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The Berghaus Explorer Trek Plus GTX is a fell-walking classic, which offers reliable but unremarkable performance, described in one review as great for walking the dog or the occasional Lakeland hill. However thousands of ramblers can't be wrong and if not running up Ben Nevis or scrambling and you don't want to look like a neon trail runner, it may be for you.
berghaus explorer trek plus
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Ideal for those who want a reliable trail boot for low to mid hill use even on the wettest days. A totally classic Gore-Tex lined fell and trail walking boot that would be fine for occasional tougher hill days on reasonable paths
Overall Score
The boot is almost the standard on the fells and dales and if it fits will be a trusty Labrador-like friend for many happy hill days
It's like sliced brown bread, a bit dull, undemanding and a touch floppy out of the packet

The Berghaus Explorer Trek Plus GTX is huge seller that offers value, reliable performance, waterproof protetcion and grip on mid level trails and hikes. The optistud sole in particular sticks to the trails like jam to a warm scone.

Aimed at those looking for a waterproof boot for fell walking in the dales and hikers on long distance paths with reasonable conditions underfoot, the Explorer Trek Plus GTX has all the features you'll need at a decent price and the Ortholite insole provides great all day cushioning.

Things tend to unravel a bit when conditions get a little steeper as the boot lacks a bit of torsional stiffness and the soft upper is prone to giving way when side-hilling on steeper ground. The lacing system is decidedly old school and the heel cup is quite wide and soft. Looks-wise, it's a touch old school when compared with some more modern offerings but that may well be the key to its success - a conservative, comfortable and reliable performer if not pushed too far beyond its comfort zone.

If you are looking for an all day boot to use on everyday rambles and trails and aren't interested in flashy looks or going into steeper and more technical terrain, the Berghaus Explorer Trek Plus GTX could well be exactly what you're looking for.

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