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Merrell Chameleon Strap Mid 2011

£50.00

The Merrell Chameleon Strap Mid’s ankle cuff is lower than conventional boots but very stiff, so although only mid height it is very supportive. An unusual Velcro fastening coupled with elastic lacing helps kids put these on. The style is very modern too. The lugs have reasonable depth for grip and the toe box is fairly stiff to protect the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keen Skyline Mid 2011

£60.00

The Keen Skyline Mid is a mid-cut boot with a lower ankle cuff than others in the test. What is striking about it though is the stiffness in the sole and toe box, which means it offers far better protection on rockier ground than others. The forefoot is also wide so it may suit some kids’ feet better than narrower ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Raid Junior 2011

£50.00

The Berghaus Raid Junior is a well-established boot that remains unchanged again this year in terms of design and price. The fabric and suede upper hides a waterproof ling. The upper feels quite durable too and seems able to offer good protection for a young, growing foot, while the outsole is Vibram branded. But the Vibram sole has shallow lugs, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Brasher Tora GTX 2011

£60.00

The Brasher Tora GTX is a new boot that appears to be a good development of the Chichon, which has won this test in recent years. The outsole is very aggressive with good stiffness, making it ideal for rougher terrain. The upper has a Gore-Tex lining to keep out the wet plus a very good stiff toe box and a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Helly Hansen K Shelter 2010

£70.00

The Helly Hansen K Shelter has two extremely large panels of reflective material on the sleeves, which makes this jacket extremely easy to see at night. The jacket also has a removable hood that is attached with press studs. It is also notable that the cuffs and hem of the jacket are reinforced so they should last a lot longer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Precip 2010

£50.00

It is the low weight and small packed size of the Marmot Precip that set it apart from most jackets, and this is ideal if the parents end up carrying it. The material is a good-quality fabric with a high level of waterproofness and breathability so it’s going to keep the wearer dry and comfortable for longer than most. There ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Brasher Chichon 2010

£50.00

The Chichon has won this test for a number of years and I have not heard of anyone having problems with it either. So it appears to be well-proven. It has a waterproof lining and is built to take plenty of use and abuse while offering excellent protection for children heading for rougher terrain.  But a full leather upper would ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Regatta Cross Stones JNR 2010

£50.00

The Regatta Cross Stones JNR is a stylish girls’ boot with a reasonable ankle cuff and a waterproof lining. There is a good level of protection at the toe as well. The outsole has a decent pattern of lugs for easier terrain. Use this on forest trails and when sticking to the paths on the fells and it would offer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Zamberlan Kid GT 2010

£55.00

The Zamberlan Kid GT is a proper boot, designed for the hills. The upper is very supportive with a good solid toe box and some good stiffness in the upper too to protect the foot. There’s a Vibram sole unit with reasonable stiffness for rockier terrain too. This boot offers most of what many children heading to the hills will ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Raid Junior 2010

£50.00

The Berghaus Raid Junior is a boot that has proved its worth over the years and it remains unchanged for this year. There is a waterproof lining and a relatively clean upper, which will help with long-term durability. The outsole is Vibram branded, while the toe box is solid to offer good protection. But the Vibram sole has shallow lugs, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Tog 24 Deluge 2009

£60.00

The Deluge is a new children’s jacket from Tog 24 that boasts plenty of great features to keep children dry in the outdoors. The material is waterproof and breathable, and it benefits from reflective piping on the front and back to make walks in the dark safer. The main front zip gets an external stormflap to keep the worst of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Patagonia Kids Snow Patrol 2009

£130.00

As the name suggests the Patagonia Kids Snow Patrol jacket is designed for cold winter days when snow is a likely occurrence. It is insulated with recycled polyester and feels very warm. The waterproof material is also made from recycled material and is seam-sealed so it will keep both the wet and cold at bay. Draughts are locked out by ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Precip 2009

£50.00

The Marmot Precip is a hugely popular lightweight jacket for kids. That tiny weight and packed size mean that parents can easily stash it into their rucksack when the sun is shining but rain is possible. The material is a good-quality fabric with a high level of waterproofness and breathability. There is no loose mesh inside, which could be seen ...

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

£50.00

The Scarpa Marmot children’s boot has been highly rated in past tests thanks to its full nubuck leather upper and waterproof lining, coupled with good stiffness in the toe box, sole and heel cup for ideal mountain performance. The reasonably aggressive lug pattern on the sole is good for mud too. But some boots, such as the Brasher Chichon, have ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Zamberlan Koala GT

£50.00

Typically of Zamberlan the Koala GT is a very robust children’s boot that is built to tackle tougher terrain than most. The upper offers good support and protection with a good stiff toe box and heel cup. Underfoot too there is good stiffness to take the strain out of rocky terrain. A waterproof lining is also included. But the outsole ...

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

£50.00

The Brasher Chichon has won Trail’s children’s boot test for a number of years. It boasts a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and a well-built upper and sole for maximum foot protection. There’s also a dash of reflective trim for night or road walks. The exceptionally aggressive lug pattern is ideal for mud.  But a full leather upper would be more durable ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 6
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Magic Junior Mid

£50.00

A Gore-Tex waterproof lining in this children’s boot keeps the feet dry behind that stylish upper. The Meindl Magic Junior Mid has good stiffness throughout to provide support and protection on rough terrain. Rubber at the toe box and heel add a little extra durability too. But this boot has quite a low ankle cuff, so it’s not ideal for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Tog 24 Baku 2008

£55.00

A Tricot mesh lining adds a little warmth to the Tog 24 Baku kids’ jacket, and the main zip gets a double stormflap to keep the rain out. Velcro-adjustable cuffs and a hem drawcord keep the wind out too. Small pit zips add a little extra venting and there are loads of pockets. The hood is removable and has a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 1
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Altitude

£60.00

This waterproof jacket has had great reviews since its launch in 2006. The Altitude is well-featured, and it looks and feels like an adult’s jacket. So you get a good, robust fabric with a mesh lining for added comfort. The zips are all protected by stormflaps to keep the rain out. The hood rolls into the collar and when opened ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Resolve

£50.00

This waterproof jacket is made from a quality fabric that’s rated as extremely waterproof, which means it should stay waterproof for longer. The fabric is two-layer, so you get a mesh lining, which adds to the comfort and feel of the jacket. A nice touch is the brushed polyester that lines the collar, adding valuable comfort. Two zipped pockets are ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Magic Junior Mid

£50.00

This children’s walking boot has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining; reflective fabric for road safety; good underfoot support; very stiff toe box; rubber rand around toe for durability. But quite a low ankle cuff, so not ideal for rough terrain; some boots have a slightly stiffer and more aggressive sole; a leather upper may be more durable.

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

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