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Keen Durand Low (2015)

£125.00

These are the sturdiest shoes on test and are real heather-bashing tanks. The sole is thick with deep, with fat lugs. More than an inch of protective rubber sits all the way around the edge, with a solid, slightly squared-off heel and a thick rubber lip rising up over a generous toe box. You might think they sound clompy but ...

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The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack Lite GTX (2015)

£110.00

The Hedgehog claims to bring a running shoe feel to a solid walking shoe – and it actually does. The breathable upper is light and fits snugly like a trainer, with a Gore-Tex membrane keeping out moisture. Though thin and light, it’s stiff enough, and fits closely enough, to offer really good support over hard ground. The Vibram rubber outsole ...

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Asolo Outlaw GV (2015)

£130.00

I imagine that an actual outlaw would have very practical needs when it comes to walking shoes. They’d want tough, light, waterproof, no-nonsense footwear that could take a battering. So would these shoes suit a Robin Hood or a Rob Roy? Yes indeed. To start with, they have a seriously robust sole, in the style of tyre tread: the lugs ...

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Zamberlan Air-Round GTX RR (2015)

£145.00

For years, manufacturers have had a puzzle on their hands – how do you make a shoe breathable from beneath? Last year Gore-Tex unveiled their solution: the new Surround membrane. It wraps around the foot, with warm air passing beneath the sole into a spacer and escaping through meshy – yet waterproof – side vents. Zamberlan are one of the ...

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Merrell Azura Breeze (2015)

£75.00

Though noticeably light from the start, the Azura Breeze still surprise you once they’re on your feet. Merrell often shine when it comes to making lightweight, barefoot-influenced shoes to take you over the rockiest terrain, and this is made precisely in that vein. The upper is a mesh/suede combo, with added ventilation holes so it’s light and extremely breathable on ...

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Ecco Biom Trail FL (2015)

£130.00

Most of these shoes occupy the crossover world between walking and running, but few more successfully than this one. The Biom is a running shoe that is perfectly adaptable for walking, if you like to be light and nimble. At 384g, it’s lighter by 50-75g than most other walking shoes. Ecco keep almost all their technologies in-house, so this packs ...

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Hanwag Belorado Low GTX (2015)

£140.00

The Belorado offers the same rough, tough durability as the Aku, but with a sleeker, lower body, a more elongated toecap and a more pronounced arch, which allows the heel to bite more deeply on stony ascents. The squidgy tongue is nice and soft, but overall the shoe values toughness over comfort: the insole is flat and hard; good for ...

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Salomon X Ultra 2 GTX (2015)

£115.00

The X Ultra is one of my favourite walking shoes (the ‘mid’ version is great too), and here is an updated version. Truth be told, the update is mostly cosmetic, smoothing out some of the chunkier edges and removing some of the excessive styling that made it look overly flashy. From the school of not-broke, no-fix, everything else is as ...

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AKU Nuvola GTX (2015)

£135.00

Italian brand Aku have gone bonkers for colour this season, perhaps figuring we all want to go back to 1985. I quite like this day-glo model, but if the colours repel you, be assured it also comes in more muted tones. The Nuvola is a rough, tough yomper with a robust outsole that tackles hill paths and boggy marsh with ...

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Meindl X-SO 30 GTX Surround (2015)

£145.00

This one makes use of the new Gore-Tex Surround technology, which is designed to run cooler than a conventional Gore-Tex shoe without losing any of its waterproofing. The secret hides in the midsole: a 6mm-thick spacer which vents underfoot heat and expels it through a 9mm-high breathable area along the side of the shoe. It works: on hot days, the ...

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Lowa Ferrox GTX Mid (2015)

£135.00

FeaturesThe Lowa Ferrox GTX Mid’s upper is made of synthetic material with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The upper is very soft with no stiffening in the toe box area and a generally softer ankle cuff too, so it offers less protection and support than others. The sole is reasonably stiff though, with deep, well-spaced lugs and a heel breast. The ...

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Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX (2015)

£130.00

FeaturesWith a weight of just 1060g (pair, size 11) and a modern, stylish upper, the Salomon X Ultra Mid 2 GTX is instantly appealing to modern lightweight hillwalkers. The upper is synthetic with stitching over-layers and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The toe box gets a rubber bumper but is not fully stiffened. The outsole is a Salomon ContiGroup model with ...

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Meindl X-S0 70 Mid GTX (2015)

£160.00

FeaturesGore-Tex Surround waterproof technology is built into the Meindl X-S0 70 Mid GTX, and this allows water vapour to pass through the footbed and escape through a channel above the sole unit. The result should be less sweaty feet. The upper is suede leather and mesh with good reinforcement at the toe and heel. Underfoot the Meindl Magic sole unit ...

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Asolo Triumph GV (2015)

£155.00

FeaturesThe Asolo Triumph GV’s suede leather upper is 1.6-1.8mm thick with very little stitching to break down, while a Gore-Tex lining ensures it is waterproof. What is most noticeable though is the very stiff toe box and heel cup, which combine well with the stiff sole unit. You get a heel breast on the sole and some good deep lugs, ...

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Mammut Comfort High GTX Surround (2015)

£170.00

FeaturesGore-Tex Surround is the latest waterproof boot technology, using spacers installed between the footbed and sole unit to allow airflow through the footbed to the outside world. The upper of the Mammut Comfort High GTX Surround has lots of mesh to facilitate that airflow. The toe box gets some stiffening too and the heel cup is particularly stiff. The Gripex ...

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Zamberlan Airound Mid GTX (2015)

£155.00

FeaturesAt just 1014g (pair, size 11) the Zamberlan Airound Mid GTX is extremely light. It features the new Gore-Tex Surround technology, which provides an air gap below the footbed to allow moisture vapour to escape from the base of the foot through the side of the boot. The upper is made of mesh and PU with a rubber toe rand ...

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Keen Marshall Mid (2015)

£120.00

FeaturesThere is a KEEN. Dry waterproof lining behind the synthetic upper that comprises of synthetic mesh with rubber overlays. The heel cup is nicely stiffened and there is a large rubber rand at the toe, but the upper is quite soft in general. Underfoot you get 4mm deep widely spaced lugs, which is great, but there is no heel breast ...

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Berghaus Supalite GTX II (2015)

£150.00

FeaturesWith its 1.6-1.8mm leather upper carrying minimal stitching, the Supalite GTX II – formerly Brasher – is a very durable option with the benefit of a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. Inside there is a leather lining too. The ankle cuff is well-padded while underfoot you get EVA cushioning and a Vibram sole unit with deep, well-spaced lugs for grip. The toe ...

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Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX (2015)

£135.00

FeaturesThe Salewa Mountain Trainer GTX is a remarkable shoe that has better hill features than some boots. Check out the full rubber rand, and the stiffness in the heel cup and upper generally, plus the relatively sparse stitching on the suede leather upper. Gore-Tex provides a waterproof lining, while there’s an outstanding Vibram sole unit with lugs of quality boot ...

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Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Pro Lite RGS (2015)

£90.00

FeaturesFew shoes under £100 provide a waterproof lining, which makes the Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Pro Lite RGS very appealing. The waterproof Dri-Tec lining is protected by a synthetic and suede leather upper that feels more protective than some but not quite as good as higher-priced models. You also get an exclusive Vibram sole unit, which is designed to support the ...

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Columbia Peakfreak XCRSN Xcel (2015)

£65.00

FeaturesThe Columbia Peakfreak XCRSN Xcel is exceptionally lightweight, and that is its main advantage. The upper is very open mesh with synthetic overlays, which won’t be as durable as leather, but this does keep the weight down. The upper isn’t very stiff, and neither is the sole, but you get good, deep lugs for grip. The waterproof option is the ...

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Dolomite Sparrow Low GTX (2015)

£110.00

FeaturesThe Dolomite Sparrow Low GTX looks like many other general-purpose shoes, but you get a good stiff sole and stiff upper for a bit more support and protection. The upper is made from suede leather with synthetic mesh and synthetic reinforcement. A Gore-Tex lining provides waterproof protection while a Vibram sole with good general-purpose lugs is underfoot. 5/5 FitThe men’s ...

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Millet Switch Low GTX (2015)

£130.00

FeaturesThe Millet Switch Low GTX is a very interesting shoe that’s designed for fast hiking along hill and mountain tracks and trails, and its features fit this target use well. So you get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining that is protected by a stiff synthetic upper with a good placement of reinforcement. The Vibram sole unit doesn’t have the deepest lugs ...

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Boreal Aztec (2015)

£120.00

FeaturesA split leather upper with synthetic mesh protects a Boreal Dry-Line waterproof lining, but there is also a little more stiffness in this upper throughout to protect and support the foot when crossing rockier ground. A rubber rand protects the toe, while underfoot there is a Vibram sole unit with a good general-purpose set of lugs. 5/5 FitThe Boreal Aztec ...

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Scarpa Zen Pro (2015)

£130.00

FeaturesThe Scarpa Zen Pro provides the features you need to head into the hills with confidence. It has a suede upper that’s quite stiff, particularly in the heel cup and toe box for support. A rubber toe rand adds further durability, while the stiff sole benefits from a good set of deep, well-spaced lugs. The only drawback is the lack ...

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