Tested by Duncan Charman
£79.98 (inc. socks)
A high-boot and the only one with a removable insulated warm sole. The heaviest boot tested at 1.8 kg and one with looks that won’t appeal to everyone. Available in three sizes 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. With loads of movement around the heel it creates concerns for foot welfare, especially on long walks. Personalised thick thread rubberised sole for good traction and shock resistance with the outer shell finished in a green PVC feel wipe clean material. Seven-riveted lace up eyelets, unfortunately one came adrift when lacing up for the first time!
One of the lightest boots tested at 1.375 kg. Thermolite lined for warmth and comfort and waterproof up to laces. The thick tread moulded rubberised soles offer good traction with a blue PVC feel, soft wipe clean finish. Five metal riveted eye fasteners allow secure fitting around the ankle. Available in sizes 7-12 (41-46), however, my size 9 was undersized and extremely tight. Buy a couple of sizes bigger than your feet.
Undoubtedly value for money and, although this boot was the cheapest tested, it’s right up there with the best, offering the same Thinsulate linings as the most expensive boots along with other high quality features. Waterproof up to the laces and warm, tested to minus 20 degrees, just what the majority of us require in a boot. Weighing in at 1.5 kg it comes in sizes 7-12, incorporates a tough, thick thread rubberised sole, riveted eyelets and green wipe clean outer shell. At this price it’s going to be a big seller.
Cosmetically pleasing Advantage Max 4 Camouflage high ankle book weighing in at 1.5 kg. Thinsulate breathable and insulated lining for complete warmth and comfort. Snug fit with no ankle twist or pinching and a deep toothed, wide spaced, multi-grip rubberised sole for traction and shock absorbance. Seven metal riveted eyelets, the top ones having a tendency to bend out on tightening, long laces and an easy lace-up system. Durable, abrasion resistant, dual stitched hardwearing, three-season boot. Great range of sizes available from 5-12.
Advantage Max 4 Camouflage high-boots weighing in at 1.7 kg. Thinsulate lining for total comfort and maximum warmth. Snug fit with added stability around the ankle eliminating any twist or movement and a deep toothed, wide spaced, multi-grip rubberised sole for good traction and shock absorbance. Eight metal riveted eyelets, the top one with some unwanted give. Easy lace up system and long durable laces, however, the laced up knot tends to fall off the tongue onto your leg. Dual stitched hardwearing, four-season boot.
Slightly higher than the standard ankle boot the outer shell is finished in a stylish brown, wipe clean PVC sponge leather. Incorporating DuPont Thermolite for comfort and warmth and 100 per cent polyester Nylex-Polyfoam lining, this is as warm as any boot tested. Its synthetic rubber cleated sole gives good grip but my heel fell away easily causing some concern with ankle twisting on rough terrain. Water resistant up to laces and lightweight at just 1.4 kg with five riveted eye fasteners and available in sizes 8-12.
The first boot tested and the most expensive but at just 1.475 kg it’s exceptionally lightweight and has an abundance of features. A great range of sizes available from 6-12 and offering the Realtree camouflage pattern for those with cosmetics in mind. Thinsulate lined, totally breathable and with 100 per cent HydroGuard waterproof system. Its die cut sole offers absolute traction and shock absorption and the outer shell is dual stitched for toughness. Three stitched and four plastic eyelets for lacing up but narrow tongue gets in the way. Hydro-Guard waterproof system.
The lightest boot tested at just 1.25 kg and with a really comfortable, warm, snug fit with no movement or pinching. Available in a good range of sizes from 6-12 with the outer shell finished in a black suede feel finish which adds to its flexibility, warmth and comfort. Six-riveted lace up eyelets, the top two double riveted for added durability for effortless lacing up. The thick tread moulded rubberised soles offer good traction and the boots overall balance feels ideal for walking long distances if needed.
NOTE: All products tested January 2010. All prices correct at the time of going to Press. Angler’s Mail do not take responsibility for price or product changes or current availability.