Tour GTX Travel Shoe Review
It is time to brush off the cobwebs; spring is upon us and thanks to the weather the walking season is gearing up for many of us. Last year we ran a featured review of the Kamati GTX Travel Boot. This year thanks to Brasher, we took the Tour GTX travel shoes for a walk and put them to the test on a long walk through the Peak District. So how did they perform? Read more to get our low down on this walking shoe.
When slipping the shoes on for the first time the soft cushioned interior was the first thing we noticed and were confident the shoes were going to be comfortable. Even after our 4 hour trek, our original sentiment rang true and our feet were still comfortable.
Though lacking the high ankle support other walking shoes provide, the shoe is designed to fit the natural shape of your foot and provide support where necessary. The shoe’s stiff rubber sole provides stability and helps prevents your foot from twisting taking the strain off your Metatarsals. This meant our feet ached less at the end of our walk.
These walking shoes feel very robust underfoot. They are a solid shoe, the soles are thick and raise up over the toe end to protect the material underneath. The suede and mesh upper is also well stitched and durable.
The shoes mesh design really does provide plenty of ventilation making the Tour GTX’s a lightweight breathable shoe.
At the end of the day design preferences come down to personal tastes. So you can make that judgement call yourself. All we can say is they look the part and when you wear them you feel like a true walker.
The shoes are very light which means long walks are less tiring and packing them and carrying them into your backpack shouldn’t be a problem.
Tour GTX travel shoes or Kamati GTX Travel boots?
The phrase “Different courses for different horses” springs to mind when comparing these two travel shoes. After all one is a boot and one is a shoe. But if we were going to choose one to go travelling with, we would have to choose the Tour GTX travel shoe. Even though the Kamati boots are a lightweight boot, the Tours are much lighter and compact making them easier to carry, and we also prefer the finished appearance of them. Regarding the price of each shoe, we thought the price of the Kamati boots was a little on the high side, but think the Tour GTX shoes are well worthy of the £120 price tag.
Overall the Tour GTX travel shoe makes a great lightweight and durable shoe for everyday use and trail walking. We chose an easy to moderate trail with little hill walking, for this the Tour GTX shoe proved very suitable. Had we tested them on a tougher rockier terrain we feel we would have benefited with a shoe that provides a higher ankle support. Nevertheless we were delighted and very happy with the Tour GTX’s and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them. In fact, we can’t wait to wear them again on our next walking adventure.
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