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Peter Storm Malvern Ultra

£50.00

These boots from Peter Storm are roomy at the heel and wide across the foot, but narrow at the toe. They were also too long. The ankle cuffs are well padded but a little low. They could offer more support, but perform well enough for low-level walks, with good rubber bumpers at the toe and heel and Vibram soles, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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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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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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Osprey Talon 44 2008

£100.00

A very popular modern sack from a brand with a wealth of innovative and lightweight yet functional designs. The Talon 44 is very lightweight with a good capacity for a variety of uses. The back system has a ridge-moulded foam panel to provide better airflow, and the hipbelt and shoulder straps have perforated foam padding to reduce sweat. The fit ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Scarpa ZG 65

£100.00

These fabric boots from Scarpa feel a little harsh at first, but after one short walk mould to your feet perfectly, giving you a really snug and secure fit. The high, padded ankle cuffs are good, and the lacing system allows you to get a really good fit across the whole of your foot. The shape of the boot keeps ...

  • 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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Ajungilak D-Lux Pump Mat

£110.00

A mat with extra insulation to cope with winter days or for those who feel the cold more easily in summer. The D-Lux Pump Mat is also thicker than a standard mat and comes with a pump action and pillow profile for fast inflation and comfort. DesignThe D-Lux Pump Mat has a thin layer of MTI synthetic insulation inside, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Salomon Mega Trek 6LTR GTX

£110.00

These very supportive three-season boots from Salamon are, disappointingly, a bit too roomy in the toe. However, the lacing system ensures you can lace them up nice and tight to keep your feet in place and get a good amount of support. The inners, tongue and ankle cuffs are well padded for comfort, although quite warm. These are a really ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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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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Alt-Berg Fremington

£120.00

These three-season leather boots from Alt-Berg are available in various widths and volumes, as well as half sizes, so most people should be able to get a good fit. That said, the ‘wide’ section of the boot can still feel too far forward for your feet. With a medium-stiff midsole and reasonably high, supportive, full-grain leather upper, the Fremington makes ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Raichle Mount Trail GTX

£140.00

This 3-season boot took 4th place back in TrailApril 06. It benefits from a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to guarantee dry feet, and that higher level of waterproofness makes this ideal for those walking day after day in very wet conditions. Like all the top-end Raichle boots this offers much of what most walkers will want. So you get a very ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Technicals Catalyst 550

£140.00

The Catalyst 3-season down sleeping bag is designed for Blacks’ in-house range Technicals. It’s not a bad price, and the bag is a nice, simple design, with good fill power. All the necessary features are present, including a baffle that can be sealed around the neck plus one either side of the zip for maximum draught exclusion. The fabric on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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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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Vango Ultralight 200

£150.00

This is a very unusual design of 2-person sub-2kg tent yet it benefits from incredible stability and a surprising amount of living space. It is a single-skin tent that pitches far more easily than appearances would suggest. Once erected, the external door gives direct access to the inner living area, as there is no porch. The headroom easily allows two ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Scarpa New SL

£155.00

This was the benchmark 3-4 season boot for many years. The current version offers less support to the ankle. In a way this is good as this new ankle certainly allows an easier walking action. The boot is also lighter too. You get the same one-piece leather upper and very aggressive sole unit. That stiff upper is ideal for use ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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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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Macpac Microlight 2009

£200.00

The Macpac Microlight tent is a strong, reliable design, made for extended trips into the wilderness. It pitches easily with a single pole that slips into a single-ended pole sleeve for quick single-handed pitching. The floor is incredibly tough and waterproof, which adds confidence if you’re pitching it on rough ground, while the low-profile shape resists wind and sheds rain ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Terra Nova Laser Competition 2009

£260.00

The Terra Nova Laser Competition is the lightest tent in the test, with a packed size so small that you hardly notice it in your rucksack. Internal space is very good, enough length for my six foot frame (or two skinny adventure racers) to lie down and sit up straight as well. The porch is huge, and all my gear ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Vaude Power Lizard UL 2010

£350.00

Is light always right? It’s easy to make a tent lighter after all. Just make it smaller, ditch the porch and use a single layer of material rather than an inner and an outer. But how light can a tent be if it offers two-person space, a double wall and retains a porch? According to Vaude, the Power Lizard holds ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Robens Mythos Solo 2011

The new Mythos Solo is a departure from Robens’ usual tunnel and geodesic designs. It’s a well-thought-out one-person tent and the jointed, multi-sectioned pole assembly clips on externally, making pitching quick and easy with the inner and fly attaching as one onto the pole. There are plenty of pegging points and there are numerous guy points, so although the Mythos ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 3

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