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Grisport Rampage Featured

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The Grisport Rampage boots are marketed as rugged all round boots so overa 4 month period in Scotland by team member Fraser Brown put them to the test and came out with interesting results.

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Key Features:

Spo-tex Waterproof & Breathable Membrane

Deep cleated Vibram Outsole

Waxed Leather Upper padded collar

Robust metal lace hooks

Made in Italy

Weight: 1564g

On Test:

I got sent these boots 4 months ago now and have given them a good test. They have been used daily - for days on the hills, long walks in the countryside and on the daily dog walk around the local forest. During the test period we've have sun, rain, snow, heavy frost, more rain and more rain. I have tried to do as much as I can with them regards the terrain be it tarmac roads to steep rock hill sides and boggy fields.

Rampage 1

Wow wow wow! I have never taken a pair of boots out the box before and been so instantly impressed with them. You could go to a shop, buy these, and walk straight onto any of the long distance trails around the UK. My first impression was they looked good and had a good feel to them. I wasn't sure about the durability of the soft layer in the sole if you were to use the boots on harder scrambling routes, but as I have not had the chance to test this yet I can't comment as to how it would hold up.

The Rampage are breathable and when I was testing I never felt like I had hot or cold feet, they seem to regulate the temperature well and allow air to flow in and out of the boots with ease. The Grip has really good to date on a range of terrain and they deal with mud and snow particularly well. The metal lace hooks work well and are easy to tie and adjust remove and replace without any problems. What I just can't get over is how comfortable these are, I mean it was like no other boot I've tried on. I don't know how they did it! What Grisport have done has worked wonders and they're the most comfortable boots I've had to date.

Rampage 2

 

Not all is good though!!

Within the last 2 weeks I have had wet feet! Yes wet feet and it appears that the joint in between the sole and the upper boot is letting in small amounts of water. This has really put a dampener on these fantastic boots. I thought this was maybe a fault in the left boot, then over the past 2 days the right boot has started to leak in the same area but a different location on the boot. I have not treated these boots with a wax or any other treatment. The Spo-Tex Waterproof and breathable membrane should have lasted longer than 4 months without treatment. I don't think that is where the problem is, it looks like the jointing between the sole and the upper boot to me and my wet feet.

Conclusions:

By far the most comfortable boots I have ever had and great for long distance trails and hill walking.

The boots have impressed me with their breathability and warmth, the look and style is good. However due to them starting to let water in over the past few weeks I have really lost my love of them. This is a real shame as to be honest I love them and I was even thinking about making them my full time summer boots. If Grisport could look at the seal between the sole and the upper boot I would buy these boots in a heartbeat. This is sadly not going to be the case I live in Scotland and summers are wet and I don't like wet feet!

If you’re looking for a fantastic pair of boots that feel like slippers these are for you as long as you don't mind damp feet every now and then, these are your boots!

Last modified on Monday, 21 March 2016 08:59
Davy Wright

Most at home in the outdoors, preferably on top of something big and pointy. Scotland is Davy's playground, which is why he doesn’t mind getting wet. But winter is where it’s at. Hiking, scrambling, camping and a bit of climbing when I can. Sucker for a ridge. At a lower altitude he try getting out on his bike and run if he has to.

Davy describes himself as "a bit of a gear geek, maybe less of the bit. I like to see how things work or don’t!" In following this line Davy has become a respected and authoritative blogger over the last few years, working with many of the UK's major manufacturers and retailers.

Preferred activities: Hillwalking, camping, scrambling, trying to get better at climbing/ice climbing, cycling/mountain biking

Areas commonly visited: Lochaber, Cairngorms, Lake District