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Suunto MC-2 (2014)

£45.00

When venturing out onto more featureless terrain a sighting compass allows far more accurate bearings to be taken over long distances. This is because the mirror allows the compass needle to be seen as you hold up the compass while aligning the notch in the top to the distant feature. The Suunto MC-2 compass benefits from a large clear needle ...

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Hi Gear Map Compass (2014)

£3.00

If money is really tight then the Hi Gear Map Compass will point you in the right direction. It has a smaller base plate than higher-priced compasses, which makes it more difficult to use when setting the compass between two points that are widely spaced. There is a 1:25,000 and a 1:63,360 (mile) scale marking for measuring distances from maps. ...

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Brunton TruArc 7 (2014)

£25.00

If you spend most of your time on easier terrain and just need a mirror compass for short sections of moorland walking, you can save some money with this lower-priced option. The Brunton TruArc 7 compass has a large baseplate for easy setting of bearings on the map. There is a large- diameter liquid-filled needle housing with a rubber gripper ...

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Vango Compass DLX(2014)

£5.00

Like many Vango products this compass offers exceptionally good value, as while the price is extremely low you are also getting some useful features for navigating across the hills. The base is a reasonable length to allow easy setting of the compass on the map between points, and there are useful 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 map scales for measuring distances. The ...

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Silva Expedition Type 4 (2014)

£33.00

The Silva Expedition Type 4  has probably been the most popular base plate compass for hillwalkers for decades as it is ideal if you are bagging summits and backpacking regularly in the UK, and need a reliable navigational tool. The base plate is longer than most compasses, which makes it a little easier to use with maps. It includes the ...

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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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Source WidePac 2L (2014)

£27.00

Winner of Trail’s recent hydration system test (September 2013), the Source WidePac 2L represents superb value and performance for the price. Its USP is that opening, which allows easy cleaning and filling without spilling, and Source’s well-proven track record for untainted taste (though modern hydration systems have generally licked this). You also get a dirt cap for the twist-lock mouthpiece, ...

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RaidLight Dual Chamber (2014)

£34.00

Somewhat specialist but certainly unique, the RaidLight Dual Chamber allows you to fill your hydration system with two different fluids stored in back-to-back 1.5 litre reservoirs, then regulate which – or how much of each – makes it to the mouthpiece. The idea clearly has energy drinks in mind, and for runners and endurance walkers no doubt has appeal. Easy ...

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Sigg Viva (2014)

£15.49

A colourful departure for the iconic Swiss bottle maker, these new models from Sigg have a 750ml capacity and fill a welcome hole for those for whom the famous aluminium bottles are a bit industrial-feeling. BPA-free, recycled and recyclable, yet forged with the quality you’d expect from Sigg that makes the latter highly unlikely, the Viva also features a double ...

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Platypus SoftBottle (2014)

£10.50

Many associate Platypus with kicking off the hydration system movement, and now its innovations are coming full circle with a range of lightweight, crushable ‘conventional’ bottles that can either be hooked to a pipe or used on their own with the push-pull mouthpiece. The Platypus SoftBottle’s advantage is its featherlight weight (35g) price (just over a tenner for the 1 ...

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LifeStraw (2014)

£30.00

An extraordinary product that is finding considerable kudos with lightweight enthusiasts, the LifeStraw was born for use in developing countries where uncontaminated water is rare. It’s essentially a filter with a mouthpiece that strains out viruses and turbidity (murk) to turn just about any water source – even puddles – drinkable. This means that as long as you are travelling ...

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