I absolutely love my Scuffers: thick, tough, go-anywhere, through-anything companions that I’ve been grateful for many times. I’ve had a pair for years and they are the hardest-working legwear item I own. Let’s get the negatives out of the way: they weigh a lot, and some will find the fabric scratchy. At 569g they are the heaviest pair here, but do a mile in them and pretty soon you won’t notice the weight at all. What you will notice is their sturdiness; the reinforced seat and the toughened patches around the hem that protect against nettle, thistle, igneous rock, Yorkshire heather and Sussex gorse. You’ll rejoice in the easily adjustable Velcro cuff that gives you the perfect fit around your boot, and the hip pockets that are deep enough to actually be useful (including a secret security pocket). They can get hot on warmer days, but at least you
get vents up the thigh to help with that. There’s also plenty of stretch through thigh and calf. They are by no means slimline, but if you don’t need an athletic look, you can’t go wrong with these – especially at this price. Target Price £60
Fabric: 65% nylon, 24% polyester, 11% spandex
Contact: 01592 777000, www.keela.co.uk
PROS: Really tough, good stretch, reliably showerproof, great value.
CONS: Heavy, scratchy; not as well ventilated as lighter pairs.
Value for money: 5/5
Best for: I use them everywhere, but they’re most at home on mountains.
Review from Country Walking magazine