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Alt-Berg Mallerstang (2013)

£190.00

The Alt-Berg Mallerstang comes in five width fittings, so if you're struggling to get a pair of boots to fit, this is one to investigate more closely. It's also a great price and the performance is up there with the best. It's a well-established boot that’s built around a one-piece leather upper for durability. The ankle cuff is high enough ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Salomon Comet 3D GTX (2012)

£140.00

As Salomon’s known for its lightweight footwear, it’s not surprising the Comet 3D GTX is the second lightest boot in our test – only pipped to the post by Zamberlan (by 4g) – and this is something that you notice as soon as you put them on. With a lot of cushioning underfoot they are immediately comfortable. The fit is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Trezeta Helvellyn

£100.00

Named after England’s third highest mountain, and they’re probably ideally suited to climbing its well-trodden rocky paths. The minimally stitched full-grain leather upper reduces the chances of them springing a leak. One notable exception to that is on the tongue bellows, where fabric has been used, probably to keep the price down. The use of speedlace hooks makes it much ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Scarpa Terra GTX 2011

£125.00

Scarpa is best-known for its performance-orientated hill-walking and mountaineering boots, which set the standard for others to chase. The Scarpa Terra GTX carries the hallmarks of that Scarpa heritage, but in a lighter package. From a distance it looks like a normal leather boot, but on closer inspection you can see it may offer what many walkers really need from ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Meindl Burma Pro MFS 2011

£180.00

The Meindl Burma Pro MFS features nubuck leather; Gore-Tex waterproof lining; memory foam; rubber rand for durability; excellent sole unit for general hill-walking; proven performance and frequent Trail’s  ‘Best in Test’ winner. But its weight of 1948g (pair, size 11) is just too heavy by modern standards; the price is too high compared with other options that provide most of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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North Ridge Tower Event 2011

£180.00

The North Ridge Tower Event weighs 1704g (pair, size 11); full-grain leather upper; eVent waterproof lining; rubber rand around toe; Vibram sole unit with extremely deep lug pattern for grip and durability; good stiffness in sole unit. But upper is quite soft and unsupportive compared to sole; at this price there are some slightly better boots.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Meindl Respond XCR

£100.00

A great compromise between weight, stiffness and comfort makes these ideal for all types of walking. The initial comfort is good and improves with a wear or two; and the lacing seems to work well in conjunction with the leather ribs and the well-shaped heel to hold the foot nicely in place. A Gore-Tex XCR liner keeps puddles and dew ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Karrimor Meridian Low event

£65.00

A bit clumpier than most, mainly courtesy of a very padded upper, but they benefit from a very well-balanced midsole that does a good job of evening out the rough patches without feeling too stiff, and the eVENT waterproof membrane is excellent, keeping water out yet breathing well. They offer good protection for the toe and heel, and the aggressive ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Asolo Flame 2010

£150.00

The Asolo Flame is a well-proven synthetic and suede leather boot with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. What sets this apart from many similar-looking boots is that it combines fairly standard-looking styling with some really important functionality. So it is reasonably lightweight compared to some similar options. The upper is more supportive than most with a solid toe box that has ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Kayland Contact2010

£150.00

The Kayland Contact is a modern classic that is well-proven for general hill and mountain walking in the UK and abroad. The Contact is made using a mix of fabric and suede leather on the upper, and this protects an eVent waterproof lining. The lacing extends further down the toes than some other boots, which allows a more precise fit ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Mammut Mount Trail XT 2009

£160.00

The Mammut (formerly Raichle) Mount Trail XT has been a frequent favourite of Trail’s when provided by the manufacturer as a 3-season boot, and it was ‘Best in Test’ in May 2009. However it has now been submitted by the manufacturer for inclusion in the 3-4 season category. The boot features a solidly built leather upper that is not one ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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The North Face Hedgehog XCR

£80.00

Good midsole support, which will be appreciated on rougher ground. Fitwise, they are made around an average last, and they have plenty of padding. There is an odd ridge running down the centre of the footbed, though, and this felt very disconcerting. In action, the very low ankle encourages fast movement but doesn’t offer as much support as most shoes ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Scarpa ZG65 XCR

£110.00

The ZG65 is slightly narrow, but the uppers are soft and pliable so it’ll accommodate most feet given a few wears. It’s well-padded, and feels very light, but a locking eyelet at the top of the foot would make it easier to get a really stable fit. The midsole is a compromise – stiff enough to take a bit of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Raichle/Mammut Mtn. Trail GTX 2009

£150.00

There is actually very little between this and the Scarpa Trek, but for the same price the Mountain Trail also gets a Gore-Tex lining. This was a Raichle boot, but the brand has been absorbed by Mammut so you may see it badged as either. The boot is based around a simple nubuck leather upper without lots of stitching to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Karrimor KSB Peak Event 2009

£80.00

The Karrimor KSB Peak Event weighs 1400g (pair, size 11); stiff toe box provides lots of protection; Vibram outsole for good grip on a variety of terrain; good cushioning for hard surfaces; eVent waterproof lining. But very soft sole flex restricts performance to level paths; fabric upper not as durable as leather boots and those with less stitching; upper is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Garmont Dragontail 2009

£75.00

The Garmont Dragontail is a multi-activity shoe based on the ‘crag approach’ use of multi-activity footwear. So it gets a good, stiff sole unit with sticky rubber to provide great grip on rock as well as being stiff enough to stand on edges easily. A smooth climbing zone around the toe is ideal for more technical climbs. There is good ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Brasher Lithium XCR 2009

£110.00

How light is right? For some only the lightest of products will do. For others only the most durable kit will suffice, no matter how heavy it is. For the majority of walkers the middle ground between these extremes is ideal, but finding that perfect blend of low weight and practical performance is a never-ending compromise. Brasher has long been ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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ASOLO POWERMATIC

£160.00

Review: A full-leather boot with a warm and supportive 2.6-2.8mm upper and a Gore-Tex membrane for waterproofness. Fitwise, it’s slightly broader than average and although the leather upper felt a little uncompromising on first wear, it quickly softened to feel wonderful. It features a good rand so didn’t look too battered after a few rocky outings, and the toe and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Brasher Hillmaster GTX

£115.00

A little harsh at first, but didn’t need much breaking in. They’re quite narrow, but the internal leather lining is luxurious and very comfortable. Deep-cleated sole unit best-suited to softer going than rock and the mid-flex midsole and lower ankle cuff bore this out, making them less versatile than some. VITAL STATSColour: BrownSizes: 6-14 (UK including half-sizes); Euro’ 39-47Upper: Full-grain ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Salomon Exit Peak

£60.00

Really comfortable from the box. A good lacing system gives great support right across the foot and there is plenty of room for your toes. Lovely to walk in on dry ground, with a very grippy sole and flexible uppers. No waterproof lining means that wet feet are inevitable on damp ground, so best-suited to dry paths or travelling.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Brasher Calusa XCR

£80.00

This is a tougher multi-activity shoe than you might expect from Brasher, which is perhaps better known for producing ‘softer’ footwear. The Calusa XCR has a mesh and leather upper with a waterproof lining to provide good protection for the foot. But what sets it apart is the tougher-than-average toe box coupled with a very supportive upper that provides good ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Keen Newport

£70.00

This Keen sandal has shaken up the shoe market since it appeared in 2006 with its unique enclosed toe, where the sole unit moulding is extended around the toe to provide extra protection where it’s needed. The idea has now been copied by many other brands of course. The upper allows your feet plenty of airflow, while offering good protection ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Asolo Flame GTX

£120.00

Well padded at the ankle cuff and tongue, without being over the top, and the speed lacing system is effective and easy to use, producing a stable fit every time. On the heavy side, but easy to move in, and nimble, too. The stiff midsole excels on rougher ground, yet the boots are just as pleasant to wear around local ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Salomon Elios XCR

£85.00

This multi-activity shoe features a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining; lots of suede on the upper for durability; solid toe box provides good protection; very supportive heel; very aggressive sole lug pattern is ideal for mud. But you can feel stones through the sole, which lets this otherwise excellent shoe down.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Merrell Moab Ventilator

£55.00

This multi-activity shoe features a very breathable mesh upper; rubber and suede leather reinforcement; very supportive heel; excellent cushioning; typical great Merrell comfort; aggressive lug pattern on Vibram sole. But sole flex is little squishy, so not ideal for rocky paths; toe box could be a little stiffer; mesh upper extends low down so water will get in easily.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3

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