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Deuter Widepac MEC 2 litre

£17.00

This hydration system is made by Source and so it is identical to the Source Widepac 2 Litre in many ways, but the valve-to-bladder attachment is less sophisticated. Under 20kg of weight, there was no leak either, while the bag-within-bag technology should mean this is durable. The bite valve seals itself to prevent drips, though the hood is required to ...

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Source Widepac 2 Litre

£17.00

Note the price, then note the feature of a rolltop end opening, which makes filling and cleaning this hydration system super-easy. Furthermore you get an autoseal link between the feeder pipe and bladder, and the bite valve has a cap to prevent accidental squeezing. This all means that there were no leaks in our test. Better still, the water taste ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Black Diamond Icon

£50.00

This is a beautifully crafted and wonderfully useful headtorch. The manufacturer claims it has an 80m beam, but what I liked was the variable power settings that add up to six lighting options plus flash. There is a setting here for almost every occasion. With a maximum burn time of 164 hours on a set of AA batteries, you also ...

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Black Diamond Storm (2012)

£60.00

The Black Diamond Storm appears to provide everything its name suggests, as it offers a range of features to help you walk through a night-time storm safely. Firstly it is surprisingly small and compact at just 110g, so you’ll happily stash it in your rucksack ready for action. It punches out 100 lumens, which is a notch more than similar ...

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Petzl Myo RXP 2010

£80.00

The Petzl Myo RXP is a regulated headtorch, meaning it automatically switches to reserve power mode when batteries are almost discharged so you don’t get a sudden drop in light output. The three lighting levels can be programmed to any of the 10 output levels, so that you can set up the headtorch output to match your requirements, which is ...

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Petzl Myo RXP (2012)

£80.00

Petzl has dominated the headtorch market since the 1970s and today the brand is as strong as ever. The Myo RXP is the supercharged version of the standard Myo XP (£65). The big difference between them is that the RXP is regulated and programmable, which means you can choose from 10 settings of how bright the light is and for ...

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Petzl Tikka RXP (2014)

£90.00

Petzl has dominated the headtorch market for decades and its latest advance, Reactive Lighting technology, is now being used in the Tikka RXP. The torch can pump out 215 lumens, which is enough to light up navigational features at some distance; but what’s really neat is that the Reactive Lighting technology allows the torch to automatically adjust the amount of ...

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First test: Petzl Tikka RXP (2013)

£90.00

Petzl has dominated the headtorch market for decades and each new launch is usually a game-changer. In 2012 they launched Reactive Lighting technology with their NAO model, and for winter 2013 that same technology has been added to the Tikka. The Tikka has always been a neat and compact general-purpose headtorch pumping out 40 lumens, with the Tikka Plus producing ...

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Olympus MJU 850 SW 2008

£175.00

Hill-walking gear needs to be tough: and the Mju 850 SW from Olympus is quite a tough little number. Though it may be hard to believe looking at it, it’s actually waterproof. And we’re not talking about it just taking a few splashes either – you can safely submerge it in up to 3m of water! If you’re unfortunate enough ...

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Nite MX20-202

£220.00

Tough, practical and great on the hill, all Nite watches self-illuminate at night thanks to gaseous tritium light source (GTLS) technology, making them easy to read in all conditions. The Nite MX20-202 is water-resistant to 200m, and features a twisting bezel, stainless steel casing, Swiss-made movement and a 10-year lithium battery.  But it is a stripped-down option that tells the ...

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