If you’re getting out and about in all weathers, and need to stick to a modest budget, these tough boots are worth the compromise on weight.
Comfort straight out of the box
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Hi-Tec Eurotrek Lite WP Womens boots are a rarity. You really don’t see too many decent leather boots with genuinely budget-friendly price tag available for women, but Eurotrek boots are exactly that – and if you shop around you can find them well south of their already very reasonable RRP.
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These boots are also a rarity in another way – a leather hiking boot that is comfortable straight out of the box, that doesn’t require any breaking in.
• RRP: £90 (UK) / $110 (US)
• Weight (per boot): 650g / 23oz
• Materials: Leather uppers with Dri-Tec waterproof and breathable membrane, EVA midsole and footbed, MDT rubber outsole
• Colors: Brown
• Compatibility: As their name suggest, these boots work for European-style treks in cooler weather
On the trails
As already mentioned, on test we found these boots to be comfortable straight out of the box, which is a big tick for a leather boot. There’s good cushioning underfoot in the midsole, and this makes up for some of the heaviness.
Because, it has to be said, despite their name, the Eurotrek, really isn’t a barely-there boot. They weigh in at a fairly hefty 650g / 23oz, so your legs will fully notice that you are wearing these boots after a few hours of hiking.
The combination of leather and a waterproof membrane render the Eurotrek warm and waterproof enough to deal with tough wet ground, however, and that (along with the very wallet-friendly price) is one reason why it is recommended for youngsters doing the Duke of Edinburgh award in the UK. They’re also built to last.
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.
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