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La Sportiva Trango Cube (2014)

£275.00

Reducing weight in many products is relatively easy, but when it comes to stiff mountaineering boots there are limits to what can be achieved. Or at least that used to be the case, before La Sportiva turned to modern technology for an answer. Mountaineering boots have to be stiff to allow them to take crampons, hold an edge when climbing ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Mammut Base Jump Advanced II Pant (2014)

£150.00

Base Jump Advanced II Pants – the latest version of Mammut’s very popular trousers – uses stretchy and durable Schoeller fabric with a 3XDry treatment for fast drying. The fabric is an excellent weight for general hill use, making them a good option throughout the year until shorts are needed. The seat and ankle cuff are reinforced for extra durability, ...

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Haglöfs Rugged II Mountain Pant (2014)

£150.00

Made from a relatively heavy nylon canvas called Climatic, with triple stitching in many areas, Haglöfs Rugged II Mountain Pants are well-established, hardwearing trousers. There’s no stretch in the main fabric but there are waterproof stretch panels in the knees and seat. The waist has elastication and belt loops, and there is zipped ventilation behind the thighs, while the two ...

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Rohan Elite (2014)

£225.00

A frequent favourite in Trail tests, the Elite uses Rohan’s own fabric, Barricade Elite, which offers performance that is equal to the best in the industry. I’ve been using the jacket for several years and find that on the hill it is just as impressive. At only 334g the Elite packs in a host of useful features for heading onto ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

£160.00

The Mountain Equipment Aeon boasts a wealth of hill-orientated features. Firstly the Drilite fabric features top-end waterproofness and breathability, while the ‘dry-touch’ inner treatment helps to manage condensation – although higher-priced fabrics may be even better. The fabric also feels a little softer than some options, which gives the impression of being less durable, but I think it will be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Outdoor Research Helium HD (2014)

£165.00

The Outdoor Research Helium HD is a very lightweight jacket, weighing in at 270g (size L) and made from 2.5-layer Pertex Shield+, a fabric that boasts top-end performance for breathability and waterproofness. The zip up the front of the jacket is a more water-resistant design than many around this price, but you don’t get an internal flap to impede progress ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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OMM Aether (2014)

£260.00

The OMM Aether is made from 3-layer eVent fabric so you get the benefits of a 3-layer fabric – maximum condensation management – along with the top-end breathability and water resistance that this fabric is well known for. The Aether is available as a smock or the jacket design featured here. The style is slightly looser around the body than ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Vaude Crestone (2014)

£170.00

The 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric used in the Vaude Crestone meets the environmentally friendly Bluesign standards, while the pit zips and three pockets on the body will suit a wide range of user needs. The two main pockets are large enough for maps and they’re well-placed to maintain access while wearing a rucksack. These pockets don’t use mesh linings, but ...

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Marmot Artemis/Adroit (2014)

£200.00

This jacket is made from Marmot’s latest fabric, NanoPro Membrain, which boasts excellent breathability in the lab and in my experience is one of the best 2.5-layer fabrics available for controlling condensation on the hill. It comes in men’s and women’s version called the Artemis and Adroit respectively. The jacket has a good water-resistant zip up the front with an internal ...

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Arc’teryx Beta SL (2014)

£230.00

The Arc’teryx Beta SL weighs in at 349g (men’s size large) and is made from Gore-Tex Paclite, which is designed to be the lightweight and durable option from the house of Gore. The jacket, which was a comfortable fit on me, has a short body with a water-resistant zip up the front. There is a small baffle on the inside ...

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Berghaus Voltage/Electra (2014)

£200.00

The Berghaus Voltage for men and Electra for women feels nice and robust compared to other lightweight jackets and that makes it instantly appealing for hillwalking as it means it should be better able to trap air around the body than softer and more flexible materials. The fabric is Gore-Active Shell, a well proven development from the house of Gore ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Salomon Minim (2014)

£180.00

The Salomon Minim lives up to its name by tipping the scales at just 292g (size men’s large). It is made from a very thin Climapro fabric that is waterproof and breathable but does not boast the performance of higher-priced jackets, and that is why it has a lower price tag than some options. The main front zip is exposed ...

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Mountain Hardwear Stretch Plasmic (2014)

£170.00

Made from a stretch fabric to reduce any restriction in movement while allowing a closer fit, the Mountain Hardwear Stretch Plasmic uses a 2.5-layer Dry.Q Evap fabric that offers high performance; but, like any 2.5-layer fabric, condensation control is even better in 3-layer fabrics. However, there are pit zips provided for additional control of body temperature. The front zip get ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Alt-Berg Malham (2014)

£165.00

Based in Yorkshire, Alt-Berg is the master of refining the traditional leather boot into something that meets the needs of the 21st century regular hillwalker. To that end the Malham weighs in at just 1478g (pair, size 11), which is remarkable when you consider that this is a leather boot offering great performance. So you get a leather upper with ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Zamberlan Gear (2014)

£155.00

The Gear is typically Zamberlan by design, as it’s very much a robust boot with stiffness and support to make light work of walking and scrambling over rockier ground. Compared to most boots in our test the upper is exceptionally stiff, not just at the heel cup or toe box but throughout. This makes them feel a bit stiff when ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Meindl Kansas (2014)

£165.00

The Kansas is a typically robust design from Meindl. The upper is made from leather with minimal stitching to ensure this area of the boot is very durable and well-suited to a long, hard life on the rockier hills. There is good support at the heel and toe as well, which again makes this ideal for rockier ground. The ankle ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Boreal Strider (2014)

£150.00

A fairly traditional style of boot, the Boreal Strider offers more functionality at its price than many modern styles. It weighs in at 1608g (pair, size 11), which is light for its design, but less substantial boots are certainly lighter. What you get here is a virtually stitch-free upper so it should be pretty durable for many years to come ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Brasher Hillmaster II (2014)

£150.00

Frequently described as ‘Britain’s most loved boot’, the Brasher Hillmaster II has been a frequent sight on the British hills for 30 years, thanks to its weight, comfort and performance. The Hillmaster is no longer the lightest option out there, but it still offers great comfort and performance. It’s built around a leather upper with minimal stitching or obstruction at ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid (2014)

£165.00

There is a slight bias with the Salewa Mountain Trainer Mid towards prioritising performance away from the valley and onto rockier mountain walks and scrambles. It weighs in at just 1488g (pair, size 11), which is remarkable for its performance. The boot has a synthetic and suede leather upper with lacing that extends further toward the toe than in many ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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The North Face Verbera Lightpacker GTX (2014)

£160.00

The The North Face Verbera Lightpacker GTX weighs 1734g (pair, size 11) so it’s not quite as light as its name suggests. But it has some good features for tackling tough terrain, which gives it advantages over some lighter options. The upper is very stiff around the heel, toe box and sides, which is great for rougher ground; and there’s ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Kayland Titan K GTX (2014)

£170.00

The Kayland Titan K GTX is designed for general mountain hiking with a technical edge to allow it to cope well on a broad range of terrain. It has a synthetic and suede leather upper to keep the weight down, and this is protected by a large rubber rand at the toe for durability on scree and rocky ground. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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AKU SL Hike GTX (2014)

£170.00

The AKU SL Hike GTX boot is extremely robust and well-designed to provide practical performance on the hill for its weight of just 1398g (pair, size 11). The upper is made mostly of a synthetic material called AIR8000, which feels far more durable and supportive of the foot compared to most lightweight boots. There’s good stiffness too in the toe ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Scarpa Mustang (2014)

£160.00

The Scarpa Mustang weighs in at 1594g (pair, size 46), which is reasonably lightweight. The upper is made from a mix of suede and synthetic materials with a Gore-Tex lining for waterproof and breathable protection. The upper’s fairly stiff, supportive and protective of the foot, making this better than many synthetic lightweight boots for use on rough, rocky ground. In ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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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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First test: Meindl Bhutan MFS (2014)

£190.00

When Meindl released the Burma Pro in 1997, it was a game-changer – a tough 3-season boot with a multi-piece leather upper and an extremely comfortable lining. For the first time hillwalkers who wanted a stiff boot for rockier mountain trips and year-after-year durability didn’t have to suffer more uncomfortable traditional leather boots. The Meindl Burma Pro was ‘Best in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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