Our Top 5 Mens Walking Shoes From 2016

2016 has arguably been one of the most memorable years at Tog-Blog yet. Aside from the usual comings and goings the World has seen some big changes and we’ve seen some amazing products and new technologies be released by our favourite brands.

So as we enter this New Year, full of potential and new beginnings, we have decided to look back at 2016 and run down our top 5 men’s walking shoes.

Wherever your adventures take you in 2017 we know that these premium walking shoes will have you covered!

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Merrell Intercept Mens Walking Shoes

The Merrell Intercept Mens Walking Shoes boast a combination of classic comfort and casual style to make them an essential pair of walking shoes to add to your kit. Whether you have to do a quick run to the supermarket or you’re heading out and exploring the woodland trails these premium walking shoes look and feel the part. They boast a leather upper with AEGIS Antimicrobial treatment in the lining to prevent the build up of odour causing microbes and house a 4.5mm Ortholite Anatomical footbed for lasting comfort whilst a Vibram sole with 4.5mm lugs provides traction on all trails.

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Merrell Moab GoreTex Mens Walking Shoes

Designed for a higher level of protection on your off road adventures the Merrell Moab GoreTex Mens Walking Shoes are an alternative version of an old favourite. Having long been a popular walking shoe the Moab GoreTex Mens Walking Shoes have been updated to included a Gore-Tex lining for waterproofing and breathability whilst an antimicrobial AEGIS treatment fights odour build up. They boast a waterproof Dura leather and mesh upper, a bellows tongue, synthetic leather toe cap and heel counter for protection on the trails whilst an Ortholite Anatomical footbed, moulded nylon arch shank, compression moulded EVA footframe and Merrell Air Cushion in the heel provide extended comfort. Finished with a Vibram Multi-Sport sole and 5mm lug depth the Moab GoreTex is capable of unrivalled grip.

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Salomon X Ultra LTR GTX Mens Walking Shoes

Ready for any trail the Salomon X Ultra LTR GTX Mens Walking Shoes boast a durable nubuck leather upper with a Gore-Tex lining for protection without compromising on breathability. The low cut profile gives greater freedom for movement and a protective rubber toe cap, gusseted tongue and abrasion resistant lining provide rugged performance. An Ortholite sockliner, EVA shaped footbed, moulded arch shank and Advanced CHASSIS technology deliver comfort and stability on any trail surface. The X Ultra LTR GTX Mens Walking Shoes are finished with a QUICKLACE system and lace pocket for an easy to achieve personalised fit whilst a Contagrip outsole maintains traction in every stride.

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La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Mens Shoes

The La Sportiva Ultra Raptor Mens Shoes are designed for the ultimate off road endurance. They feature breathable Air-mesh uppers for excellent ventilation whilst a soft EVA graded platform delivers shock absorption in every step. An integrated lacing system is durable and easy to adjust for a personal fit whilst the wider shape and sole provides lasting comfort that makes these premium walking shoes ideal for longer trails and adventures. Comfortable, rugged and versatile you won’t need any other shoe for fast action off road adventures again.

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North Face Hedgehog Fastpack GTX Mens Walking Shoes

For support without compromise the North Face Hedgehog Fastpack GTX Mens Walking Shoes are an excellent trail choice. They feature a Cradle Guide midsole, Snake Plate technology and a TPU quarter weld that will deliver support on any trail. Abrasion resistant and breathable textile mesh is used for the uppers whilst a synthetic overlay and rustproof hardware adds an extra layer of durability. The Hedgehog Fastpack GTX Mens Walking Shoes feature a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex lining for comfortable protection whilst an exclusive Vibram rubber outsole provides reliable grip and traction.

So there you have our top 5 mens walking shoes from 2016. Where will your walking and hiking adventures take you this year?

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The North Face Technology Guide

The North Face is a brand with a formidable reputation; boasting countless technologies and expeditions under its belt as well as several awards. No matter where you go from your morning commute to a once in a lifetime adventure holiday you’re bound to see someone sporting a piece of their premium quality gear.

With all of these achievements and innovations it isn’t easy to keep up, and here at Webtogs.com we often find ourselves struggling to remember which technology does what. It’s understandable and with an industry leading brand like North Face no one can blame us. They have a piece of technology, a new fabric or a new construction for every garment and adventure.

So, with it being the New Year and all we decided that it was time to make some resolutions. We’re determined to keep on top of tech this year and we decided that the best way to do that was to create a definitive guide of all North Face technologies. So if you’re like us and you can’t keep up with the full steam ahead pace of this game-changing brand keep reading and bookmark this page for future reference!

FuseForm

FuseForm is one of the North Face’s latest and greatest innovations. It offers a seamless, lightweight construction by using advanced manufacturing techniques to weave two material properties into one single fabric. This eliminates the extra thread and tape of traditional seams which means a lighter weight, lower bulk, stronger and more durable construction with a clean aesthetic.

Thermoball

Developed in partnership with Primaloft; Thermoball is the new synthetic insulation alternative to down. Thermoball works with small, round synethetic fibre that clusters closely together to trap heat within small air pockets. This ensures excellent heat retention, compressibility, loft and low weight like traditional down insulation but boasts the added benefit of wet weather performance. Unlike traditional down insulation Thermoball still offers exceptional insulation when wet making it perfect for alpine adventures.

FlashDry

FlashDry is an innovative proprietary fabric created to offer superior moisture management and temperature regulation. FlashDry is ideal for creating active outdoor use garments and offers drier, more comfortable performance in unreliable weather conditions. FlashDry fabric works by accelerating the evaporation process and is permanently embedded in the yarn so that performance doesn’t diminish within a few washes.

There are actually three different types of FlashDry, each suited to creating a different garment.

FlashDry Fibre Technology works by permanently embedding a microporous additive in at the fibre level to increase the surface area. This aids cooling, drying and makes it ideal for base layers.

FlashDry Thermal Technology works by permanently embedding a microporous additive into synthetic fibres which ensures an excellent warmth-to-weight ratio. This allows for excellent warmth with minimal bulk and is ideal for fleeces.

FlashDry Laminate Technology features a three dimensional, microporous layer of additives printed onto a hydrophilic membrane surface. This allows liquid and evapourative moisture to be transferred away from the body ensuring a 100 percent waterproof exterior and superior next to skin comfort. It is durable and ideal for use in wet and alpine environments.

Goose Down Fill

The North Face only use premium quality goose down fill in their down products. Tested for loftiness, moisture resistance and ability to regain loft after compression you can be sure that you are getting the best down. Several different fill powers of down are used in their products depending on the garment and the activity that is designed for. All goose down fills boast superior comfort and warmth, light weight and unrivalled quality.

900 fill goose down is the highest quality commercially available down. It is generally considered the highest standard of insulation with an unrivalled warmth to weight ratio, superior compressibility, ultralight weight and excellent comfort. It is generally used in North Face’s Summit Series.

800 fill goose down is the next fill often used in North Face’s products. It offers exceptional warmth thanks to it’s high cluster to feather ratio and boasts increased loft as well as compressibility.

700 fill goose down offers a good warmth to weight ratio, is lightweight and is great for insulating across a range of different temperatures. 700 fill is often chosen for it’s versatility and is ideal when you need to be prepared for a range of climates.

600 fill down is most often the lowest fill down that is used in the North Face’s products, although they have been known to use 550 and 500 in some of their gloves and smaller products. It is warm, lightweight, durable and offers ideal performance for general day to day or outdoor use.

GORE-TEX

Gore-Tex is a waterproof, windproof and breathable membrane technology that allows the user to enjoy maximised protection and comfort without compromising on performance. The North Face generally uses two different kinds of Gore-Tex membrane technology.

Gore-Tex Pro technology is designed to be rugged for extreme use. Gore-Tex Pro garments are durable, waterproof, windproof and breathable and are designed for high impact action packed adventures. It boasts a three layer construction with a membrane that is bonded to a durable outer material and a robust inner lining. This ensures no movement between the layers and maximises durability.

Gore-Tex Active technology boasts superior breathability ideal for highly aerobic activities. Ideal for short bursts of active use such as a day hiking in the hills is boasts fine laminate denier performance textiles and a three layer construction. Proprietary lamination technology integrates the backer textile directly into the Gore-Tex membrane; therefore allowing enhanced breathability and comfort.

Hyvent

Hyvent is a waterproof and breathable technology that uses a polyurethane coating consisting of a tri component to deliver superior waterproofing, moisture permeability and durability. The North Face uses several different specialised types of Hyvent depending on the garment and intended use. All Hyvent technologies are waterproof, breathable and offer excellent protection in rain and snow.

Hyvent Alpha is most commonly used in the Summit Series collection. It is rugged, waterproof and uses a microporous hydrophobic lamination technology to maintain durability and waterproofing in extreme conditions. Hyvent Alpha garments are designed for heavy duty alpine performance.

Hyvent 2 Layer, as the name suggests, boasts a two layer construction that allows it to stay waterproof and breathable and severe conditions. Ideal for exploration it boasts a durable woven outer layer to repel wet weather and an inner layer with a PU coating and micro-pores to channel water vapour out of the garment. This water vapour redirecting technology is ideal for climbing and skiing.

Hyvent 3 Layer is a three layer construction technology and like it’s counterparts it is both breathable and waterproof. It features a durable woven outer layer that repels wet weather, a PU coated mid layer with micro pores to redirect water vapour and a design that is geared towards superior moisture management. This technology excels in alpine environments.

Hyvent DT features the same principle as Hyvent 3 Layer but with a reduced thickness of the third layer. This makes it exceptionally lightweight and packable whilst still offering excellent moisture management. This technology is ideal for multi-day adventures and is sometimes referred to as Hyvent 2.5 Layer.

Hyvent DT EC is created using naturally derived materials and uses 50 percent less synthetic components compared to other conventional fabric membranes. It maintains excellent waterproof and breathable performance in cool to cold conditions, but with the added bonus of a reduced environmental impact. This technology is ideal for backpacking.

PrimaLoft

PrimaLoft sport offers high performance insulation by combining ultra-fine and multi-diameter fibres to deliver specific performance characteristics. The ultra-fine fibres are specifically treated to aid water resistance, and the multi-diameter fibres help to build loft. There are three main types of PrimaLoft insulation that the North Face uses.

PrimaLoft One is arguably their leading microfibre insulation. It is created by treating ultra-fine fibres in a patented process and combining them into an insulating core for lightweight, soft and water resistant performance. PrimaLoft one is 14 percent warmer when dry and 24 percent warmer when we than other competitive insulation.

PrimaLoft Eco is the earth-friendly insulation in the range. It combines a minimum of 50 percent recycled material with standard PrimaLoft fibres to create high loft and thermally efficient insulation. PrimaLoft Eco boasts excellent performance and comfort with a lightweight and water resistant finish. It is ideal for users conscious of their environmental impact.

PrimaLoft Infinity is a high loft and continuous filament insulation that offers 20 percent more compressibility than it’s competitors. It achieves this through the use of a fine denier fibre which also allows it to offer superior thermal efficiency, water resistant and durability. This superior continuous filament insulation even performs well when wet, so is ideal for cold and wet conditions.

Polartec

Polartec has been the favoured insulation layer amongst outdoor enthusiasts for nearly twenty years. It offers exceptional warmth and is available in a range of variations for different garments and activities.

Polartec Thermal Pro fabrics are the most technically advanced and aesthetically pleasing fabrics in the range. They come in variety of textures and patterns designed to deliver tailored performance. Newer high loft versions offer the highest warmth to weight ratios and other versions deliver the look of traditional wool with the performance of a fleece. Polartec Thermal Pro fabrics are ideal for a huge number of uses thanks to their versatility.

Polartec Classic series fabrics are available in lightweight, midweight or heavyweight fleece. Polartec 100 is the lightest and are great for a warm first layer, Polartec 200 is the midweight fleece  so offers excellent warmth and versatility and Polartec 300 fabrics are the heaviest option providing a superior thermal layer for very cold weather.

Polartec Eco is the environmentally conscious alternative in the collection. It offers the same warmth and comfort of other Polartec fabrics but boasts a more environmentally friendly package. Solid colourways are derived from 87 percent recycled content and heather colourways are derived from 65 percent recycled content.

TKA

TKA (Thermal Kinetic Advancement) Fleece are a range of proprietary fabrics created by the North Face to offer excellent insulation and durability. There are three different weights of TKA fleece and a TKA Superstretch fabric that is designed for aerobic activities.

TKA 100 is the lightest microfibre fleece weight and offers high performance with a luxurious finish. It provides excellent warmth even when wet and is ideal for use in a layering system. It also launders well and compresses to a small size that is easy to store in your pack.

TKA 200 is the midweight fleece and is ideal for use as a mid layer. It is 100 percent polyester, warm, breathable and pill resistance.

TKA 300 is a mid to heavyweight fleece that can be worn as a layering piece or by itself as a casual outer layer. It offers high performance, pill resistance and great warmth.

TKA Superstretch boasts a supple four way stretch that offers great breathability and comfort; ideal for aerobic activity. It has a soft brushed inner that helps to control moisture whilst offering great next to skin comfort, and a polyester and spandex construction that contributes to a supportive fit. This fabric is ideal for use as a layering piece in cool to cold conditions.

TNF Apex

TNX Apex soft shell fabrics are developed exclusively by the North Face and offer great protection and mobility. It boasts a tightly woven abrasion phobic face for protection and a soft brushed interior for superior comfort. They stretch for mobility and are treated with a Durable Water Resistant finish to offer great weather resistance without compromising on breathability.

Apparel created with TNF Apex are designed to ensure warmth and keep you dry in a thick fog or mist of rain so they are great for active outdoor use.

TNF Apex Aerobic fabric is the lightest and most breathable in the range, and the offer the best stretch and mobility for performance enhancing comfort. They are also windproof making them great for running or cycling.

TNF Apex ClimateBlock is the most protective fabric in the range. It is the most water resistance, practically waterproof, and windproof but doesn’t compromise on breathability. It is ideal for alpine adventures such as skiing and trekking.

TNF Apex Universal is the most versatile fabric in the range. It is breathable, water resistant and is ideal for a huge range of activities and conditions.

Windstopper

Windstopper soft shells offer full wind protection without compromising breathability, and offer the comfort of a mid layer with the water resistance of a shell. They provide great freedom of movement for enhanced performance and are ideal for active use in cold windy conditions.

Windwall

Windwall is a fleece fabric that is exclusive to North Face. It boasts the flexibility, breathability and comfort of a traditional fleece but eliminates windchill. Windwall is created with a unique fabric bonding process that cuts 80 to 95 percent of wind keeping you warm without compromising on breathability.

WindWall 1 fabric is created with a unique fabric bonding process and boasts a mesh liner that allows a limited degree of external air permeability. It is wind resistant, enhances warmth and comfort and is ideal for activities such as climbing and backpacking.

WindWall 2 boasts a gridded fleece liner for even better insulation and utilises the same specialised fabric bonding process for a limited degree of external air permeability. It delivers great insulation, wind resistance, warmth and is ideal for hiking and climbing on cold windy days.

So there you have our definitive guide to North Face technology. Next time you’re weighing up the pros and cons of your next pair of hiking boots or struggling to decide on a new down jacket head over here and get the lowdown on all of their premium technologies. Check out our North Face collection now and put your new found knowledge to test!

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Autumn Adventures With The North Face Travel Bags

Autumn is the season of adventure, so enjoy it with our latest drop of The North Face Travel Bags.

The North Face is a brand dedicated to pushing the limits of outdoor adventure and bringing you outstanding technical gear. Their latest collection features everything you need for everyday and outdoor adventures. Whether you’re backpacking in a foreign land or navigating the urban jungle you’ll enjoy the adventure with their superior travel bags. Featuring a combination of their own innovative technologies, quality materials and passionate design The North Face Travel Bags are the ultimate adventure accessory. 

North Face Base Camp X Large Duffel Bag

North Face Base Camp X Large Duffel Bag

The North Face Base Camp X Large Duffel Bag is the ultimate versatile adventure essential. It features a durable laminate ballistic nylon construction, a huge 132 litre capacity, quality locking zippers and convenient twin haul handles. Simple, yet so effective.

North Face Recon 2015 Backpack

North Face Recon 2015 Backpack

The ultimate organisation essential, The North Face Recon 2015 Backpack features everything you need for urban and outdoor adventures. Constructed from a durable 210D Cordura nylon mini ripstop it is hardwearing yet still exceptionally comfortable thanks to a FlexVent suspension system, removable waist belt, a sternum strap with a whistle and a comfortable padded top haul handle. The Recon 2015 Backpack comes prepared with plenty of pockets including two water bottle pockets, a fleece lined media pocket and a padded 15” laptop sleeve.

North Face Shadow 40 Plus 10 Mens Backpack

North Face Shadow 40 Plus 10 Mens Backpack

The North Face Shadow 40 Plus 10 Mens Backpack gives everything to the adventure, and then some more. It features an innovative design ideal for backpacking, travelling or urban life with an expandable volume of 40 litres to 50 litres. Comfortable yet still offering essential technical features it boasts roll top with an extension collar, a removable internal waterproof pocket, a pocket at the nape of the neck, reinforcing screen print in abrasion prone areas, hip-belt pockets, integrated compression, a removable hip-belt and reinforced haul points.

North Face Cobra 52 Mens Backpack

North Face Cobra 52 Mens Backpack

Created for alpine adventures but equally in it’s element for any outdoor expedition The North Face Cobra 52 Mens Backpack is ready for anything. It has plenty of options for organising your gear and a removable design that allows you to reduce the weight for the final push towards your goals. The Cobra 52 features a removable lid, hip-belt padding and frame-sheet for weight reduction and a stowable helmet carry, oversized crampon pocket, sleek tool keepers with covered tips, a rope carry, wand pockets, a ski carry, hip-belt pocket, tool loop on hip-belt and lash points.

North Face Base Camp XX Large Duffel Bag

North Face Base Camp XX Large Duffel Bag

XX Large for extra exciting adventures The North Face Base Camp XX Large Duffel Bag features a huge volume of 150 litres. Similar to the rest of the base camp range it features a simple but durable design with extra bartacks, double stitching, a water resistant 100D phthalate-free TPE fabric laminate construction, compression straps, internal mesh pockets and alpine cut shoulder straps.

As you can see, there is a tonne of potential for adventure this Autumn with The North Face Travel Bags. Got a different adventure in mind? Check out the rest of our The North Face Outdoor Gear.

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The Base Camp Collection by The North Face

The North Face is a world renowned brand producing premium quality outdoor gear for all explorers. Young or old, experienced or new to the scene they have products for every user. Here at Webtogs.com we have a huge collection of the popular Base Camp Duffel Bags. As the name suggests, these premium quality bags can take you on any adventure from a weekend trip to the base camp of Mount Everest. Available in a huge range of sizes and fun colours they are ideal for travelling, camping and expeditions.

 

The Base Camp Duffel Bags feature an outstanding design and construction. They feature rugged constructions with double stitching, ballistic nylon and extra bartacks. For carrying comfort compression straps and alpine cut shoulder straps make these duffels the ultimate adventurer’s bag.

 

The North Face Base Camp X Small Duffel Bag - Ballet Pink Hawaiian Sunrise Print

 

The North Face Base Camp X Small Duffel Bag

The North Face Base Camp X Small Duffel Bag is ideal for short trips, the commute to work or even use as a handy gym bag. It features a spacious 25 litre capacity and internal mesh pockets for secure storage of small essentials.

 

 

 

The North Face Base Camp Small Duffel Bag - Vintage Blue Tomato Red

 

The North Face Base Camp Small Duffel Bag

The North Face Base Camp Small Duffel Bag is larger than the X Small Duffel with a capacity of 42 litres making it ideal for longer trips or expeditions where you need to carry more gear. It features the same rugged and unbeatable design as well as coming in a great range of colours to match your style.

 

 

The North Face Base Camp Medium Duffel Bag - TNF Black Blazing Yellow

 

The North Face Base Camp Medium Duffel Bag

The North Face Base Camp Medium Duffel Bag features a huge 70 litre capacity making it great for long adventures and camping trips. It features multiple carrying options for your comfort and four essential compression straps helping to stabilise and manage the load.

 

 

The North Face Base Camp Large Duffel Bag - Adder Green Safety Green

 

The North Face Base Camp Large Duffel Bag

The North Face Base Camp Large Duffel Bag features a slightly bigger capacity of 90 litres making it great for long adventures that require a lot of technical gear. Despite its size it still features the same winning design and fun choice of colours.

 

 

The North Face Base Camp X Large Duffel Bag - Iris Purple TNF Black

 

The North Face Base Camp X Large Duffel Bag

The North Face Base Camp X Large Duffel Bag is by far the largest duffel bag of the collection with an amazing 140 litre capacity. The generous space makes this the ultimate adventurer’s bag and allows a versatile range of uses.  Take it from one end of the Earth to the other; there is room for all of your gear.

 

Now that you see how outstanding The North Face Base Camp Duffel Bags are, check out the rest of our The North Face collection for premium quality outdoor gear created for every user.

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The North Face Ethical Down Update

You know the post we put out a week or so ago about sustainable down sourcing by Webtogs’ brands? Well I have a very positive update from The North Face regarding the development of their ‘Responsible Down Standard’ – namely, after two years in development, it is complete! You can read the full update from TNF themselves here, in their official release.

Now that pre-pilot audits on The North Face’s existing down suppliers have been completed, they are now in a position to roll out the finalised RDS (Responsible Down Standard) across their entire global supply chain. All down in The North Face down products by Autumn/Winter 2015 will comply with the RDS (allowing for time to conduct full audits, and for geese to reach maturity), and what’s more the enforcement of the standard is to be handed over to third-party, non-profit organisation Textile Exchange. They are committed to minimising the harmful effects of the global textile industry, and encouraging the positive ones, for the benefit of textile workers, animals, and all of us.

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Webtogs Road-Trip to the Brit-Brand Trio & Marmot!

Aptly-named snack of the week. Great value too.
Aptly-named snack of the week

I should probably start out by explaining that when I say ‘Brit brand trio’, I’m referring to Rab, Mountain Equipment and Montane. These three brands are the standard-bearers for the UK outdoor industry, and between them they account for over half of the products ranged on Webtogs.co.uk at any given time. It was these brands, along with another of our suppliers; US brand Marmot, that Webtogs MD Keith and I set out to visit last Sunday on a 5-day buying road-trip. I can report that it was epic thanks to the exciting new products on show… and the added bonus of getting to take the bike out on some awesome trails in the Lakes (Altura Trail, Whinlatter & The North Face Trail, Grizedale) and Peak District!

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Take Note World: Rab is Awesome

Last weekend whilst discussing work with my friend Alex, I was surprised to hear that he had never heard of the brand Rab. This was very surprising to me, because of the 50+ brands we sell at Webtogs, Rab ranks second only to The North Face in terms of sales – and even then it’s a close-run thing. It’s also very much the ‘it’ brand in the market at the moment, with a rapidly expanding fan-base and amazing sell-through, not to mention the fact that it’s been around as a flag bearer of the British outdoor kit industry since the 1980s. (more…)

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Webtogs Autumn/Winter Photo Competition 2013!

I am excited to announce that in the run-up to Christmas Webtogs will be running a fortnightly photo competition! Think of it as a sort of online Webtogs advent calendar.

Every two weeks we will be releasing a theme or buzzword upon which photos are to be based. How you interpret each fortnightly theme is up to you, although they must depict, or at least be related to the great outdoors (depictions of Webtogs kit in action appreciated)! This week’s photo theme is AUTUMN. (more…)

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