Product Spotlight: Berghaus Explorer Active GTX Shoes

Take a closer look at the Berghaus Explorer Active GTX shoes 

If your idea of a weekend well spent is taking on the fells, hills and mountains – whatever the weather – the Berghaus Explorer Active GTX will make for the perfect addition to your 2016 kit list.

Joining Berghaus’ iconic Explorer footwear family the Explorer Active GTX features the tried and trusted technologies seen in the classic Explorer boot with clever design updates to bring you a multi-active shoe that’ll meet almost any challenge you throw at it.

To find out exactly what’s required from a performance shoe, Berghaus carried out extensive consumer research – talking all things footwear with a whole range of gear lovers, from hill walkers, scramblers and all-round adventurers.

Research revealed three important factors; comfort, trusted technologies and enhanced grip, that have gone on to form the very DNA of this year-round shoe.



The Explorer Active has undergone more than 1000 hours of all-season testing, worn out in action by people who live for the outdoors from adventure lovers to farmers, Outdoor instructors and fitness fanatics.

Feedback from all day, every day, testing helped to craft an incredible set of features that give instant, out the box, comfort from the shoe including a waterproof lining, cushioned EVA mid-sole and innovative outsole lug pattern to provide great underfoot grip.

Sat between the midsole and the outsole, the shoe’s supportive shank is engineered to encourage correct foot-flex and give great underfoot protection; stopping stones from protruding rough terrain.


Trusted technologies:

Three trusted technologies join forces to create this do-everything shoe. Its Gore-Tex® bootie acts as an internal breathable waterproof sock providing wet weather protection as well as all day climate comfort.

The VIBRAM® rubber outsole offers superb grip that’s functional and safe to use on a variety of surfaces – just what you need from a multi-activity shoe.

Completing the tech trio is the ORTHOLITE footbed – a breathable, cushioned and anti-microbial footbed engineered to provide all day comfort and freshness by absorbing shock and moving moisture away from the foot, keeping you cool and dry.

Enhanced grip:

Powered by OPTI-STUD®, Berghaus’ patented lug technology, the Explorer Active’s outsole gives grip on varied terrain with its omni-directional design that works to match your movements.

The OPTI STUD system uses larger studs to create a braking force on impact with the ground and smaller studs to push into terrains enhancing traction and grip.


The verdict:

Well cushioned, super-grippy and lightweight at 858g (men’s size 9) anyone headed into the outdoors would find this shoe a super useful addition to their kit. The comfort, tech and underfoot grip features really come into their own when used hiking, scrambling and adventuring – making this shoe a perfect go-anywhere, do anything shoe.


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