I try to do first-looks when kit comes in or when it’s still clean, but the Haglöfs Vertigo Hi GT’s went straight on my feet and they’ve been out a couple of times now, so is this a double-take maybe?
I like mids, they don’t interfere with your ankle movement if they’re cut well around the ankle, but keep the crap out of your sock and keep your feet dry (mostly), and sometimes that’s a good thing at camp.
The Vertigo’s are at the sturdier end of the mid scale with a robust feeling nubuck leather upper and the rock-shoe style lacing that goes down to the toe for a secure fit, both of which pushes them into the scrambling area. That lacing gives an old-school look as well which I like, in fact the whole look is a nice mix of retro and new I think.
The Hypergrip sticky-rubber outsole is proving a good one on mixed terrain, with a stiff-ish flex and like most Haglöfs footwear I’ve tried, the midsole cushioning is thinner than many to give good feedback from the trail.
The uppers are scalloped to help easy movement and prevent a flex point developing in the leather, and I’m hoping this will help the longevity of the waterproof Gore-Tex lining at the same point, time will tell.
There’s a toe rand, heel protection, padded ankle cuff, pull tabs and of course inside there’s a Sole insole, which once broken-in or heat-moulded to shape (I’ve done both versions and it gives similar results) works very well indeed.
There were a little stiff out of the box, but after a few miles through the Kilpatricks they eased off and are ready for a longer trip up north. And, as conditions in the Cairngorms this week proved, mids are great for tramping through the summer snow.