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Mountain Equipment Shroud (2014)

£90.00

The Mountain Equipment Shroud is a jacket that I’ve been wearing regularly for four years and amazingly its price hasn’t changed in that time. It’s built around Polartec 100 fleece fabric, which for me provides just the right degree of insulation to wear year-round in the UK over a base layer or under a waterproof jacket. The fabric also offers ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Berghaus Freeflow 30 (2014)

£80.00

This redesigned version of the Freeflow 30 features some changes. Chief of these is a large diagonal zipped pocket across the front and the addition of Berghaus’ Biofit system – enabling you to adjust the back system quickly and without fuss to your own back length. It’s a good tool and it is extremely supportive when on. Some would question ...

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Montane Medusa 32 (2014)

£80.00

The Montane Medusa 32 is the serious hillwalker’s pack of choice. Thoughtfully designed and robust, its fabric certainly feels more substantial than many other packs in our test, though this does impact slightly on weight. The back system is a chunk of foam that sits into the groove of your back well, though those who prefer the airy feel of ...

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Fjällräven Funas 35 (2014)

£98.00

Fjällräven gear is traditionally styled, high-quality equipment from Sweden. The 35-litre Funas feels incredibly well-made – the grab handle on the top is practically a thing of beauty – and the rigid, padded back system and thick belt straps definitely feel as if they’re built to last. You get a raincover, a drawstring and a cinch buckle over the main ...

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La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX (2014)

£235.00

La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTXs are at the top end of the scrambling boot range both in terms of capabilities and cost. In truth they are very lightweight mountaineering boots, but despite this they fully deserve their place in this review. This is because scrambling is such a diverse branch of mountain sport, and at the higher grades it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 2
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Marmot Precip (2014)

£85.00

To stay dry in the hills, walkers need not only great clothing design but also a great fabric. The Precip is a well-established lightweight jacket but this year Marmot has introduced a new fabric to its range called NanoPro, claiming it is 43 per cent more breathable than the brand’s previous coated fabric. This could make the Marmot Precip the ...

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Salewa Blackbird EVO (2014)

£225.00

The Salewa Blackbird EVO is a remarkable boot at a very reasonable price. It has Gore-Tex Duratherm inside, which offers extra insulation, making it warmer than any other boots in the same price bracket. The upper is synthetic with a leather overlay and there isn’t too much stitching, so it should be durable, but you also get a rubber rand ...

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Scarpa Manta Pro GTX (2014)

£280.00

The Scarpa Manta has long been the definition of a 4-season British mountain walking and mountaineering boot. This year it has received a radical facelift that transforms its appearance and moves it a step away from its more traditional-looking predecessor. The upper is made from a mix of leather and synthetic materials, with a dash of silver and orange to ...

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Mammut Magic GTX (2014)

£220.00

At 1908g for a size 11 pair, the Mammut Magic GTX is the second lightest and the lowest-priced boot in our test, so it’s instantly appealing, as all 4-season boots are relatively heavy and pricy compared with bendy 3-season boots. The upper is made primarily from synthetic materials with leather overlays and there’s a large amount of stitching here, which ...

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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 ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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The North Face Verto S4K GTX (2013)

£230.00

The colour and style of the The North Face Verto S4K GTX 's upper give an impression of a more serious climbing boot than an all-rounder. At 1766g (size 11) it’s relatively light for its class, yet has a feature set and performance that makes it ideal for year-round mountain scrambles and easier mountaineering. The upper is synthetic mesh with ...

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La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX (2013)

£250.00

The La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX combines all the essential features needed to provide performance below and above the snowline. It weighs in at 1874g (pair, size 46), which is lighter than many similar boots and gives it a real advantage when you consider its performance. The upper is a mix of leather with synthetic overlays and a rubber rand, ...

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Scarpa SL Activ (2013)

£230.00

The Scarpa SL Activ is the perennial definition of a 3-4 season boot. The model remains unchanged since last year and what sets it apart from most boots is a combination of features that make it ideal for use below and above the snowline when tackling the British mountains throughout the year. It has a one-piece leather upper with minimal ...

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Mammut Merlon GTX (2013)

£180.00

The Mammut Merlon GTX appeared in Spring 2013 and it is very competitively priced for its specification, as well as a good weight of just 1746g (size 11 pair). It has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining behind the upper, made from layers of leather and synthetic materials with a rubber rand to provide extra durability. The ankle cuff is a notch ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Berghaus Civetta (2013)

£280.00

The Berghaus Civetta uses the latest version of Gore-Tex and this new Pro version is said to be more breathable than previous Gore-Tex fabrics, so it’s about as good as it gets. The jacket design is fairly plain but functional. You get an averagely short body with a main zip that is very chunky, allowing easier use because it’s less ...

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The North Face Point Five VG (2013)

£270.00

The North Face’s Point Five VG is built around Gore-Tex Pro, and in our test it was the lowest-priced Pro jacket we received. The design is fairly standard with two chest pockets, pit zips and hood, but all these features are very well-designed. The body is not as short as some, but you can get longer jackets, so it is ...

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Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka (2013)

£250.00

A well-established jacket that has been restyled. The Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka uses Dry Q Elite fabric with a nylon lining, which offers high levels of condensation control while feeling robust enough to withstand abrasion on rock. It does weigh in pretty heavy at 694g (size L), which is in part due to it having a loose lining and ...

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Rab Nexus (2013)

£260.00

Rab has used Polartec Neoshell in the Nexus, which is a relatively new 3-layer fabric that boasts excellent breathability in the lab. The theoretical drawback is that the material is not as waterproof compared to some higher-priced options, but according to Polartec this is plenty waterproof enough; increasing it just reduces breathability. To date the fabric has performed superbly on ...

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Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu (2013)

£300.00

The Mountain Equipment Lhotse (men’s version) has previously been a firm favourite of mine and it’s regularly done well in Trail gear reviews. For 2013 this classic gets a few design tweaks as well as the new Gore-Tex Pro fabric, which boasts increased breathability over its predecessors. The jacket now has an ‘Alpine fit’, meaning it is closer-fitting than before, ...

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Montane Alpine Endurance (2013)

£300.00

The Montane Alpine Endurance is designed for alpine-style mountaineering, where a climber is belaying his mate one minute and then taking the lead. It is made from a good version of eVent, so it has proven waterproofness and breathability performance, but it’s also sturdy enough not to buckle in a breeze or tear when rubbing shoulders with rock. The length ...

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Mountain Equipment Saltoro (2103)

£220.00

Here’s a new jacket from Mountain Equipment that appears to compete directly with the better-established Rab Bergen. The Saltoro is made from 3-layer Gore-Tex so its waterproof and breathability standards are well-established. You get just two chest pockets, and these are huge so they easily provide room for cold hands, maps or guidebooks. They are easily accessed no matter what ...

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Rab Bergen/Vidda (2103)

£210.00

The Rab Bergen/Vidda is a well-established jacket that is becoming a modern classic, thanks to its year-in, year-out ability to set the standards for good all-round hillwalking performance. The men’s Bergen and women’s Vidda are made from eVent fabric, proven to provide great condensation control thanks to its high level of breathability and inner scrim. The basic design is spot ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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