Raichle Sierra GTX
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A step up from the Scout, the Sierra GTX is ideal for regular off-road walking over pathless moorland and highland. A superb fit with a deep, padded ankle segment.
Raichle Sierra GTX Reviews
Reviewed by Rob Collinson (Welwyn Garden City, Herts) on 2007-03-03:
General comments: I bought these Raichle Sierra GTX walking boots as an upgrade from some old bog standard soft boots. The fit was excellent and comfort was not in doubt. Right from the box I felt right at home, a feeling I had not had for some time. The boots look good and the styling is excellent. The Goretex lining was put to the full test on a very wet and swampy walk in Derbyshire over the winter period. However, I did run into one many problem, and this was not the fault of the boot but the very poor performance of the VIBRAM sole underneath. It could not cope with the thick and gloopy Derbyshire mud and I had a terrible job as I tried to walk up a steep and damp slope. After taht I had to stop every 1/2 km to clear mud from the sole. My old VIBRAM sole on m Demon Lazer boot would have coped much better.
Overall though, I am very happy with these boots and would recommend them.
Pros: Comfort, fit and price.
Gore tex lining.
Quality of product.
Cons: Poor Vibram sole
Reviewed by m kilshaw (liverpool) on 2008-07-04:
General comments: I bought these boots on a whim, they were so cheap for the market they are targeted at that i thought it was to good to be true. So after i bought them my first walk was ben lomond scotland short walk possibly 8 miles or so, not a sign of a blister. but after say 150 miles say 10 walks my feet have started to hurt but that may be me. Exellently waterproofed with the goretex sock high enough to give good support on the ankle. (my old boots were scarpa rangers gtx but i realy suffered with blisters with them)
Pros: hight of boot to support the ankle, short period to break the boot in and the breathability of the boot.
Cons: standard insole and you start to feel all the stones that you step on after a short period but to me still better than my old Scarpa Rangers.
Reviewed by Gary Mellor (Saddleworth, UK) on 2008-07-16:
General comments: I bought a pair of Raichle Sierra GTX boots about nine months ago, looking for a good, general purpose walking boot and knowing of Raichle's reputation as a quality manufacturer.
First the pros, I have wide feet and the boots fitted beatifully and were comfortable straight from the box. I have used them fairly infrequently since, on a variety of UK terrain, varying from easy Derbyshire dales, to moderate Scottish hills in summer conditions. In all cases I have had no problems at all with the boots as regards fitting, comfort, blisters, etc.
However, now here comes the big point against - after these few months the fabric covering the ankle has begun to tear along the line where the ankle cuff is sewn into the the heel reinforcement, on both boots. the fabric on the ankle cuff is actually a very thin nylon or nylon type material and it seems to be pretty tightly stretched, making the tears easy to happen in the first place and very quick to spread when they do occur.
Unfortunately for me the shop where I bought the boots had closed since my getting them so I contacted the UK distributor. They were less than helpful, telling me that if shop had closed then I should send the boots to a company they suggested (of which I have had previous, not very happy experience) for repair. Needless to say there was no mention of sending the boots back to the importer for inspection and replacement.
Pros: Great comfort, wide fit, lovely big rubber 'bumper' around the boot.
Cons: Poor choice of materials and construction, lousy customer aftercare.
Reviewed by Ivesy (Leeds) on 2009-01-27:
General comments: These Raichle Sierra boots are really good and I have used them for two of my duke of edinburgh expeditions now and many trips up to the three yorkshire peaks. They are a comfortable, well fitting boot that will suite anybodys needs. The rubber back helps to support your ankle and adds comfort when carrying a heavy backpack. They are waterproof and I have even been to the extreme of walking through a ford and they still didnt let any water in.
Pros: Very comfortable and and the back rubber adds extra comfort, waterproof and i would recommend these to anyone!!
Cons: None really apart from maybe a variety of colours!!
Reviewed by Bob Sheldon (Plymouth) on 2010-02-06:
General comments: I have worn these boots for about a year. After six months the stitching around the tongue came apart. At the twelve month point, seven of the lace rings fell off on one boot and one on the other. These boots may be a nice wide fit but they are no use if they fall apart after such a short walking life.
Pros: Wide fit
Reviewed by Russ (Hampshire, UK) on 2011-08-11:
General comments: Comfortable, light and falling to pieces. The left boot is fine, the right has split stitching, the toe band is peeling off and the sole is falling to pieces. They look like I bought them years and thousands miles apart, no the same pair.
To be honest I bought them for travelling to NZ and doing some light hiking but damaged my heel and have only ever used them for light stuff. The soles are barely worn but the right boot is simply falling to pieces. I can't wear them at all now.
They are also the only boots that make my feet smell. I can wear neoprene lined wellies on a summer day and nothing, leather combat boots for hours and nothing. Wear these for an hour and my feet smell.
Gonna stick with combats, methinks.
Pros: very comfortable, no blisters
Cons: make my feet smell and falling apart
Reviewed by George Kenderdine (Scotland) on 2011-10-16:
General comments: Nice comfortable boot that makes walking a pleasure
Pros: In the beginning it took very little time to break the boots in and they were very comfortable.
Cons: I've only had them for three years and they are used maybe fifteen times a year, they are now not waterproof. When the outer gets soaked it take days to dry. My feet get wet after a days walking and it feels like the gortex is non existant. Before these boots I had a pair of Berghaus boots, kept my feet dry for seven years. I would never advise anyone to buy these boots.
Reviewed by Jayne Watts (Surrey) on 2015-04-20:
General comments: I bought a pair of these boots 8 years ago for a three week trip to Peru .They needed no breaking in and were worn every day for that trip! They have since been all over the world and never let me down. I was told in the shop never to get them wet inside as it would ruin the goretex and possibly damage the feet. However after years of use the side of the soles are breaking up so could be time to invest in a new pair. I would recommend them to anyone,
Pros: Comfortable from the start with either one pair or two pairs of socks.