Archive for the ‘Footwear’ Category
I tested these completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge – a 12 hour hike where you conquer three mountains. I needed shoes that were stable, able to withstand that grim Yorkshire rain and left me nimble footed while scrambling rocks, and the Chameleon Arc 2s were just the ticket. The combination of the Eva foot [...]
Hanwag Dakota GTX Walking Boots I was lucky enough to complete a life long dream and walk the Inca Trail this September. Great, but I needed a show that would fit the job: one with enough ankle support for all the ascent and a mountain paths, one that felt sturdy and stable but which wasn’t [...]
I had a Summer hiking trip in the Alps booked and was looking for a boot to handle the huge variety of conditions I knew we would be facing. Sure enough, it was warm, chilly, dry, wet, steep, flat -you name it. It had to be something that could handle uneven ground but that would [...]
OAG Office Manager, Susan, and her family spent the Summer hiking through Peru, completing the classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. She gives us the low down on the gear that saw her to the end.
A very rugged shoe that has so far coped with everything I’ve thrown at it.
A quirky and not unlikeable looking shoe
Mammut Redburn£115 First impressions: A good-looking technical approach shoe with an obvious alpine pedigree from this Swiss company. Close fitting and and the top-to toe-lacing has a very alpine feel to it. The sole is good and sticky and has a stiff feel to it too and performed particularly well on rock ascents. The Mammut [...]
Jack Wolfskin Mountain Attack Texapore £85 First impressions: Not the lightest in the test but certainly one of the most solid. A waterproof hiking shoe made of nubuck suede leather with extensive air mesh inserts down to the toe area making it a very breathable on warm days. Jack Wolfskin’s own Texapore membrane. A wide [...]
Mizuno Wave Escape 2 £75 First impressions: A functional looking shoe with an aggressively lugged X10 sole from this Japanese firm. Generous on the width with a comfy padded tongue. This new shoe gives good stability, an excellent sole with a water resistant forefoot. Made in Vietnam FABRIC Synthetic and mesh FOOTBED X-10 carbon rubber OAG Likeys Very [...]
Scarpa Vortex XCR £109.99 First impressions: Scarpa has a reputation where quality in mountain footwear is concerned and again this is another good shoe with it’s roots firmly in the Alps. The fit is good with a great Vibram sole. This shoe will stand up to day-long walking trips or a much longer summer expedition. [...]