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Snowline Snowspikes Light (2014)

£55.00

As the name suggests, Snowline Snowspikes Light are much lighter than the other similar models, being just 267g (pair, size XL) while similar products such as the Kahtoola Microspikes (430g) are heavier. The weight saving is due to the rubber cradle and metal chains being thinner, but the metal spikes are the same size. You get 12 spikes that are ...

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Kahtoola Microspikes (2014)

£45.00

Kahtoola Microspikes were the first non-crampon traction device to become a popular option for hillgoers. They were originally designed for running on snow and ice but they are now seen on the boots of hillwalkers. They comprise of a rubber cradle that comes in five sizes to ensure a good fit. Attached to this are chains that in turn link ...

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Petzl Spiky Plus (2014)

£15.00

The Petzl Spiky Plus is a rubber sock that fits over your boots and has six carbon steel pins or spikes that provide grip on the ice. These are very easy to fit, and they go over your shoes rather like slippers. They also stay on the shoe very well, thanks to the large area of rubber that isn’t so ...

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Hillsound Trail Crampon (2014)

£50.00

As the ice gets harder and the snow cover gets deeper you need more, longer spikes to keep a grip. But you also need a unit that will stay on the shoe and not roll off when you traverse a slope. The Hillsound Trail Crampon has 11 spikes that are 1cm in length, and the unit is held on the ...

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Yaktrax Pro (2014)

£20.00

Yaktrax makes a range of ice grippers that are designed for different types of footwear, from street shoes to hillwalking boots. The Yaktrax Pro, which comprises of an elastic rubber cable that stretches around the boot, has an additional strap across the top that helps it stay on the shoe more securely. Underneath there are a series of metal coils ...

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Icetrekkers Diamond Grips (2014)

£40.00

Icetrekkers Diamond Grips use a rubber cradle like some of the lower-priced options, but on the base they have a metal chain and metal cable arrangement, which is very durable. Along the metal cables are a series of patented Diamond Beads, which have six small spikes on them. There are 34 of these beads and they can all rotate on ...

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Grivel Spider (2014)

£30.00

The Grivel Spider is an instep crampon, so it leaves a boot’s toe and heel exposed. The polyamide frame is attached to the shoe with webbing straps and a quick-release buckle. They come in just one size and can be fitted to a wide variety of footwear. Screwed into the frame are 10 metal spikes that are 5mm long, and ...

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Montane Alpine Stretch Glove (2014)

£65.00

The Montane Alpine Stretch Glove uses an extremely stretchy fabric, which means it hugs your hand. The leather palm improves durability, but only time will tell if this degree of stretch will remain durably waterproof in the long term. Inside you get PrimaLoft and fleece insulation, and it feels plenty warm enough. I found the thumb was about 1cm too ...

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Marmot Exum Guide Glove (2014)

£85.00

The Exum Guide is designed for mountaineering, alpine climbing and skiing; so it’s built to take a lot of abuse, while maintaining excellent dexterity. This also makes it ideal for walkers in need of a glove that can be used to handle trekking poles or a GPS, or just to easily zip up a jacket. The body of the glove ...

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Berghaus Mtn AQ Hardshell Glove (2014)

£45.00

The Berghaus Mtn AQ Hardshell Glove has most of the features of gloves twice its price. It’s built around a nylon shell with a very thin layer of leather in the palm for extra durability. You get a Berghaus AQ waterproof lining inside and a fibrefill layer of insulation. The glove did not feel as warm as higher-priced options, though, ...

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Outdoor Research Arete Glove (2014)

£75.00

The Outdoor Research Arete Glove is the only option in Trail’s review with a removable liner. This is a thin fleece glove that you could wear on its own, and as it has silicone patches on the palm it provides superb grip. This means you can whip off the shell when you need to operate a compass or GPS receiver, ...

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Black Diamond Pursuit Glove (2014)

£65.00

The outer of the Black Diamond Pursuit Glove is made from a 4-way stretch soft shell fabric, which means it provides a very close fit without restricting movement – and really sets it apart from others. For extra durability you get leather, which obviously won’t be as stretchy but will be more durable in the palm area. Inside the glove ...

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Snugpak GeoThermal Gloves (2014)

£35.00

With the Snugpak GeoThermal Gloves a lack of dexterity is the drawback. They’re extremely robust and feel like they’ll last longer than many gloves of similar price. However, they’re so stiff that I found it extremely difficult to actually manipulate anything. This is due to these gloves having a very durable PVC palm that extends over the ends of the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Columbia Karako Pass Glove (2014)

£80.00

The Columbia Karako Pass Glove packs a punch in terms of technology. It boasts Columbia’s OutDry waterproof membrane, Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining and berber fleece insulation. The glove is then built with all these layers bonded together, so there are no loose linings to trap moisture within the materials. All this adds up to a very effective glove that feels ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Rab Latok Glove (2014)

£70.00

The Rab Latok Glove has been around for a while, and the 2013 version has an improved gauntlet over the previous model. The glove is made from a synthetic outer with an eVent waterproof lining and layer of synthetic insulation. But what is most noticeable is the silicone print on the palm, which provides an exceptionally good grip on ice ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Stubai White Star (2014)

£80.00

Stubai is a well-established brand. Its products are very well-priced, and they also deliver all the performance needed by those heading into the winter hills. At £80 the Stubai White Star has a straight shaft and a gently curved head. It’s strong enough to be used for belaying, so it gains the technical ‘T’ rating, but its main focus is ...

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Black Diamond Raven Pro (2014)

£90.00

The Black Diamond Raven Pro’s curvaceous profile and the polished finish of the cast stainless steel head are instantly appealing. It’s also pretty lightweight at 467g (size 75cm), so you won’t mind carrying this on your pack or in your hand all day. The head has a gentle curve, making it ideal for self arrest and cutting steps, although the ...

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Petzl Sum’Tec (2014)

£135.00

When tackling more challenging mountaineering terrain, it’s important to have an ice axe that can be used with a rope to create a belay, while the ability to use the axe as a pair with a matching hammer is essential for climbing even steeper snow and ice. The Petzl Sum’Tec is a great example of this style of axe. It ...

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Camp Magix 10 (2014)

£85.00

The Camp Magix 10 is a well-priced general-purpose crampon with 10 points (including two front points), providing good grip on a wide variety of terrain. Anti-balling plates are pre-fitted, to help prevent snow from sticking to the base of them. The spikes are 2.5cm in length so they’re effective at cutting through a layer of snow to the ice beneath, ...

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Stubai Twin Peaks Universal (2014)

£82.00

The front points on crampons are intended to provide grip when tackling steeper slopes, but on level ground they aren’t really needed and they can be a real menace, as it’s all too easy to catch a front point on your trousers or a rock and trip over. The Stubai Twin Peaks Universal crampon has no front points, thereby avoiding ...

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Grivel Air Tech New Matic (2014)

£130.00

For tackling more challenging terrain, the Grivel Air Tech New Matic provides 10 points to give grip on level ground, plus two front points for steeper slopes. There are eight downward-facing points that are 3cm long and two downward-facing points that are 2.5cm long. In addition, four of the spikes are rotated through 90 degrees to give a better grip ...

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Helly Hansen Resort Ski Glove (2013)

£100.00

This glove is smart phone enabled thanks to the inclusion of a OnTip technology that allows the glove to operate touch screen devices without the need to remove the glove and gain skin contact or use a hand held stylus. I actually found I could use the fingers of the glove without the OnTip to operate my phone but it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Craghoppers Motion Glove (2013)

£25.00

The low price of the Craghoppers Motion Gloves makes them instantly appealing and certainly if your budget is limited to £25 then they will at least keep you warm and dry. But compared with gloves with higher price tags they do have drawbacks. On the positive side they are waterproof and insulated and feel reasonably warm, although other gloves do ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Mountain Equipment Couloir Glove (2013)

£90.00

The Couloir is designed for mountaineering and skiing but it is a superb workhorse for the keen hillwalker too. It has a nylon outer with some stretch, while leather reinforcement on the palm and fingers increase its durability. A Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining is provided inside as well as fibre pile insulation on the back of the glove and fleece ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Mountain Hardwear Heracles Glove (2013)

£80.00

The Heracles is designed to be close fitting hardwearing glove and so it gets a 4 way stretch body with a leather palm with Kevlar stitching. The glove has a Outdry waterproof lining plus a Thermal Q layer of insulation on the back of the hand with polyester fleece on the palm of the hand. This combination does allow a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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