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Berghaus Explorer Light boots come top in Which? test

The Berghaus Explorer Light boot has come out top in a hiking boots test conducted by Which?

As part of the analysis process, Which? compared 11 different hiking boots. It ripped the soles of the boots off, wore them down and did a flex test using a revolving belt, and dunked them in a tank filled with water. In order to test how comfortable the boots are, six hiking experts wore the boots over 36 miles of rocky terrain in the Lake District.

The Berghaus Explorer Light came top with a total score of 72%. This was followed by the Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra Luxe boot (71%), the Brasher Lithium GTX boot (70%), the Salomon 3D Fastpacker Mid GTX boot (70%), the Brasher Hillmaster GTX boot (68%), the Mammut Mt Trail GTX boot (63%), the Meindl Softline Ultra GTX boot (63%), the Hi-Tec V-Lite Fasthike Mid WP (61%), the Scarpa ZG65 XCR boot (59%), the Karrimor Penrith eVent boot (56%) and the Scarpa Ranger boot (53%).

You can also head over to our footwear section where you can find our review of the Berghaus Explorer Light boot.

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Outdoors Show 2010

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Birmingham will play host to the Outdoors Show yet again at the end of this month. The show, which runs from March 26 to 28, 2010, will be held at the NEC across 2 halls. It is the largest UK show dedicated to the outdoors and the 2010 event looks set to be another success.

There will be about 250 exhibitors including most of the large outdoor brands who will be displaying their latest outdoor collections and new technologies.

The main attraction, however, will no doubt be the “have a go” activities which provide visitors with the opportunity to try out new activities in the presence of an expert. These activities include wall climbing, a computrainer cycle simulator, coolboard, ice climbing, and slacklining, among others.

The Outdoors 2010 show will also feature a tent city, a fashion show, as well as a celebrity speaker session with a line-up which includes Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Kate Humble, James Cracknell, Ben Fogle, Simon King and Doug Scott.

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Trail running shoes are popular for walking

Trail running
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More and more people are opting to purchase trail running shoes for outdoor activities, such as walking or mountain climbing.

Trail running shoes have a strong and rugged sole to protect a wearer’s foot from rocks. They also provide the wearer with more stability by offering a high level of grip, and extra cushioning and support. Furthermore, they have been designed so that they are flexible enough so that you can run comfortably on natural surfaces which tend to be uneven.

Many of them also feature performance characterisitcs, including water-resistance and breathability.

A few of our favourites include the Salomon XA Comp 3 GTX shoe, the Brasher CalusaXCR, and the Merrell Reactor shoe.

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Vibram Five Fingers to help runners in the UK

Vibram Five Fingers are new trainer taking the running world by storm. Made by American company Vibram, Five Finger are based on the human foot, which means spaces for five toes. The design gives a distinctive look but most important could help to stop problems such as knee injuries and shin splints.

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The top of trainer is made from abrasion-resistant stretch polyamide fabric with the sole out of a patented TC1 performance rubber compound. The sole will give grip in either dry or wet conditions. Although mainly aimed at runners the trainer is being used by climbers, free runners, water sports and walkers.

The latest 2009 collection for Men and Women have several different designed, classic, sprint KSP and flow. Prices are around $75 with a range of sizes, there are special instructions for measuring your foot for the correct size.

There is a UK shop set up now with prices at around £85  with sizes all the way from 3.5 to 12 head over to www.fivefingers.co.uk to check them out.