Review: HiGear Snowdon walking boots from Go Outdoors

HiGear Snowdon boots review: Other girls may lust over Louboutins, but I like hiking boots. I really like hiking boots. Mainly because I can actually walk around in them without falling over. Here’s my review of how my latest pair, HiGear Snowdown women’s walking boots, £44.99 from Go Outdoors, have dealt with a Christmas full of hills, dales and healthy doses of mud.

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HiGear Snowdon boots review

Product description: “Tough, comfortable and fully waterproof women’s boots for days out on the hills. The Hi Gear Snowdon walking boots are made from tough full grain leather, with a waterproof and breathable membrane that keeps your feet dry and comfortable on all-day treks. Their moisture wicking lining draws perspiration vapours away from the foot, avoiding any build up of friction or clamminess. They boast a cushioned EVA footbed and CMEVA midsole, keeping them lightweight but giving you the same level of comfort as a sports trainer.”

HiGear Snowdon boots review The Girl Outdoors

Hiking: First up, I’m a big fan of how the Snowdons look. Leather uppers, metal eyelets and stripy laces, yes please. None of this modern suede and plastic rubbish for HiGear – these are hiking boots that Victorian lady explorers would’ve happily laced up before discovering a new species. And they’re named after one of my favourite mountains, so it’s all starting off very well indeed. Straight out of the box, the Snowdons are soft and pliable and don’t need much breaking in. I wore them on a few little walks before I took them hiking and they felt super comfortable and well cushioned from the get-go. They’re also really light, despite their thick, grippy rubber outer sole. The only issue I had with them is that after a few hours of walking, their purported ‘moisture wicking lining’ gave up the struggle, and my feet felt pretty soggy despite my thick hiking socks.

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Wading in rivers: It’s pretty silly quite how many hiking boots aren’t actually that waterproof. If you’re after a new pair, make sure you stay away from ‘water-resistant’ boots at any cost, and make sure you’ve got something that’s labelled as fully waterproof and that let you walk in streams and jump in puddles to your heart’s content. The Snowdons have so far gambolled happily in all watery sources I’ve submitted them to without a qualm. They’re also very warm and cosy in the cold and grip well on wet rocks and icy paths – I can’t wait to take them on a snowy trek.

HiGear Snowdon boots review

Verdict: At under £50, the Snowdon is fantastic value for an instantly comfortable, durable and fully waterproof pair of hiking boots that also look very nice indeed. If you’re off travelling in hot and humid countries you’d be better off with a more wickable pair, but for budget-conscious hikers rambling in Britain and Europe this winter, or if you’re just after some boots that will keep your feet dry on icy walks to work, these beauties are ideal.

HiGear Snowdon boots review

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5 Comments

  1. February 19, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    I saw these boot the other day ad thought they looked nice but I wouldn’t be attracted to buying boots with such a low price tag in fear they would fall apart and not hold their waterproof-ness. Great to hear you think they are decent, My boyfiend is needing some new ones so maybe he could get these. I would be great to hear what you think of them after wearing them for a few months

    Jenni x

  2. sian
    Author
    February 19, 2014 / 2:50 pm

    Hi Jenni 🙂
    So far they’ve been great! I know what you mean about being wary of bargainous boots, but there are good brands out there. The secret is to find something that promises to be 100% waterproof and to give them a good test in the shop and at home to check they really fit. I’ll update you on how the boots do! 🙂

  3. May 8, 2014 / 11:40 am

    Hi, I’m thinking of buying a pair. How are yours holding up. Also, do they have a good arch support.

    Thanks,

  4. sian
    Author
    May 8, 2014 / 11:52 am

    Hi Trina

    Thanks for your comment. So far they’ve been really good – waterproof even in deep puddles and really comfortable. I have pretty high arches and they feel great, but it’s definitely worth trying them on indoors/around the house before you go walking, so that you can return them if they don’t fit. But yep I’d def recommend them, they look lovely too.

  5. May 9, 2014 / 5:59 pm

    Thanks Sian, I’ll get a pair!