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The Berghaus GR20 boot is suitable for three to four season use. The GTX is light, breathable, extremely waterproof and is at home on any terrain in the UK - from Crianlarich bog-walking to the gabbro of the Cuillin.

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Berghaus GR20 GTX

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   Berghaus GR20 GTX Reviews

  Reviewed by Somebody (Somewhere) on 2005-09-29:
General comments: A new collection of boots from Berghaus has hit the shops. The GR20 boots are made using a brand new shock absorbing Vibram outsole and a Gore-Tex liner. THe all-year-round Vibram Werewolf sole unit incorporates a full-length polyurethane midsole to improve shock absorption and provide maximum traction on rough terrain, while the liner uses Gore-Tex technology to increase the breathability, water resistance, and ultimately, the comfort of the shoes. There are three styles of GR20 boot avalible. The basic GTX combines a water-resistant upper with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining. The two alternative versions are hard-wearing leather GTX with a sturdier upper as well as a stiffer insole, and the LT model, which offers increased flexibility and comfort.

  Reviewed by Somebody (Somewhere) on 2005-09-29:
General comments: GR's are wunnerful things....or are they? One of the first impressions I had when I saw the Berghaus GR20 boots back in July 2003 was that they had a look about them that was almost Germanic. Six months on and that feeling is still there, but now that I've used them, I am quite happy to say that yes, they are wunnerful things. Although I've tried and rated other boots from Berghaus over the years, I've not always got on with the fitting of their boots. Approach shoes, yes. Boots, intermittently ... The GR20s are designed as a three-four-season boot with the uppers (choose from suede, leather or nubuck options) being backed by a Gore-Tex liner to provide the usual factors of waterproofing and breathability. The Vibram Werewolf sole has been mated to a PU midsole unit, a combination that offers pretty good grip and shock absorption. Well that's the theory, but what were they like? Normally when I try a pair of boots on for the first time I take them off again and do a bit of preventive maintenance by sticking a couple of Compeed plasters over my usual blister points, but I didn't have to do that on this occasion because I was in for a quite pleasant surprise.... My pair of GR20s were taken out of the box and then used solidly for nine hours on the trot and I'm pleased to say that I was not reaching for Compeed or the plasters at the end of that first day out (or at any other time for that matter!). They were just as comfortable at the end of the day as they are at the start of it. No blisters, no rubs and no feeling as though my feet had been put through the grinder either, Bliss? well, er, yes, I guess so! The GR20s are also compatible with strap-on walking crampons.

  Reviewed by Christopher Derrick (England) on 2005-09-29:
General comments: I bought these boots just over a week before the 55 mile 10 tors event on Dartmoor due to a major default in my old boots. After 3 days of solid wearing they were packed off to the base camp. When I came to walk in them they were so comfortable it was unbelievable. I came out with no blisters and dry feet, even the the weather was the worst they'd had since it snowed!!!

  Reviewed by Rob Cox (UK) on 2005-09-29:
General comments: Overall a very good quality boot.

Cons: The GR20 has a very hard sole and can cause rubbing on the heel if not tight enough and sometimes a bit slippery if it is wet underfoot

  Reviewed by peter ball (UK) on 2005-09-29:
General comments: i find it really hard to find a pair of boots that fit me properly. this is a real problem since i do alot of walkin on dartmoor and do events like Ten Tors but i got myself a pair of GR20 gtxs back in the summer n there amazing so comfortable and my feet havn't got wet once there an amazin pair of boots totally recomend them

Pros: Very waterproof and extremely comfortable.

  Reviewed by Mark Liddle (UK) on 2005-09-29:
General comments: Used them initially to walk stretches of hadrians wall, found to give excellent waterproof qualities, no hot-spots and good comfort.

Cons: No care instructions included in box which would be useful considering the combination of materials used in the boots construction. Otherwise excellent.

  Reviewed by Somebody (Somewhere) on 2005-09-29:
General comments: What first drew me to the 'GR20 GTX' were the pair of berghaus explorers I also use which have been very impressive. The major difference between these two boots belongs the their sturdiness the 'GR20 GTX' are a hardy mountain boot which are made for hard ground requiring a greater level of sturdiness and support compared to the explorer which is a more lighter less supportive boot. Their similarities relate to their initial " wear ability" which posed no blisters or sore spots what so ever! These boots have always kept me dry, I expect due to Gore-Tex intervention, unlike my leather Zamberlans which were gladly stolen, I might add. The 'GR20 GTX's are not cheap but reasonably priced; it is a tough mountain boot which is comfortable from the start which will always keep you dry; what more do you want! The 'GR20 GTX' is a great rugged mountain boot. Go buy a pair.

  Reviewed by Tom Graham (Devon) on 2006-01-02:
General comments: I initially bought this boot based on reviews of others and I was looking for a decent boot that would be extremely waterproof and comfy. I have now had the chance to fully test he boot in both wet and damp conditions on Dartmoor and in cold dry conditions in the Lake District. Overall I think that it is a good boot for the price and is well constructed. The sole (Vibram Werewolf) is very sturdy and feels secure when scrambling on rocks. I also like the rubber toecap and heel. However I have found a few weaknesses. Despite the Goretex liner and promise of dry feet, I have had water enter the boot whilst walking in very wet conditions. Whilst I regulalry use Nikwax on the suede I have found that it doesn't actually protect it for very long. I am not talking about soaking wet feet, but it is enough to disappoint you from a new boot. I have also found that when the Nikwax does wear off the suede is very easily saturated and takes ages to dry (even indoors) and this will presumably impact on the breathability of the boot. I was also a little disappointed with the fit of the boot. I purchased my boots on the internet and so had my feet measured at a shop first in order to know what size to get. My feet were measured as size 10.5. This presented a dilemma as the boot sizes are such that my closest was 10.25 however when trying the boot on this actually feels a little too big for my feet. This has not resulted in any blisters, but it does mean I have to wear thicker socks. I would therefore strongly recommend trying a pair in a shop before buying online if you are unsure about the sizing.

Pros: Overall a good boot that is good value for money - but shop around for prices as I found a range from £95-£115.

Cons: Needs regular proofing. Check the sizing carefully
This review has 1 comment(s):

Ben Toogood responded : Working in a camping shop i am well aware of how difficult it can be to find the correct fit in a new boot, especially as we get so fond of our old pairs. Can i suggest however that to solve the fit problem rather than using local shops to try boots and then giving our cash to the multinationals online we try boots in the shop, get good quality service and buy the boots there! If they are not in stock most shops will order them for you to try without obligation to buy! (2006-06-23)

  Reviewed by john (ayrshire) on 2010-12-17:
General comments: Very comfortable boots even on long walks, not had any problems with wet feet.

Cons: Goretex badge came off within 6 months leaving a hole.


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