According to Google, the UK isn’t due another total eclipse until 12th of August 2026. Thanks to the team at Haglofs however, you can now look at an Eclipse anytime you want. More specifically, you can look at the Haglofs Eclipse GT hiking boot; a leather footwear item for men and women that, if we’re being totally honest, is much better equipped for offering support and comfort on mid-length hikes than it is for floating up into the sky and blocking out the sun.
First things first, let’s talk about the protection you get from this. It uses a Gore-Tex system that’ll keep any water out, and the nubuck and suede leather panels have a fluorocarbon-free coating (good for the environment) to help prevent the outer materials from wetting out quickly and thus maintain breathability.
“The first thing that impressed me about these boots was the comfort level of the insole”
We always like a bellowed tongue on a boot, the extra fabric might add a tiny, tiny bit of weight and also might perhaps reduce ventilation, but we’d rather that than have little bits of dirt getting in and niggling every now and then.
Protection also comes from the midsole where there’s a gel under the heel for shock absorption and cushioning. This is complemented by a moulded, long lasting EVA foam insole as well – all useful stuff for any hiking on rough, rocky trails.
There’s good grip underfoot thanks to the boot’s rubber outsole and slight heel brake. Named AHAR Plus, its cleverly shaped 4 to 4.5mm lugs are designed to shed mud and dirt easily so they won’t clog up and decrease traction.