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Mammut Ridge High GTX (2014)

£160.00

The Ridge High GTX is described by Mammut as a boot for via ferrata and backpacking. At 1476g (pair, size 11) it is certainly light, which is useful on via ferrata routes and when scrambling. The upper is softer than many boots in its price range and the foot also feels closer to the ground, which overall gives this a ...

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

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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First test: Nordisk Telemark 1 ULW (2013)

£360.00

Every gram counts when backpacking. And while many modern backpacking tents tip the scales at less than 1 kilo, not all of them are practical to use in the challenging weather of the British mountains. The Nordisk Telemark 1 weighs in at 770g according to the manufacturers (though it tipped the Trail scales at 834g) and is designed to be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Sprayway SX2 (2013)

£150.00

The three-pole semi-geodesic tent design has been a backpacking favourite for many years thanks to its well-proven stability, which makes it ideal for more challenging conditions than other tents. The Sprayway SX2 uses this familiar design to produce a model that’s very well-priced for what you’re getting. The tent pitches outer-first with three poles sliding into sleeves that extend around ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Vango Apex 200 (2013)

£200.00

The Vango Apex 200 is intended as a lightweight, compact option for the adventurer looking for an open and easily accessible tent, so it tips the scales at 1722g, which is instantly impressive. The inner and fly pitch in one with a single pole sliding through a sleeve around the outside of the fly, and then a second transverse pole ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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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Montane Prism (2013)

£100.00

Long a stalwart of good kit and prices, Montane’s Prism is another example of kit purpose-built for the UK. Insulation is Primaloft Eco, which – while not as soft or thick as Premium Primaloft One – uses 50 per cent recycled fibres. It’s still good, warm and adds a pleasing earthy tick, and a weather-resistant Pertex Microlight outer offers further ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Primus Express Spider (2012)

£45.00

The main problem with connecting a gas burner directly onto the top of a gas canister is that the result is a tall, unstable cooking system, due to the height created when a pan is placed on top. This means you have to be very careful not to allow the structure to wobble too much, as you could end up ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo (2012)

£143.00

The Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo is a single-skin tent with a mesh perimeter to the groundsheet to keep the bugs at bay while still allowing plenty of airflow. It weighs in at a very respectable 895g for the tent, guy lines and stuffsack, but that is all you get for your money. So you have to add on the price ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 (2012)

£330.00

The ‘Laser Comp’ as the Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 is affectionately known probably defines lightweight one-person backpacking tents more than any other. There is a single transverse pole that is slipped through a sleeve on the outer, while two in-situ vertical poles at each end just have to be folded into shape to add extra foot- and headroom. So ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane Dyno (2012)

£100.00

The fabric is less rubbery and less stretchy than some and there’s no fleecy lining. It’s also very thin, so it’s pleasingly lightweight. It’s not fully windproof, but general wind-resistance is good and breathability excellent. The tighter fit, coupled with this fabric construction, makes this one of the best jackets for removing moisture close to the skin. Adjustment is very ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator (2012)

£220.00

MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR KELVINATOR £220 Our rating: ***** Review: A classic-looking mountain-style down jacket, complete with hood for battening down the hatches when it’s really cold outside. As it uses natural down filling inside, it is susceptible to wet conditions, but a thicker grade of face fabric means that the filling is a bit more protected than in a really lightweight ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Garmin eTrex 10 (2012)

£110.00

Recent developments in Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers have focused on developing colour touch screens that put digital Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping at your fingertips. But while the latest high-tech GPS receivers offer almost everything a hillwalker wants, they carry high price tags and perhaps offer more than most hillwalkers actually need. The yellow Garmin eTrex first appeared in outdoor ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mammut Monolith 2012

£220.00

The slightly lower price of the Mammut Monolith compared to many other boots makes it instantly attractive. The boot sports modern styling, thanks to the mix of materials on the upper. There is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and on the outside a full rubber rand improves long-term durability. Get this boot on and the ankle cuff feels slightly more supportive ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Scarpa Ranger GTX

£140.00

These are a classic walking boot, with as little stitching as possible to affect the leather’s natural water repellency. There are only a couple of stitched sections towards the rear of the boot, leaving the front clear of any weak spots. The leather itself feels nice and thick, giving plenty of support all over and good protection for feet. There ...

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

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane Minimus

£120.00

An incredibly lightweight waterproof, weighing in at a cool 180g (size 12). The Pertex Shield fabric is very light and easy to move in, although it does feel a little on the flimsy side and is fairly noisy, too. It will withstand a good beating from the rain, though, and its waterproofness is helped by a decent storm flap hidden ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Páramo Maui Cargo Shorts 2011

£47.00

You cannot beat a massive, practical pocket in a pair of shorts, and the Páramo Maui Cargo Shorts get two of them! On each leg there is a cavernous pocket that allows you to easily stash an OS map and a small guidebook with space to spare. There is a dedicated mobile phone pocket too. You also get a pair ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Jetboil Flash 2011

£80.00

Offering an integrated burner and pan design, the Jetboil Flash provides impressive boil times throughout the life of the gas canister. It’s also a very neat and compact design as the burner and gas canister can be stored within the pot, making this very easy and neat to pack in a rucksack. The most important feature of the Jetboil is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Trangia 27-5UL 2011

£65.00

Trangia meths stoves are extremely well-established and come in a wide variety of designs. The 27-5UL comes with two aluminium non-stick pans and a pan lid that doubles as a frying pan or plate, so you can do some proper cooking with this system. The Trangia is also ‘Recommended Kit’ for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants. It’s unbelievably simple to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Meindl Air Revolution Lite

£169.00

These Meindl boots fall into the stiffer, more robust category of fabric footwear, attempting to be a viable three-season boot. They have a really stiff sole and they did feel heavy on the foot – a sense exacerbated by their stiffness. The tread pattern has very deep lugs that really improve grip in grimy fields and on hillsides. There is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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La Sportiva Alpha GTX 2011

£190.00

The La Sportiva Alpha GTX weighs 1220g (pair, size 43); suede and nylon upper with Gore-Tex waterproof lining; stiff toe box and heel cup; rubber rand on toe; very precise fit and feel for scrambling; excellent ankle flex for scrambling; excellent sole unit lug pattern for muddier ground; great stiffness for rockier ground. But arguably not an all-round 3-season walking ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 ...

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

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