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Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear Test -

MAM­MUT AYAKO HIGH GTX £160

De­signed for via fer­rata, th­ese have the oomph of a moun­tain boot but with­out stiff­ness. The thin out­sole means you re­ally feel the ter­rain at your feet. www.mam­mut.ch

LA SPORTIVA TRANGO TRK GTX £175

Like a sports car with the chas­sis of an off-roader. No ex­posed stitch­ing, so it won’t leak and is easy to clean. A near-flaw­less mix of weight and com­fort. www.las­portiva.com

HAN­WAG TA­TRA GTX £190

We ab­so­lutely love this one. Sup­ple nubuck leather, a rugged rand and a cosy footbed plus a wide-ish fit and a bouncy, shock ab­sorb­ing mid­sole. www.han­wag.com

AL­T­BERG KISDON £215

Takes a bit of break­ing in, but well worth the in­vest­ment. Qual­ity in ev­ery fea­ture, from the flex­i­ble nubuck up­per to the beefy rand and fine-tuned lac­ing. www.al­t­berg.co.uk

SALOMON QUEST 4D 2 GTX £165

Get­ting the whole pack­age right, th­ese stiff but su­per­comfy boots are beau­ti­fully pre­cise, sup­port­ive round the an­kle and sur­pris­ingly light. www.salomon.com

ASOLO FAL­CON GV GTX £180

A stripped-down boot for fast movers. The up­per is flimsy, but it’s fab­u­lous if you’re fleet of foot and sure of your an­kles. www.asolo.com/en

MEINDL BHUTAN MFS £200

An­other ab­so­lute bel­ter. Solid per­form­ers from muddy fields to moun­tain­tops. Sup­ple but durable leather and a tough sole unit. www.meindl.co.uk

ZAM­BER­LAN VIOZ LUX GTX £220

Top-end lux­ury from the Ital­ian leather wizards. Gets a bit hot, but we love the lav­ish lux­ury of the padded an­kle and the raw power of the out­sole. www.zam­ber­lan.com

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