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Grisport Crusader Boot Review


REVIEWED: May 1st 2015


The Grisport Crusader boot is a serious backpacking boot!

Grisport Crusader Boot Review

Introducing the Grisport Crusader boot, which is part of Grisport’s Backpacking Range. The Crusader boot is one of our best selling walking boots, offering quality, comfort and style straight from the box. All Grisport boots have been designed using the five layer sole unit, which guarantees that very little ‘breaking-in’ is needed. This boot will not disappoint!

Designed with all the necessary features required of a backpacking boot, including top performance  waterproof and breathable membranes. (ie A ‘Sympatex’ lining).

Top quality Italian leather and a Vibram sole unit has been used on the Crusader boot, making it a rigid boot that is just perfect for tackling those hills and steep slopes. In addition, the Vibram trekking sole unit offers grip, traction and stability.

This boot is suitable for a range of activities, including backpacking, mountaineering, shooting, dog walking and rough outdoor work tasks.

  • Pros: It’s comfortable straight from the box
  • Cons: It’s a fairly heavy boot, weighing 1745g
  • Buy if: looking for a boot that offers heel and ankle support and has been designed for rugged terrain

Key Features of the Grisport Crusader boot:

Upper material: Italian leather
Inner material: Cordura fabric
Membrane: Sympatex waterproof and breathable membrane
Tongue design: Bellowed tongue with softer leather for more comfort
Sole unit: Vibram trekking sole unit
Sole design: Unique 5 layer sole unit
Ankle design: Padded ankle
Insoles: Anatomically designed insole for comfort
Anti-bacterial compound to help avoid odours
Lacing: Steel quick-lacing system, with a lacing-lock system
Other features: Heel-lock system
Anti-tendonitis relief system

Reasons why the Grisport Crusader boot is perfect for backpacking

Although this boot is comfortable straight from the box, the Crusader has been designed specifically for hillwalking, mountaineering and hiking. To prevent blisters and sore feet, some ‘breaking-in’ is necessary, to soften the leather on the boot and to ‘break in’ the sole unit. There are many reasons why this boot is just perfect for backpacking, including:

  • Rigid design
  • Heel-lock system for heel support
  • High leg design, offering plenty of ankle support
  • Front toe protector

The Grisport Crusader boots have been specifically designed for comfort and support. With a unique support system on the heel of the boot, which locks your ankle into place and a five layer sole unit, you are sure to get to your destination in comfort.

Why do I recommend the Grisport Crusader boots?

This boot is fully waterproof and breathable using a Sympatex membrane. This membrane is a performance barrier specifically designed to draw sweat away from foot and out of your boot and to prevent water out. Sympatex membrane is: 

– 100% waterproof
– Optimal breathable
– 100% windproof 

As a result, with the Grisport Crusader boots your feet will remain dry, cool and comfortable all day!

If you have found that the inner liner of your boots start to tear or wear, then you need a boot that has been lined with Cordura performance fabric. Cordura is known for its durability and resistance to abrasions. The Grisport Crusader is fully lined with Cordura fabric!

Do you suffer with aches on your heel or suffer with tendonitis?

Grisport have spent considerable amount of time and money on perfecting an anti-tendonitis relief system. This system will prevent tendon fatigue by giving more movement at the ankle.

Have you also found that the sole unit is the first thing to give up? Does the tread wear down quickly, do you find yourself slipping on wet ground? Then you need a boot with Vibram sole unit. The

Grisport Crusader has a unique Vibram sole unit specifically designed for durability and to give extra grip. 

Other features of the Crusader:

  • Premium grade leather
  • Waterproof and Breathable
  • Quick lacing system
  • Arch support insoles
  • Tough inner lining
  • Support system
  • Contains the five layers of Grisport performance sole (click here for more information)

 For a closer look of this boot, please check out the video below:

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