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First test: Osprey Atmos AG 65 (2015)

£180.00

With the right rucksack back system you really can carry everything you need for a night of camping, including the proverbial kitchen sink, and still remain comfortable throughout the day when backpacking. The Osprey Atmos range of rucksacks has been popular for many years, but now there’s a new Anti-Gravity (AG) back system available to supercharge their performance for 2015 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 4
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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 4
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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 4
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Sprayway SX2 (2013)

£150.00

The three-pole semi-geodesic tent design has been a backpacking favourite for many years thanks to its well-proven stability, which makes it ideal for more challenging conditions than other tents. The Sprayway SX2 uses this familiar design to produce a model that’s very well-priced for what you’re getting. The tent pitches outer-first with three poles sliding into sleeves that extend around ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Vango Apex 200 (2013)

£200.00

The Vango Apex 200 is intended as a lightweight, compact option for the adventurer looking for an open and easily accessible tent, so it tips the scales at 1722g, which is instantly impressive. The inner and fly pitch in one with a single pole sliding through a sleeve around the outside of the fly, and then a second transverse pole ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Meindl Softline Light GTX (2012)

£150.00

Some boots have a distinct bias towards certain outdoor activities, and when it comes to the Meindl Softline Light GTX it’s definitely been designed with scrambling in mind. The sole is stiff to give you a solid platform on rock, with a great climbing zone at the front for edging on small ledges. A stiffened toe box covered with a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator (2012)

£220.00

MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR KELVINATOR £220 Our rating: ***** Review: A classic-looking mountain-style down jacket, complete with hood for battening down the hatches when it’s really cold outside. As it uses natural down filling inside, it is susceptible to wet conditions, but a thicker grade of face fabric means that the filling is a bit more protected than in a really lightweight ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mammut Monolith 2012

£220.00

The slightly lower price of the Mammut Monolith compared to many other boots makes it instantly attractive. The boot sports modern styling, thanks to the mix of materials on the upper. There is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and on the outside a full rubber rand improves long-term durability. Get this boot on and the ankle cuff feels slightly more supportive ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Kibo 2012

£200.00

The Berghaus Kibo has held its price below the competition for a while now, and even this year it is only a tenner up on 2010 while most boots are £15 or £20 higher in price. So in terms of cost it is a winner. The boot itself has an upper based on a mix of fabrics and there is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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La Sportiva Trango Guide GTX 2011

£200.00

At first glance you’d think the La Sportiva Trango Guide GTXs were technical boots, ideal for balancing on small holds or jamming in cracks when scrambling. Pick them up, however, and their light weight suggests walking. Though light weight and technical features aren’t mutually exclusive, climbing boots generally tend to be a bit stiffer and heavier. So, if a boot ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Meindl Air Revolution Lite

£169.00

These Meindl boots fall into the stiffer, more robust category of fabric footwear, attempting to be a viable three-season boot. They have a really stiff sole and they did feel heavy on the foot – a sense exacerbated by their stiffness. The tread pattern has very deep lugs that really improve grip in grimy fields and on hillsides. There is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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La Sportiva Alpha GTX 2011

£190.00

The La Sportiva Alpha GTX weighs 1220g (pair, size 43); suede and nylon upper with Gore-Tex waterproof lining; stiff toe box and heel cup; rubber rand on toe; very precise fit and feel for scrambling; excellent ankle flex for scrambling; excellent sole unit lug pattern for muddier ground; great stiffness for rockier ground. But arguably not an all-round 3-season walking ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Scarpa Manta 2010

£220.00

If there is one product that defines the 4-season walking boot it is the Scarpa Manta. The Manta remains the same this year as in 2009. The upper is one-piece leather so there is no stitching to break down with hard use. There is a rubber rand around the whole boot for durability year on year. There is a little ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Alt Berg Tethera

£160.00

The Tethera is a traditional hillwalking boot, with a fairly high cuff and excellent amounts of padding on the ankle. Support is decent with a stiff sole unit, and a classic looking tread pattern with well-spaced lugs. There is a bit of a rubber rand around the whole boot with some extra protection across the front of the toe, although ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane New Sabretooth 2010

£150.00

What’s in a name? The original Montane Sabretooth soft shell jacket was made from Polartec Windpro until July 2010, but from autumn 2010 there is a new version that uses Polartec Powershield. This new fabric has a membrane, which leads to a lower weight plus an increase in water resistance and wind resistance. What’s not to like? DesignThe old Sabretooth ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Kishtwar 2010

£239.00

The Kishtwar is part of The North Face’s Summit Series and it’s designed for highly aerobic endeavours in foul weather. The Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric has the benefit of being far more water-resistant than standard Power Shield. DesignThe TNF Kishtwar is a very practical, mountain-orientated design. There are two chest pockets placed high on the body, plus a Napoleon ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Marmot Grid 2 2010

£290.00

USA brand Marmot has realised that what works on that side of the pond does not always work over here, so they have designed the Grid specifically for UK and European conditions. It’s pitched outer-first so you can keep the inner dry when pitching or striking the tent in the rain. Design What sets the Marmot Grid 2 apart from ...

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

£199.00

A really comfortable jacket, and it boasts a great hood too; but at 490g it’s also heavy and not very packable. It’s an excellent all-rounder – warm enough and weatherproof enough for winter wear, yet just about light and packable enough to leave in a pack in better conditions. It is a bit warm for full-on summer weather, though, even ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Zamberlan Vioz Plus GT 2010

£195.00

The Zamberlan Vioz Plus GT has a full-grain leather upper with minimal stitching; Gore-Tex waterproof lining; full rubber rand; incredibly stiff, supportive upper; stiff outsole; aggressive Vibram sole unit; incredibly durable boot for the toughest terrain. But it weighs 2030g (pair, size 11); may offer more performance than walkers will need; pricy if you don’t need this performance.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Asolo Flame GTX

£150.00

Excellent for high mountain use with a high and stiff ankle cuff that offers plenty of support and hefty protection at the toe and heel. The midsole is great for uneven, hard ground but perhaps a little too stiff for easier going, and the outsole provided good traction on most surfaces. The lacing is excellent, so easy to get just ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Scarpa Manta 2009

£220.00

Last year the Scarpa Manta 4-season boot had the GSB crampon system, but sadly the system has not become popular enough to warrant its continuity, so on the Manta it is now a feature that can be logged as that great idea that got away! The remainder of the Manta is classic performance-orientated design though. The boot sits lower to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Scarpa New SL 2009

£185.00

The Scarpa SL has defined the 3-4 season boot category for many years. It is a classic design that is ideal for British conditions with a one-piece leather upper that is virtually free of stitching to fail, and its 2.8mm thickness means it is very water-resistant. Treat this material regularly with proofing products and it will last a lifetime and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Zamberlan Mountain Lite HBS 2009

£180.00

The Zamberlan Mountain Lite HBS is a very traditional 3-4 season boot that incorporates the classic features that many more mature walkers will have tried, tested and decided are ideal for British hill-walking. It has a one-piece leather upper, which means it is likely to last a long time as there is nothing to fall apart. To make the boot ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Berghaus Mera Peak 2009

£240.00

What does your jacket say about you? Back in the late Nineties the name Mera Peak said mountaineer and serious skier. The Berghaus Mera Peak was the 2-layer Gore-Tex version of the 3-layer Berghaus Trango Extrem, a benchmark mountaineering jacket that allowed the casual observer to identify Brits in Chamonix at over 100 paces. But times change, designs evolve and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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