This is a review of the versatile and stylish Helly Hansen Richmond Nubuk boots that are ideal for camping, hiking, walking, and for going about town.
My first impression of the Richmond Nubuk boots on unpacking was how light they were. Probably the lightest hiking boots I have ever reviewed. Although impressed, I initially questioned how durable they would be being so lightweight. I needn’t have worried of which I will come to in a minute.
They are demi-cut (ankle height) and come in a vast array of colours such as storm green and deep steel. I chose Honey Wheat which sounds more like a type of cereal than a colour but is a practical and smart brown.
The shoe is made from waterproof nubuck leathers which gives it a slight suede and stylish look.
From the first time I put them on I found them extremely comfortable with no need to wear them in of which I normally find with new shoes. They are also snug but true to fit. I am an awkward size sitting in between 8.5 and 9 (UK). The Helly Hansen Richamnd Nubuk boots I chose are equivalent to a UK size 9.
Very quickly these boots have become my go-to shoe for any situation. They are ideal for dog walks across muddy Cotswold fields but also have an urban styling that does not look out of place when popping out to the local shops or down the pub. They are so comfortable and have a cushioned bouncy feel whilst walking.
I go on a lot of snowboarding trips and they are ideal for travelling in. They are so lightweight that I hardly notice that I am wearing them. In resort they kept my feet warm and dry when trudging around in snow. I was also very impressed with how quickly they dry.
Despite being lightweight at 780g for the pair, they are deceptively durable. The real test will be having worn them for a couple of years, but they have lasted well over the winter and still look as if they are new. Mud can easily be wiped off and so far they have been free of stains and marks.
Final Thoughts on the Richmond Nubuk Boots
In my opinion Helly Hansen have really upped their game in footwear over the last few years and the Richmond Nubuk is no exception. I am trying to balance this review with a few counter remarks but I honestly cannot apart from stating that they are probably more suited to light hiking. But then again, the Richmond Nubuk boot is not targeted towards the serious hiker or Himalayan trekker!
For a versatile, lightweight hiking shoe that you can wear about the city, travelling, and hiking, the Helly Hansen Richmond Nubuk is a valuable asset to your shoe rack.
HH® Pro Guard
HH® Max-Comfort Insole
HH® Quick Dry
Premium waterproof leather
Antimicrobial treatment to prevent odour
100% Recycled Polyester Strobel
Good for: Walking and hiking
Rating: 10 out of 10