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Petzl Spiky Plus (2014)

£15.00

The Petzl Spiky Plus is a rubber sock that fits over your boots and has six carbon steel pins or spikes that provide grip on the ice. These are very easy to fit, and they go over your shoes rather like slippers. They also stay on the shoe very well, thanks to the large area of rubber that isn’t so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Mountain Mitt

£22.00

Waterproof; elasticated cuff adjustment; fleece lining. But not as close-fitting as the best; no removable lining; only elasticated adjustment and no cuff drawcord; only comes in 3 sizes.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Regatta X-ert Mountain Gloves (2013)

£25.00

For the price tag of just £25 these gloves are quite well featured. They get a polyester shell with an Isotex waterproof lining and Thinsulate ThermoGuard insulation. They feel quite warm and certainly warmer than many gloves in their price range. The lining is quite loose though so when my hand was finding its way it side often a finger ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Trekmates Dry Classic Glove 2012

£25.00

There are a lot of gloves around the £25 to £30 price range, but the Trekmates Dry Classic Glove has a slight edge over some of them. It benefits from a waterproof lining and a good fit, which makes it reasonably dexterous. The palm is also a little more grippy than some, thanks to a textured finish. When you put ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Sealskinz Winter Mittens

£25.00

Reinforced palm; nose wipe; Velcro wrist adjustment; short cuff fits under waterproofs better than other mitts with larger cuffs; stunning price. But quite a short cuff, so you don’t get the wrist protection offered by others; no removable liner.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Craghoppers Motion Glove (2013)

£25.00

The low price of the Craghoppers Motion Gloves makes them instantly appealing and certainly if your budget is limited to £25 then they will at least keep you warm and dry. But compared with gloves with higher price tags they do have drawbacks. On the positive side they are waterproof and insulated and feel reasonably warm, although other gloves do ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Snugpak GeoThermal Gloves (2014)

£35.00

With the Snugpak GeoThermal Gloves a lack of dexterity is the drawback. They’re extremely robust and feel like they’ll last longer than many gloves of similar price. However, they’re so stiff that I found it extremely difficult to actually manipulate anything. This is due to these gloves having a very durable PVC palm that extends over the ends of the ...

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Extremities Tough Bag

£35.00

This is a shell without a warm lining, which means you can combine it with other liner mitts or gloves easily. It is made from Gore-Tex XCR, which is rated as extremely breathable and extremely waterproof so you won’t get better performance from anything else. The wrist ladder lock webbing strap means you get a close fit while the cuff ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Trekmates Spindrift 3 in 1 Gore-Tex Mitt

£35.00

Mega value; extremely waterproof and extremely breathable fabric; good removable fleece liner glove; wrist webbing adjustment; cuff drawcord; reinforced palm; reflective piping. But when worn on its own the shell lining is loose and snags; shell is not so close-fitting as some; liner glove is not is good as the best.

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Extremities Storm Glove (2013)

£40.00

The low price tag of these gloves is instantly appealing, but with that lower price does come a lower level of performance. The glove does have a Gore-Tex waterproof lining though, so it is no slouch in terms of waterproofness and breathability. The outer of the glove is polyester, rather than a tough nylon and leather combination that would offer ...

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Mountain Equipment Guide 2009

£40.00

There is a very good pre-curved profile to Mountain Equipment Guide gloves that make them very comfortable, while the fleece lining makes them reasonably warm too. You get a waterproof lining, and this is protected by a leather palm. I found the fit nice and close, and slightly more dexterous than similarly priced options. The wrist cuff is quite short ...

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Berghaus Out There 2009

£40.00

The Berghaus Out There is a good general glove with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to guarantee dry hands. There’s synthetic reinforcement on the palm and also the fingertips. The fit is fairly close with a wide webbing buckle locking the glove in place, while a drawcord closes down the cuff. There’s reflective piping too for night action. It has a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Mountain Equipment Guide GTX

£40.00

These winter gloves feature  a Gore-Tex waterproof lining; elasticated wrist and drawcord cuff; nose wipe; polyester pile lining; stretch fabric on back of hand for closer fit; reinforced palm; exceptionally close fit; wrist leash; narrow cuff fits under jacket sleeves easily. But the fit was too close for me, making them difficult to get on and reducing ease of movement.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 1
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Black Diamond Glissade

£40.00

This is a very close-fitting winter glove that offers a higher level of freedom of movement and a closer fit than most. What is very noticeable is the thumb profile, which really enhances dexterity and fit. The glove has a long, narrow gauntlet that can be worn inside the cuff of your waterproof jacket. Elastication at the wrist plus a ...

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Cloudveil White Spider

£45.00

These winter gloves feature leather palms for durability; Primaloft insulation; elasticated wrist gaiter; nose wipe; stretch fabric for closer fit; elasticated wrist fit for instant good fit; adjustable cuff; excellent dexterity. But some may prefer a deeper gauntlet style for use in extreme weather.

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Stubai Blue Star Light

£45.00

The Blue Star is a well-proven classic ice axe that has been voted Best Buy in past Trail reviews and has provided a popular low-priced option for many years. The design is fairly standard with a straight shaft. The new ‘Light’ version does not have a rubber grip or leash fitted, but on closer inspection the details stack up very ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Stubai Blue Star 2009

£49.00

The Stubai Blue Star is a well-proven classic ice axe that has been voted ‘Best Buy’ in past Trail reviews and has provided a popular low-priced option for many years. The design is fairly standard with a straight shaft. It has a very substantial rubber grip and comes with a slide-adjusted leash. The head has a wide adze for hacking ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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CAMP Neve 2009

£50.00

The CAMP Neve is a simple, stripped-down walking ice axe. The functional adze and pick are well-shaped for chopping steps, daggering and even a bit of front pointing. The pick has a particularly fine profile with a good selection of teeth that will penetrate snow and ice well. The shaft, although lacking a rubber grip, does have a roughened surface ...

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Sealskinz Performance Activity Glove (2013)

£50.00

Sealskinz are well known for their range of waterproof socks and gloves, which provide close fitting waterproof and breathable protection. The Performance Activity Glove has a nylon outer with a leather palm and is insulated with Primaloft. The glove offers more dexterity than many other gloves, making it much better than most for operating zips or a compass for example. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Camp Névé 2011

£50.00

The Camp Névé is a simple, stripped-down walking axe. The functional adze and pick are well-shaped for chopping steps, daggering and even a bit of front pointing. The pick has a particularly fine profile with a good selection of teeth that will penetrate snow and ice well. The shaft, although lacking a rubber grip, does have a roughened surface and ...

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Berghaus Out There Mitt

£50.00

Made from Gore-Tex, this mitt comes with built-in insulation. It benefits from a close fit plus some useful extra features compared with some models. A leather palm adds durability, and you get a precurved mitt profile. A webbing wrist adjuster helps the fit and cuff drawcord keeps the rain and snow out. Added extras are a nose wipe and a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Stubai Blue Star

£52.00

This ice axe is a well-proven classic that has been voted Best Buy in past Trail reviews and has provided a popular, low-priced option for many years. The design is fairly standard with a straight shaft, a rubber grip, leash and head. On closer inspection the details stack up very well too. Firstly this is rated as technical axe, making ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Petzl Charlet Snowalker 2009

£54.00

The Petzl Charlet Snowalker is a beautifully made axe and, as the name suggests, it is ideal for the walker heading to the snow, and therefore great for most British hill-walkers. The shaft is a straight design and the head offers a gentle curve to make it perfect for using as a walking stick in the snow. The balance is ...

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Extremities Multisport 2009

£55.00

The Extremities Multisport is an amazing glove that benefits from a very close fit and exceptional dexterity. The key is the stress material on the back coupled with a Gore-Tex XCR lining. There’s also a leather palm that is ideal for extra durability. The simple design means you can slip these on and just get on with the walk while ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Stubai Hornet

£55.00

This ice axe weighs 624g (50cm); precurved shaft to allow easier placement when ice-climbing; adjustable wrist loop with padding; head designed for ice-climbing; shaft rated as technical so it can be used for rope belaying; rubber grip adds comfort. But too short for walking; technical head not comfortable in the hands; precurved shaft not ideal for walking.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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