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We test the Berghaus Expeditor Ridge AQ, with its rather plain looks to see if its performance is as good as its price.

berghaus expeditor aq ridge brown
Overall Score
Very comfortable
Not the most inspiring looks

Despite the rather plain looks the Expeditor Ridge performs well and is a very comfortable boot; it also has a very good price tag for a well-made leather boot.

Designed for all-day fell walking and the like, the boot features a full grain 1.6 - 1.8mm leather upper with a DWR coated air mesh bellows tongue, and Berghaus' own AQ waterproof and breathable lining.

At 1050g per pair this was not the lightest boot we tested but it certainly didn't feel heavy in use.

The Expeditor Ridge is very comfy straight from the box and comes with a pleasing balance of support and security for your foot without excessive padding - it felt particularly flexible around the ankle, which is always a good thing.

The toe box is generously sized, and although there's not a lot of cushioning it's sufficient to keep your feet comfortable on long days in the hills.

The 'Opti-Stud' sole and EVA midsole provide adequate grip and support, and the quality and efficacy of the Expeditor Ridge is perhaps best summed by the fact that it features on the Duke of Edinburgh Award recommended kit list.

As a reasonably priced, all-round boot for fell and mountain walking in warmer climes this is a boot that's well worth checking out as long as you don't want something flash.


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