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Trekmates Mountain XT Series Pioneer Gore-Tex Gaiter (2012)

£25.00

It’s said the best place to save weight is on your feet, so it is worth looking for minimal weight in gaiters too – and at just 83g the Trekmates Mountain XT Series Pioneer Gore-Tex Gaiter won’t use much of your energy! Gore-Tex Paclite fabric is extremely waterproof but it tends to display its condensation on the inside quite readily. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Zamberlan Monster GTX (2012)

£200.00

In the UK Zamberlan is best known for its tried and trusted range of fellwalking boots. Quality and comfort have been the company’s hallmark, so it was interesting to get hold of its first pair of scrambling boots over here to see how they shaped up. The minute you get the Zamberlan Monster GTXs out of the box it is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX 2012

£240.00

The clue is in the name, as the La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX is very much an Alpine-orientated boot. It has a neater and narrower profile than some other options we looked at, which makes it feel slightly better for climbing and mountaineering on a mix of snow, ice and rock. The boot is slightly lighter than others, which again ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Berghaus Bowscale

£160.00

A 2-layer Gore-Tex jacket suited to lower level walking. The less technical styling does mean that you won’t look like a lost mountain guide when out walking the dog. The face fabric is pleasantly soft and isn’t too noisy. There aren’t any vents to draw away the heat, and so it does tend to be warmer than most. The face ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Montane Terra Alpine

£80.00

Really quite technical trousers and performed incredibly well on the hills. The stretch-woven fabric is more like traditional soft shell, which allows for a great range of movement whilst remaining close-fitting and doesn’t ride up. This can be particularly useful on windy ridges and when tackling difficult terrain. The narrow fit in the leg is helped with a zip-opening ankle ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Rab Generator Vest 2011

£75.00

A gilet that packs away into its own inner pocket and can be used as a camping pillow? You’ve got to admit that’s pretty cool. The Rab Generator Vest uses synthetic Primaloft to deliver damp-proof insulation. It doesn’t quite pack the warmth-per-gram punch of down, but it does hold up much better against our typical British mountain weather conditions. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Alt-Berg Tethera 2011

£160.00

The Alt-Berg Tethera is very much a traditional hill-walking boot. The upper is built from one piece of leather, so there is no stitching to fray over time. Behind the upper is a Sympatex waterproof lining, so dry feet are virtually guaranteed even if you don’t treat the leather well. Further durability comes from the rubber rand, which extends around ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Keen Whisper 2010

£60.00

The Keen Whisper is a good-looking sandal for women. The strap system has a drawcord design to tension the straps around the foot, and this worked very well to provide a comfortable, secure fit. But what is great about this sandal is that it offers a little more protection for the foot than an open-toe sandal, but equally water and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Berghaus Cornice/Glissade 2009

£160.00

The Berghaus Cornice/Glissade is a classic waterproof jacket that is well-proven to be ideal for those who want a good, all-round waterproof for walking. The price remains at £160 this year, while most jackets have increased by at least a tenner. It’s made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell fabric. Inside there is a mesh lining and also a wide brushed polyester ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Zamberlan Ultra Lite GT 2009

£135.00

The Zamberlan Ultra Lite GT lives up to its name as a very light leather boot for maximum durability and support. The boot has an almost stitchless upper so this, along with a Gore-Tex lining means there is not a lot of opportunity for it to leak or fall apart with use, making it ideal for walking on rough hillsides. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Teva Open Toachi Leather 2009

£65.00

The Open Toachi Leather is similar to Teva’s excellent Wraptor series that has won these reviews in the past, in terms of its footbed. So you get that superb, easy walking action from the precurved sole, the excellent cushioning and the useful stiffness, which all makes the ride wonderful on every step. The outsole offers a good grip in mud ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Brasher Supalite GTX 2009

£130.00

The Brasher Supalite GTX is probably the best lightweight boot on the market, in my view.  I’ve used it since it appeared many years ago. I prefer more supportive boots for hill-walking, but when I want to travel lighter, this is my first choice. It is very light but more importantly it is leather and has been proven to last. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Asolo PowerMatic 200 2009

£150.00

The Asolo PowerMatic 200 weighs 1864g (pair, size 11); Gore-Tex waterproof lining; triple-density PU sole for cushioning; low ride height for close-to-the-ground feel; great sole stiffness for rocky ground; virtually stitch-free leather upper; solid toe box, lots of support. But outsole is not quite as aggressive as similar-priced options.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Mountain Equipment Pro Lite 2008

£180.00

The Mountain Equipment Pro Lite is a new jacket that looks set to become very popular as it has a great set of features and makes use of the latest Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric, so it has excellent water and condensation control. The jacket is a simple design with a main front zip that benefits from an external stormflap. There ...

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

£35.00

The Lookas is a stylish and practical sandal. The strap system offers a little extra protection than some others. There’s also a lip around the toe that helps keep out a little of the grit that can get under the toes when walking. The straps are leather and Velcro with good padding for extra comfort. Underneath the footbed is a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Source Gobi

£55.00

A popular and comfortable sandal that’s unchanged for 2008. The synthetic straps are fast-drying, making it ideal for river crossing and backpacking. There’s also good neoprene padding behind these straps, which are welcome for the extra comfort they bring compared to non-lined straps of lower-priced options. Of particular interest is the unique ‘guaranteed for life’ Green Spot on the sole ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Rab Summit

£200.00

The Summit is in a league above most other duvet jackets. It packs 250g of down insulation into a box wall construction for ultimate efficiency, minimal cold spots and oodles of insulation. In short if you feel the cold, go for this as it is warm as it gets. There is also a detachable down hood to make this a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Haglöfs Barrier Hood

£95.00

This duvet jacket uses Dupont Thermolight insulation; massive chest pockets; fixed hood; packs into pocket; very comfy Powerstretch cuffs; excellent arm movement; ideal as back-up warm layer in spring to autumn. But hood cannot be rolled down or removed; not as warm as others.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket

£140.00

This insulated jacket is the big brother to Patagonia’s popular Micro Puff Pullover. It features a full-length zip and a hood. The size medium Patagonia weighs in at just 516g (including a 30g stuffsack). The jacket is filled with Polarguard Delta, a top-quality synthetic insulator, and gets a water-resistant shell. The jacket feels comfortable and fits well. The two main ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Scarpa Enigma XCR

£85.00

This multi-activity shoe came first in Trail tests in 2006. It is a durable shoe that is so typical of the products that come out of the Italian factory of Scarpa. It’s built to take the knocks and feels just ideal for scrambling. You get a relatively lightweight shoe with a primarily synthetic upper. Inside the upper there is a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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La Sportiva Trango Trek Micro Evo GTX

£140.00

A 3-season boot that features a Gore-Tex waterproof lining; articulated ankle cuff for support while maintaining easy forward flex; rubber rand around toe and inside edge of outer; solid toe box; very aggressive Vibram sole; excellent stiffness for mountain terrain. But the very stiff sole means this is not ideal for general walking; boots with a simpler one-piece leather upper ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Royal Robbins Back Country

£30.00

These Royal Robbins Back County women’s shorts have a very useful waist adjuster to fine-tune the fit. The nylon fabric may cling a little, but the flattering cut promises to give you a snug, shapely fit. These will keep you cool and wash/dry with no problems – you don’t really need to iron them. Perhaps too many angled pockets?

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Rab Vidda

£180.00

The very lightweight jacket from Rab has a pleasant, technical look. The fit and length of the arms and body are good, and the deep, adjustable hood excellent. It’s very roomy in the chest, which will be perfect for some women. Although simply styled, the attention to detail is very apparent. The cuffs and hem are fully adjustable, the hood ...

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

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