Wy­ch­wood Gorge wad­ing boots £99.99 www.wych­woodgame.co.uk

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THE Gorge wad­ing boot sits on a ‘sticky’ rub­ber sole and al­though the tread pat­tern isn’t ter­ri­bly ag­gres­sive it does of­fer a good grip across a wide range of ter­rain from grass, tracks, mud and shin­gle to dam walls. This grip is en­hanced by five pairs of small metal studs set into the sole which has a slight arch. I find this pro­vides a bet­ter walk­ing gait than a to­tally flat sole and is more com­fort­able, es­pe­cially over longer dis­tances. The sole is bonded to a rea­son­ably thick EVA mid­sole, which gives good sup­port and cush­ion­ing, and this in turn is bonded and stitched to the up­per. This is made up of a rub­berised rand and rigid toe bumper with lay­ers of syn­thetic leather and light­weight rip­stop ny­lon. The an­kle cuff is heav­ily padded, as is the gus­seted tongue so when the laces are tight­ened down on the top of the foot they don’t bite in. Polypropy­lene laces are held in place by four sets of ny­lon eye­lets and two sets of quick-re­lease hooks at the top. Ad­di­tional fea­tures in­clude a plas­tic D-ring to take the lace hook, a large cord loop on the back of the boots, two drainages on the in­side edge, and a slim re­mov­able in­sole. Avail­able in sizes 7 to 12 and the size 10s that I had for re­view weigh 2lb 14oz as the pair.

VER­DICT:

A solid pair of boots with a good amount of pad­ding where it re­ally mat­ters. The tread pat­tern could have been more ag­gres­sive, but it will cer­tainly do its job, es­pe­cially with the metal studs set into the sole.

“A solid pair of boots with a good amount of pad­ding where it re­ally mat­ters.”

The Gorge wad­ing boots.

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