These three-season leather boots from Scarpa, although slightly narrow, are well padded and lightweight and reasonably comfortable from the box. The laces pass through leather eyelets, which grip well and therefore help maintain the correct tension across the foot throughout your journey. The narrow fit might stop you tightening them quite as much as you’d like, but they still hold your feet pretty stable with minimum toe banging on descent. There’s plenty of toe and heel protection too. They’re really light, and the midsole is spot on for year-round walking in the UK. They’re also very easy to move in. One slight gripe is that the Vibram sole could work better in mud. It’s great on rock though.
Verdict: An excellent, modern-looking all-rounder that excels in dry conditions higher up the hill, but won’t look out of place on easier paths. Versatile, lightweight and agile.
Sizes: 7 1/2-13 (UK), 41-48 (Euro’)
Upper: Crosta HS12 leather
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Hi Trail
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0191 296 0212; www.scarpa.co.uk