Reviewed by Tony Pizzata
Readers may remember some time ago we reviewed Ridgeline’s Apache Boot, which was a low-cut hiking/walking boot that ticked all the boxes for me. Constructed of a full grain Nuback leather outer shell, they offered an inner waterproof membrane, Thinsulate insulation for maximum comfort and protection, a high performance HyperGrip sole and lots more.
For Aussie conditions I prefer a boot with a little flex in them and these boots offered natural flex to reduce foot fatigue, yet were still stiff enough for our type of terrain. While the Apache Boot (low cut) is a well-priced boot for around the hills, some outdoorsmen prefer a hi-cut boot for that little bit of extra protection and mid-calf fit. The good news is Ridgeline recently released their “Warrior Hi-Top Boot with loads of features, a very stylish look and mid-calf fit.
Like the Apache, the new Warrior Hi-Top features a Nubuck leather outer shell with Thinsulate insulation on the inside and a waterproof membrane referred to as HydroGuard for waterproofness. The 200-gram Thinsulate lining on the inside not only offers comfort to the wearer but has been developed to trap and hold body heat to keep your feet warm but dry.
The sole of the boot features multi direction traction lugs on the high performing HyperGrip sole, while a rubber rand has also been added to the full circumference of the boot for added protection around the “wear” areas. As previously mentioned, there’s nothing worse than trying to undo wet and muddy laces and again the Warrior Hi Top features a fast lacing system via a series of “D” ring eyelets and hooks that will make removal an easy task. The new Ridgeline Warrior Hi Top boot is well priced at around $200.00 and represents excellent value for money. Whether you prefer a low or high cut boot, Ridgeline’s Apache (low cut) and Warrior Hi-Top boots are a high performance boot that will allow you to tackle any Aussie terrain at a very affordable price. They are now available through your local Ridgeline stockiest or at www.ridgeline.com.au