These three-season boots from Lafuma use the Dual Lace system (incorporating an inner and outer lace) , designed to provide a close fit. In practice the outer lace doesn’t offer enough tension on its own and the smaller inner lace cuts in if you tighten it as much as required. The storage pouch to tuck away the inner lace also makes the tongue bulbous and fiddly. Otherwise it’s a very high cut, which feels supportive, and quite roomy – suitable for those with high volume feet. The high ankle cuff and well-padded heel and tongue offer superb security on rough ground and when wearing a big rucksack, although they are heavy. Good toe box and heel counter, and a good deep tread that works well on mud and rock.
Verdict: A large, quite clumpy boot that comes into its own backpacking or trekking, but will still do a pretty good job for general high mountain use. It’s rather over elaborate for lower-level walks though.
Colours: Dark grey
Sizes: 6-12 (UK), 39-47 (Euro’)
Waterproof/breathable lining: Gore-Tex
Sole: Vibram Revolution/Lafuma Phylon midsole
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 01489 557600; www.lafuma.com