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First Look: AKU Trekker Pro GTX

11th March 2019 | 0 comments

Just arrived and new for spring 2019 is the northern Italian-developed AKU Trekker Pro GTX boot and it should be worth considering if you’re after a fabric-based, three-season all-round hiking and trekking boot…

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First Look: HOKA ONE ONE Sky Arkali

21st February 2019 | 0 comments

Have your say… You might be familiar with French footwear brand HOKA ONE ONE from their running range. In a nutshell, they’ve always been about lightweight, massively-cushioned sole units that look odd, but give a fantastic, marshmallow soft ride on or off road. You might be familiar with French footwear brand HOKA ONE ONE from their running range. In a …

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KEEN Karraig review

4th January 2019 | 0 comments

Jon Doran tries out a really nice, broad-fitting, all-round mountain walking boot which features traditionally high ankle cuffs and traditional underfoot lateral stiffness, but without the accompanying discomfort or clumpiness.

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Inov-8 Terraultra G 260 review

13th December 2018 | 0 comments

‘It is, says inov-8, ‘the world’s toughest shoe for running the world’s toughest long-distance trails’, but it’s also quite good for shorter runs in the Peak District’ – Jon Doran goes for a run to test out these claims (especially the second bit).

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The Big Question: Which rubber sole is the stickiest?

9th December 2018 | 0 comments

If you’re a climber, walker, mountaineer or runner, you’re pretty much dependent on the rubber on the soles of your shoes or boots to keep things sunnyside up or, in the worst case scenario, for stopping you cratering. But mostly we just take rubber compounds and technology for granted. So what’s going on? What makes one brand’s sole unit stickier than another’s and who makes the stickiest rubber soles?