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La Sportiva Cube GTX (2014)

£275.00

FeaturesThe upper is made with a seamless construction method that incorporates a QB3 waterproof material with a thermoplastic covering through which the eyelets are formed. A deep rubber rand encloses the boot and there’s a very aggressive Vibram sole unit with deep, widely spaced lugs underfoot and a smooth climbing zone under the toe. 5/5 FitThe La Sportiva Cube GTX  ...

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AKU SuperAlp GTX (2014)

£220.00

FeaturesThe upper is made from 2.6mm nubuck leather with a Gore-Tex lining, and this is all protected by a wide rubber rand that encloses the boot. There is hardly any stitching on the upper, so little chance of leaks or wear and tear damage. Underfoot is a Vibram sole unit with a good set of widely spaced lugs for general ...

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The North Face Verto S4K GTX (2014)

£230.00

FeaturesThe stylish upper of the The North Face Verto S4K GTX is modern with synthetic materials including a rand, a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and a high ankle cuff. There is a gaiter on the ankle cuff to help keep debris at bay. The outsole is Vibram with a smooth climbing zone under the toe and slightly shallow but well-spaced lugs ...

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Alt-Berg Mallerstang (2014)

£210.00

FeaturesWith a one-piece 2.8mm leather upper and a Sympatex waterproof lining, the Alt-Berg Mallerstang provides superb protection for the foot without fear of stitching fraying or the boot leaking. There’s no rand, but for most walkers this won’t be a problem. The outsole lugs are 6mm deep and widely spaced with a 15mm deep heel breast for traction. 5/5 FitThis ...

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Scarpa SL Activ/Mythos Tech (2014)

£245.00

FeaturesThe Scarpa SL Activ/Mythos Tech is a quintessential 3-4 season boot with a robust design. The full leather upper with minimal stitching and rubber rand offers great protection. The ankle cuff has a V-Flex design to allow forward flex. Underfoot there is a stiff sole unit with deep, well-spaced lugs for grip on a wide variety of terrain. There’s no ...

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Meindl Jorasse GTX (2014)

£280.00

FeaturesThe bright upper is made from leather and synthetic material with a double tongue design and elasticated cuff on the ankle for more comfort and protection. A deep rubber rand encloses the boot, which boasts a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. Underfoot you get a very aggressive Vibram sole unit with deep lugs. 5/5 FitThe Meindl Jorasse GTX comes in sizes 6-12 ...

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Mammut Merlon GTX (2014)

£185.00

FeaturesThe Mammut Merlon GTX’s dazzling upper is made from layers of leather and synthetic textile with lots of stitching, which may not have the durability of leather boots with less stitching. There is a full rand though for extra protection, and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The ankle cuff is slightly softer than others, too, and the lug pattern is slightly ...

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Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX (2014)

£195.00

FeaturesThe Hydrobloc waxed full-grain leather upper has minimal stitching and provides great protection for the foot but you also get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. A rubber rand extends around the boot for even more protection. The outsole has reasonably deep lugs that are widely spaced for grip on softer ground. 5/5 FitAvailable for men in sizes 41-48 and for women ...

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Rab Myriad (2014)

£260.00

FeaturesThe Rab Myriad is lighter than most in our test at 395g (size L), but you still get the essential features. There are two very large chest-mounted pockets for easy access to maps and gloves on the move while wearing a pack. There is an internal zip pocket too. The helmet-compatible hood has face and volume drawcords. These are about ...

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Lowe Alpine Wildfire (2014)

£260.00

FeaturesThe Wildfire is the latest release from the reintroduction of Lowe Alpine clothing. It features three external chest pockets with an additional zipped internal pocket and an internal stretch mesh pocket. The third chest pocket is small though and won’t take an OS map. There are pit zips for ventilation, while the hood gets a wired peak, as well as ...

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The North Face Alpine Project (2014)

£200.00

FeaturesThe Alpine Project is a good weight (434g, men’s L) with the essential features for hillwalking. The two chest pockets take OS maps, while the helmet-compatible hood has a wired peak, volume adjustment and face drawcords. Pit zips improve ventilation, and the pockets are mesh-lined, not sealed. Some may prefer a third chest pocket for maps, compass or GPS. 4/5 ...

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The North Face Point Five (2014)

£280.00

FeaturesHow many pockets do you really need? The The North Face Point Five has two large and well-positioned chest pockets, but no third pocket anywhere – and I would like a third, to be ideal. There are pit zips provided plus a helmet-compatible hood with wired peak, face and volume drawcords. This is a lighter spec list than some jackets ...

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Sprayway Zeus / Pandora (2014)

£280.00

FeaturesThis jacket has a third chest pocket, making it ideal for anyone who loves a dedicated pocket for map, compass or GPS. The two main pockets are well-placed and big enough for maps too. The hood gets a wired peak plus volume adjustment and face drawcords. The jacket lacks pit zips, but for me that third pocket is the deal-maker. ...

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Rab Neo Guide (2014)

£240.00

The latest upgrade of the Stretch Neo, Rab’s Neo Guide trousers are still made from the same Polartec Stretch Neo waterproof and breathable fabric. The fabric offers extremely high levels of breathability, while having a little more freedom of movement, which makes these trousers ideal for scrambling, climbing and mountaineering. The waist is elasticated with belt loops and braces to ...

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Rab Alpine Latock / Myriad (2014)

£240.00

FeaturesThe Rab Alpine Latock has very good set of features for most mountain-baggers, with two huge chest pockets that are ideal for map storage or handwarming. A third would be useful for map, compass or GPS storage. The hood gets a wired peak with volume and face drawcords. The exposed front zip is more water-resistant than lower-priced jackets and has ...

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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

£170.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Equipment Aeon has three main pockets, all taking an OS map, although the chest pocket is a tight squeeze. They’re all mesh-lined – great for extra ventilation and reducing weight, but not so good for staying dry. There are also pit zips for venting. The hood folds to the collar, where it can be secured, and benefits from ...

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Rohan Pinnacle III (2014)

£295.00

FeaturesRohan clothing generally sports lots of pockets; but with the Pinnacle III you get just two on the outside, though they are well-positioned above the waist- or hipbelt of a rucksack to allow access. You also get a zipped internal pocket. There are two zipped side vents as well to help manage condensation inside the jacket. The helmet-compatible hood gets ...

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Mountain Hardwear Torson (2014)

£280.00

FeaturesThe body of the Mountain Hardwear Torson has two large pockets on the chest, plus a third smaller one that’s good for a GPS receiver or compass but not a lot else. There is an internal zipped pocket for a phone as well. There are no pit zips, but as the pockets are all mesh-lined you can use them to ...

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First test: Sherpa Nangpala Down Jacket (2014)

£250.00

The traditional and well-proven choice for top-quality insulation has been down, gathered from geese. However, as down loses some of its insulating performance when wet, synthetic fibres are often used instead, which perform better than down when wet, but are heavier and less compact. This is not ideal, say when carrying an insulated jacket in your rucksack. So over recent ...

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Mammut Crater (2014)

£250.00

FeaturesThe Mammut Crater has those all-important two large chest pockets that can be used to warm hands or store maps with easy access while wearing a rucksack. In addition you get pit zips for improved condensation control. The hood is helmet-compatible and benefits from a stiffened (but not wired) peak, a rear volume adjuster and face drawcords. All that is ...

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The North Face Thermoball Hoodie (2014)

£170.00

FeaturesWhat a difference a hood drawcord makes – and that’s what sets the The North Face Thermoball Hoodie apart from others. You also get elasticated cuffs where the elastication is tucked inside so the cuff is neater and potentially less draughty. The two main pockets are happily OS map-sized; but, like most, access is obscured when a hipbelt from a ...

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Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody (2014)

£180.00

FeaturesThe Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody has seen a major improvement since Trail reviewed it in March 2013: the hood now has a rear volume adjuster. The two pockets on the body are still just too small to take an OS map, though, and access to these is also slightly obscured by rucksack hipbelts. Like most jackets in our test the ...

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Mammut Rime Pro Jacket (2014)

£170.00

FeaturesBeing able to wear a warm jacket over a waterproof can be a real advantage in some situations, and the Mammut Rime Pro Jacket is designed to do just that. It has a hood with a wired peak, and drawcord adjustment at the face and back of head. But all three outside pockets are a bit small for OS maps. ...

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Berghaus Capucin (2014)

£160.00

FeaturesThere are a lot of nice touches here, but some annoying elements too. The hood has face drawcords, but no volume adjustment at the back. The three pockets on the outside are placed reasonably well for access with a rucksack on, but they aren’t quite big enough for an OS map. The cuffs get internal elastication, though, which is neatly ...

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Mountain Hardwear Hueco Hooded Jacket (2014)

£150.00

Brand new for this autumn/winter, the Hueco Hooded Jacket joins the future classic Super Chockstone Jacket among traditionally high-end Californian manufacturer Mountain Hardwear’s hillwalker-relevant products. It’s warm, featuring plush fleece lining and a full-weight, helmet-compatible hood beneath a proprietory face fabric called Airshield 3L, designed by Mountain Hardwear to be breathable before the clammy effects of exertion kick in. The ...

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