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Columbia Youth Switchback Mid 2 Omni-Tech 2011

£48.00

The Columbia Youth Switchback Mid 2 Omni-Tech’s low-cut ankle cuff ensures comfort from the box while an Omni-Tech waterproof lining keeps the feet dry. There is good protection at the toe as well. Underfoot there is a reasonable pattern of lugs for grip and some reasonable stiffness for taking the stress out of uneven terrain. But there is no heel ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Merrell Chameleon Strap Mid 2011

£50.00

The Merrell Chameleon Strap Mid’s ankle cuff is lower than conventional boots but very stiff, so although only mid height it is very supportive. An unusual Velcro fastening coupled with elastic lacing helps kids put these on. The style is very modern too. The lugs have reasonable depth for grip and the toe box is fairly stiff to protect the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Raid Junior 2011

£50.00

The Berghaus Raid Junior is a well-established boot that remains unchanged again this year in terms of design and price. The fabric and suede upper hides a waterproof ling. The upper feels quite durable too and seems able to offer good protection for a young, growing foot, while the outsole is Vibram branded. But the Vibram sole has shallow lugs, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Brasher Tora GTX 2011

£60.00

The Brasher Tora GTX is a new boot that appears to be a good development of the Chichon, which has won this test in recent years. The outsole is very aggressive with good stiffness, making it ideal for rougher terrain. The upper has a Gore-Tex lining to keep out the wet plus a very good stiff toe box and a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Peter Storm Coleburn 2011

£30.00

The Peter Storm Coleburn is a very low-priced boot with a low ankle cuff to provide comfort straight from the box. The upper has a waterproof lining to keep feet dry, plus panels of suede to increase durability. Underfoot the lugs are widely spaced to prevent clogging. But there is very little stiffness in the Peter Storm Coleburn’s sole or ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Boreal Aspen 2011

£40.00

The Boreal Aspen is a brightly coloured boot with a good ankle cuff height for general walking plus a waterproof lining to keep feet dry. The outsole has a good, deep pattern of lugs for grip and long-term wear. Importantly the toe box is very firm for maximum protection, and it gets a rubber rand too for durability. But other ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Regatta Guideway Mid 2011

£40.00

The Regatta Guideway Mid is a very good low-priced boot with a mid-cut ankle cuff and a waterproof lining that is good for general outdoor use. The upper has plenty of leather to protect the mesh for greater durability. There is decent stiffness in the ankle area and sole too. The lugs are reasonably aggressive for grip in mud. But ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Magic Junior Mid 2011

£45.00

The Meindl Magic Junior Mid is a well-proven boot costing £5 more this year, but it retains all its great features. There is good stiffness in the sole and upper to protect the growing younger foot. A rubber rand at the toe should increase the durability of the stiffened toe box. Underfoot there is a reasonably grippy lug pattern for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keen Skyline Mid 2011

£60.00

The Keen Skyline Mid is a mid-cut boot with a lower ankle cuff than others in the test. What is striking about it though is the stiffness in the sole and toe box, which means it offers far better protection on rockier ground than others. The forefoot is also wide so it may suit some kids’ feet better than narrower ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Zamberlan Kid GT 2010

£55.00

The Zamberlan Kid GT is a proper boot, designed for the hills. The upper is very supportive with a good solid toe box and some good stiffness in the upper too to protect the foot. There’s a Vibram sole unit with reasonable stiffness for rockier terrain too. This boot offers most of what many children heading to the hills will ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Brasher Chichon 2010

£50.00

The Chichon has won this test for a number of years and I have not heard of anyone having problems with it either. So it appears to be well-proven. It has a waterproof lining and is built to take plenty of use and abuse while offering excellent protection for children heading for rougher terrain.  But a full leather upper would ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keen Targhee 2010

£45.00

The Keen Targhee is a mid-cut boot with a very breathable upper, making it ideal for summer walks. The rubber toe bumper is ideal for extra protection and there is a waterproof lining. Better still the wide forefoot is ideal for broader feet and allows young toes to develop without restriction. But many others have more aggressive lugs for grip ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Raid Junior 2010

£50.00

The Berghaus Raid Junior is a boot that has proved its worth over the years and it remains unchanged for this year. There is a waterproof lining and a relatively clean upper, which will help with long-term durability. The outsole is Vibram branded, while the toe box is solid to offer good protection. But the Vibram sole has shallow lugs, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vasque Breeze Childrens 2010

£45.00

The Vasque Breeze Childrens is a waterproof fabric boot with lots of mesh on the upper to increase breathability. The upper is very soft, so it will certainly mould to the foot easily and feel comfy straight from the box. Underfoot there is a good lug pattern for keeping a grip in the mud too.  But the upper may not ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Regatta Cross Stones JNR 2010

£50.00

The Regatta Cross Stones JNR is a stylish girls’ boot with a reasonable ankle cuff and a waterproof lining. There is a good level of protection at the toe as well. The outsole has a decent pattern of lugs for easier terrain. Use this on forest trails and when sticking to the paths on the fells and it would offer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Salomon Elios Mid WP 2010

£45.00

The Salomon Elios Mid WP is a good-looking boot with a good durable upper, a stiff toe box and a heel cup that offers plenty of support on rougher terrain. There is a waterproof lining too and this combined with the ankle cuff should help keep feet dry. The outsole has a good aggressive lug pattern too for grip in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Magic Junior Mid 2010

£40.00

The Meindl Magic Junior Mid feels quite substantial and has good stiffness throughout to provide support and protection on rough terrain. Rubber at the toe box and heel add a little extra durability too. Underfoot there is a reasonably grippy lug pattern for mud.  But this has quite a low ankle cuff, so it’s not ideal for rough terrain. Some ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Prophecy 2010

£35.00

The The North Face Prophecy is a low-cut shoe with very open mesh, which affords excellent breathability. The outsole has a good lug pattern too to provide great grip in the mud. As it is very light it is great for running around in, and it looks pretty good too. Great for use in dry locations. But the ankle cuff ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Hi-Tec Altitude IV JR WP 2010

£35.00

The Hi-Tec Altitude IV JR WP is a great little boot that mirrors a traditional walking boot. A leather upper with a waterproof lining is built onto an excellent sole unit that has plenty of support and deep lugs. The toe box is stiff too. This feels ideal for a wide variety of hill terrain. The price is superb too. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Peter Storm Harrison 2010

£35.00

Available in boys’ and girls’ colours, the Peter Storm Harrison offers reasonable protection for the foot with a waterproof lining. There is some reasonable stiffness underfoot too. This is a generally well-designed valley walking boot that should be fine for many children. But take this boot onto the hills and the drawbacks may become more evident. The toe box is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Timberland Trailscape 2010

£40.00

The Timberland Trailscape is a low-cut shoe has a breathable mesh upper, making it ideal for walking in warm weather far from any puddles. There is protection around the shoe with suede. The lacing is easy for children thanks to a quick-release drawcord design.  But as this is a low-cut shoe it does not offer the ankle protection of a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Magic Junior Mid

£50.00

A Gore-Tex waterproof lining in this children’s boot keeps the feet dry behind that stylish upper. The Meindl Magic Junior Mid has good stiffness throughout to provide support and protection on rough terrain. Rubber at the toe box and heel add a little extra durability too. But this boot has quite a low ankle cuff, so it’s not ideal for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vasque Breeze (Children’s)

£45.00

The Vasque Breeze (Children’s) is a stylish fabric and suede boot that resembles a smaller version of the adult boot. There is a waterproof lining and a reasonably aggressive outsole lug pattern to keep a grip in the mud. There is good layer of cushioning too to take the pounding out of hard surfaces. But the upper is not likely ...

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

£50.00

The Scarpa Marmot children’s boot has been highly rated in past tests thanks to its full nubuck leather upper and waterproof lining, coupled with good stiffness in the toe box, sole and heel cup for ideal mountain performance. The reasonably aggressive lug pattern on the sole is good for mud too. But some boots, such as the Brasher Chichon, have ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keen Targhee

£35.00

The Keen Targhee is a low-cut children’s shoe with a very breathable upper, making this ideal for summer walks. The rubber toe bumper is ideal for extra protection and the heel cup offers good support. Better still the wide forefoot is ideal for broader feet. But as this is a low-cut shoe rather than a boot it more easily allows ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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