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Carn Stratosphere ev Low

Product

Brand
Product
Stratosphere ev Low
Price
£90.00
Weight
565g (size 42)
Colour
Swamp and Black
Features
. eVent Waterproof fabric
. Aegis and TrekDry technology
. TPU heel cradle
. Fabric upper
. C1 Sole
What The Manufacturers Say
Offering an alternative for those who prefer a fully synthetic upper incorporating the exceptional eVent Waterproof Fabric® for the complete waterproof and moisture management system.
The one-piece moulded rubber toe guard provides added protection and a TPU Heel Cradle provides enhanced stability. CÃRN’s exclusively designed uTRX sole unit provides versatile performance and exceptional grip and cushioning across all terrains, AEGIS and TREK-DRY technologies control internal moisture and provide superior comfort.
The C1 sole has been specially designed for our Trekking, Rambling and Walking products, it can be found on models such as STORM CHASER eV Mid and STRATOSPHERE eV Hi.
Description
The Carn Stratosphere is officially an approach shoe, but in reality it's a multi-purpose shoe that fits the bill from the High Street to Trekking to low level mountains. It's not the lightest, but it does what it's meant to do and does it well and has exceptional grip on a range of terrains.

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Carn Stratosphere ev Low
Carn Stratosphere ev Low

Editor review

Carn Stratosphere ev Low 2012-05-12 21:22:12 The My Outdoors Team
Overall rating 
 
4.7
The My Outdoors Team Reviewed by The My Outdoors Team    May 12, 2012
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Carn Stratosphere ev Low -Tested and Revwiewed

Overall View
More boot than trainer the Carn Stratosphere ev Low is perhaps the ultimate example of a low cut boot masquerading as a shoe. It's got the solid build required for long trekking, the grip to take on a bit of scrambling and you wouldn't feel self-conscious putting them on for a walk to the pub. Competitively priced it's a shoe to be taken seriously
Real World Test
The Carn Stratosphere is a bit of a non-compromising beast, which is strange given how well it adapts to a wide range of uses. It looks and feels every bit a boot that's been squeezed into a shoe size and has a touch of Clarke’s shoes from school days about it.

It's principally the tough, durable, fabric upper that gives the impression of solidity, with the one piece toe protector helping give the shoe an almost industrial feel. When it comes to wearing the Stratopshere it's an entirely different matter and more than once I've found myself looking for a pair that are already on my feet.

The terminology of feeling like a pair os slippers is heavily overused and the Stratosphere feels more like slipping under a duvet, adding a sense of security to the comfort. The TPU Heel cradle does its job, preventing the foot sliding around which not only cuts down on blisters but massively increases stability on rough ground.

We've got used to new levels of underfoot cushioning over the last couple of years, particularly from the recent Brasher boots, and the Stratosphere is right up there with the best - and it really does feel like walking on a cushion at times. Fortunately you still retain a good "feel" of contact with the ground despite the cushioning and in terms of grip we found the C1 sole as good as it gets for a multi terrain shoe.

Unlike most of its competitors the Stratosphere uses eVent rather than Gore-Tex for its waterproof lining. In practical terms you're pretty unlikely to be able to tell the difference. With a low cut boot or shoe the main objective is going to be waterproofing and despite all the marketing and positioning over the years the truth is the two brands are almost indistinguishable in performance. Whilst eVent has a reputation amongst its followers for being more breathable, again in a low cut approach shoe with a fabric upper you'd be hard pushed to tell the difference. The main thing is it works! Wet grass and a paddle across a stream failed to penetrate the Stratosphere and yes it was a bit warm when the temperature approached 30C after a couple of hours but to be honest short of wearing sandals anything was going to be warm.

Finally price, and with an RRP of £90 and street price around £80 the Stratosphere ev Low is more than competitively priced.

Review

Pro's
Solid build, Good heel cradling, exceptional sole grip. Price
Con's
upper fabric a little inflexible
 

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