Haglöfs Vertigo Hi GT

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.

5 thoughts on “Haglöfs Vertigo Hi GT

  1. Have you seen the Crag Hi? I’ve got the Crag Q low (once they’d sorted out the sloppy heel on those early versions we tried on last spring) and really like them. Was wondering how they compared with the Vertigo Hi (and low – though can you get vertigo with low shoes?)

  2. “…like most Haglöfs footwear I’ve tried, the midsole cushioning is thinner than many to give good feedback from the trail…”

    I’ve heard this idea before and it drives me nuts!. That may be a reasonable idea when scrambling, but it means that when walking long daily distances, especially on hardish trails, your feet will be sore as hell.
    Assessing new footwear in a shop, I’m constantly trying to judge if the cushioning is thick enough – and it seldom turns out to be. It’s nigh-on impossible to tell in a shop.
    My late lamented old Montrail Stratos had a built-in gel pad for cushioning which was great.

  3. Kate, I’ve only got the Crag lows, but I’ve “handled” Crag Hi samples and I did like the look of them, photie here http://www.petesy.co.uk/haglofs-winter-200910-sneakier-peakier/
    I reckon they’re similar, with the Crags being more trail-y to the Vertigo’s rock-y. More mesh on the Crag, maybe a bit more breatyhable if summer? Good colours in the wummins, low heels though, so no vertigo…

    It all comes down to your feet as much as the shoes I think Geoff.
    A lot of underfoot cushioning can promote more foot movement inside the shoe and also in a general sense through the groundstrike cycle. Some folk will find that as much of a problem with blisters from heel movement, or even sore knees from unwanted foot movement on the ground the shoe compresses and twists.
    The cushioning isn’t the whole story either, flex is a big factor. Inov8s with thin soles and soft flex are fine on my feet, but stiff flex plus thin sushioning I find very tiring on my feet. The worst case of this I found was the Scarpa Hydrogens.
    Some of the more recent Montrails had less cushioning but had a plastic plate as well, and this I found perfect, and why I have two spare pairs of Steeaks :o)
    I’ve got their new mids just in for test too, I’ll have them up nest week, might be a nice replacement for the Stratos?
    The Sole insoles in the Haglofs shoes make a difference here as well, it’s another line of protection, but not spongey so you can feel the ground.
    Like you say, it’s one of the things you don’t really find out about footwear until you’re on the trail.

  4. Agreed, the flex is important too, as is individual variation in feet. Getting the right footwear can be an expensive business (and then they stop making them!).

  5. It really is the most important thing, and the outdoor forums are full of folk looking for advice because they’ve got blisters or pains or whatever.
    It’s the one area where reviews should never have a score or a “best in test”. Folk buy what they think is the best and try to make it fit with insoles or different socks even if its sawing their toes off.

    I’ve got a wee bit in the current Country Walking telling readers about the joys of trail shoes. I wonder what the reaction there has been…

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