mass with every step you take. It can also mean more precision and better dexterity underfoot. But on the down side, lightweight kit tends to wear out faster, some users prefer a stiffer feel underfoot, particularly on rocky ground and light and tough tends to mean expensive too.
We can’t tell you exactly what will fit your foot – you have to work that out for yourself with the aid of a good shop and fitters – but we can give you an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of each of the different boots on test.
Anyway, here’s the boot talent we’ve got lined up for you… all weights are a size 43 measured on our own digital scales. Flick through them by scrolling down the page or following the links below.