The Heston Mid GTX Boot continues Timberland’s trend of offering boots with up-to-date styling combined with the latest in footwear technology. Providing woodsmen chic styling for work or play, the Heston six-inch leather boot features Pendleton wool fabric in the uppers along with bright red laces and bronze colored D rings. A Gortex membrane has been added to the premium leather to provide a breathable, waterproof boot. For comfort, the Heston boot combines an OrthoLite footbed with Timberland’s Sensorflex technology. Sensorflex technology combines an expanded foam midsole for a firm upper layer of support similar to an orthotic, with a softer mid-layer for cushioning over uneven surfaces. The OrthoLite footbeds feature an open cell construction for breathability and moisture control. A salt-based antimicrobial treatment is used to fight bacteria and fungus that causes odor and the insoles are machine washable. For traction, the boot has a lugged sole constructed of Green Rubber made from 42% recycled material.
Timberland, well-known for its Yellow work boot, has become a leader in the outdoor lifestyle movement. By combining their New England heritage with cutting-edge product design and new technologies they work hard to offer new products for work or play. As a leader in the environmental movement, they recently reduced their greenhouse gas emissions by thirty percent. By sourcing their energy needs from renewable resources, they reached their goal two years ahead of schedule. Giving back to the community is also a large part of Timberland. Engaging in projects in 32 countries around the globe Timberland employees just celebrated their one millionth hour of community service.
A day before departure to the Canadian Yukon for a 250-mile canoe trip the Timberland Heston boots arrived on the author’s doorstep. Slipping on the boots for the first time they fit perfectly. Being new and shiny made them look the part of a stylish travel boot. The brown leather, red laces and Pendleton wool uppers paired well with tan pants. The OrthoLite insoles and Sensorflex soles of the boots were comfortable from the start.
The real test started on the river. It soon became apparent that the soles had no problem with wet conditions. Whether stepping on wet rocks or moving about the canoe, traction was always top notch. The waterproofing was fully tested as the author was constantly stepping into the water or dealing with daily thunderstorms. The boots proved to be fully waterproof from the sole to the laces but submerging them further would allow water to seep through the fabric next to the boot tongue. When the boot did get wet from submersion they dried quickly. The OrthoLite footbeds were removed, wrung out and dried with a towel while the boots were air dried overnight.
After the trip, a quick cleaning with a wet towel made the Heston boot look like new except for a few wear marks on the toe, making them look more outdoorsy.
The Timberland Heston Mid GTX Boot provided both a stylish boot for travel to the wilderness and an effective, comfortable, waterproof boot for both walking and paddling.
Heston Mid GTX boot will be available August 21, 2015
- Sizes- Men’s 7-13
- Color- Light Brown, Dark Brown
- Price- $170.00
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Disclosure: I received a sample of this product for purposes of this review, but the opinions expressed are my own.