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First test: Osprey Atmos AG 65 (2015)

£180.00

With the right rucksack back system you really can carry everything you need for a night of camping, including the proverbial kitchen sink, and still remain comfortable throughout the day when backpacking. The Osprey Atmos range of rucksacks has been popular for many years, but now there’s a new Anti-Gravity (AG) back system available to supercharge their performance for 2015 ...

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First test: Scarpa Marmolada Trek (2015)

£200.00

Does the perfect boot exist? It’s hard to say; but I’ve always looked for one boot that I could wear no matter where I go on the hills. It’s a big ask, as it really depends what sort of hillwalking you mostly do and where you mostly go. But the Scarpa Marmolada Trek promises to be the perfect boot as ...

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Scarpa Manta Pro GTX (2015)

£210.00

FeaturesThe Scarpa Manta Pro GTX’s upper is made from a combination of water-resistant suede and synthetic textile with a one-piece padded tongue and contoured ankle padding. There is a full rubber rand and a high-cut Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The ankle cuff is shaped and well-padded with recesses to accommodate the tongue. The Vibram Pentax Precision XT sole has moderate lugs. ...

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AKU Terrealte GTX (2015)

£240.00

FeaturesThe AKU Terrealte GTX’s upper is made from a combination of suede, leather and Air8000 synthetic textile with a one-piece padded tongue and contoured ankle padding. There is a full rubber rand and high-cut Gore-Tex waterproof lining. An extra external cuff adds protection against the ingress of mud and snow. The Vibram Mulaz sole has moderate lugs and semi-automatic crampon ...

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La Sportiva Cube GTX (2015)

£275.00

FeaturesThe upper of the La Sportiva Cube GTX 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. Semi-automatic crampon fitting. ...

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Mountain Equipment Lumin (2015)

£200.00

FeaturesThis jacket uses water-resistant 675+ fill power 90/10 down, production of which is audited via Mountain Equipment’s Down Codex scheme to ensure it does not include live plucking. The outer is a lightweight ripstop nylon. The hood gets a wired peak, volume adjuster and face drawcords, and it can be rolled down and secured at the collar. 5/5 FitThe Mountain ...

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Salewa Raven Combi GTX (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThe Salewa Raven Combi GTX uses highly wear-resistant and brightly coloured synthetic textile combined with 2mm PU-coated leather to form the uppers. There’s a full wrap-around rubber rand, and a padded one-piece tongue linked to a high ankle cuff with an elasticated extra cuff. Internally a high-cut Gore-Tex liner offers waterproof protection. The Vibram New Mulaz sole has moderate lugs ...

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Rohan Nightfall (2015)

£245.00

FeaturesThe insulation is a hydrophobic down that absorbs 30% less water than normal down and dries 60% faster. The down is 800+ fill power and is made of 95% down and just 5% feather, which all adds to the warmth of this jacket for the minimal weight. The hood is also removable but the peak isn’t stiffened or wired; however ...

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Montane North Star (2015)

£240.00

Features The outer shell is more water-resistant than most, which is good as the down used does not have the water-resistant treatment some jackets offer. The hood gets volume adjustment, face drawcords and stiffened peak, and can be rolled down and secured at the collar. The cuffs have tab adjusters. All that for 565g (size L) is impressive. 4/5 FitThe ...

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Rab Infinity Endurance (2015)

£285.00

FeaturesInsulation is provided by Nikwax Hydrophobic Down with a fill power of 850+ while the outer is a Pertex Quantum GL ripstop nylon, and this ensures the jacket offers a very good level of insulation but is also very light for its performance. There are three pockets and the hood gets a wired peak, with the lack of cuff adjustment ...

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Montane Chonus (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThe down is held in box wall construction throughout, which means there are no cold spots as found on most jackets at this price, which are generally stitched-through designs. The 800+ fill power 90/10 down is certified not live plucked, but it isn’t water-resistant. You do get a helmet-compatible hood with a stiffened peak though. 4/5 FitThe men’s Montane Chonus ...

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Mammut Magic GTX (2015)

£210.00

FeaturesThe Mammut Magic GTX has a highly stitched upper made from a mix of velours leather and Dropstop synthetic textile. There’s a one-piece padded tongue with a high padded ankle cuff, while a full rubber rand affords protection around the edge while the sole is a deep-lugged Vibram Maton unit. Internally there is shaped ankle padding and a full-height Gore-Tex ...

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Dolomite Cougar GTX (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThe Dolomite Cougar GTX has a clean upper made from DLM ballistic fibre and DLM elastic fibre surrounded by a two-part rubber rand and protective rubber toecap. A full-height Gore-Tex liner and ample ankle padding are found inside. A fully padded one-piece tongue is linked to the cuff by a simple skirt. The Vibram sole has deep, aggressive lugs and ...

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Hanwag Friction GTX (2015)

£255.00

FeaturesThe Hanwag Friction GTX’s leather and Cordura upper with a one-piece padded tongue and padded ankle offer robust protection. There’s a full rubber rand for external protection, internal linings of thermal insulation and a high-cut waterproof Gore-Tex sock. The dual-firmness ankle cuff is very supportive but needs care with lacing tension. It has deep lugs for firm snow or muddy ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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