Gumleaf Viking Wide Calf Wellington Boot review: armour against bad weather for your feet

Neoprene-lined, wonderfully warm wellies, Gumleaf Viking Wide Calf Wellington Boots have a Vibram sole and extra-wide calf cuffs

Gumleaf Viking Wide Calf Wellington Boot
(Image: © Gumleaf)

Advnture Verdict

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.

Pros

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    Neoprene lining

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    Wide cuff for wearers with large calves

Cons

  • -

    Limited colors

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    Expensive

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Gumleaf Viking Wide Calf Wellington Boot: first impressions

Gumleaf Viking Wide Calf Wellington Boot

A neoprene lining keeps your feet extra warm (Image credit: Pat Kinsella)

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.

 

Specifications

• 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.

Then there’s the Vibram outsole, which supplies the sort of traction and grip in mud that you would normally expect only from high-end hiking boots or the best trail running shoes

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. 

Writer, editor and enthusiast of anything involving boots, bikes, boats, beers and bruises, Pat has spent 20 years pursuing adventure stories. 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 (opens in new tab) and Dorset (opens in new tab), and once wrote a whole book about Toilets (opens in new tab) for Lonely Planet. Follow Pat’s escapades here (opens in new tab).