Why We Chose The Haglöfs Skuta Mid Proof Eco: Eco credentials, comfort, shock absorption.
There’s a lot to like with this new boot from Swedish brand Haglöfs.
First of all, let’s get the shallow aesthetics part out of the way. It’s a nice-looking boot we think, successfully blending that traditional leather look with a modern style to create something that looks high-tech without being over the top or ‘out there’.
“In an impressively bold move, Haglöfs have said they’ll actually be phasing out fluorocarbons from their complete range by 2020 – heck, it’s highly likely they’ll be gone by the time you read this.”
More importantly though, it’s eco-friendly, as the name suggests. Absolutely zilch nasty chemicals have been used in its creation. What we’re specifically referring to are those PFCs or perfluorinated compounds, which have been proven to be environmentally hazardous. Plenty of brands have stopped using these in the water repellent treatment that’s applied to the outer fabrics of their footwear – the DWR that makes water bead off – but not many have taken the extra step of removing all the nasty stuff contained in the waterproof membrane as well. Haglöfs have removed the lot here so kudos to them for doing that.
The eco-friendly waterproofing that’s featured in this boot is also used in their brand new and very fancy Grym Evo which, as it goes, was also selected in our Outdoor100 product guide this time round.
In an impressively bold move, Haglöfs have said they’ll actually be phasing out fluorocarbons from their complete range by 2020 – heck, it’s highly likely they’ll be gone by the time you read this.