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Jetboil Flash (2014)

£105.00

Jetboil stoves are extremely popular with solo backpackers, thanks to their unique integrated pan design and simple but effective performance. The Flash comes in a range of colours to suit your taste, but whichever you choose you get a tall dedicated pot that takes 0.5 litres of water and is fitted with a set of heat exchanger fins on the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Deuter Speedlite 30 (2014)

£80.00

The Deuter Speedlite 30 tips the Trail scales at 873g. But compared with lighter rucksacks it feels a little more robust and better able to handle the rough and tumble of a few years’ use in the hills when hillwalking and scrambling. I’ve used it for a year now and really love it for typical Lakeland hill trips. The back ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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MSR Windpro II (2014)

£90.00

Gas burners with a remote canister have the advantage of providing a more stable base for a wobbly pan of boiling water, but the canister can also be easily inverted, which has the benefit of improving performance in colder conditions. The Windpro II is the latest version of this popular MSR design and it benefits from very wide (15cm diameter) ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Gregory Z25/J23 (2014)

£80.00

The men’s Z25 and women’s J23 are unique in our test as they have the only back system that holds the pack a few centimetres away from the torso to really promote airflow around the body. At 964g (Z25) and 790g (J23) these packs aren’t the lightest options around, but the less clammy sensation you get may well be worth ...

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Optimus Vega (2014)

£85.00

The Optimus Vega promotes its inverted gas cylinder as ‘integrated 4-season mode’ because when inverted it performs better in cold weather. Optimus also highlights that faster boil times are possible with the gas canister inverted; but for greater efficiency and better simmer control using the gas cylinder the conventional way is better. The flame control is also at the gas ...

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Outdoor Research Cirque Pants (2014)

£110.00

Outdoor Research Cirque Pants, designed for mountaineering and alpine conditions, use a tough but stretchy soft shell fabric. A diamond crotch panel adds freedom of movement, as do articulated knees. The waist gets a soft lining, belt loops, elastication and loops for braces; plus there’s a tough scuff panel inside the ankle cuff, a boot lace hook and a zipped ...

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Osprey Talon 22 £75/Tempest 30 (2014)

£60.00

The Osprey Talon 22 has been a frequent winner of Trail tests. It’s a very well-established sub-1kg day sack, with the nearest women’s-specific equivalent being the slightly larger Tempest 30. Both sacks weigh under 1kg and offer great features for hillwalkers. The main benefit is the AirScape back panel, which features a mesh covering over a ridge-moulded foam panel to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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The North Face Banchee 50 (2014)

£145.00

The North Face’s Banchee 50 is designed for light and fast backpacking forays according to the manufacturer, but this is not the lightest sack available as it weighs in at 1547g, which is heavier than many lightweight 50 litre rucksacks. But you are getting a superb set of features here, which many lighter rucksacks cannot boast. Firstly the back system ...

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Lightwave Fastpack 50 (2014)

£140.00

Lightwave’s Fastpack range is designed for winter trips or lightweight weekend backpacking trips, and they benefit from being lighter than the average with this 50 litre version weighing in at 1156g. This sack also appears to be larger in volume than some other 50 litre sacks so you may even feel the Fastpack 40 at £120 is big enough. The ...

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Berghaus Vapour 20 (2014)

£60.00

This is a very unusual rucksack from Berghaus, designed to meet the needs of those taking part in single-day or overnight racing events. The weight of 688g includes a 73g water bottle, which is stored in the base of the rucksack in a dedicated pocket. The back system is stiffened so it does not distort when loaded fully or partially, ...

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Montane Cobra 25 (2014)

£70.00

The Montane Cobra 25 is designed to be a versatile pack for mountain activities. To that end it weighs in at 863g and feels pretty robust compared to some lighter rucksacks. It is made from a tough Raptor TL fabric and reinforced at the base to ensure it is durable enough to cope with scrapes against rocks when scrambling. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Primus Eta Lite (2014)

£109.00

If you like the Jetboil Flash then you will like the Primus Eta Lite, as they are virtually identical stoves with only small details differentiating them. The Primus Eta Lite is £109 against the £105 of the Jetboil Flash. Both stoves feature a tall pot that also accommodates the burner and a foot support when packed away. The burner screws ...

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Katadyn MyBottle (2014)

£50.00

Emblazoned with the Swiss flag  – which in the case of knives and chocolate is good news, so why not this too – the Katadyn MyBottle is a nifty combined water bottle and filter system. The idea is you can fill it with water from almost any source (lake, river, dodgy foreign tap) and the internal microfilter strains out viruses, ...

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Patagonia Torrentshell Plus (2014)

£140.00

The Torrentshell Plus is the heaviest jacket in our test, but it has the lowest price tag and also boasts some pretty good hillwalking features. It is made from Patagonia’s H2No 2.5-layer fabric, which gives top-end lab results for waterproofness and breathability; but like all 2.5-layer constructions it doesn’t manage condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. Like some other jackets ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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PowerTraveller SolarGorilla (2014)

£145.00

PowerTraveller really started the portable power game with the revolutionary PowerMonkey, so they know their stuff. If you just need a massive, rugged, freakishly efficient solar panel the SolarGorilla is exactly this. This PU-coated, glass-panelled device can directly charge phones and tablets – and even some laptops. It’s designed primarily to work with powerbanks (PowerTraveller’s offering is the PowerGorilla, though ...

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Kit Premium Portable Power Bank (2014)

£50.00

This genuinely handy high-capacity power bank features two outputs – one for smaller devices such as smartphones, and another for more power-hungry gadgets such as tablets. The Kit Premium Portable Power Bank is pleasingly solid-feeling, well-made and rather swish, featuring a button-activated display that gives you an indication of how much charge is left inside. However, it’s a bit of ...

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Rab Alpine 35 (2014)

£100.00

Established back in 1981 by mountaineer Rab Carrington, Rab first made high-end, alpine-spec down products, later diversifying. Its reputation established, Carrington sold the business to Equip Outdoor Technologies in 2004, which acquired brands such as OutdoorDesigns and Lowe Alpine. One of the later additions to the Equip portfolio was the cult purveyor of rucksacks acclaimed for their robust simplicity: Pod. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Brunton Hydrogen Reactor (2014)

£135.00

The Brunton Hydrogen Reactor won several industry awards on release in 2013. It relies on small canisters of hydrogen, which it mixes with oxygen from the air to produce ‘clean’ energy. The product’s innovative nature cannot be knocked. What’s less impressive is the practicality aspect: the two supplied ‘Hydrocore’ canisters weigh will last for six iPhone charges before either needing ...

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Lowe Alpine Meron (2014)

£130.00

A weight of 359g with a price tag of £130 and some good hill walking features makes the Lowe Alpine Meron very appealing. It is built from Lowe Alpine’s Triplepoint fabric in a 2.5-layer construction. This keeps weight down but does not handle condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. The front zip is a good water-resistant design with a stiff ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Osprey Tempest 20 (2014)

£75.00

The purpose of a rucksack is to carry essential items on your back – a vital part of your body – so it’s imperative that your choice of pack is as comfortable as it is practical. The fit is therefore of paramount importance; but sometimes, if you’re a woman and small-framed, it can be difficult to find a quality rucksack ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Lorpen Trekking & Expedition (2014)

£55.00

It’s not often you’d spend £55 on socks, but the price tag is fully justified here. You get two layers of Polartec Power Stretch fabric and a layer of PrimaLoft Footwear insulation, and the result is insane warmth. They’ve been tested above 8000m and stretch right up to your knees, so you’re getting a serious expedition sock. www.lorpen.co.uk

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Anatom Q3 (2014)

£145.00

The Anatom Q3 is a robust boot, thanks to a very durable leather upper with minimal stitching, plus good stiffness at the toe box and heel cup to provide protection and support on rocky hill and mountain walks. It’s a little heavier than some other models at 1652g (pair, size 46) but it’s stiffer and more supportive than the lighter ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Salomon Comet 3D GTX (2014)

£140.00

The Salomon Comet 3D GTX is a very lightweight boot at just 1356g (pair, size 11), and with the lower weight comes a change in performance when compared to heavier boots. The upper is made from synthetic materials with lots of stitching, so potentially this may not be as durable as a boot with one piece of leather on the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Merrell Moab Gore-Tex (2014)

£110.00

The Merrell Moab is very much an all-round outdoor shoe. The upper has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining that’s protected by mesh to allow some ventilation, plus overlays of material for more durability. The heel cup is nice and stiff to support the foot on uneven ground while the toe box has some stiffness at the front to protect the fit, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Scarpa Zen Pro (2014)

£125.00

The Scarpa Zen Pro manages to push the boundaries of what’s possible in terms of performance from an all-round multi-activity shoe. It has a suede leather upper with some synthetic overlays, a rubber rand at the toe and minimal stitching, which means it’s going to be very durable. There is no waterproof lining inside, though, so this is not the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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