The Verbera Lightpacker’s looks are deceiving – it’s nowhere near as heavy as it looks (hence the name presumably); indeed, it’s quite a nimble boot which, at the same time is built to withstand some hard use.
The uppers are a mix of tough suede and ballistic textile which will protect against rocks and stones as well as keeping the weather out thanks to a Gore-Tex membrane. We liked the medium-volume boot last which is narrower in the heel and Achilles for control but roomier at the forefoot with a tapered toebox in front of this to accommodate thicker hiking socks and swollen toes.
Additional comfort comes from TNF’s Northotic Pro footbed, which uses upgraded EVA material and a cushioned heel to soak up impacts. There’s a stout rubber rand around most of the lower boot, below which sits a Vibram Masai sole – not the chunkiest we tested, but still able to provide effective grip and comfort on most surfaces.