Verdict from 3 experts and 100+ user reviews

9 reasons to buy

  • A couple of owners appreciated how the Fellmaster GTX added enjoyment to their daily hikes. They said that it made long walks with their dogs more delightful.
  • It required virtually no breaking in, as claimed by the majority.
  • An abundance of hikers applauded how the boot fitted them perfectly.
  • The Fellmaster GTX from Berghaus puts lots of mind at ease. A few of them even mentioned this was their most comfortable hiking boots ever.
  • Heaps of buyers took pleasure in the availability of half sizes.
  • The quality of the materials used in manufacturing the Berghaus Fellmaster GTX received praises from a multitude of owners.
  • According to a bunch of users, this boot was definitely lightweight.
  • Several wearers acknowledged the cushioning of the Fellmaster GTX. An expert shared the same sentiment when he commended the plushy interior of the boot.
  • A significant percentage of those who used the pair admired its waterproofing.

4 reasons not to buy

  • This day hiking boot had an unreliable grip, as observed by several consumers. A few feared that it might be dangerous to use on wet rocks and grounds.
  • A considerable number of users thought that the laces were too short.
  • The Fellmaster GTX may not be an ideal footgear when doing technical scrambles, according to an expert. He attributed this to the general roundness and softness of the boot’s build.
  • A couple of hikers were disappointed as some of the hooks and eyelets broke after just a few uses.

Bottom line

The Fellmaster GTX is generally applauded for its quality, waterproofing, comfort and fit. Buyers can use it for their hikes right out of the box. But despite all these positive points, this Berghaus piece cannot hide its clinkers. Its lacing components and reliability on the trails were lambasted. In summary, it seems the Berghaus Fellmaster GTX cannot take on the extremes, but it can make plain-sailing walks and hikes worthwhile.

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Good to know

  • Berghaus developed the Fellmaster GTX as a rugged boot designed for high-performance hiking. Its three-part sole unit features lightweight components that include a high-density molded midsole, support shank and grippy outsole.
  • Using a 2.2 - 2.4 mm Pittard leather lined with a Gore-Tex laminate, this day hiking boot promises comfort and a well-ventilated environment. Acting as a shield against outdoor rubble is its high collar, heel and toe box.

Offered in full and half sizes, the Berghaus Fellmaster GTX is a boot which caters to both men and women. It comes in standard width and fairly runs true to size. The combination of the lacing hardware used allows wearers a quick and precise fit adjustment.

The brand-owned outsole has multi-directional, aggressive lugs which grip on different trail conditions. The widely-spaced treads prevent water and debris from getting caught under the boots, thus preventing slips. The front extends upward to form a bumper that protects the user’s toes.

The high-density molded midsole is in charge of underfoot cushioning. This foam is known for its longevity and durability. A torsional shank is added into the boot to stabilize and support the wearer’s foot without compromising flexibility.

The Fellmaster GTX from Berghaus has a 2.2 - 2.4 mm Pittard oiled nubuck leather for an upper. It went through a tanning process that permanently keeps the fibers safe. As a result, water uptake and the chances of getting damage from sweat are reduced. The breathability of the leather is retained as the procedure does not obstruct its natural framework. Pittard’s process also makes the upper soft and easy to maintain.

The Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lines this waterproof hiking boot. It’s a membrane that balances breathability and water protection. It is also moderately insulated. With this feature, the foot is kept dry under moderate to cold conditions. It lets moisture inside the boot escape while preventing water from seeping in.

The high collar and the tongue of the Fellmaster GTX are padded with memory foam. It gives the shoe a cushiony feel even when users have to tighten the laces. The boot also has a sturdy heel and toe box which adds protection against odds and sods. The men’s version has a toe cap. On the other hand, the women’s version only relies on the toe bumper of the outsole for forefoot protection.

  • In caring for Berghaus leather boots, here are a few things to remember.
    1. Prepare the boots for cleaning by removing the insole and laces. Give it a good shake to draw out debris which can damage the waterproof lining. Under lukewarm running water, use a soft bristled brush to remove stubborn dirt.
    2. After cleaning the boots, it is imperative to impregnate the leather with a conditioning cream while it is still damp. Doing so prevents water absorption and promotes longevity of the leather. Apply cream with a soft cloth paying attention to the seams and eyelets.
    3. Drying the boot under extreme temperatures (i.e., direct sunlight, car blowers) can cause early degradation of its leather upper and other components. Let it air dry and if necessary, stuff it with newspapers to facilitate drying. Store the pair in a dry, well-ventilated area once thoroughly dried.
  • The Berghaus Fellmaster GTX is a walking boot recommended by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
  • This boot received the Trail Magazine Approved label in 2015.


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