OVERALL SCORE 4.1/5
I bought these boots for the first time way back and they were like slippers. I bought them in advance of my attempt at the Coast to Coast walk as the boots I was using at the time were quite heavy. Overall a really solid boot although not completely waterproof due to the mesh upper, but great for a summer or dry spring/autumn day on the hills. They lost marks for the waterproofing as well as a little discomfort that I had when breaking them in and on the long walk around the collar of the boot.
I know that there can be a little bit of snobbery out there in the hillwalking community about boots, but I really believe that there is an important trade off against the price you pay. You will see from many of the products I recommend, that I like a bargain where I can get one and I don’t believe in paying over the odds for something you can get for a better price. You may lose a little quality, but if you are happy that you are not climbing the high alpine peaks and you don’t need to rely on you kit to keep you alive (generally) then choosing a “lesser” brand might actually be the better choice. This is true of the Quechua BOOT NAME.
I love these boots and would recommend to friends and family. Hence why I am recommending them to you.
OVERALL SCORE 4.1/5
Comfort and Fit
Once these boots had been broken in, they became my go to boot for all my hill walks. They were really comfortable. The fit was the size that it said it was, no need to buy a size up or down and as someone with quite a narrow foot, the ability to really synch them together has been great.
The flexible fabric of the tongue and upper really lend themselves to a nice tight fit which helped me avoid blisters on long hot days in the Cumbrian hills. The toes are also wide enough to let you walk properly without feeling like I was too tightly bound. Having a boot strapped to my ankle and heel areas whilst letting my toes move and flex with the terrain is a difficult combination to find in my experience, and these boots performed the feat quite well.
The downside to having my heels and ankles strapped quite so tightly is that in the heat, which is rare in Scotland, there can be a bit of rubbing around the cuff of the boot, which after about 3 days did get a little sore. However if you are planning day trips or overnight walks, then you shouldn’t have any issues.
Technical – 3 tier sole
The sole of this boot is made of three distinct tiers for added comfort and performance. The inner sole, which is removable, is made of EVA (a high density foam) for added compression and comfort, the mid sole, again made of a compressed EVA. This is nice a thick and helps prevent sharp objects from penetrating and being felt by the foot. Lastly, the outsole is a hard wearing rubber (multi-directional traction or MDT rubber) gives advanced grip on all terrains according to the manufacturer.
I felt that this combination offered comfort, protection and grip – which is exactly what the manufacturer says it does. On other boots I have had, some of the soles wore away in places, so I was pleasantly surprised by this sole as it lasted a fair bit longer than other pairs of boots I have had.
As I said, I bought my original Quechua boots in 2011. I only relegates them to dog walking boots in 2020. 9 years of walks, hikes and general abuse is quite good as far as I am concerned. I would say that I am not out in the hills every week, so it has not been hundreds of hill days, but these boots have done well over 1000 miles and have not caused me any reason to worry about their durability.
Even now, the seams are still solid and the stitching, eyelets and laces are still in good condition, with no obvious wear and tear on them. If you are looking for a good quality boot for a very reasonable price, these boots will last you long enough to get your money’s worth out of them.
- Suede and mesh combination
- Dry-Tec Waterproof Membrane (hmmm…)
- 3 tier sole
- Versatile lacing, with both open and closed eyelets
As boots go, these are some of the lowest price boots you will find without compromising on quality. Sure, some of the other big brands may well be some cool feature or something, but you could end up paying three times the price for it. You may also find cheaper boots out there, but you run the risk of getting a poor quality boot for your money.
These boots are the lower end of the middle of the road price-wise and I think over deliver on the quality side of the equation. They are priced up to £60 on Amazon, which I think is good value for money.
Overall, as I said at the beginning, I love these boots. I am having to wear some other boots sometimes now as they are starting to wear out. However they have lasted a long time and clocked up lots of mixed terrain miles. Their durability and value, I think, makes them an exceptional buy and a great addition to your hill walking boot collection.
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