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Trekmates Stainless Steel Vacuum Flask

£8.00

The stylish, coloured finish adds extra grip when handling this flask, while the simple screw-top design is easy to use and will not easily clog. The cup also gets a good plastic lining that extends around the lip to prevent burns. But others provided better insulation for the drinks, and there are no instructions to advise on cleaning or preheating. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Designs Boojum Bladder 2 litre

£10.00

This hydration system is made from a double layer of PU and crackproof-tested down to -20 deg C. The screw cap is compatible with Nalgene water bottles and therefore also many water purification systems. The large cog grip screw cap can be easily opened wearing gloves too. The system did not leak and the water tasted okay, although it wasn’t ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Thorlo KX Hiking

£10.00

Gripped the foot well and didn’t ruck when pulling on boots. Slightly rougher material than some, but no problems in action. With heavier padding and thicker fibres than most, these were very warm but dealt with sweat well and provided plenty of protection.Contact: 01539 740840, www.thorlo.com

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Keen Boulder Canyon

£12.00

A superbly soft and comfortable sock with specific left and right fit and good grip. Less padded than most. The high wool content dealt well with sweat and meant little odour, but perhaps a little lightweight for cooler weather/tougher walking.Contact: 01572 772500, www.keeneurope.eu

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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X Socks Hill Walking Short

£12.50

With dedicated left and right and a very ‘elastic’ feel, these held their position perfectly. One of the warmer socks tested with good padding underfoot but may be too much insulation on the shin and ankle for some. Contact: 01250 873863, www.x-socks.com

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Extremeties Hiker

£13.00

These have a high wool content, lovely soft feel and there was no slip or rucking at all. Thick, warm socks, which will suit some but not all. Great moisture management and no smell problems. They lose out on versatility for warmer weather use. Contact: 01773 837373, www.terra-nova.co.uk

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Wigwam Merino Comfort Hiker

£13.00

Superbly soft against the skin but not as elasticated as some, so care is needed when pulling boots on. The high wool content dealt well with sweat and remained fairly odour-free – a big bonus. Thicker and warmer than most. Contact: 01462 685890, www.wigwam.com

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Wigwam Merino Comfort Hiker*

£13.00

Superbly soft against the skin but not as elasticated as some, so care is needed when pulling boots on. The high wool content dealt well with sweat and remained fairly odour-free – a big bonus. Thicker and warmer than most. Contact: 01462 685890, www.wigwam.com

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Silverpoint Runner 2010

£14.00

The Silverpoint Runner weighs 80g; 5 white LEDs; max output 30 lumens; 2 power outputs; max burn time 45 hours; uses 3 AAA batteries; tilting head with good ratchet.But no strobe; no red LED for night vision; no battery level indicator.

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Blacks Night Vision LED Headtorch 2010

£15.00

The Blacks Night Vision LED Headtorch weighs 34g; 1 x LED; 1 x red diffuser for night vision; 2 x CR2032 batteries; swivel head; one power mode plus strobe. But very limited information provided; single power setting limits efficiency of battery use.

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Gelert Ascent

£15.00

These Gelert Ascent trekking poles have only two sections, which makes for a longer (more bulky) pack-down size. But this also means they’re less prone to slipping than some. With a comfortable handle and reasonable weight, this is a bargain pole for all but the very serious hillwalker. Two-section design makes them easier to adjust and tighten. Adequate performance and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Alpkit Gamma 2010

£15.00

Alpkit is well-known for providing incredible value for money, and so it is perhaps no surprise that the Gamma’s performance matches that of many headtorches costing twice the price. You get a battery pack at the back of the head and the red LED is fitted here. This can be set on strobe or as a red light. The front ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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inov-8 H20rizontal 2010

£15.00

There’s more going on here than just hydration. This system is designed specifically to work with inov-8’s range of packs, and it wraps around the waist, which helps keep your centre of gravity low and evenly distributed. The top closure is made by Source, as are all the components, so you get the same antimicrobial properties here. As with the ...

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Jack Wolfskin Thermo Bottle

£16.00

A rubberised coating provides a more secure grip than most others. Better still the insulating properties are good. You get a press-button closure plus a cup. But others offer better insulating performance for their weight and not everyone is a fan of button-operated pourers, as they tend to clog.   Capacity: 1000mlMaterials: stainless steel flask and cup, plastic stopper  Sizes ...

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Ring CybaLite Duo 2010

£17.00

The Ring CybaLite Duo weighs 53g; 1x white LED, 1x red LED for night vision; power output 26 lumens; compact unit; uses 1 x AA battery; similar design as Kathmandu Coupled 0.5W but with a lower price. But white light has only one setting; only 6.5 hours of white light output; head tilt mechanism not very secure.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Vango Anti-shock Walker

£17.00

Vango’s Anti-shock Walker is a bargain pole offering great value for money. The alloy design is quite heavy, though, and the nifty little compasses in the handles don’t always work. Even so, they’re nice poles, with all the essential features and at a reasonable price. Adequate performance on the hill.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Lifeventure TIV Vacuum Flask

£17.00

This flask comes in a metal case, while its black, grippy, anodised coating makes it almost too sexy to use! Inside there is a copper coating to improve insulation. Performance was okay and you get clear instructions. But the plastic lining of the cup does not extend as far as some around the lip to prevent burns. The screw-top pourer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Source Widepac hydration system

£17.00

This Source Widepac hydration system opens at the top, making it easy to fill and clean, and closes securely with an excellent, easy-to-use slider. Nice detachable hose, too. This Source Widepac delivers big gulps of taste-free water and the cap on the mouthpiece keeps it clean. Needs a shut-off valve for full marks.Contact: 015395 60214, www.bramwell-int.com

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Nalgene Encapsul Reservoir 2010

£19.00

The Nalgene Encapsul Reservoir features a decent-sized screw lid (63mm to be precise) – which is wide enough to make refilling easy – and a rugged bite valve that can be twisted to lock the flow of water. There’s a magnetic clip that slides onto your pack that will hold the bite valve in place, making it easier to locate ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Markill Aquarius Trinksystem 2010

£20.00

The clever closing system on the Markill Aquarius Trinksystem means you can adapt its capacity from 2.5 litres down to 0.5 litres and open the top right up to clean thoroughly inside. The pack also comes with a dedicated tube brush so the perennial problem of bladder gunk can be easily dealt with. And when you get to your camp ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Kathmandu Coupled 0.5W 2010

£20.00

The Kathmandu Coupled 0.5W weighs 53g; 1x white high output 0.5Watt LED, 1x white LED for economy of power; Max power output 26 lumens; compact unit; uses 1 x AA battery; 18 hours battery life. But each LED has only one setting plus strobe; only 6.5 hours of white light on high output; head tilt mechanism not very secure; similar ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Seamless Bra

£20.00

This racer back sports bra is an ultra-lightweight, mesh-cooled bra base layer; comfortable; stretchy and supportive; wicking; odour-resistant. Reduced seams and no labels lessen abrasion. But although the bra is called seamless, shoulder seams still prominent with potential to create backpack strap rub.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Champion Sports Strap

£20.00

This underwired sports bra has a simple preformed cup, and wide, chafe-free straps; between-breast and side venting mesh for breathability; quick-drying moisture-wicking fabric. But underwires sometime conflict with backpack use, so test it out.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Primus Stainless Steel Vacuum Flask

£20.00

A beautiful black, grippy, anodised flask with a good performance in the temperature test. The cup has a good plastic lining to prevent sore lips. The stopper has a press-down pourer and can also be easily unscrewed. You also get very good instructions and a spare stopper. But the price kills an otherwise good flask, while some may prefer simpler ...

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Platypus Big Zip Hoser

£21.00

One of the original hydration system brands, the Platypus Big Zip Hoser uses three-layer laminate to add extra durability, while the taste was among the best. The bite valve can be locked closed to prevent drips. The zip opening allows easy cleaning and filling, and it survived our 20kg test. But there are no suspension loops, so the hydration system ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4

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