The German-made Stirling walking boots are designed specifically for the UK (though I’m sure they’d work in mountains overseas!). They are a smart one-piece leather almost rigid boot suitable for hillwalking in snow and for regular crampon use. Like similar boots they have a wide rand round the sole unit, a solid toe and heel, good cushioning and good grip. The fit is just wide enough for me. The sole has a slight rocker but it’s not as pronounced as on some other semi-stiff boots. An interesting feature is the X lacing system, which consists of a metal tab in the middle of the upper tongue around which the laces can be wrapped to give a number of options for ensuring there is no pressure and the tongue is secure. If the fit is right these are good winter mountain boot.
Chris Townsend assesses an eclectic bunch of boots, from ankle-high boots to barefoot options
UPPERS: 2.4mm Nubuck leatherLINING: Gore-TexMIDSOLE: PU/soft Flex shankOUTSOLE: Vibram Tactis DSTWEIGHT: 1722 gramsFLEX: Semi-stiffSIZES: men 6-12ORIGIN: GermanyPRICE: Ј185WEBSITE: www.lowa.co.uk