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Woolpower Socks
The sock is of paramount importance while backpacking, as your feet are part of your transport. The Woolpower range are a good sock for medium to long term expeditions, and are constructed the same way as the rest of the garments (see above). They are hard wearing, and give good moisture wicking and insulative value as the garments.

Mike says...
" Another long term piece of kit that I have used over the years. I purchase 10 pairs of knee length 600g socks every 3 years, and remove the old socks from service. I use a three sock system with one on, one spare and one in the wash. Changing my socks every 2 to 3 days and ensuring I wash and powder my feet at the end of every day. "


Wigwam Merino Comfort Sportsman Socks
Hunting for a heavyweight sock for the field or tree stand? Set your sights on Wigwam's Merino Comfort Sportsman.

Mike says...
" Great sock for high leg boots or wellies with good fit and insulation. "


DexShell Thermlite Waterproof Socks
This stylish and durable over ankle sock by Dexshell is a must-have for your outdoor ventures.

The lightweight style of the sock incorporates a merino wool lining complete with terry loop cushion padding from toe to heel providing exceptional comfort.

Mike says...
" I have recently taken these socks over some very rough boggy terrain wearing a pair of training shoes with no waterproof lining. At the time the Moorland had had plenty of rain and 100mm of wet slushy snow lay on the ground. I wore a pair of Wigwam socks underneath mainly for more insulation. After the walk ( approx. 12 miles ) I returned to camp with dry, warm feet.

I have carried out further walks and tests over the past few months with very similar results. I can strongly recommend these socks. "


Scarpa Crux Mens Shoe

The ideal approach shoe should be tough, well protected and provide enough support foreasy climbing but comfy enough for the approach walk.  The Crux takes technologies that have been developed inour trekking and climbing range and combining them together to give a hybridthat has all of the characteristics required to be a top approach shoe.

Tony says...
" I have been trying to find a shoe to walk in for a while now as I am finding boots are sometimes heavy, and if possible I want a good compromise. There is much research to indicate that 50g extra on your foot is the equivalent to carrying 500g on your back. As I get older and doing more 2 and 3 days walking trips the weight savings are becoming more important. Working on this principle, the shoe is almost 500g lighter than the Meindl Burma boots I wear - so in theory, 2.5kg less to carry.

The Shoes are a good fit for me as I have quite shallow feet, and a 45 euro size with a medium thick Teko sock was a spot on fit. I decided not to break them in so did a 14 km flatish walk with them fresh out of the box. I followed this with 18km over Helvellyn via Striding Edge, so a stern test to say the least, with a wet  valley  walk of 12km on the next day.

Oh my god, what a difference. The walking seemed easier and lighter, noticeable not lifting the heavy boots every step. The weather was wet for the 3 days (as it always is in the Lakes) but the sticky sole advertised certainly was sticky - I did not slip at anytime on sharp edges, wet rock or wet grass. The sole unit has a flat section at the toes which gives an excellent platform to stand on small rocks jutting out, a real help on Striding Edge. The shoe is not gore tex lined but with the only mesh being under the laces I found the shoes stayed remarkably dry inside without avoiding any shallow puddles or obvious wet areas of the walk. My socks became a little damp on the last valley walk day and the shoes felt a little wet inside when we stopped for a brew. But a quick change of merino socks and the shoes were dry inside again by the bottom of the hill.

To summarise, I am a convert. The shoes performed well in late September weather. I am happy to carry extra dry socks rather than lift heavier boots all day and have resigned the boots to absolute winter, torrential rain or snow. "


Scarpa R-Evo GTX Suede

Featuring Scarpa’s Sock Fit technology, this boot is the next evolution in trekking footwear with unparalleled performance, comfort and agility. 

Kev says...
" ​I've been on the hunt for a light but supportive boot for trekking in varied terrain, the Evo caught my eye and hasn't disappointed.  The sock-fit is so adjustable it takes a little time to get used to but once mastered it gives fantastic support and no foot movement in the boot. The suede upper gives a 'stiff-approach-shoe' like feel but this is definitely still a boot fit. The sole has a good stiffness and protects my feet from the tiredness they get walking miles over sharp or stony ground. Sole tread is not aggressive but so far no problems on rock, grass, scree and steeps. Used it through hot summer, autumn and fitted with microspikes in the winter snow, no complaints. Loving them. "


Woolpower Felt Insole

Felt insole made by Woolpower. Instead of throwing textile waste away, it is given a new life by being transformed into felt insoles.

Mike says...
" Great inserts especially in your wellies in the winter. I take them out and dry them on a radiator overnight so they are dry and perform well the next day.

Great use of a by-product as well. "


Sorbothane Cush N Step Insole
Comfortable, simple and very affordable, they ease pressure and strain on the feet and may be used with almost any kind of footwear. 

Made from PU foam and a breathable outer fabric, they are soft, robust and designed to help keep the foot free from dampness.

Mike says...
" Good value, comfortable insole to add volume and comfort to what normally are average insoles in boots. Get roughly the size you need and use the original insole as a template and cut to size with a good sharp pair of scissors. The insole will last for miles and miles. "


Helsport Bivvy Boots
Excellent for inside your tent or cabin, water resistant with breathable upper and no slide soles, and insulated with Thermoguard 6000.

Mike says...
" I have just used a pair of the Bivvy boots on a recent camping trip in the Lake District. After a day in the mountains with most of it on crampons it was a joy to come back to camp, wash and powder my feet, put on fresh socks and the Bivvy boots. Within seconds my feet felt like they were glowing with heat, I even for a time wore them in my sleeping bag but found that this was too hot. The Bivvy boots were a great advantage when I needed my 2am pee, which I can never figure out as I never need the toilet at home at this time. "