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Mammut Ridge High GTX (2014)

£160.00

The Ridge High GTX is described by Mammut as a boot for via ferrata and backpacking. At 1476g (pair, size 11) it is certainly light, which is useful on via ferrata routes and when scrambling. The upper is softer than many boots in its price range and the foot also feels closer to the ground, which overall gives this a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Teva Riva Peak Mid Event (2014)

£140.00

Teva – best known for its outstanding sandals – has also released a range of boots. Put the Riva Peak Mid eVent on, and that sandal fit is clearly an influence as the forefoot is broad, the sole has a smooth, rolling action and the heel is neatly cupped in the back of the boot. The upper is mostly made ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Karrimor KSB Explore D30 (2014)

£140.00

The Karrimor KSB Explore D30 is very lightweight and built around a fabric upper with suede overlays. There is quite a lot of stitching on the upper so I would not expect this to be as durable as one-piece leather upper design if the boot is used on rockier ground. The toe box is very soft, though, so this is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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First test: Meindl Bhutan MFS (2014)

£190.00

When Meindl released the Burma Pro in 1997, it was a game-changer – a tough 3-season boot with a multi-piece leather upper and an extremely comfortable lining. For the first time hillwalkers who wanted a stiff boot for rockier mountain trips and year-after-year durability didn’t have to suffer more uncomfortable traditional leather boots. The Meindl Burma Pro was ‘Best in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Patagonia Cragmaster (2014)

£90.00

The Patagonia Cragmaster is designed for approaching crags, bouldering and moderate climbs. To that end it weighs in at a respectable 954g (pair, size 11), so it feels quite nimble on the foot. The upper is made of leather with two nice large rubber rands for durability. But there is no waterproof lining, and water would easily enter this shoe ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX (2014)

£235.00

La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTXs are at the top end of the scrambling boot range both in terms of capabilities and cost. In truth they are very lightweight mountaineering boots, but despite this they fully deserve their place in this review. This is because scrambling is such a diverse branch of mountain sport, and at the higher grades it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 2
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Kayland Comet Mid (2014)

£130.00

The Kayland Comet Mid has got to be the coolest-looking boot on the market at the moment. Slick suede uppers with understated style that would be at ease in any urban setting belie a pair of very capable climbing boots. The uppers are very supportive yet ultra-comfortable, thanks to well-thought-out and nicely balanced use of padding and layering. Inside a ...

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

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

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Hanwag Alaska (2013)

£215.00

The Hanwag Alaska has been around for some time but the price has come down from £250 to £215, making it a bargain. It’s a traditional German style, with full leather upper and relatively high ankle cuff to provide plenty of support when traversing slopes. There’s very little stitching on the upper, so it should be very durable, but you ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX (2013)

£250.00

The La Sportiva Trango Alp GTX combines all the essential features needed to provide performance below and above the snowline. It weighs in at 1874g (pair, size 46), which is lighter than many similar boots and gives it a real advantage when you consider its performance. The upper is a mix of leather with synthetic overlays and a rubber rand, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Alt-Berg Mallerstang (2013)

£190.00

The Alt-Berg Mallerstang comes in five width fittings, so if you're struggling to get a pair of boots to fit, this is one to investigate more closely. It's also a great price and the performance is up there with the best. It's a well-established boot that’s built around a one-piece leather upper for durability. The ankle cuff is high enough ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Mammut Merlon GTX (2013)

£180.00

The Mammut Merlon GTX appeared in Spring 2013 and it is very competitively priced for its specification, as well as a good weight of just 1746g (size 11 pair). It has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining behind the upper, made from layers of leather and synthetic materials with a rubber rand to provide extra durability. The ankle cuff is a notch ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Himalaya MFS (2013)

£245.00

The Meindl Himalaya MFS is very much a traditional style of boot. The upper is leather with minimal stitching and the rubber rand is extremely high, meaning that the upper should last many years longer than most other boots’. This should also mean that users can easily resole it when the sole finally wears down, in the knowledge that the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Brasher Ahklun GTX (2013)

£175.00

The 3-4 season boot category is very variable in terms of the sole flex displayed by each boot, and the Brasher Ahklun GTX is toward the more flexible end of the scale. The upper is a mix of suede leather and fabric overlays with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to ensure any water working through the stitching won't get your feet ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Scarpa SL Activ (2013)

£230.00

The Scarpa SL Activ is the perennial definition of a 3-4 season boot. The model remains unchanged since last year and what sets it apart from most boots is a combination of features that make it ideal for use below and above the snowline when tackling the British mountains throughout the year. It has a one-piece leather upper with minimal ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Verto S4K GTX (2013)

£230.00

The colour and style of the The North Face Verto S4K GTX 's upper give an impression of a more serious climbing boot than an all-rounder. At 1766g (size 11) it’s relatively light for its class, yet has a feature set and performance that makes it ideal for year-round mountain scrambles and easier mountaineering. The upper is synthetic mesh with ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Zamberlan Steens GTX (2013)

£130.00

The Steens is a new boot from Zamberlan that offers remarkable performance for the price. The boot benefits from a leather upper with minimal stitching and just a small section of fabric down the sides of the tongue. This ensures the upper will be very durable when used regularly on rocky ground, which is what most hill and mountain walkers ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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 ...

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

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