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Mountain King Supertrekker Compact (2012)

£60.00

The Mountain King Supertrekker Compacts are very well-established and well-proven trekking poles. They benefit from a friction-enhancing coating on the poles, which makes them much easier to grip, especially in the wet, when you have to rotate the pole sections to lock and unlock the internal expansion mechanism. They also have a unique internal mechanism that allows the user to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Brasher Supalite Ti

£65.00

These Supalite Ti trekking poles from Brasher have a good pack-down size, are lightweight and very comfortable. Although there’s no plastic grip to help undo/tighten the bottom section, the basket is fixed so can double up for the job. There’s no anti-shock, and care is needed when dismantling for drying, as there are loose bits of plastic that can be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Lowe Alpine Paradigm Pant

£70.00

These winter trousers from Lowe Alpine fit well – they’re roomy enough to move freely in, yet snug enough to keep you warm with good breathability. Lightweight, with lovely soft inner fabric, but a belt would be better than the drawcord adjuster. They’re never found wanting for warmth and don’t feel clammy, keeping you dry and comfortable on even the ...

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Millet Taka Pant

£75.00

The fabric used in these waterproof overtrousers has a far higher waterproof rating than others we looked at, so they should stay waterproof for longer. There is a mesh lining too, which aids condensation control and comfort. You get 75cm side zips, and these trousers fit easily – even over my size 11 boots. The zips have an external stormflap ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Mountain Stretch

£80.00

The fleece-lined waist band lacks elastic, but they come with an integral webbing belt which holds them up just fine. The Stretchlite Mountain fabric is light and stretchy and felt soft against the skin, while the articulated knees made them a delight to move in. They also come in regular and long leg lengths – a big bonus for getting ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Compressor PL Jacket

£110.00

This insulated jacket tips the scales at only 420g, and for my money it is the best lightweight option if you value a few features as well as a low weight. It gets a chamois-lined chinguard, which is just the job in winter. To keep draughts out you get front zip has a baffle on the inside, plus a hem ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Astron Hooded/Astral Hooded 2008

£120.00

This soft shell jacket was developed specifically for those who want a soft shell that is stretchy, light and easy to pack in your rucksack – and it is one of the lightest here. It uses Polartec Power Shield fabric, which is extremely wind-resistant and very water-resistant, but most importantly it is also more breathable than the more waterproof options, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Berghaus Nimbus Pant

£120.00

The Nimbus pretty much ticks all the boxes when it comes to desirable features for a performance hill and mountain walking trouser. The waist caters for every eventuality in terms of weight gain or loss. The waist is also elasticated and has a belt for good measure. They have a tricot-lined waistband for extra comfort, which softens the elastic waist ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane Flux Jacket (2012)

£130.00

Boasting a wealth of features, the Montane Flux Jacket is quite simply great value for money. Made from Eco-PrimaLoft – where at least 50 per cent of the insulating material is recycled fibre – it will keep you warm enough for summit stops and short lunch breaks for a reasonably low weight (420g, size 10). Its outer shell is water-resistant ...

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Marmot Snazette

£140.00

If you’re only going to buy one soft shell, you won’t go far wrong with this. It’s a little on the heavy side, but it’s warm and snug with a fleece lining and soft outer fabric. It’s also got a lovely high collar to bury your face into in bad weather. Sizes are smaller than average and the body is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Phantom

£160.00

This duvet jacket’ s big advantage over most others is its 446g weight. It’s also very warm. The insulation is provided by top-quality down. The outer shell is very thin, which reduces weight greatly. Like most duvets you get two zipped pockets, an internal pocket, a chest pocket and a stuffsack . The collar gets microfleece lining around the chin ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Millet Touring Hoodie

£160.00

Soft shell is such a broad category that choosing just one really depends on your definition and expected use of the jacket. For me, a soft shell is a garment that is more wind- and water-resistant than a fleece and also more durable, which allows it to be worn on the hill whenever you can get by without your waterproof ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Rab Super Dru 2008

£200.00

The Rab Super Dru is a modern classic that is very hard to beat if you’re in search of a functional, lightweight hill-walking jacket. The Super Dru is made from 3-layer eVent fabric, which controls condensation better than Gore Paclite used on some other jackets. You also get more abrasion-resistant fabric over the shoulders and sleeves. The body is longer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Mountain Equipment Morpheus/Seraph

£200.00

With this lightweight waterproof you get classic Mountain Equipment features like large chest pockets and a great hood with a stiff peak that moves really well with the head. But it is perhaps the use of Gore-Tex Pro Shell that gives this jacket the edge over previous designs, as it allows a very lightweight fabric to control condensation really well ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator (2012)

£220.00

MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR KELVINATOR £220 Our rating: ***** Review: A classic-looking mountain-style down jacket, complete with hood for battening down the hatches when it’s really cold outside. As it uses natural down filling inside, it is susceptible to wet conditions, but a thicker grade of face fabric means that the filling is a bit more protected than in a really lightweight ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Nikon D60 2008

£440.00

Digital SLR cameras offer better image quality, faster performance and more creative options than a compact, and the Nikon D60 is a great example. It’s one of the smallest D-SLRs available, but it still has a solid feel, with a large handgrip. It’s not daunting to use, either – the options menu is very straightforward to navigate and although there ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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