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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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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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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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Suunto Core 2009

£216.00

The Suunto Core’s manual brilliantly explains how to get the most out of it on the hill. Aside from time functions, it’s the altimeter and barometer that make it so good. You can track your ascent, and set warnings when you hit certain altitudes, and it has a weather trend and storm warning function. You can lock and follow bearings ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Meindl Burma Pro MFS 2009

£175.00

The Meindl Burma Pro MFS is a modern classic that changed the marketplace when it arrived on the scene many years ago. It has been a frequent winner of 3-season boot tests in Trail. Its success has been due to a mix of features that are all dedicated to performance on the hill. So you get a good leather upper, ...

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

£150.00

This is the classic Scarpa Trek with a modern twist of style and function. Firstly you get a classic quality leather upper with minimal stitching so there is little chance of leakage. Inside there is a sumptuous leather lining that gives the boot a wonderful feel on the fit, straight from the box. The upper is nice and stiff, so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Velez Adventure Light 2009

£180.00

For many, the word ‘Light’ that suffixes this new, slimmer riff on Páramo’s cracking Velez Adventure Smock will arch an interested eyebrow. Páramo waterproof products have always been love-’em-or-leave-’em affairs for many, with praise usually centring on their freakish waterproof/breathability powers (more of which later) and durability, and excuses typically involving the words ‘hot’ and ‘heavy’. The original Velez Adventure ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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BRASHER ASO GTX

£150.00

Review: Broad, roomy boots, ideal for wide or voluminous feet, and the lacing is excellent. They are well-padded, too, so the right shaped feet will get a very comfy ride. The deep cleats gripped well on mud and snow, but away from snow and ice the boots are a bit heavy and clumsy. With a crampon, they felt secure and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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PARAMO ALTA II

£220.00

Review: The Paramo Analogy fabric works by repelling water from the outside, in a similar way to an animal’s fur; while the inner lining draws perspiration and expels it. As a result this is a very breathable jacket and the membrane-free, non-rustly fabric is also very comfortable. The Alta II is very well-featured, with a superb hood, featuring a wired ...

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

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