We’ve managed to get our hands on the latest edition of the Brasher’s Supalite range of walking boots – the Brasher Supalite Active GTX. The other Supalite members have a leather body but this version is designed to be more lightweight and for a more active lifestyle in comparison.
We’ve got the women’s version to test out which comes in a carbon / grey colour scheme. The boot is also available in a men’s version which comes in a military / black colour scheme.
The upper part of the boot is composed of an abrasion resistant Wolverine pigskin suede with fabric panels and has a classic Brasher look. It is supported by a shock absorbing EVA midsole and an Ortholite footbed for added support and comfort. An inner Gore-tex lining also provides the boots with breathable properties.
The outer sole is thick but looks kind of plasticky. Compared with a Vibram sole, the sole does not seem as good a quality while the tread does not look as deep as others. Perhaps this is the compromise they’ve made to ensure that the boots are lightweight?
The Supalite Active GTX has a secure and tight fit around the foot, similar to the other Brasher boots which tend to have a more narrow fit than other boots on the market. The boots fit particularly nicely around the bottom half of the ankle whilst the upper part has a looser padded collar which can be tightened to your liking with the laces.
The boots feel sturdy on your feet and are quite lightweight so suitable for a long trek or even for long-term backpacking. A pair of size 5 boots weigh in at 894 grams.
Out and about with the boots on, they are very comfortable and do not feel like they need to be broken in. The loose collar provides your ankles with that extra bit of flexibility for more freedom in movement, which is particularly noticeable when climbing up hill or walking downhill in steeper areas. The tread is also of good quality and will be fine for hillwalking but on tougher and more rocky and mountainous terrain, you may feel more confident in a boot with a sole which has a larger tread. In rain and snow, the boots kept my feet nice and toasty but more importantly dry.
Overall, the Brasher Supalite Active GTX is great for a newbie to the outdoors as well as the frequent hillwalker while the weight of the shoe makes it particularly ideal for hillwalkers who go on long walks or for backpackers.