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Keen Targhee Mid (2015)

£115.00

FeaturesThe Keen Targhee Mid’s low weight of 1134g (pair, size 11) is exceptional. For that you get an upper made of mostly leather with synthetic material around the tongue plus a Keen.Dry waterproof and breathable lining. The ankle cuff is very low and there is more stitching on the upper, so this may be less supportive and less durable than ...

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Hi-Tec Altitude V200 i WP (2015)

£85.00

FeaturesThe Hi-Tec Altitude V200 i WP is a good boot for walking in colder weather below the snow, as it has Thinsulate insulation (men’s model only) for warmer feet. The upper is full leather with minimal stitching so it is very durable, and the sole and upper are also very stiff so it is a great choice for rocky or ...

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Regatta Frontier Mid (2015)

£85.00

FeaturesThe Regatta Frontier Mid is very lightweight at 1218g (pair, size 11) but you still get some good features. The upper is a mix of synthetic and suede leather, with an Isotex waterproof and breathable lining. The ankle cuff is slightly higher than most low-priced boots, which is great. There is also good stiffness in the toe, heel and sole ...

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Mountain Hardwear Quasar II (2015)

£325.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Hardwear Quasar II’s weight of just 337g (size L) is a major feature here, but you do also get a jacket made of an extremely waterproof and breathable 3-layer fabric called DryQ Elite. There are also two huge Napoleon-style chest pockets and the hood gets a peak that is stiffened and wired. But other jackets have pit zips ...

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Marmot Precip (2015)

£85.00

FeaturesMarmot’s Precip is a modern classic and is now using its new NanoPro 2.5-layer nylon fabric for durability and a little more condensation control. This material isn’t the best for breathability but it’s better than most at this price. You also get pit zips and two main pockets, which are mesh-lined rather than sealed, plus a hood with a large ...

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Sprayway Nomad/Topaz (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesThe Sprayway Nomad/Topaz is a mesh-lined jacket with a 2-layer HydroDry waterproof and breathable outer, and so while this isn’t the most breathable material, that mesh helps manage the comfort better than an unlined jacket. There are two pockets, which are also mesh-lined, and the hood has a wired peak. But higher-priced jackets have more sealed pockets and other benefits, ...

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Berghaus Stormcloud (2015)

£70.00

FeaturesBerghaus’s AQ2 material used in this jacket is a 2-layer fabric, which means it keeps weight down and improves suppleness, but also it doesn’t control condensation as well as a 3-layer or mesh-lined jacket. You get two main pockets too, which are also sealed rather than mesh, so they’re watertight, plus a hood with a peak, but it’s not wired. ...

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Outdoor Research Crocodiles (2015)

£55.00

FeaturesOutdoor Research Crocodiles use Gore-Tex fabric, which is well-known for its waterproof and breathable performance; but you also get a much tougher 100 per cent nylon outer fabric for extra durability. The underfoot strap is made from BioThane-coated webbing for more durability. The front opening is just Velcro though with no press studs or zips, and just a top webbing ...

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Mammut Nordpfeiler / Westgrat (2015)

£285.00

FeaturesThe Mammut Nordpfeiler / Westgrat offers high abrasion resistance with stretch thanks to Gore Windstopper fabric (its membrane will help fend off wind and water). Pit zips add ventilation while the hood has a stiffened peak. There are three pockets on the body, which can all be accessed above climbing harnesses or rucksack hipbelts. But the weight of 728g is ...

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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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Montane Minimus (2015)

£160.00

FeaturesAt just 265g (L) the Montane Minimus is exceptionally light, and the features are minimalist to reach that goal. The main weight saving comes from the Pertex Shield + fabric, which is very thin and feels quite delicate. Also the three pockets have mesh linings, to save weight. But at least you get all those pockets, and the hood has ...

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Arc’teryx Beta SL (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThe Gore-Tex Paclite fabric used in the Arc’teryx Beta SL is designed to be lightweight and packable, but it doesn’t control condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. You also get two good-sized pockets that are well-positioned and don’t have mesh linings, so they should keep water out. The hood has a stiffened peak, however it isn’t as well-stiffened as others. ...

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Vaude Casson (2015)

£150.00

FeaturesThe Vaude Casson’s 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric gains Bluesign approval for its environmental benefits, but condensation control is not quite as good as 3-layer fabrics. There are two main pockets, pit zips and a hood with a wired peak. It has a decent weight of 310g too. The main drawback is the two pockets: they’re mesh-lined so they may allow ...

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Vaude Crestone (2015)

£170.00

FeaturesThe Ceplex Advanced fabric used in the Vaude Crestone is Bluesign-approved, meaning it meets stringent environmental standards. It is a 2.5-layer fabric, so it’s not quite as good as 3-layer materials for condensation management. But it is light at 313g (size L) and you still get two main pockets, plus a third chest pocket, a hood with a wired peak, ...

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Regatta Vapourspeed (2015)

£90.00

FeaturesThe Regatta Vapourspeed’s weight of 301g (size L) and a cost of just £90 are the main attractions. For that weight and price you get a 2.5-layer fabric that cannot boast the performance of pricier jackets. There are two main pockets, without mesh linings, so they won’t leak easily, while the hood gets a wired peak. Not outstanding but excellent ...

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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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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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Anatom V1 Ex Ventia (2015)

£60.00

FeaturesThe Anatom V1 Ex Ventia features a synthetic open mesh upper that has suede leather and rubber reinforcement. There is some stiffness in the toe, but not as much as in better shoes, and the heel cup is fairly supportive. There is no waterproof liner, though, so it’s good for warm weather but you need to avoid the wet. The ...

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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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Berghaus Light Hike Hydroshell (2015)

£130.00

www.berghaus.com FeaturesDesigned, according to Berghaus, after gathering insight from walkers on the West Highland Way, the Light Hike Hydroshell’s main feature is its weight of just 336g (size L). It has only two mesh-lined pockets, plus a hood with wired peak. It is good to see the front zip has an external stormflap for better rain protection than many lightweight ...

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Keela Saxon (2015)

£85.00

www.keela.co.uk FeaturesThe Keela Saxon is a very lightweight jacket at just 263g (size XL), and it benefits from a hood with a wired peak and two main pockets. There is reflective piping as well, which would be useful at night. For such a lightweight option the jacket is slightly longer than might be expected. But it does lack the extra ...

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Craghoppers Kimba/Ruhi (2015)

£40.00

www.craghoppers.com FeaturesThe price is the main feature here as the Craghoppers Kimba/Ruhi was the lowest-priced jacket we received for our test. It weighs 505g (size L), which is reasonable. The hood has a stiffened peak, and there is a rear volume adjuster and captured face drawcords. There are only two lower pockets, which are not large enough for OS maps, ...

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Regatta Breaktrail (2015)

£25.00

FeaturesThe Regatta Breaktrail’s biggest benefit here is the price of just £25, but at such a low cost it isn’t surprising to find that hillgoing features are limited. There’s a short front zip, only one pocket and no hood. But the zip does have an inside baffle to block wind and prevent chin scraping. The pocket is large enough for ...

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Columbia Fast Trek II Full Zip (2015)

£50.00

FeaturesWith the Columbia Fast Trek II Full Zip three pockets. You can fit OS maps in the hip pockets and a small guidebook in the chest pocket. The two lower ones are easily obscured by a rucksack belt, but at least you have a more accessible chest pocket. You also get a drawcord at the hem to block out the ...

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Craghoppers Pro Lite (2015)

£40.00

FeaturesThe Craghoppers Pro Lite is a low-priced fleece jacket with a hood and three pockets is a good option for many hillwalking situations. This one has no baffle behind the front zip, though, so it can be draughty and there’s no chinguard for the top of the zip. There are no adjustment cords at the cuffs, hem or around the ...

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