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Brasher Kanaga Peak 2010

£155.00

With a swing of my leg, the edge of my boot slashed a step in the snow that was wide enough to support my weight. Another swing and another step followed. Onward and upward, step by step, I climbed into the chilly Lakeland fells. I was wearing the Brasher Kanaga GTX, a new winter boot from a brand best known ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX 2009

£220.00

The La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX 4 is a boot with an upper made of mixed materials that helps to keep the weight down. The tongue is well-padded to improve the comfort of the laces too, and so when this is on the foot it feels light and comfortable. There is a waterproof lining to maintain dry feet, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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AKU Spider Light GTX 2009

As the name suggests the 4-season AKU Spider Light GTX is a lightweight boot, yet there is also plenty of winter-orientated performance here too. The upper is made from synthetic Air8000, which is more breathable than some other synthetic materials, which means you should not get as sweaty in this as in other boots. There is a waterproof lining too, ...

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Kayland Apex Rock 2009

£200.00

Some winter boots are better for climbing, and others are better for walking. Kayland’s Apex Rock, as the name suggests, is very much a climbing-orientated design. It has a close, narrow fit, which benefits from lacing that extends right down to the toes. The result is a really dexterous feel that means you can confidently place the toe exactly where ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Mammut Monolith GTX 2009

£190.00

The Monolith GTX is a new 4-season boot from Mammut, owners of the brand formerly known as Raichle. It is very lightweight with synthetic materials on the upper and a particularly modern design. The benefits of the design include the reduced weight and the performance for the price. This boot slips onto the feet and feels close-fitting and dexterous immediately, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Kayland Apex Trek 2009

£190.00

The Kayland Apex Trek 3-4 season boot is very lightweight for its class and yet it benefits from a great package of features and is no slouch in terms of performance either. The upper is made from a combination of fabric and leather with an eVent waterproof lining. The rubber rand extends around the front of the boot for improved ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Scarpa New SL 2009

£185.00

The Scarpa SL has defined the 3-4 season boot category for many years. It is a classic design that is ideal for British conditions with a one-piece leather upper that is virtually free of stitching to fail, and its 2.8mm thickness means it is very water-resistant. Treat this material regularly with proofing products and it will last a lifetime and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mammut Mount Trail XT 2009

£160.00

The Mammut (formerly Raichle) Mount Trail XT has been a frequent favourite of Trail’s when provided by the manufacturer as a 3-season boot, and it was ‘Best in Test’ in May 2009. However it has now been submitted by the manufacturer for inclusion in the 3-4 season category. The boot features a solidly built leather upper that is not one ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Zamberlan Venture GT

£90.00

One of the heavier shoes on test, but still a fair bit down on a good boot, and it didn’t feel at all clumsy, so loses no marks. It is very stable and offers plenty of support, both in the upper, which is a split-leather/Cordura blend, and in the midsole, which seems to flex perfectly both front to back and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Carn Storm Chaser EV Low

£95.00

About as close to a boot as you are going to get in a shoe and pretty heavy. But it is extremely comfortable, courtesy of a generous fit and plenty of padding, and it’s also very supportive for a shoe; with a superb midsole that flexes front to back easily but holds steady laterally on rough ground. Waterproof leather and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Asolo Atlantis GTX

£130.00

The Atlantis is a very sturdy boot, with Asolo’s new Active Heel Support which cradles the heel and offers really good shock absorption. The toe box is a little on the narrow side, but an excellent lacing system should allow for a comfortable fit for all but the widest feet. The well-placed locking eyelet also helps by keeping feet firmly ...

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The North Face Dhaulagiri GTX

£115.00

Plenty of padding on the ankle cuff and tongue, and soft mesh uppers, make the Dhaulagiris exceptionally comfortable, straight from the box. The ankle cuff is very high to give maximum support, and also helps keep out grit and water splashes. A good lacing system and well-placed locking eyelet will keep feet comfortably in place all day and there’s extra ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Hanwag Banks Lady GTX

£125.00

Plenty of padding makes the Banks feel as comfortable as slippers. Be warned, though – lots of padding and a Gore-Tex lining will result in very sweaty feet in warmer weather. The suede uppers are really soft and the fit is especially suitable for women with wide feet, since the laces don’t allow much room for adjustment. The midsole is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Zamberlan Rise GT MNS

£135.00

A heavy boot, but it doesn’t actually feel heavy on, due to an excellent fit, with a narrow heel that almost grips the foot and a sweet rolling action that seems to propel the foot forward. It’s reasonably well-padded and the lacing’s excellent, making it easy to get a really stable fit. The thick split-leather/Cordura upper offers support and bags ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Scarpa ZG65 XCR

£110.00

The ZG65 is slightly narrow, but the uppers are soft and pliable so it’ll accommodate most feet given a few wears. It’s well-padded, and feels very light, but a locking eyelet at the top of the foot would make it easier to get a really stable fit. The midsole is a compromise – stiff enough to take a bit of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Salomon Quest 4D GTX

£130.00

A well-padded boot that feels great from the box. It’s quite a chunky boot, with a very high ankle cuff, but it’s not too heavy, and the lacing is excellent, making it really easy to get a stable fit. It struggled a little for grip in softer conditions, but it did well on rock. It has an excellent toe box ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mammut Scout GTX

£100.00

Quite a broad boot and less padding than most tested so doesn’t feel quite as luxurious as some when first pulled on. It doesn’t take long to soften, though, and it soon moulds around the foot, providing the fit’s right. It’s quite low at the ankle and it is lacking in a decent locking eyelet, making it harder to eliminate ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Hi-Tec Lite Fast Hike II MID WP

£60.00

A bit of a hybrid between a multi-activity shoe and a full-on walking boot, but much closer to the boot end of the spectrum than it is the shoe, with a semi-stiff midsole and some good protection for the toe. The fit’s quite roomy, and with only two speed-lacing eyelets each side of the cuff, it’s not so easy to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Brasher Towa GTX

£110.00

The Towa is wide and roomy at the toe but quite narrow at the heel so it needs quite careful lacing to avoid toe-bang on descents. The tongue and ankle cuff are well padded and they feel great when you first pull them on. It’s a chunky, rugged boot, with excellent heel and toe protection and a quite rigid midsole ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Karrimor KSB Peak II Event

£80.00

Broad at the toe, yet narrow at the heel, the KSBs have a fairly distinctive fit. They’re reasonably well padded, feeling good from the word go, yet not too hot in milder conditions. The boots have a moderately stiff midsole, well-suited to all-round walking, and they’re reasonably light, so won’t feel clumsy on easier paths. An eVENT membrane provides the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Regatta Rockfold Mid X-LT

£60.00

The Rockfold is really a high shoe rather than a full-on boot and very much aimed at the more casual walker, with minimal midsole support and a shallow tread pattern that will only really perform on good surfaces. In its favour, it’s superbly comfortable, thanks to a broad, boxy fit and a substantial amount of padding, and the waterproof lining ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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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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Lowa Munro 2009

£145.00

The Lowa Munro has a full leather upper with minimal stitching for durability; full rubber rand for durability; very stiff toe box to protect the feet from rocks; stiff Vibram sole ideal for rocky ground; reasonable lug pattern for general traction. But heavy at 1972g (pair, size 11); lugs could be a little better for muddy ground.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Raichle/Mammut Mtn. Trail GTX 2009

£150.00

There is actually very little between this and the Scarpa Trek, but for the same price the Mountain Trail also gets a Gore-Tex lining. This was a Raichle boot, but the brand has been absorbed by Mammut so you may see it badged as either. The boot is based around a simple nubuck leather upper without lots of stitching to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Contour Lady Nevada 2009

£80.00

The Contour Lady Nevada weighs 1076g (pair, size 5); Hydroban waterproof lining; superb price for quality of materials; stitch-free leather upper; excellent stiffness and support; aggressive sole unit; great cushioning and comfort. But for more cash you can get a slightly stiffer boot, such as the Contour New Navigator, which is better for rocky hill and mountain walking.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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