Mountain Warehouse Aspect IsoGrip Walking Boot for Men
Product Review & Walking Gear Test
Aspect IsoGrip Walking Boot for Men
Mountain Warehouse says:"With a sturdy and durable build, the Aspect IsoGrip Boots are suitable for different terrains. They're waterproof with a mesh-suede upper, EVA footbed, cushioned midsole and a high-traction outsole - perfect for long hikes."
Features to Note:
- Waterproof - Constructed of a water-resistant upper and waterproof membrane
- Phylon Midsole - Lightweight, flexible & cushioning foam
- EVA cushioning - Moulds to your foot providing support & comfort
- Heel & Toe Bumpers - Added rubber reinforcement at heel and toe, makes your footwear last longer
- Suede & Mesh Upper - Durable and breathable, a lighter style of footwear for hiking, walking and sports
- Mesh Lining - Improves breathability to help keep your feet fresh whilst out and about
- High traction outsole - adds extra grip, support and stability to the sole
The Aspect IsoGrip Mens Waterproof Boots from Mountain Warehouse are a great example of a mid-range walking and hiking boot that will not break the bank.
They comprise a nice and thick Isogrip Sole, with a suede upper interlaced with mesh.
Putting them on for the first time I found them surprisingly comfortable though they were perhaps a little short in length and slightly too roomy in the width. I had asked for a UK10½, my usual size, but since Mountain Warehouse do not do half sizes in the Aspect range, I was sent a straight UK10. I can only surmise that the sizing is a little larger than usual - so it is definitely worth bearing this in mind when trying them on in your local outdoors shop.
The toe box has a good sized rand, glued and stitched in position and is relatively stiff for this grade of walking boot - a definite bonus when doing some light scrambling and tackling loose ground
The lacing starts well down the boot to give plenty of options for tightening the boot around the full length of your foot. The first four pairs of eyelets are mesh which is a bit of a concern regarding durability but does offer a weight saving over traditional metal eyelets. The final two pairs of eyelets (at the ankle end) are metal but neither offer any kind of locking facility which is a shame.
The tongue is perhaps a touch narrow but nice and thickly padded and comfortable. The cuff is also nicely padded and is very comfortable around the ankle. The heel box is roomy enough, but not overly so which is good. Like the toe box, a section of rand surrounds the outside of the heel box and this too is stitched and glued in position offering potentially superior durability.
The footbed includes EVA cushioning which moulds itself to your particular foot shape and the IsoGrip sole is springy enough to provide ample cushioning during each foot fall.
This IsoGrip sole has good deep lugs and is tremendously 'grippy'. I could not find a material that it did not grip on - I tried wet grass, wet stone, wet paving slabs, tarmac, gravel - even the shiny floor in Boots the Chemist. The IsoGrip sole proved more than a match for all of them which offers great security when walking on difficult ground.
I described the The Aspect IsoGrip Mens Waterproof Boots from Mountain Warehouse earlier as a mid-range boot and this is largely due to the sole which is not stiff enough to take a crampon. This means it is a walking boot unsuitable for winter walking in the snow and ice.
They are however, waterproof and kept my feet nice and dry during several forays into the Derbyshire Peak District and the Forest of Bowland. Most days, these tests were in warm, dry sunny weather but the mesh uppers allowed foot moisture to escape whilst keeping the ground water out. I did manage one day during a torrential downpour and the boot performed well.
The Aspect IsoGrip Mens Waterproof Boots from Mountain Warehouse are a good, quality mid-range walking boot equally at home on the local canal towpath as the Lake District Fells. At the time of writing they were available direct from Mountain Warehouse for £69.99 which is a considerable saving from the list price (£139.99) and great value for a walking boot of this ilk. Just make sure you try a pair on for size first.
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