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Patagonia Torrentshell Plus (2014)

£140.00

The Torrentshell Plus is the heaviest jacket in our test, but it has the lowest price tag and also boasts some pretty good hillwalking features. It is made from Patagonia’s H2No 2.5-layer fabric, which gives top-end lab results for waterproofness and breathability; but like all 2.5-layer constructions it doesn’t manage condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. Like some other jackets ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rab Alpine 35 (2014)

£100.00

Established back in 1981 by mountaineer Rab Carrington, Rab first made high-end, alpine-spec down products, later diversifying. Its reputation established, Carrington sold the business to Equip Outdoor Technologies in 2004, which acquired brands such as OutdoorDesigns and Lowe Alpine. One of the later additions to the Equip portfolio was the cult purveyor of rucksacks acclaimed for their robust simplicity: Pod. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Meron (2014)

£130.00

A weight of 359g with a price tag of £130 and some good hill walking features makes the Lowe Alpine Meron very appealing. It is built from Lowe Alpine’s Triplepoint fabric in a 2.5-layer construction. This keeps weight down but does not handle condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. The front zip is a good water-resistant design with a stiff ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Anatom Q3 (2014)

£145.00

The Anatom Q3 is a robust boot, thanks to a very durable leather upper with minimal stitching, plus good stiffness at the toe box and heel cup to provide protection and support on rocky hill and mountain walks. It’s a little heavier than some other models at 1652g (pair, size 46) but it’s stiffer and more supportive than the lighter ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lorpen Trekking & Expedition (2014)

£55.00

It’s not often you’d spend £55 on socks, but the price tag is fully justified here. You get two layers of Polartec Power Stretch fabric and a layer of PrimaLoft Footwear insulation, and the result is insane warmth. They’ve been tested above 8000m and stretch right up to your knees, so you’re getting a serious expedition sock. www.lorpen.co.uk

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Osprey Tempest 20 (2014)

£75.00

The purpose of a rucksack is to carry essential items on your back – a vital part of your body – so it’s imperative that your choice of pack is as comfortable as it is practical. The fit is therefore of paramount importance; but sometimes, if you’re a woman and small-framed, it can be difficult to find a quality rucksack ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Salomon Comet 3D GTX (2014)

£140.00

The Salomon Comet 3D GTX is a very lightweight boot at just 1356g (pair, size 11), and with the lower weight comes a change in performance when compared to heavier boots. The upper is made from synthetic materials with lots of stitching, so potentially this may not be as durable as a boot with one piece of leather on the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keen Marshall WP (2014)

£110.00

The Keen Marshall WP is a very modern style of shoe with a low weight of just 970g (pair, size 11), which gives it instant appeal on the shelf and in the hand. The upper is a mix of synthetic material and an external rubber skeleton with a particularly large rubber bumper. A Keen Dry waterproof lining is provided, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Merrell Moab Gore-Tex (2014)

£110.00

The Merrell Moab is very much an all-round outdoor shoe. The upper has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining that’s protected by mesh to allow some ventilation, plus overlays of material for more durability. The heel cup is nice and stiff to support the foot on uneven ground while the toe box has some stiffness at the front to protect the fit, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Scarpa Zen Pro (2014)

£125.00

The Scarpa Zen Pro manages to push the boundaries of what’s possible in terms of performance from an all-round multi-activity shoe. It has a suede leather upper with some synthetic overlays, a rubber rand at the toe and minimal stitching, which means it’s going to be very durable. There is no waterproof lining inside, though, so this is not the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Salomon X Ultra GTX (2014)

£115.00

The Salomon X Ultra GTX is an exceptionally light shoe at just 956g (pair, size 11), making it instantly appealing to anyone wishing to save weight or move fast outdoors. The upper is synthetic with an open mesh and a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The upper is protected by synthetic overlays and a large rubber toe bumper, but it’s still not ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Zamberlan Crosser GTX (2014)

£120.00

The Zamberlan Crosser GTX is a good lightweight option at 954g (pair, size 46), making it instantly appealing to anyone wanting to travel light. The shoe has a synthetic upper with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining, but there’s less mesh here, which means the waterproof lining is better protected and the upper may be faster-drying as well, as it will tend ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Salewa Wildfire GTX (2014)

£130.00

The Salewa Wildfire GTX is an extremely technical approach shoe that weighs in at 1004g (pair, size 46) while boasting an excellent set of features. The upper is made of a more hard-wearing mesh than most shoes, and it’s also protected by an external rubber cage that should increase durability further. You also get a rubber rand that encloses the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowa Sirkos GTX (2014)

£115.00

The Lowa Sirkos GTX is a rather traditionally styled walking shoe with less versatility than some. It weighs 1056g (pair, size 11), which isn’t the heaviest here, but it does feel a little more ‘clumpy’ on the foot due to the more traditional design. The upper is made of suede leather and synthetic fabric with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. There ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglöfs Vertigo II GT (2014)

£130.00

The Haglöfs Vertigo II GT has proven its worth over the years, thanks to being built to take plenty of abuse. The upper’s made from leather with a synthetic tongue and there’s minimal stitching – so this should make the upper more durable than many when used on tougher outdoor terrain. The toe box is stiffer than some other shoes ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Boreal Aztec (2014)

£110.00

The Boreal Aztec is a hillwalking workhorse with some modern design features to appeal to the less traditional hill-goer. It’s also exceptionally well-priced for what it offers, as most shoes around its price range have much less substantial designs details. The upper is made from fabric and leather, like most multi-activity shoes, but there is much more stiffness and support ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Meindl Respond (2014)

£120.00

The Meindl Respond is very much an all-round outdoor shoe with a good range of general features. So you get a mesh upper with a waterproof lining and some suede leather overlays to provide some durability. The heel cup offers very good support for uneven ground while the toe box is less protective, but it does get a rand for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Prognosis GTX (2014)

£100.00

The Berghaus Prognosis GTX weighs just 876g (pair, size 11), making it ideal for fast and light outdoor action or anyone simply wanting to save weight. The upper is made from mesh with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and there are overlays of material to increase its durability. But it is still probably not going to be able to withstand the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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La Sportiva Boulder X (2014)

£100.00

The La Sportiva Boulder X is designed as an ‘approach shoe’, which means it’s built to be more abrasion-resistant and to have good performance when scrambling over rocks during the ‘approach’ to a climbing crag. So for durability the upper is made from suede leather with a rubber rand enclosing most of the shoe. There’s also good stiffness in the ...

  • 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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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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Sprayway Hydrolite II (2014)

£110.00

A weight of 578g (size men’s L) makes the Sprayway Hydrolite II instantly appealing. I also like the location of the pockets as they can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack. The hood gets a wired peak so it can be moulded to provide a really good visor, even if you’ve just unstuffed the hood from the collar or your ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Terra 65 (2014)

£125.00

The The North Face Terra 65 is a 65 litre sack that’s made from tough materials and has a good, stiff back to allow weight transfer to the hips via the supportive hipbelt. The back length can be adjusted by raising or lowering the shoulder straps along a rubber strap, while the hipbelt fins can each rotate independently to allow ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Osprey Exos 58 (2014)

£140.00

I’ve been a fan of the Osprey Exos 46 for many years, and this is its bigger (58 litre) brother. For 2014 Exos packs have all had a facelift, which includes some rather comfortable cushioned mesh-covered shoulder straps. These have no hard edges so they sit beautifully on the shoulders. The hipbelt uses the same material. You get an updated ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Atomic (2014)

£110.00

If you want low weight and minimal cost then the £110 Montane Atomic, which tips the scales at just 328g (size L), is a winner. The fabric is Pertex Shield, which – while it can’t boast the lab test results for breathability of jackets twice its price – does offer more than most around the £100 mark. It’s a 2.5-layer ...

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

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