|Frosty day, toasty dry toes|
I’m not sure why it is, but I’ve always given gear that I’ve bought with my own hard-earned cash more of a rough time than gear which we’ve been given to review. And that’s absolutely true with these Brasher boots.
Brasher are a British company and I must admit one which hasn’t really crossed my radar until quite recently. Perhaps they don’t have the big-budget marketing spend of some of their competition, so aren’t front of mind. They do, however, have quite a loyal following and a little research shows an excellent reputation for all things footwear.
I bought the Lithium GTX at a vastly reduced price from GoOutdoors (still on sale) as a replacement everyday boot for my knackered old boots with no preconceptions about the brand or quality and I have been gobsmackingly impressed by these boots.
The Lithiums are a lightweight fabric walking boot with a full GoreTex GTX waterproofing layer, suede detailing on the upper and a hefty rubber toe bumper to protect the boot from the trail.
Brasher make a lot of the fact that their footbeds/soles are amongst the best, and I have to agree. I felt that my foot was held snugly by the heel and arch, but had room to swell after a longer walk (or hot day… not that we’ve had any of those recently). And coupled with Brasher’s own thick woolen trekking socks they’re a true all-day boot.
Now, I’m always sceptical of the ‘waterproof’ badge on boots, so I made sure I tested that well. You can see how I did it on this short video.
I’m astonished to say that, despite their fabric construction, on this day and every day since (including in 12 inches of snow) the Lithiums have never let a single drop of water in. Impressive.
The sole is quite gnarly on these boots – big, chunky tread grips well on mud, snow and rock, and a comfortable lacing system keeps the boot firmly in place during walking and scrambling.
At 1.2kg for a pair, the Lithiums are much lighter than a waterproof leather pair of boots (by about 400g, or a can of coke), but there is perhaps a small degree of difference in their protection from the cold when compared to a heavier boot. Nothing that a decent pair of socks won’t sort out, unless you’re a serious cold-weather expeditionist.
SUMMARY: Brasher is now well and truly on my radar after impressing me so much with these very lightweight (for their size), very waterproof, very comfortable boots. A fortnight of everyday wear hasn’t raised a single fault or niggle and they’ve been faultless on many a cold, snowy walk. If you can get them on sale (see below) they’re a positive STEAL, and if you can’t then they’re still a lot of boot for the money. The womens version is being reviewed and will be posted over the weekend.
Price: £115* (currently on sale at £69, so grab them while you can)
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