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Treksta Alta GTX (2013)

£130.00

Treksta is a new brand to the UK with a unique IceLock technology in the sole unit that aims to improve grip on surfaces covered in water, snow or ice. There are microglass-infused pads in the sole that break the surface tension of the water to give better grip on wet surfaces. I compared this sole with others in the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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First test: Petzl Tikka RXP (2013)

£90.00

Petzl has dominated the headtorch market for decades and each new launch is usually a game-changer. In 2012 they launched Reactive Lighting technology with their NAO model, and for winter 2013 that same technology has been added to the Tikka. The Tikka has always been a neat and compact general-purpose headtorch pumping out 40 lumens, with the Tikka Plus producing ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Brasher Hillwalker II GTX (2013)

£120.00

Designed as a great-value option while maintaining the Brasher heritage of being light and comfortable, the Hillwalker II stands apart from many boots in its price range by having a leather upper with minimal stitching, which should improve durability. There’s also a fabric tongue while a Gore-Tex lining ensures dry feet. The toe box is well stiffened, a great feature ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Mammut Atlas GTX (2013)

£110.00

The Mammut Atlas GTX is a very comfortable boot straight from the box, partly due to its very low weight of just 1058g (pair, size 11). Also, the upper is made from mesh and is very flexible, so it’s able to mould around the foot more easily than a leather upper. Under the foot, a large wedge of cushioning gives ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Salomon Conquest GTX (2013)

£130.00

The Salomon Conquest GTX provides a hugging fit straight from the box, which is very appealing. The sole also provides a more stable platform on every step than other boots, which again gives this model an advantage. There’s a rubber toe bumper to protect the upper, but the toe box isn’t particularly well stiffened so it isn’t the best option ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Zamberlan Steens GTX (2013)

£130.00

The Steens is a new boot from Zamberlan that offers remarkable performance for the price. The boot benefits from a leather upper with minimal stitching and just a small section of fabric down the sides of the tongue. This ensures the upper will be very durable when used regularly on rocky ground, which is what most hill and mountain walkers ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Anatom Q2 (2013)

£115.00

The Anatom Q2 was introduced in 2011, and it offers exceptional value for money. The upper is all leather with minimal stitching and plenty of stiffness, so it really supports your feet on the most uneven rocky ground. The heel cup and toe box are also the stiffest we tested. As there is so little stitching on the upper, it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Berghaus Explorer Ridge GTX (2013)

£125.00

Berghaus describes this boot as being designed to be comfortable straight from the box. I probably wouldn’t say it was the most comfortable option, but it isn’t bad either. Berghaus also calls it a 2-3 season boot due to the amount of flex in the sole and that description is accurate, but don’t let it put you off. The Explorer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Mountain Hardwear Heracles Glove (2013)

£80.00

The Heracles is designed to be close fitting hardwearing glove and so it gets a 4 way stretch body with a leather palm with Kevlar stitching. The glove has a Outdry waterproof lining plus a Thermal Q layer of insulation on the back of the hand with polyester fleece on the palm of the hand. This combination does allow a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Lowe Alpine Talon Glove (2013)

£55.00

Due to changes in ownership Lowe Alpine have been a brand that have been sitting on the sidelines for a couple of years, but the Talon Glove marks a welcomed return of this brand to the outdoors. The glove has leather on the palm and back of the fingers, with some stretch material on the back of the head. This ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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The North Face Patrol Glove (2013)

£100.00

This is a new version of the Patrol Glove and it is completely different to the Patrol Glove than won Best in Test in February 2012. This new model is made from nylon with a leather palm and stretch material  on the back of the hand and around the cuff. This new model has a narrower wrist cuff and a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Sealskinz Performance Activity Glove (2013)

£50.00

Sealskinz are well known for their range of waterproof socks and gloves, which provide close fitting waterproof and breathable protection. The Performance Activity Glove has a nylon outer with a leather palm and is insulated with Primaloft. The glove offers more dexterity than many other gloves, making it much better than most for operating zips or a compass for example. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Helly Hansen Resort Ski Glove (2013)

£100.00

This glove is smart phone enabled thanks to the inclusion of a OnTip technology that allows the glove to operate touch screen devices without the need to remove the glove and gain skin contact or use a hand held stylus. I actually found I could use the fingers of the glove without the OnTip to operate my phone but it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Mountain Equipment Couloir Glove (2013)

£90.00

The Couloir is designed for mountaineering and skiing but it is a superb workhorse for the keen hillwalker too. It has a nylon outer with some stretch, while leather reinforcement on the palm and fingers increase its durability. A Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining is provided inside as well as fibre pile insulation on the back of the glove and fleece ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Montane Minimus (2013)

£100.00

At 161g (size L) the Montane Minimus trousers are the lightest in our test – and that weight makes them ideal for carrying in your pack, while the performance means that when you do put them on you’ll remain comfortable. The fabric is an extremely thin 2.5-layer material with good breathability, but it will still feel clammier than higher-priced trousers ...

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Berghaus Deluge (2013)

£50.00

The Berghaus Deluge is a competitively priced overtrouser with a good set of features to make hillwalking comfortable. The AQ2 fabric is a ripstop nylon with a polyurethane coating for waterproofness and breathability, while a loose lining ensures they are not too clammy. The side zip extends to the hips so it is extremely easy to whip these on and ...

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Páramo Cascada (2013)

£120.00

Páramo uses a unique fabric that is incredibly breathable while being able to keep the rain out when hillwalking. The Cascada trouser has thigh-length side zips so you can get them on easily over any boots. There’s also a press stud closure down the sides, so you can vent the trouser if needed. A single press stud at the ankle ...

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The North Face Venture Half Zip (2013)

£65.00

Every gram counts if your overtrousers are in your rucksack all day, but when you are wearing them you still want good performance – and the The North Face Venture Half Zip provides this at a good price. The trousers’ half zip will allow you to get these on over your boots more easily than trousers with no zip, while ...

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The North Face Wreck Mid GTX (2013)

£130.00

The North Face’s Wreck Mid GTX has a stylish upper made from leather and fabric, and unlike most boots in its price range it benefits from a rubber rand to provide valuable protection to the upper. On the foot this boot does feel very comfortable straight from the box with a little more width in the forefoot area than some ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Merrell Chameleon Arc 2 Rival (2013)

£125.00

Designed for women, the Merrell Chameleon Arc 2 Rival is a stylish mid-cut boot with a dash of pink in the model featured here, although a black and brown version is available as well for the more conservative user. The upper is made from a full-grain leather with a waterproof membrane tucked away inside. This leather is nice and soft, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keen Marshall Mid (2013)

£140.00

The Keen Marshall Mid is a mid-cut boot that’s new for autumn 2013, and it’s very lightweight at just 1084g (pair, size 11).  The upper is very soft and flexible, which makes it very comfortable straight from the box. There is some support in the heel cup, but not as much as with other boots, and the upper is generally ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Karrimor KSB Coniston (2013)

£130.00

The KSB Coniston has ceased production since we received it and is no longer listed on the Karrimor website, but you may still find a pair lurking in the corner of a store of course. The boot we received was a size 11 and at 1560g a pair it did weigh in a little heavy compared to others at its ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Timex Chrono Compass (2013)

£140.00

Properly called the Fly-back Chrono Compass, this handsome offering from Timex features an electronic compass with declination control integrated into the analogue movement: hit a button and the needle turns north, and you can set the bezel to correspond to the cardinal points. It also has a clever chronograph function and the ability to set a second time zone. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglöfs Rugged Mountain Pant (2013)

£140.00

The Haglöfs Rugged Mountain Pant is a well-established workhorse for backpackers and hillwalkers. The fabric is a tough and relatively heavy nylon canvas called Climatic and the seams are mostly triple-stitched, making this trouser ideal for taking a lot of abuse on the hills. There is no stretch in the main fabric, but tough stretch waterproof panels are fitted in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Fjällräven Abisko/Nikka 2013 (2013)

£135.00

Having the ability to increase the water resistance of a garment is very useful, and with the Fjällräven Abisko/Nikka you can tweak it as required. It is made from G1000, a polyester cotton mix that can be made more water-resistant by applying Greenland Wax (sold separately, or done for you at a Fjällräven ‘wax station’) to appropriate areas. In autumn ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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