Hanwag Brenner Wide GTX Boots - Extra room for extra layers
Brenner is one of the latest editions to the Hanwag range and is very similar to the design of the Trapper Top that was so comfortable. The Trapper Top was what they called a "Voluminous" (rather than wide) boot meaning it had more room for additional layers and with the brilliant lacing system it never felt too big. The Trapper has now given way to the Brenner and it is a very worthy successor.
The Brenner is exactly the same idea and I really like them. I have had a pair of Trappers for 5+ years now and they were simply one of the best boots on the market. They allow you to add extra socks when it was really cold but simply do the laces up a little tighter when you only need one pair.
The Brenner is a perfect combination of robust construction, fully waterproof, a great foodbed, brilliant ankle support from the higher upper. It is a perfect all rounder and is perfectly suited to long treks over very wet ground and you will happily be in them all day and covering many miles.
The other major advantage the Brenner has over the Trapper is that they are about £50 cheaper!
It has a great shock absorbing Vibram sole and, of course, Hanwags brilliant lacing system. The lower lacing eyelets on Hanwags boots have virtually friction free ball bearing which not only make them super easy to lace up it decreases wear and tear on the lace itself meaning the longevity of the laces is far extended as they are experiencing less friction.
I pretty much live in Hanwag footwear now as I believe they edge out just about any of the competition for comfort, fit and durability.
Really well made boots. Comfortable for long treks straight out of the box.
The lacing system is really effective and provides a good fit no matter how loose or tight you want them. The high leg of the boots is ideal to provide good ankle support but remains flexible enough to allow good movement.
Definitely a recommended boot. They are expensive, but worth every penny. They will last for years.