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Brasher Hillwalker (2013)

£11.00

The Brasher Hillwalker is a thinner synthetic sock for lighter walking or for those who don’t like the thicker feel of wool. UK-made from Coolmax polyester and nylon, they aren’t as odour-resistant as wool equivalents and can feel on the warm side, but they’re not bad in either respect – especially given the price, which is pretty good for a ...

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Lorpen Midweight Hiker (2013)

£16.00

Robust and supportive while not as finely woven as some options, Lorpen’s use of PrimaLoft Eco polyester (Lorpen is known for its polar socks) and 25 per cent merino wool in its Midweight Hiker sock is a quality combination. The Tri-Layer construction has a sound logic: synthetic next to the skin for wicking, natural in the middle to absorb and ...

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X-Socks Trekking Outdoor (2013)

£13.00

X-Socks makes high-spec socks catering for just about everything that might make you sweat. Using a variety of synthetic materials they come in a variety of lengths – including this ‘crew’ variety, which is ideal for wearing with trail shoes. The Trekking Outdoor is padded for an anatomical, comfort-giving fit that aids wicking and keeps your feet padded and cool, ...

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SealSkinz Walking Sock (2013)

£28.00

SealSkinz waterproof socks have come a long way. Out is the stiff, slightly latex-y feel, and in is merino wool, an ergonomic fit and a much more agreeable-feeling fabric. The SealSkinz Walking Sock is still very different to the others we looked at, but then it is waterproof, so that’s to be expected. It’s also pretty breathable, and may be ...

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Falke TK2 (2013)

£15.00

‘Engineered’ isn’t a word you’d readily associate with socks, but then the Falke TK2s are German. Made of a highly wicking, quick-drying combination of fabrics – featuring 22 per cent wool and integrated silver elements to reduce odour – the TK2 is a thinner sock than many, but it’s warm without being clammy and it’s impressively durable, especially for the ...

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Extremities Light Hiker (2013)

£18.00

Extremities are experts in, well, the extremities – so it goes to figure that their socks should be excellent. Probably the most comfortable socks here, the Light Hikers are made from 25 per cent wool and 42 per cent Coolmax polyester among other principally stretchy things, though on inspection you’d be forgiven for thinking they were pure wool. A light, ...

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Point6 Hiking Tech (2013)

£20.00

A company started by experts in yarn, Point6 guarantees the Hiking Tech socks to be ‘the best wool socks ever’– a bold claim that originates from the fine spinning process, which helps avoid bobbling and other signs of micro-wear, making them particularly durable. They’re highly elastic, which improves fit and wicking, and also helps to regulate temperature. www.point6.com  Review by ...

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1000 Mile Ultimate Heavyweight (2013)

£15.00

So confident is 1000 Mile in its system – two layers: a synthetic inner which moves with your foot and a wool outer which moves with the boot – that the company offers a money-back guarantee if you get blisters or the socks wear out. It’s an impressive idea, and the 1000 Mile Ultimate Heavyweight is certainly different to others ...

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Smartwool Outdoor (2013)

£19.00

Nothing feels quite as luxurious as new woolly socks, and no wool feels quite as good as that from merino sheep. Part of SmartWool’s PhD (geddit?) range, these socks are naturally odour-resistant and high-wicking – helped by the looped-thread lining – as well as being warm and supremely comfortable, making them just the job for long, multi-day walks when a ...

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Bridgedale Trekker (2013)

£15.00

The WoolFusion model is in a range that includes MerinoFusion and CoolFusion, and these UK-made socks are designed to give the best of both worlds: the comfort and natural low odour of wool combined with the durability, wickability and affordability of synthetics. The result is an ideal general walking sock of high quality that won’t break the bank. www.bridgedale.co.uk Review ...

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Hi-Tec Altitude NT Enviro Sandal 2011

£45.00

The Hi-Tec Altitude NT Enviro Sandal has been developed with the National Trust. According to the manufacturers its environmental impact has been considered in its production, which results in the sole using recycled rubber content. The sole offers a good degree of stiffness and cushioning, which makes these comfy to wear on a variety of terrain. There’s also a pronounced ...

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Regatta Ad-Trek 2011

£40.00

A new sandal for this spring, the Regatta Ad-Trek is a very practical design coupled with some modern styling. So you get an upper that is water-resistant to ensure it is fast-drying. The straps are Velcro, making them quick and easy to use, and there are three adjustment points so a reasonable fit should be easily achieved. The straps are ...

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New Balance 573 2011

£45.00

The New Balance 573 weighs 612g (pair, size 8½); mesh upper extremely breathable; good flex for running; supportive heel cup; outsole has a good lug pattern for general running on trails. But as a non-waterproof running shoe it is not so good for valley walking and keeping feet dry; sole stiffness not ideal for walking, scrambling or biking; not as ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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