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Alpkit Indigo

£5.00

This headtorch weighs just 112g (including batteries); exceptionally low price; 2 or 4 LED power output; tilting head with screw adjustment; max burn time 80 hours. But battery case cover does not fit as well as others; no flash facility; minimal power output; only available direct from manufacturer; 3 x AAA batteries not included.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Highlander 5 LED Head Lamp 2010

£5.99

The Highlander 5 LED Head Lamp weighs 68g; 5 x white LED; one power setting plus flash; runs off 3x AAA batteries (not supplied). But head does not tilt; when battery case is opened two halves are not hinged so can be lost; others are more water-resistant (big gap around battery housing); very little information provided.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Highlander 5 LED Head Lamp 2010

£6.00

The Highlander 5 LED Head Lamp weighs 68g; 5 x white LED; one power setting plus flash; runs off 3x AAA batteries (not supplied). But head does not tilt; when battery case is opened two halves are not hinged so can be lost; others are more water-resistant (big gap around battery housing); very little information provided.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Coleman Mini LED Headlamp 2010

£7.00

The Coleman Mini LED Headlamp weighs 34g; 3x LED; power output 12 lumens; compact unit. But it uses 2xCR2032 batteries rather than more popular AA; short battery life of only 4 hours; head does not tilt which makes it hard to direct beam.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Wynnster 3 LED + 1 Krypton Headtorch

£8.00

This headtorch weighs just 132g (including batteries); three power settings plus flash; ratchet head tilt with adjustable screws; 3 x AAA included; max burn time 100 hours. But very low battery life unless on almost useless 1 LED setting; not very stable on head due to design; others are lighter for similar or better performance.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango 5 LED Headtorch 2010

£8.00

The Vango 5 LED Headtorch weighs 70g; 5 white LEDs; tilting head with good ratchet locking system; 2 power settings plus strobe; uses 3 AAA batteries (not supplied); max burn time 30 hours; outstanding price for performance, quality.But lacks build quality of pricier products; lacks battery level indicator; light beam not as clean as others.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Regatta Hydration Bladder 2 litre

£9.00

At less than a tenner, this hydration system is a mouth-watering proposition. It has a lockable bite valve to prevent drips, and the unit did not leak under our 20kg load test. There is a simple screw opening and it all looks like a workable design. But the screw cap is small, so filling and cleaning is not easy. Also ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Trekmates Flexi Tanker hydration system

£11.00

This Trekmates Flexi Tanker hydration system has just a tiny screw cap opening, making it awkward to fill and almost impossible to clean. The Trekmates Flexi Tanker is a solid reservoir that’s easy to handle and the water it delivers is taste-free. Bite valve gives a slow flow rate, but does have an on/off tap.Contact: 0115 940 9170, www.trekmates.co.uk

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Wynnster 12 LED Head Torch

£13.00

This headtorch weighs just 120g (including batteries); 4, 8 or 12 LED power settings plus flash; ratchet head tilt system; superb price for the performance; 3 x AAA included; max burn time 30 hours. But battery case not quite as easy to open with cold and wet hands as some; low burn time; quite a large unit on the forehead.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Peter Storm Stormtech Gaiters

£15.00

A bit tight over the boot, making it very hard to engage the front hook. A good length and weight, though, and easy to adjust. Light and waterproof and, once on, barely noticeable. Less breathable than some and the webbing underfoot straps may need replacing regularly. Contact: 0800 389 5861, www.millets.co.uk

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Hi-Gear ZM730 Anti Shock

£16.00

These trekking poles weigh 624g per pair; 64cm packed length; 130cm max length; easy to adjust hand loop; carbon fibre reinforced fibreglass. But anti-shock can be turned on and off too easily and this may happen when twisting the pole during zigzag ascents; plastic handle and hand loop not as comfortable as others.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Silverpoint Lite Ray

£16.00

This headtorch weighs only 94g (including batteries); 1 x 0.5 watt LED; excellent ratchet head tilt system; 2 power settings plus flash; superb price for the performance; max burn time 88 hours; 3 x AAA included. But battery case is not quite as easy to open with cold and wet hands as some; low power compared to others; identical to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Cyba-lite Pro Sport

£16.00

This headtorch weighs only 94g (including batteries); 1 x 0.5 watt LED; excellent ratchet head tilt system; 2 power settings plus flash; superb price for the performance; max burn time 88 hours; 3 x AAA included. But battery case not quite as easy to open with cold and wet hands as some; relatively low power; identical to the Silverpoint Lite ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Eurohike Widemouth hydration system

£16.00

The Eurohike Widemouth hydration system is easily filled via a small circular screw cap and easy to clean by opening the fold-up top. Although durable, the Eurohike Widemouth has a flimsy feel that makes it awkward to handle and the flow rate of the bite valve is slow.Contact: 0800 389 5861, www.millets.co.uk

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 1
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TSL Pyxis 2010

£20.00

The TSL Pyxis weighs 72g; 1 white LED; 2 red LED; max 17m beam; swivel head with good locking ratchet; max burn time 100 hours; 1 power settings plus red and strobe; powered by 3 AAA batteries. But no battery level indicator; not as well-finished as higher-priced options; low light output.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Silva L4

£20.00

This headtorch weighs just 82g (including batteries); 4 x LED; 3 power settings plus red and flash; head tilts and can be tightened with screw; max burn time 90 hours; excellent price. But no ratchet on head tilt so not as secure as some; no top of hand strap; no power remaining indicator. 

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Cyba-lite Trek

£20.00

This headtorch weighs 160g (including batteries); 1 x 0.5 watt LED; red light on back of head; 1 power setting plus flash; excellent ratcheted head tilt; 3 x AAA included. But limited choice of light; low burn time of max 11 hours; relatively weak light compared to higher-priced options; battery pack not very comfortable.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Drinksafe Systems Waterstraw 2011

£20.00

The Drinksafe Systems Waterstraw is about as simple and light and low-priced as it gets. It’s a water straw by name and by nature: all you have to do is remove the caps from each end, place one end in the liquid and suck through the filter at the other. When you’ve quenched your thirst, just shake the Waterstraw dry ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Triumph Tri-action Workout

£20.00

This underwired sports bra is a pretty-looking yet ultra-supportive with seamless, moulded cups; wide chest band; plunging back design; simple, rear-fastening and with easily adjustable Velcro’d shoulder straps. But the Velcro shoulder straps don’t have much adjustment variation.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Coleman Exponent Mini Headlamp 2010

£20.00

The Coleman Exponent Mini Headlamp weighs 40g; 1x LED; swivel head; compact.But the battery case opens far too easy by accident; 1xCR2 battery rather than more popular AA; short battery life of only 7 hours; very little information supplied compared with other headtorches so we cannot supply Lumens value of output.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Premac Travel Well Pocket

£22.00

This water purifier weighs just 60g; exceptionally compact; removes viruses without additional iodine. But 0.2 litre per minute flow rate is very slow; only 60 litre capacity then have to buy complete new unit (£22); strong iodine taste after use; input pipe tends to float too easily on surface of water; can’t screw to water bottle.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Highlander 2-3 Person Non Stick Cook Set 2009

£25.00

The Highlander 2-3 Person Non Stick Cook Set, which comprises of two pots (0.7 and 1.5 litres, with lids) and a frying pan kit, comes in a very robust zipped and padded carry case. The pots are non-stick with plastic-coated folding handles. The pan lids get screw-on plastic handles. You also get a set of three plastic bowls, a plastic ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Primus PrimeLite DP

£25.00

This headtorch weighs just 82g (including batteries); 1 x 1 watt LED, 4 x LED, 2 x red LED; 3 power settings plus red and flash; tilting head; broad 12m beam; max burn time 100 hours; superb price; 3 x AAA batteries included. But head tilt doesn’t feel as secure as others; battery housing is relatively fiddly; others are brighter ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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GELERT ADVENTURE TREKKING WALKING POLE

£25.00

Review: A really comfy rubber grip, let down by very narrow webbing straps. The poles also have a section of foam that extends down the shaft slightly but this isn’t held in position so can move up and down if you pull on it heavily. The aluminium shaft proved strong, but is quite heavy. The twistlock adjusters worked well, but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Raidlight Never Dry Reservoir 2010

£26.00

French company Raidlight concentrates on the ‘fast and light’ end of the market, and this is a hydration system with some interesting features. There’s insulation for the hose to prevent liquids from freezing in the tube, or overheating in the sun. There’s also a small valve at the top so that the bladder can be inverted and drip-dried. The hose ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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