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Asolo Sherpa GV (2014)

£240.00

The Asolo Sherpa GV has always been a relatively well-priced option compared to other 4-season boots. It’s built around a one-piece leather upper, for maximum durability and water resistance, but you also get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to ensure dry feet in the wettest of conditions. In addition, there’s a rubber rand around the whole boot for maximum levels of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Zamberlan Fitz Roy GTX (2014)

£250.00

At 1832g (pair, size 11) the Zamberlan Fitz Roy GTX is the lightest boot in our test. The weight saving comes in part from the synthetic microfibre upper, which has minimal overlays of additional material. This appears to be a very durable option, and further protection is provided by a full rubber rand. Underfoot sits a Vibram New Mulaz sole ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Salewa Blackbird EVO (2014)

£225.00

The Salewa Blackbird EVO is a remarkable boot at a very reasonable price. It has Gore-Tex Duratherm inside, which offers extra insulation, making it warmer than any other boots in the same price bracket. The upper is synthetic with a leather overlay and there isn’t too much stitching, so it should be durable, but you also get a rubber rand ...

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Hanwag Cengalo GTX (2014)

£235.00

The Hanwag Cengalo GTX is lighter than it first appears as it weighs in at 1914g (pair, size 11), making it the third lightest in our test – and its price tag is also very appealing. The boot has an upper made from a mix of synthetic materials with small areas of suede leather, and it also has a full ...

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La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX (2014)

£300.00

The La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX is designed for ice climbing, mixed climbing and cold-weather alpine pursuits, so it has an insulated lining as well as Gore-Tex to keep your feet comfortable. The upper is made from synthetic materials to keep weight down, with extra durability provided by the rubber rand that extends all the way around the ...

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Scarpa Manta Pro GTX (2014)

£280.00

The Scarpa Manta has long been the definition of a 4-season British mountain walking and mountaineering boot. This year it has received a radical facelift that transforms its appearance and moves it a step away from its more traditional-looking predecessor. The upper is made from a mix of leather and synthetic materials, with a dash of silver and orange to ...

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Mammut Magic GTX (2014)

£220.00

At 1908g for a size 11 pair, the Mammut Magic GTX is the second lightest and the lowest-priced boot in our test, so it’s instantly appealing, as all 4-season boots are relatively heavy and pricy compared with bendy 3-season boots. The upper is made primarily from synthetic materials with leather overlays and there’s a large amount of stitching here, which ...

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The North Face Verto S6K Glacier GTX (2014)

£330.00

The North Face’s Verto S6K Glacier GTX is designed to be used up to 6000m on Alpine mountains and glaciers, and if you grab it between toe and heel and try to bend the sole, it’s clear this is a true 4-season boot because there’s plenty of stiffness in that sole unit. Inside the boot there’s also a layer of ...

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AKU SL Pro GTX (2014)

£295.00

The AKU SL Pro GTX is rated as B2/B3, so it is stiffer than a normal B2-rated 4-season boot and so when compared with other B2-rated 4-season boots it is just too stiff. For hillwalking this is a drawback, as it is quite uncomfortable underfoot. However if you were looking for a boot for mountaineering and climbing rather than purely ...

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Lowa Cevedale Pro GTX (2013)

£270.00

The Lowa Cevedale Pro GTX is lighter than first appearances may suggest and at 1922g (pair, size 11) it is third lightest in our test, behind the Mammut Magic GTX and the Zamberlan Fitz Roy GTX. Yet it also has the most aggressive outsole of any boot we looked at, with 6mm deep lugs that are very widely spaced plus ...

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First test: Scarpa Manta Pro GTX (2013)

£280.00

Some things in life go together so well that they should never be fiddled with, such as Simon and Garfunkel, bacon and egg, and the Scarpa Manta and its leather upper. But Scarpa has just given the Manta a facelift that involves losing the blue leather upper and replacing it with a mix of leather and synthetic microfibre overlays. Can ...

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Scarpa Manta (2013)

£250.00

For the hillwalker in the UK the Scarpa Manta has defined the winter 4-season boot for many years, and it remains the definition of the category. The boot has a stitch-free leather upper and so it won’t leak or fall apart easily as there is no stitching to fail. But for extra durability you get a full rubber rand to ...

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Berghaus Kibo (2013)

£220.00

The Berghaus Kibo has been available for some years now and it remains unchanged for 2013 except for a 10 per cent rise in price over last year. The upper of the boot is made with a mix of fabric and leather with some very modern styling. There is a full rubber rand to protect the boot from abrasion and ...

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La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX (2013)

£300.00

There are various versions of the Trango in the La Sportiva range, and this Extreme Evo Light GTX version is designed for the alpinist, rather than the more general mountaineering user who would suit the Trango Light GTX or Trango S Evo GTX. To that end the Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX has an insulated lining, and it does feel ...

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Mammut Monolith GTX (2013)

£200.00

The Mammut Monolith GTX has been around for a few years now, and it’s well-priced for what you get. The boot has a slightly more ‘mountaineering’ appeal than some others, but it’s equally attractive to those who prefer a little more support when walking. The upper is a mix of fabric and leather, with a Gore-Tex lining to provide waterproof ...

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Zamberlan Torre GTX (2013)

£300.00

The Zamberlan Torre GTX is designed for Alpine mountaineering where glacier travel and some ice climbing are part of a normal day. The boot is made with a single piece of leather that is integrated with synthetic materials. A rubber rand protects the upper from abrasion when mountaineering, while a Gore-Tex waterproof lining helps to keep feet dry. The outsole ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Hanwag Friction GTX (2013)

£260.00

Like some other boots in our test the Hanwag Friction GTX has a Gore-Tex Duratherm-insulated lining for extra warmth on high Alpine peaks. The upper mixes leather and synthetic materials with a high rubber rand to provide durability when mountaineering. The outsole is a very good Vibram unit with deep, well-spaced lugs that look ideal for snow and ice when ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Meindl Piz Palu GTX (2013)

£280.00

The Piz Palu is part of Meindl’s Alpine range and it benefits from Duratherm insulation to keep your feet warm on high Alpine peaks. The upper is a mix of leather and synthetic materials with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining, and this has good durability thanks to the rubber rand. The outsole is a very impressive Vibram unit with deep, well-spaced ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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The North Face Verto S6K Glacier GTX (2013)

£330.00

The 6K denotes that the The North Face Verto S6K Glacier GTX is designed to be used at altitudes up to 6000m on Alpine mountains, and for that environment it has a good set of features. So you get Primaloft insulation inside to help keep your feet warm and this boot is also very light at 2088g (pair, size 11) ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Zamberlan Vajolet 2012

£240.00

The Zamberlan Vajolet is a very ‘European’ style of boot, but it also benefits from a great range of well-designed features. Firstly it is relatively lightweight, thanks in part to the fabric upper. The mix of materials on the upper are protected by a rubber rand that encloses the front half of the boot. Inside is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Scarpa Manta (2012)

£240.00

The Scarpa Manta has been the benchmark 4-season boot for longer than I can remember, which has made it the first choice for many hill and mountain walkers to consider when purchasing a dedicated boot for use on snow. The current version, which remains unchanged since 2009, boasts a stitch-free leather upper with a rubber rand, making it extremely durable. ...

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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
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Mammut Monolith 2012

£220.00

The slightly lower price of the Mammut Monolith compared to many other boots makes it instantly attractive. The boot sports modern styling, thanks to the mix of materials on the upper. There is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and on the outside a full rubber rand improves long-term durability. Get this boot on and the ankle cuff feels slightly more supportive ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Boreal Triglav 2012

£210.00

The Triglav is the fabric version of Boreal’s all-leather Nelion, which costs £220. The fabric Triglav is a little lighter than the Nelion as well as being lower in price. The fabric upper is protected by a full rubber rand for extra durability, while inside the boot there is a Dri-Line waterproof lining that incorporates Sympatex, which is a well-proven ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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AKU Spider Light GTX 2012

£235.00

The AKU Spider Light GTX features a unique upper design called AKU Air Infinity Technology, using materials more breathable and lighter than leather. To further enhance breathability, a thermoplastic PU frame provides support to the upper while leaving large areas of fabric open to the air. There is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining too, to keep your feet dry, plus a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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