Staff Review | Hands on with the New Brasher Footwear Range

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A household name for many years the Brasher brand has become synonymous with British heritage. Created all the way back in 1928 by legendary explorer and record holding runner Chris Brasher, this new collection, like its predecessors is designed to meet the demands of the serious outdoor enthusiast and with a reputation built upon quality and rugged wearability we were all very excited to get hands on with the new collection.

Staff Opinion

Martin Cotterill - Multi-Channel Lead

"The Country Master's offer the protection and support my expeditions demand"

If you are after a classic walking boot with out of the box comfort, then the Country Master boots from Brasher are just the trick. I’ve had them for a couple of months now and have been pleasantly surprised about how they have performed on differing terrains and in various conditions.

The tough but subtle leather gives great ankle support with added comfort, whilst the surrounding rubber rand ensures you have extra protection on all terrain. The boots are at the premium end of the Brasher range, but are definitely worth it if you can afford them.

Rhiannon Rowlands - Merchandiser

"The Country Hiker's were comfortable, snug and pretty cool!"

I’m not what you would call an outdoorsy type and only recently have I started going on treks and trying to do a bit more activity wise. So when I first saw the Country Hiker's, I was a little apprehensive. To me they looked a bit on the ugly chunky side, however as soon as they slipped on they transformed. They were comfortable, felt snug but not too restricting and to my surprise, I thought they looked pretty cool!

They’ve stood the test of time on a few walks now and have gotten a bit muddy in the process. I have two pairs of boots and these are by far my favourite for comfort. The only downside I would have to say about them is that I’m not sure how waterproof they’d be after several soakings, and on the small steep descent down Bennachie, Scotland at Christmas, they didn’t provide me with as much grip as I’d wanted at the front of the sole. But for an everyday flat walking boot, I’m don’t think you could find better.

Lewis Behan - Designer

"TheCountry Trekker's are my new favourite light weight hikers"

I tested the Country Trekker’s on an unseasonably sunny day in early March on a route around the base of Scafell Pike in the Lake District. Water run-off had completely flooded the ground underfoot and for most of the day I squelched through ankle high mud. Despite the boggy terrain and humid climate the Country Trekker’s managed to keep my foot dry and comfortable for the entire 10 mile hike. Considering I hadn’t even broken these in this was very impressive.

I was very impressed with the Vibram sole which despite my best efforts, kept me from falling over face first in the mud and the breathable mixed uppers meant my foot didn’t get too sweaty. Coming into the summer season I will be using these are lot as my go-to-boot for one day hikes.

Pippa Mead - Marketing Executive

"The Country Walker's are the best hiking boots I have ever owned!"

I opted for the Brasher Country Walker Walking Boots as I liked the traditional style and had heard that they were a reliable option. I was building up to a walk up Scafell Pike so tried them out on quite rough, wet terrain on a walk up to White Nancy in Bollington, Cheshire. To my surprise the boots didn’t rub at all. They also stayed fully waterproof despite walking through muddy fields on a very wet day. Particularly impressive when your friends boots leaked water in.

On the actual walk up Scafell Pike they still stayed waterproof and although they did start to rub a tiny bit towards the end of the 4 hour hike I couldn’t really have asked for more.

The entire Brasher range is now available online and in-store exclusively at Blacks.

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Welcome! Willkommen! Konnichiwa!
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Sam is not actually an outdoorsman! ...yet.
 

In fact Sam is actually quite new to this whole outside doors business, is that how you say it?
Sam lived in London for 4 years and claims that the closest he got to green space was when he re-painted his flat.
However, after moving to Japan to live and work as an English teacher Sam had the opportunity (and the time) to explore the length and breadth of the southern most isles of sleepy, rural Kyushu. It was here where the obsession with the great outdoors started. Nothing propels you faster along a trail than the knowledge of a long hot soak in one of Japan’s many Natural hot springs. Sometimes buried deep in the mountains!

On his travels Sam visited the hiking island of Yakushima, skied in Blistering snow in Hokkaido and completed a 3 day trek through the Tu Lan cave system in Cambodia, but more on that later.
 

For now though, Sam is making up for lost time by spending more of it in the great British countryside and exploring the beautiful hikes and trails we have right here on our doorsteps. Sam will be writing for the more lightweight outdoorist, soaking up as much knowledge he can about Modern Bushcraft, Design and Function, Books and much more.

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