An excellent all-rounder of a hiking boot that is waterproof, grippy and comfortable. The Berghaus Expeditor Trek 2 stands up in comparison to more expensive models – we think this is a bit of a bargain.
The lighter grey colorway looks dirty fast
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Welcome to the Berghaus Expeditor Trek 2, a boot for all seasons. Sure, we often bang on about picking the right boot for the conditions, but what if you just want one great boot that you can wear year-round? We reckon we’ve found it in the Expeditor Trek 2, which as Berghaus state, is a brilliantly balanced ‘sturdy but light’ boot.
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A combination of suede, mesh and a waterproof membrane render this boot both weatherproof and reasonably lightweight at just 415g per boot.
• RRP: £100 (UK) / $140 (US)
• Weight (per boot): 415g / 14.5oz
• Materials: Suede upper with AQ waterproof breathable mesh lining, EVA midsoles, OrthoLite footbed, super grip OPTI-STUD outsole
• Colors: Grey / Blue
• Compatibility: A brilliant all-rounder of a boot that can deal with most seasons and weather conditions
On the trails
During trail testing we found that the Expeditor offered really good grip, even on wet rock, and gave us great confidence when we ventured onto more technical and unstable ground. Cushioned soles also made it comfortable from the get-go, and more importantly it remained comfortable all day long when we wore it on longer rambles.
To be frank, we don’t have very much to criticize this boot for, except that we’d pick the black colorway over the lighter grey, which can stain easily. The rather soft, thin laces also may not last forever, so we’d consider replacing them over time with a sturdier pair – that said, the lacing system itself is good, and offers snug, stay-put protection around the ankle.
At £100 on the nose, this is our top pick if you need a first walking boot that will venture anywhere you do – it really stands up when compared with more expensive models and punches above its price point.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.