It’s a pity these boots aren’t fully waterproof, but they make a very affordable, light and comfortable choice for warm, dry weather.
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The Decathlon Waterproof Mountain Walking Boots, like most of the brand’s sport and outdoor offerings, definitely sit at the budget end of the market, but we’ve always been favourably impressed by the quality they offer. Their wide range of hiking boots for women begin at a seriously cheap £14.99, but our top pick are the not-so memorably titled Waterproof Mountain Walking Boots.
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These fabric boots are impressively lightweight at 395g per boot, and offer great comfort from the get-go – if you hate being weighed down by hefty boots and want the comfort of your favourite pair of trainers, these are a great pick.
• RRP: £45 (UK) / $62.50 (US)
• Weight (per boot): 395g / 14oz
• Materials: Textile upper with breathable membrane lining, PU midsole, non-slip rubber outsole with 4mm gripping studs
• Colors: Dark petrol blue
• Compatibility: Dry, warm weather hiking and summer walking holidays
On the trails
During trail testing, we found these boots to be reasonably breathable. They also supply good grip that rivals more expensive boots that we have had on test, and they come with rubber toecaps offering decent protection.
Where the Mountain Walking boots don’t deliver is on waterproofing, despite their name. They do have an inbuilt waterproof membrane but, while we found it kept feet dry in light rain, if you stumble into boggy ground or hike in heavy rain, it won’t hold up for long.
Our other critique is that the tops are cut rather low and wide, and don’t offer the same level of ankles support that other boots in the mid-height collar category supply – and this could be a problem if you intend hiking on technical terrain while carrying a backpack.
That doesn’t mean we don’t rate these boots – if you already own a pair of reliably waterproof boots, these make a great spare pair to pull out on warm dry days, and their light weight makes them a nice choice if you’re packing for a walking holiday abroad somewhere the landscape and climate is relatively dry.
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.