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