Mountain Warehouse Storm Walking Boot for Women
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Storm Walking Boot for Women
Mountain Warehouse says:"The Storm Waterproof Boots are made for hiking and trekking adventures. Waterproof and breathable, with durable rubber outsole, EVA footbed for enhanced comfort and heel and toe bumper for added reinforcement."
Features to Note:
- Waterproof & Breathable - IsoDry membrane allows your feet to breathe whilst keeping them dry
- Suede & Mesh Upper - Durable and breathable, a lighter style of footwear for hiking and walking
- Mesh Lining - Improves breathability to help keep your feet fresh whilst out and about
- Cushioned Footbed - A moulded foam footbed which supports your foot for added comfort, particularly at the arch and toe
- Durable - Rubber outsole that's flexible and lightweight. Very long lasting
- Heel & Toe Bumpers - Added reinforcement at the heel and toe, makes your footwear last longer
- Padding - Extra padding at the tongue and ankle offers additional support and comfort
I've been using the Storm boots for a few weeks now, primarily for a variety of low level walking around Cheshire and the White Peak area, in UK late Spring. They've been comfortable right from the start. The fit is a little generous I think, which I've appreciated because I wear orthotics. Once fully laced, my feet (and especially my heels) have been held snugly in place.
The boots are high cut with relatively flexible soles. They have an Isogrip outer sole which has good, ca 5mm lugs. My feet have been comfortable after several hours walking along asphalt, grass, occasional cobbles and short stretches of rockier terrain. The traction has been good on these surfaces - though I've not really had an opportunity to test it on any particularly difficult inclines.
The upper is a synthetic fabric, with a liner and there is some stitching on the sides. I've been walking in NW England during Spring, so inevitably I've worn these boots in rain - often quite heavy - yet thus far my feet have remained warm and dry. There's a nice, solid toe box which proves some good protection at the front of the foot together with a decent rubber rand around the heel area.
The bellowed tongue and ankle 'cuffs' are both nicely padded. In fact, there is so much padding that I have found it a little awkward to finally tighten the laces at the top. Fortunately the locking 'eyelets' just below the ankle cuff help by securing the lower foot while this is going on!
It's a little early to draw any conclusions about the long term durability - but will report back when I have some more 'miles' on the clock!
Whilst probably not for high mountain walking or frequent trips over more challenging terrain when I would prefer a less flexible, stiffer soled boot, the Storm seem to be a very good value walking boot for low level walking during Spring/Autumn. Have not yet tried the boots during particularly warm weather.
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