Berghaus have specifically designed the Vapour Claw for trail running, so it’s very light (approx. 612g) and comes with great underfoot cushioning. The high-profile out sole features Berghaus’ ‘Terracious Grip’ rubber compound which is extremely sticky along with ‘OPTI-STUD’ technology to provide effective grip on most surfaces.
Inside there are Ortholite footbeds which are designed to be wicking and bacteria and odour-resistant. Adding to comfort when your feet heat up, the uppers are very breathable – note however that they’re not waterproof.
Berghaus’ ‘Limpet’ compression stretch panels in the flex zone give great hold and support for your foot, and since these are primarily trail running shoes water proofing is not paramount – for running it’s not such an issue to ensure your feet stay dry as it would be if you were embarking on a full day of trail walking in them.
All the same, the Vapour Claw was tested on Wales’ demanding (and certainly not dry) five-day, 200-mile Dragon’s Back race and came through with flying colours.
In the case of the model we tested it was also very loud – vibrant orange and blue – which won’t appeal to all tastes but we thought it looked great; and you can get more discreet colourways if you prefer to blend into your surroundings a little more.
So, the Vapour Claw is well worth checking out if you plan to run the trails or want something lightweight for walking in dry terrain. If, however, you’re after a more traditional trail shoe then it will probably not have the weather resistance and bulk you need.