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Mammut Aconcagua (2015)

£130.00

If you’re a serious hillwalker and you plan on spending a lot of time in deep cold conditions, the Aconcagua (as you might expect from the name) is a perfect choice. There’s Polartec here again, but this time it’s the advanced Power Stretch version which prioritises stretchiness. So it’s incredibly athletic, adapting to your movements smoothly, although it’s not as ...

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The North Face Glacier 100 (2015)

£50.00

A small red triangle logo on your fleece will bump up the price, but as a quick visual guarantee, it is hard to beat. It’s the logo of Polartec, and when it comes to making a fleece warm, breathable and stretchy, Polartec is about the best option on the market. It’s at the heart of this excellent all-rounder fleece, making ...

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Berghaus Roseg Full-Zip (2015)

£100.00

The green, bobbly one I tested may have taken its design cues from a dollop of mushy peas, but the Roseg is a top performer on cold, blustery, active days out. The cut is neat and trim, long enough to cover the lower back, even when making agile hops from stream to rock. The hem and cuffs are elasticated so ...

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Patagonia R1 Pullover (2015)

£100.00

The R1 takes an unusual approach by having its fleece fabric on the inside and a smooth, stretchy microfibre face-fabric on the outside. The internal fleece material is called Regulator, and it is soft, extremely light and surprisingly warm. This is in part due to an insulating grid pattern which keeps heat close to your body while still retaining breathability ...

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Montane Volt (2015)

£100.00

The Volt is a joy to wear. It’s called a ‘zoned’ jacket, with the zones being separate panels of material stitched together to make a jacket that moves naturally with you, while keeping the heat where you want it. It uses the warmest version of Polartec, Thermal Pro, which has a honeycomb design that creates air pockets within the jacket ...

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Sprayway W.N.W (2015)

£120.00

At one end of the fleecy scale there's the cuddly cloud-like top, perfect for the pub and light spring days. At the other end there’s the W.N.W, which takes its cues from soft shell and is a dedicated winter weather warrior. At its core is Gore Windstopper fabric, which vies with Polartec for top honours when it comes to fleece ...

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Petzl Nao (2015)

£145.00

FeaturesIn ‘Reactive’ mode the Petzl Nao automatically adjusts output from 7 lumens to 575 lumens to suit the distance to the subject. When set in ‘static mode’ the maximum output is 420 lumens with a maximum beam of 135 metres and it can burn at 120 lumens for 8 hours. It is supplied with a rechargeable battery but it can ...

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Lowe Alpine Raptor (2015)

£65.00

FeaturesThere is a little more warmth here than you get with some other similar gloves as the Lowe Alpine Raptor has Primaloft synthetic insulation. The palm is leather and there is a Triplepoint waterproof lining with stretch material on the back of the hand. There is a wrist leash that isn’t elasticated, and you get a cuff adjustment cord. The ...

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Silva Ninox II (2015)

£60.00

FeaturesThe Silva Ninox II is a neat and compact torch weighing just 87g. The three AAA batteries fit behind the lamp housing, which comprises of two white LEDs and a red LED. Function is via a single button on the end of the light housing. Output extends to 140 lumens for 30 hours with a beam of 50 metres, which ...

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Mountain Equipment Guide (2015)

£50.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Equipment Guide is a well-established glove that benefits from a good set of features for the hillwalker including DriLite waterproof lining, a leather palm and a pile lining for insulation. There is stretch material on the back of the hand for a closer fit, plus a nose wipe on the thumb. The cuffs get a drawcord adjuster and ...

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Outdoor Research Arete (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesFor maximum dexterity a separate liner glove that’s designed to be worn inside a more waterproof and durable shell is a useful option, and that’s how the Outdoor Research Arete is designed. The liner glove has silicone patches on the palm for a better grip, while the shell has a nylon palm, with cuff drawcord and wrist loop. There is ...

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Extremities Super Corbett (2015)

£55.00

FeaturesA good level of warmth was provided with the Extremities Super Corbett, and it also has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to keep your hands dry. The palm is made from nylon rather than leather, so it may not be quite as durable as some options. There is a wrist webbing buckle, which not many gloves offer, plus a cuff drawcord; ...

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Petzl Myo (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesThe Petzl Myo is a regular winner of Trail awards, thanks to the blend of features that now include more power as you get 280 lumens, creating a 105m beam that can last for 45 hours. All that is from just three AAA batteries, which you can easily change as needed. A flip-down lens allows you to switch from broad ...

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Black Diamond ReVolt (2015)

£70.00

FeaturesThe Black Diamond ReVolt can be used with three AAA alkaline batteries, or you can fit rechargeables and use a USB cable to power them up in situ by plugging this into your laptop, solar panel or battery pack. The 130 lumens is achieved with alkalines and 90 lumens by rechargeables. On minimum power (4 lumens) you get 300 hours ...

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Montane Alpine Stretch (2015)

£65.00

FeaturesFor superior warmth, Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation is packed into the back of the hand and pile fleece is fitted to the palm. You get a long gauntlet design too for greater protection, the palm is leather and there is a nose wipe. And I really like the wrist leash along with the cuff adjustment drawcord and webbing buckle around ...

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Rab Guide (2015)

£75.00

FeaturesThe Rab Guide has a real workhorse design, thanks to the extensive thick leather areas to ensure durability. Inside there is a very thick pile fleece for warmth, while an eVent waterproof lining makes this suitable for wet days and when snow’s melting. The cuff has elastication, but no other adjustment. However, a nose wipe and a wrist leash complete ...

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SealSkinz Extreme Cold Weather (2015)

£65.00

FeaturesPrimaloft synthetic insulation is packed into the back of the hand while pile fleece is fitted to the palm. You get a long gauntlet design too for greater protection. The palms are leather and there is a nose wipe. I also really like the wrist leash along with the cuff adjustment drawcord and webbing buckle around the wrist. 5/5 FitThe ...

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First test: MSR WindBoiler Stove System (2015)

£110.00

For the ultimate in basic water heating performance there is nothing that beats a dedicated pot and burner system, where the components can be optimised to work together for maximum efficiency. For many years the Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System has dominated the solo backpacking market, but with the release of MSR’s WindBoiler Stove System the heat of the competition ...

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Alpkit Filo (2015)

£120.00

FeaturesThe Alpkit Filo features 675+ fill power 90/10 duck down – not quite the spec of higher-priced jackets – which is why it’s a little heavier. The outer is ripstop nylon, again a slightly heavier option than pricier jackets, but you do get a removable hood, which benefits from a wired peak. The cuffs only have plain elastication rather than ...

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North Ridge Elbrus (2015)

£120.00

FeaturesThe North Ridge Elbrus is filled with a 650+ fill power 70/30 duck down, which is less efficient than higher-priced options, and so this jacket is not the warmest, but it is light – in part because there is also no hood. But you do get Velcro cuff adjustment and a nice brushed collar area. The outer is also quite ...

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Anatom G2 Hiking (2014)

£85.00

FeaturesThe Anatom G2 Hiking is outstanding for the price as you get a leather upper with minimal stitching, and some reasonable stiffness, particularly at the toe and heel. There is a Tri-aria waterproof lining too. The outsole has deep, well-spaced lugs with a heel breast and acceptable sole stiffness for more challenging hill terrain. 4/5 FitThe sizes available are 42-47 ...

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Vango Pumori (2014)

£85.00

FeaturesThe grey nubuck leather upper does not have too much stitching and there is a fabric tongue, while a ProTex waterproof membrane is provided inside to keep your feet dry. The upper has little stiffening though. However, the outsole does have deep lugs that are widely spaced and you get a small heel breast to help descents. 3/5 FitThe Vango ...

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Berghaus Expeditor AQ Suede (2014)

£100.00

FeaturesThe big feature here is the weight of just 1234g (pair, size 11). This has been achieved by using a mesh upper that covers a Berghaus AQ waterproof lining. It is quite a bendy boot too so there is less stiffening material to weigh it down. The studs on the outsole are widely spaced to prevent clogging, and there is ...

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Anatom Q2 Hiking (2014)

£120.00

FeaturesThe 2.5mm leather upper with minimal stitching provides durability, and there is a Tri-aria waterproof lining to keep feet dry. The upper has good stiffness at the toe box and heel cup to make this suitable for rockier terrain. The outsole has a good pattern of deep, widely spaced lugs for mud. The sole flex is very soft though. 4/5 ...

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AKU Tribute II GTX (2014)

£140.00

FeaturesWith this boot a 2mm full-grain leather upper with minimal stitching protects the Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The toe box is well-stiffened, although the heel cup is slightly softer. There is PU cushioning underfoot with a Vibram Dendera sole that has closely spaced lugs that may wear well but may clog more easily than others. 4/5 FitAvailable in sizes 3-13 for ...

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