I have been testing out a black pair of Ridgemont Outback boots for a few months and I can honestly say I am very impressed. They hardly weigh any more than a pair of trainers but very durable. This is because they are constructed from a 2mm waxed full leather grain which also makes them weatherproof as well.
The big test for me was wearing them during my snowboarding trips to Ischgl in Austria and the Kronplatz area in the magnificent Dolomites of Italy. I found that they handled the icy surfaces really well when I was walking about town and just as importantly, as the temperature was in the minuses, very warm. I also did not get soaking cold feet while walking through the snow and from being out in the rain.
But of course, there are plenty of boots out there that do these tasks equally as well, but what makes the Ridgemont Outback range of boots stand out is their stylish design. In my opinion, the Outback has a ‘skate’ inspired look and is very similar in style to the latest Vans range of ankle shoes / boots.
My only criticism of the styling, and I am really splitting hairs here, is that the lace eyelets would look so much better if they were a matt black and not a shiny, glossy black. To me it does not quite fit in with the rest of the design and colour scheme.
Overall I would highly recommend a pair of Ridgemont Outback’s. Check out the full range at http://ridgemontoutfitters.com
Tech Details: Durable 2mm waxed full grain leather, waxed cotton canvas, Ortholite innersole and a hi-density 100% rubber, lugged vulcanized outsole
Good for: Hiking and general wear
Rating: 9 out of 10