Vibram® rubber sole with excellent grip on dry and muddy terrain
Waterproof membrane tested on a 20 km walk in water up to the mid-upper
Leather upper and "stoneguard" at the rubber forefoot for superior durability
High-top upper 2 high hooks and 1 blocker hook + X ankle system
Semi-rigid sole for a good compromise between foot movement/precision of hold
700 grams per boot in size 42 (UK 8)
Durable and high-performance PU cushioned midsole
100% of our Forclaz boots are manufactured in Europe
These Trekking boots are manufactured in the European Union, in Romania, in a factory that specialises in making trekking boots. (Rekord)
Dope Dye process used on the lining of this model
Dyeing textiles uses lots of water, chemical products and energy. However, we enjoy wearing colour. To reduce this impact, we use the “Dope Dyed” technique where powder colour pigments are added when the yarn is produced (and not by soaking it in dye baths as is usually the case). This reduces consumption and the discharge of waste water from colouring our fabrics.
Why we use recycled plastic
Plastic is a non-biodegradable synthetic material made from oil. It builds up in the environment after use, fragments into micro-particles and pollutes all areas. It is found absolutely everywhere! . By using plastic waste, the oil resources needed for its production and the amount of waste are both reduced. This is already a step towards sustainable production.
We use recycled plastic
Our mounting sole is made from 80% recycled plastic
Ankle skeleton support is made from 100% recycled plastic.
VIBRAM®. Grip and traction of our soles
VIBRAM® branded sole with excellent grip on all terrain, dry or wet, earth or rock. Basically invincible!
The studs will also provide grip on muddy and damp terrain
"average width sole". The wider the sole, generally the more flexible it is. Therefore, with this sole it’s comfortable to walk on most trails without losing stability
Waterproofing test carried out on this model
This boot has been validated by a waterproofing test at 50,000 repeatable flexes, i.e. 20 km - 8 hours of walking in water up to the mid-upper, which today guarantees an excellent level of waterproofing for your boots.
--> Our assessment indicates a LEVEL OF 4/5 giving 8 hours of waterproofing when hiking in the rain.
The details of tests carried out to assess the waterproofing of our boots is below, in the features section.
Increase your boot’s waterproofing with a gaiter
The waterproofing of boots is often compromised because water gets in at the collar of the boot. --> To keep your feet dry for longer, it is advisable to use a waterproof gaiter or mini-gaiter that will prevent water as well as pebbles and sand from getting inside through the top of the boot.
Model perfectly suited to this trekking gaiter MT500 black
Make the waterproofing of this leather model last longer
Even though this model has a membrane (waterproof, breathable), it is recommended you use a re-waterproofing spray a few times a year to restore the original water-repellent properties and prevent staining
--> It revitalises the water-repellent properties of the outer material (water runs off the surface and doesn't soak in). Each fabric section is then sprayed and in particular the seams are not to be forgotten. (water loves the seams!! )
Water-repellent reactivator application
1/ Use a brush and/or sponge to clean and remove any dirt or mud.
2/ Then leave to air dry, away from any heat source.
3/ Shake the WATERPROOF SPRAY can €5
4/ Spray the product from a distance of 25 cm
5/ Leave for at least 10 minutes. Caution: Do not rub or wipe.
Link to SPRAY below:
No eco-design without great durability in our products
As well as the various laboratory tests, these boots were tested in the field by passionate trekkers during a 500 km DURABILITY MISSION TEST, on the GR5 and trekking trails of the Canaries. Check out the film of this mission test by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5o2h5v5RsU
Main complementary laboratory tests
Laboratory tests were conducted to test the following elements: - tearing of the eyelets and straps
- bonding of the sole
- UV resistance
- abrasion of the sole and components of the upper
- accelerated ageing.
Use with strap-on crampons only
This model of Trekking boot allows for the occasional use of STRAP-ON CRAMPONS ONLY. It is sufficiently rigid for the occasional use of strap-on crampons while guaranteeing extremely good comfort when walking.
Which size should I select?
For hiking, do not hesitate to buy one size larger than the usual size to guarantee excellent comfort on the descent and to avoid toes rubbing at the tip of the shoe. Tip: keep your toenails short and, before descending, check that your lacing prevents your foot from sliding forwards inside the boot.
5 levels of waterproofing
During the waterproofness test, we test 5 levels of waterproofness:
2,000 flexes (approximately 4 km ,30 minutes of walking)
10,000 flexes (approximately 10 km ,3 hours of walking)
30,000 flexes (approximately 15 km ,6 hours of walking)
50,000 flexes (approximately 20 km ,8 hours of walking)
100,000 flexes (approximately >20 km ,24 hours of walking)
WATERPROOFING TEST / 100% WATERPROOF laboratory-tested
Our boots are laboratory tested according to two successive tests
Test 1 / We test the efficiency of the membrane only when it is pressured and placed in water, we check the absence of water on the surface, like when you test a punctured inner tube.
Test 2 / Thanks to mechanical arms that simulate walking, the assembled boots are half immersed in water and they complete thousands of flexes to check that the inside of the boot remains dry and it is therefore waterproof.
BUYING TIPS / HOW DO YOU TRY YOUR BOOTS ON?
How to choose your boots:
1. Try on both shoes, standing up, with the socks worn for hiking. 2. Tighten the laces correctly
3. Check the following two areas of comfort: the base of the heel and the front part of the foot going down. 4. Stand up to walk with the boots on.
5. Try on several sizes and several models.
6. Break in your boots gradually during their first hikes to adapt them to your foot
CO-DESIGN closest to the anatomy of the foot in partnership with a chiropodist
These boots were co-designed with passionate trekkers, each bringing their own special skills. For example, one of our co-designers is a chiropodist who helps us to meet the physiological needs of people's feet and to make sure they are comfortable and safe during treks.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE ATHLETE’S BODY
Decathlon SportsLab contributes to the innovation and design of Decathlon products by increasing knowledge of the human body in its environment.
Our researchers explore the working and needs of sportspeople's bodies as they practise their sport.
Thanks to their knowledge of sports sciences, thermal comfort, morphology and perception, our experts contribute to the safety and well-being of our sports people.
All our shoes undergo comfort and use tests carried out by users who are representative of our target market, in conditions identical to those found in typical use. In particular, our Test Missions link the product manager up with people who are not affiliated to FORCLAZ to test, develop and approve the products.
Medium and high altitude mountain guides from the ASTER association take part in the development of our hiking boots, working closely with FORCLAZ designers and engineers.
This model can be used with strap-on crampons on an occasional basis only.
For example, this model https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/12-point-mountaineering-crampons-caiman-straps/_/R-p-9186?mc=8320460&c=BLUE