Anatom Footwears all new V1 Trail shoe has just been reviewed by TGO... and they loved it! The full review is copied below, or you can view it on the TGO website here.
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"The Anatom V1 is the first trail shoe from the Scottish manufacturer, and it is an impressively stable shoe. From the moment it’s put on, the flat base demonstrates very little roll. It’s billed as a multi-activity shoe, but its focus is clearly aimed at speedy walkers and perhaps a little scrambling.
The underfoot EVA cushioning is thick and soft, making it immediately comfortable for walking. Beware that this is not always a sign that it will be comfortable with a little wear (especially true when there is a lot of give in the heel that can cause rubbing), but after testing these on several trails and scrambling in Wales they remained as comfortable as the day I put them on. The stability – something that Anatom boots are known for – is further enhanced by an external heel cradle support, which adds to an already fairly solid heel cup. For my fit, the outer heel arches were a little high –something that has caused misery for some boots, but there was give and I felt no adverse effects. If this is something you are susceptible to, however, give them a good try first.
The upper of the V1 is made from a mix of polyester mesh, suede and air-permeable PU Nubuck. It uses Tri.aria, which is their own membrane that is water resistant. It performed very impressively going through soggy Welsh bog off Y Gribin ridge, with only slight seepage after a deep puddle. It is also breathable, but putting in any membrane causes breathability to diminish, a reason some walkers prefer membrane-free shoes.
The Trail-Grip 1 outsole it uses offers great traction scrambling up wet rocks – although for serious scrambling all day you’ll want something with more support – and down soggy grass inclines. The squared tread pattern also helped – it was clearly better than the rounded pattern on my Merrell Chameleon (a shoe this Anatom has now replaced for lightweight walking). There’s also a reasonable toe box offering some protection. The thick tongue is similarly comfortable and the lacing system is simple. The fit is fairly wide. Their leather boots, it should be noted, come in two different lasts.
The weight is a reasonable 805 gms (size 42) – too heavy for any running, but fine for hill walking and good given it has a membrane.
Some will find the thickness and cushion of the sole too heavy and to far removed from feeling the ground, and the water proof membrane means they are not as breathable as those without – they’ll also be slower to dry. However, if you are looking for a sturdy shoe for hill walking and suitable for a bit of climbing these are a highly recommended choice, and even more impressive when you learn it is Anatom’s first trail shoe. Oh, yeah, and they are £65. £65!
Likes: Cushioning, price, comfort
Dislikes: membrane at the expense of breathability"
TGO Magazine :: March 23 2012