As promised here's the very first of our Spring/Summer 2012 Sneak Previews! Over the coming weeks and months we'll be bringing you the low down on all the new gear expected in from all your favourite brands, including The North Face, Haglofs, Berghaus, Merrell and many more!
Let's kick things off with a boot or two, because let's face it, who can resist a good boot?
First up we've got The North Face Verto S4K GTX Boot. Brand new for SS12, it's been dubbed the new generation of mountaineering boot for mixed terrain. Made with synthetic leather over the forefoot, the Verto has ample protection and durability. A rugged Panatex ballistic textile throughout helps keep the weight of the boot down whilst maintaining excellent breathability and keeps protection at an optimum level.
The boot uses a Smartlite PU mudguard which provides improved abrasion resistance over traditional rubber mudguards. The Gore-Tex membrane gives ever reliable waterproofing and breathability, so if you fancy venturing out to soggy and wet terrain, they'll be no worries!
There's a nice lot of technicality rammed into the Bottom of the Verto S4K too. TPU cradle heel technology gives ample stability and a vertical anti-compression post helps prevent crampons from slipping. Obviously if your planning on hitting a variety of different terrains, the least you'd expect is a boot with second to none comfort and the Verto provides just that. An EVA heel pad provides great cushioning, whilst the EVA footbed and forefoot cushioning pads ensures plenty of shock absorbency when hitting tougher terrains.
We've got the Verto S4K GTX coming in the colour TNF Black/TNF Red (as shown above) and their expected to cost around £230.
Next in line is The North Face Verbera Backpacker GTX Boot. Aesthetically it's more traditional than the Verto, but it still ticks all the right boxes. Made with a full grain Italian leather upper, the Verbera Backpacker has been equipped with much needed durability. The Smartlite PU mudguard provides the boot with excellent abrasion resistance, always useful when out in more rocky terrains.
The tried and tested Gore-Tex membrane ensures waterproofing and breathability, whilst the stainless steel upper eyelets and lock instep eyelet provides a secure fit. Comfort wise the Verbera comes out on top too, with a Northotic Pro Premium EVA footbed and Ortholite forefoot cushioning pads.
Working our way down, the bottom of the boot has TPU cradle heel stability technology and EVA heel cushioning, so if you find yourself out in rougher terrains the Verbera Backpacker will be able to cope without a hitch. To complete the boot it's been fitted with an always dependable Vibram sole.
The Verbera Backpacker GTX Boot will be arriving into us in the colour TNF Black/TNF Red and is expected to cost around £180.
Please note: Links to the aforementioned boots will become active when we have them in stock.