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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 ...

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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 ...

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Bridgedale MerinoFusion Trail (2014)

£15.00

Best suited for walking in warmer conditions, the classic Bridgedale Trail has a clever mixture of thick underfoot padding with thin mesh material above, which allows the top of your foot to breathe. They also come with a three-year guarantee, so you’ll get plenty of great mountain adventures out of them. www.bridgedale.com

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1000 Mile Ultra Performance (2014)

£9.50

Outrageously clever, 1000 Mile socks are laced with copper fibre technology, which is proven to combat bacteria and fungus, so they protect against odour and promote foot health. They feature Wool Ultra, which is warm, fast-drying and lightweight. They’re quite thin, but well-padded on the ankle and heel. www.1000mile.co.uk

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Smartwool Outdoor Light Micro (2014)

£15.00

These lightweight socks come to just above your ankle, making them perfect for a wide range of activities such as walking, running and mountain biking. The heel and toe both benefit from extra padding that offers excellent levels of comfort and protection, so if you can live with the low ankle design, you’ll love them.   www.smartwool.com

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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 ...

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Anatom Q3 (2014)

£145.00

The Anatom Q3 is a robust boot, thanks to a very durable leather upper with minimal stitching, plus good stiffness at the toe box and heel cup to provide protection and support on rocky hill and mountain walks. It’s a little heavier than some other models at 1652g (pair, size 46) but it’s stiffer and more supportive than the lighter ...

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Lorpen Trekking & Expedition (2014)

£55.00

It’s not often you’d spend £55 on socks, but the price tag is fully justified here. You get two layers of Polartec Power Stretch fabric and a layer of PrimaLoft Footwear insulation, and the result is insane warmth. They’ve been tested above 8000m and stretch right up to your knees, so you’re getting a serious expedition sock. www.lorpen.co.uk

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Teko Light Hiking (2014)

£14.00

Teko Light Hiking socks have a seamless toe zone, a well-padded sole and a foot arch brace for increased comfort, plus (according to Teko) they resist odour for at least five days of rigorous exercise. They’re also made from environmentally sustainable materials, thus reducing your carbon footprint (pardon the pun).    www.tekosocks.com

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Brasher Mountain Master (2014)

£17.00

Described by Brasher as being ‘perfect from the Himalayas to winter in the Lake District’, there’s very little to dislike about these Merino Wool Ultra socks. They’re warm, comfortable, do a great job of wicking moisture away from your feet and are extremely thick. Perfect for using on long, cold mountain days. www.brasher.co.uk

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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 ...

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Wigwam Cypress (2014)

£13.00

Wigwam is an American company that specialises in socks for every kind of outdoor activity, in every colour you could dream of. The Cypress has a classic ‘ragg wool’ look and also features moisture control, odour management and blister-free technology. Thinner than most, but makes up for it in looks. www.wigwam.com

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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X-Socks Trekking Merino Light (2014)

£24.00

Insulation. Protection. Comfort. Ventilation. Moisture absorption. It’s all packed into these futuristic socks, designed for cooler temperatures. They’re not the thickest, but they feature toe protectors, ankle pads, stabilising rods, Achilles protectors, cooling channels and air-conditioning pads. www.x-socks.com

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Brasher Mountain Master (2014)

£30.00

Waterproof socks are still an acquired taste, but they’ve come a long way from the ‘bin bags on feet’ jobs of a few years ago. SealSkinz has an extensive range that now incorporates merino wool, as well as a breathable waterproof membrane. They still crunch a bit when you walk, but the important thing is they keep your feet dry! ...

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Salomon Comet 3D GTX (2014)

£140.00

The Salomon Comet 3D GTX is a very lightweight boot at just 1356g (pair, size 11), and with the lower weight comes a change in performance when compared to heavier boots. The upper is made from synthetic materials with lots of stitching, so potentially this may not be as durable as a boot with one piece of leather on the ...

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Falke RU Stabilizing (2014)

£18.00

These technology-heavy socks are intentionally tight-fitting, with the resulting compression designed to increase ankle stability. They’re well-padded on the bottom and are specifically shaped for the left and the right foot, which provides extra comfort. Designed for runners, they’re equally effective for hillwalkers.   www.falke.com

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Meindl Respond (2014)

£120.00

The Meindl Respond is very much an all-round outdoor shoe with a good range of general features. So you get a mesh upper with a waterproof lining and some suede leather overlays to provide some durability. The heel cup offers very good support for uneven ground while the toe box is less protective, but it does get a rand for ...

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Zamberlan Crosser GTX (2014)

£120.00

The Zamberlan Crosser GTX is a good lightweight option at 954g (pair, size 46), making it instantly appealing to anyone wanting to travel light. The shoe has a synthetic upper with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining, but there’s less mesh here, which means the waterproof lining is better protected and the upper may be faster-drying as well, as it will tend ...

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