British brand Anatom entered the market over two decades ago, but this is the first time I've tried them. I've always assumed their emphasis to be on comfort and affordability over high-end technical performance, and it's probably fair to say that you won't see their boots on the feet of many serious mountain types. But surprisingly (to me, at least) their range does extend to a B3 winter model - and it doesn't look half bad. Perhaps it's time I adjusted my preconceptions.
But my first encounter with Anatom has been at the other end of the scale. The new V2 Suilven is a light summer hiking boot that's well suited to less demanding UK hillwalking. I'd consider using it on boggier mountain crag approaches too. And while it's not explicitly designed for scrambling or via ferrata, you could certainly take it on easier hands-on routes.
As a gear editor I am routinely sent top-end stuff, with price tags to match, and while that's jolly nice for me the risk is that I come to look down on more affordable alternatives. Here's a perfect example of why that would be wrong.