Berghaus Fellmaster GTX Boot | Review
The label says Berghaus, but essentially this is the classic wide and comfortable Brasher hill-walking boot reincarnated.
'The combination of comfortable de-luxe padding, bespoke Pittards leather and a classic broad Brasher fit makes the Berghaus Fellmaster GTX a solid, armchair plush hill-walking boot'
Outdoors Magic: Plush feel, memory foam cushioning, super generous fit, Pittards leather, handsome dog looks.
Outdoors Tragic: High volume forefoot won't suit everyone, not great on scrambles, a tad weighty.
Outdoors Grabbit? If you're after what was a classic Brasher boot with a characteristically broad, high volume fit, the Fellmaster is just that with a Berghaus label on it. The whole boot has an air of plush quality thanks partly to the gorgeous Pittards leather and has an instant feeling of sofa-level soft comfort when you slip it on. Memory foam ankle padding moulds to your shape, there's plenty of padding underfoot too and a mix of longitudinal flex and lateral resilience makes it a happy hill-walking companion. The sole's a little soft for scrambling though and the broad fit won't suit everyone, but if you're after a plush, wide, hill-walking boot, it's hard to beat.
Classic leather hill and fell-walking boot / 2.2-2.4mm Pittards® oiled nubuck leather upper / Gore-Tex waterproof liner / Memory foam in the collar and tongue / lightweight three-part trek outsole / torsional support shank /
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Berghaus Fellmaster GTX | Performance
There's an impressive, rounded, deluxe feel to the Berghaus Fellmaster GTX that begins with the plush UK-tanned Pittards waterproof Nubuck leather, continues with the subtly rounded lines of its upper - there's something slightly, well, 'Tonka' going on here - and is maintained when you ease your foot into the plushly padded innards.
Memory foam padding on the ankle cuff and inside the tongue is part of that, but it also helps that the Fellmaster has possibly the roomiest forefoot fit of any hill-walking boot on the market. There are no tight spots or sharp edges, just a general vibe of soft, rounded, luxury.
The roomy fit won't suit everyone, but if you do have generously proportioned feet one the end of your legs, the Fellmaster could be the answer.
It's comfortable on the move too with a plush, rolling feel to it. There's plenty of lengthways flex, but just enough lateral stiffness that you can stand on jagged things without it being a problem. If you're used to a more direct boot, it's a bit like wandering along on a big fluffy cloud of softness and the truth is that you do lose some precision as a result, but the pay-off is day-long comfort.
Where the Fellmaster isn't at its best, is on technical scrambles where the general rounded, softness of the whole shebang makes things a little loose and indistinct. We'd look elsewhere if that sort of thing is your bag.
Grip from the Berghaus own-brand trek outsole on the other hand, is decently reliable on firm to medium soft terrain and the Gore-Tex membrane does a signature job of keeping the water out on puddly terrain.
Berghaus Fellmaster GTX | Verdict
More hippo than cheetah, the Fellmaster GTX doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is, a dedicated hill and fell-walking boot with the emphasis on 'walking'.
It has an overall aura of rounded, luxurious comfort that encompasses the gorgeous leather, soft padding, underfoot cushion and the hugely generous, high-volume fit and will roll along comfortably all day if it fits your feet and your preferences.
What it isn't is a hard-edged mountain boot, which tells against it most on more technical, scrambly terrain where it feels a little indistinct and marshmallowy - if that's a word. We'd also fear for those soft, Pittards uppers with prolonged scree bashing or jamming into cracks in the rock, but then that's not really in the brief.
In a nutshell: a genius-fitting, latter-day Brasher boot for the 21-teens or whatever decade it is we're living through.