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First test: Meindl Toronto GTX (2013)

£140.00

Meindl revolutionised the comfort of hillwalking footwear in the early Nineties by making durable leather boots that were far more comfortable than they had ever been before. But now what we all want from a boot isn’t just about comfort; it’s also about weight and most recently price. The Toronto has been designed especially for the UK market to offer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Berghaus Kibo 2012

£200.00

The Berghaus Kibo has held its price below the competition for a while now, and even this year it is only a tenner up on 2010 while most boots are £15 or £20 higher in price. So in terms of cost it is a winner. The boot itself has an upper based on a mix of fabrics and there is ...

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La Sportiva Trango Guide GTX 2011

£200.00

At first glance you’d think the La Sportiva Trango Guide GTXs were technical boots, ideal for balancing on small holds or jamming in cracks when scrambling. Pick them up, however, and their light weight suggests walking. Though light weight and technical features aren’t mutually exclusive, climbing boots generally tend to be a bit stiffer and heavier. So, if a boot ...

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Asolo Flame GTX 2011

£140.00

The Asolo Flame GTX is a well-proven boot that is ideal for many hill-walkers. On first appearances it looks like many other boots, but as soon as you get it on your feet you notice the difference. Although it looks like a normal fabric boot, that upper is very stiff, supportive and protective of the foot. Also the toe box ...

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Lomer Tofana / Gardena MTX 2011

£100.00

This is a remarkable price for the Lomer Tofana / Gardena MTX – a boot with a quality leather upper that is not only virtually stitch-free to maximise durability but also gives you a waterproof lining to keep your feet dry even if you don’t look after the upper properly. There is plenty of stiffness in the upper too, so ...

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Brasher Supalite II GTX 2010

£130.00

The original Brasher Supalite showed that a durable leather boot need not be heavy, while the Supalite II is slightly better-looking and offers slightly better performance. The boot is based around a clean leather upper, which means you get maximum durability whatever the terrain as there is no stitching to fail. A waterproof lining ensures the feet remain dry, while ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Asolo Flame GTX

£150.00

Excellent for high mountain use with a high and stiff ankle cuff that offers plenty of support and hefty protection at the toe and heel. The midsole is great for uneven, hard ground but perhaps a little too stiff for easier going, and the outsole provided good traction on most surfaces. The lacing is excellent, so easy to get just ...

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Zamberlan Mountain Lite HBS 2009

£180.00

The Zamberlan Mountain Lite HBS is a very traditional 3-4 season boot that incorporates the classic features that many more mature walkers will have tried, tested and decided are ideal for British hill-walking. It has a one-piece leather upper, which means it is likely to last a long time as there is nothing to fall apart. To make the boot ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Meindl Softline Ultra GTX

£135.00

The Softline has a  pretty standard fit and is a sturdy boot. Less padding than most, so it takes a little more wearing-in than some. It’s quite tall at the ankle and therefore one of the more supportive boots tested. And the midsole is about the stiffest on test, giving plenty of protection on really rough ground. The Gore-Tex lining ...

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Asolo Flame 2009

£130.00

The Asolo Flame has been around for a while, and it is a popular boot. It is reasonably lightweight, while its stylish fabric upper is certainly more interesting than a brown leather boot. There is a Gore-Tex lining to guarantee dry feet. The reasonably supportive upper appears well-made and able to take a fair bit of abuse. The toe box ...

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Salomon Quest 4D GTX 2009

£130.00

Take a good look at the new Salomon Quest 4D GTX 3-season boot and you’ll recognise the outsole, which is a development of Salomon’s trail running outsole. It gives this boot an excellent ride that takes the wearer close to the ground with a good level of cushioning and stiffness to protect from the pounding. There is a good depth ...

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Meindl Burma Pro MFS 2009

£175.00

The Meindl Burma Pro MFS is a modern classic that changed the marketplace when it arrived on the scene many years ago. It has been a frequent winner of 3-season boot tests in Trail. Its success has been due to a mix of features that are all dedicated to performance on the hill. So you get a good leather upper, ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Scarpa Trek 2009

£150.00

This is the classic Scarpa Trek with a modern twist of style and function. Firstly you get a classic quality leather upper with minimal stitching so there is little chance of leakage. Inside there is a sumptuous leather lining that gives the boot a wonderful feel on the fit, straight from the box. The upper is nice and stiff, so ...

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Salomon Mega Trek 6 LTR W

£115.00

Comfy from the box with a snug heel and plenty of room for toes. Very high ankle cuffs kept feet really stable and reassuringly protected on rough and rocky terrain. Quite heavy, but an excellent lacing system with a locking eyelet kept them feeling secure. The chunky, grippy sole provided excellent shock absorption.VITAL STATSColour: Burro/foundationSizes: 3_-10_ (UK)Upper: Oiled nubuckWaterproof/breathable lining: ...

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Zamberlan Vioz GT

£140.00

Very snug at first, and wore in just enough on their first walk. Well padded and also a nice height at the ankle cuff. A stiff and supportive boot perfect for rougher going, yet agile enough on easier paths, too. The laces could do with a locking eyelet and it looked a bit second-hand after the test.VITAL STATSColour: Charcoal/redSizes: 41-50 ...

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Hi-Tec V-Lite Radar Event

£60.00

This multi-activity shoe comes at a superb price for what you’re getting. The V-Lite Radar eVent is very light and yet it boasts the key features that anyone heading outdoors might find useful. Firstly it has a waterproof upper, thanks to its eVent lining. The toe box is very stiff, so it will provide good protection on rocky ground. Underfoot ...

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Lowa Stirling GTX

£140.00

A 3-season boot with Gore-Tex waterproof lining and full leather upper with minimal stitching. Rubber rand around whole boot for durability; very stiff toe box; stiff Vibram sole ideal for rocky ground; reasonable lug pattern for general traction. However,  relatively heavy at 1912g (pair, size 11);. The lugs on other boots on the market are a little better.

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Berghaus Explorer V GTX

£85.00

Lightweight, comfortable and supportive enough, with a good lacing system that ensures feet stay put on even the steepest slopes. Lightweight and breathable with a medium-stiff midsole and a nice deep tread. Perform well on all terrain and the Gore-Tex lining will keep feet dry.   Colours: Navy/mid-blue, steel/mid-blueSizes: 3.5-8 (UK), 36-42 (‘Euro)Upper: MeshWaterproof/breathable lining: Gore-TexSole: Asylum/PUWeight: 1,060gMen’s version: YesContact: ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Inov8 Roclite 318 XCR

£80.00

Inov8 multi-activity shoes were originally designed for trail- and fell-running, but they have been widely adopted for less strenuous use, with many people wearing them all day. Travellers and ‘fast and light’ hill-walkers will love them too. This is a Gore-Tex XCR-lined waterproof version, so it will keep your feet drier than most. The upper is made from mesh too, ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Meindl Burma Pro MFS

£140.00

A lightweight 3-season boot weighing 1632g (pair, size 8). Gore-Tex waterproof lining; dual density Vibram sole for excellent support and comfort; rubber rand; leather upper is relatively free of stitching; more supportive ankle cuff than the Meindl Vakuum. However, there are a few lighter options around. If you don’t want Gore-Tex get the Meindl Borneo Pro MFS, £130.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Asolo PowerMatic 200

£140.00

This 3-season boot came fourth in 2007 and is the Gore-Tex version of the PowerMatic 250 that came fifth in April 2006. It has a PowerMatic sole, which is triple-density PU (meaning you get cushioning where you need it) and it won’t degrade with use. The ride height is low, so you get the feeling of being close to the ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Raichle Mt Guide GTX

£125.00

Raichle’s Mt Guide 3-season boot is a lightweight option that still manages to provide excellent protection and support. The upper is a clean, full-grain leather with minimal stitching to enhance durability. Inside there’s a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The toe box is solid with a good rubber rand to enhance the life of the boot. The ankle is a little lower ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Lowa Munro

£130.00

A 3-season boot with full leather upper with minimal stitching for durability, rubber rand around whole boot and very stiff toe box to protect feet. Stiff Vibram sole is ideal for rocky ground; reasonable lug pattern for general traction. However, at 1972g (pair, size 11) the boot is fairly heavy. Lugs on other boots on the market are a little ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Salomon Explorer GTX

£100.00

Quite a broad fit, but with an excellent lacing system that enables a really stable fit, and the well-padded uppers are a delight to put on at the start of each walk. Medium-stiff midsole, a lovely supportive ankle cuff and good sole grip.   Colours: Asphalt/autobahn/eucalyptus, thyme/blackSizes: Unisex 3.5-13.5 (UK), 36-49 (‘Euro)Upper: Suede/textileWaterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex XCRSole: ContagripWeight: 1,160gWomen’s version: NoContact: ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Scarpa SL

£155.00

With so much padding, the Scarpa SL feels extremely comfy at first and this will convince a lot of people, but the standard fitting could prove a little too narrow for some feet. There is a wider option though. The low-cut, flexible ankle suits ordinary walking, but it lacked support on steeper slopes with a crampon. No waterproof lining, but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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