Warm and waterproof, with lots of high-end features including adjustable calves and Vibram outsoles, the Vikings will allow you to roam (but maybe not pillage) from woods to village, no matter how bad the weather.
Wide cuff for wearers with large calves
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Gumleaf Viking Wide Calf Wellington Boot: first impressions
Obviously Gumleaf Viking Wide Calf Wellington Boots are waterproof – as all the best wellington boots are – but these tall wellies are lined with neoprene to provide decent thermal protection, have a comfortable stitched-in-place inner sole, and also boast an excellent Vibram outsole.
Made by a British brand with their own factories in Europe, the Vikings’ other main feature is the wide cuff, which can accommodate even the biggest calves (although the neck is gusseted and has a genuinely effective tightening strap, so you don’t need to have legs like Scandinavian tree trunks for these to fit you securely).
These are good-looking boots, which come in one color: dark green with a brown trim.
• RRP: $155 (US) / £115 (UK)
• Gender specification: Unisex
• Sizes: Unisex sizes 37-47 / 4–12
• Insulation: 4mm neoprene
• Sole: Vibram
• Colors: Dark Green & Brown Trim
Gumleaf Viking Wide Calf Wellington Boot: on the trails
Inclement conditions sometimes call for extreme measures, and Gumleaf’s Viking wellingtons go into battle against bad weather like a boot-shaped berserker.
Beneath the quality rubber outer of this boot, the Viking is lined with a layer of 4mm-thick neoprene, which makes it very comfortable and genuinely cozy in almost all conditions – the brand claim comfort levels down to -10°C/14°F.
The properly adjustable, calf-cuddling collar means that you can tighten these boots very snuggly around your legs, keeping warm air in and cold drafts, trail juice and snow out.
Author of Caving, Canyoning, Coasteering…, a recently released book about all kinds of outdoor adventures around Britain, Pat has spent 20 years pursuing stories involving boots, bikes, boats, beers and bruises. En route he’s canoed Canada’s Yukon River, climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, skied and mountain biked through the Norwegian Alps, run an ultra across the roof of Mauritius, and set short-lived records for trail-running Australia’s highest peaks and New Zealand’s Great Walks. He’s authored walking guides to Devon and Dorset, and once wrote a whole book about Toilets for Lonely Planet. Follow Pat’s escapades on Strava here and instagram here.