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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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GoSystem Trek Mate

£18.00

This is a dead simple, practical camping stove; curved pan supports offer good stability; small packed size; piezo ignition; exceptional value; light. But the carry box is too big. Boil time 3min 13sec Weight 188g

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Highlander Bamboo Base Layer 2009

£18.00

The Highlander Bamboo Base Layer weighs 174g (men’s S); closer fit; superb price; excellent wicking abilities; very comfy; soft fabric with a generous cut at rear and plenty of stretch; bamboo fabric has natural antibacterial properties to reduce odour. But its simple styling won’t appeal to everyone; no zip; black colour (blue for women) not ideal in the sun. (01506) ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Markill Hot Shot

£25.00

This stove weighs 140g (+ gas); boil time 2 min 50 sec to 4 min 50 sec; folding design makes it compact when packed; 11cm diameter pan support; piezo electric ignition; excellent price.  But not as stable as lower-profile stoves; best boil time is only available with fresh gas canister; heavy compared to other options.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Lifesystems Intensity 80 (2014)

£25.00

The main feature of the Lifesystems Intensity 80 is its motion sensor, which allows you to wave your hand across the front of the headtorch to turn it on and off. The benefit of this is that it makes it extremely easy to operate the headtorch while wearing big gloves for example, as operating normal buttons with gloves is difficult ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Peter Storm Merino Base Layer Crew (2012)

£30.00

A really lightweight merino base-layer, with a bit of added polyester. It feels great next to the skin – soft, itch-free and not too tight – and even though the fabric is quite thin, it does a great job of trapping warmth. As you’d expect from a combination of polyester and merino, it’s very breathable and wicks away sweat really ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Kathmandu Dual Headlight 2010

£30.00

The Kathmandu Dual Headlight weighs 118g; 1 x 0.5 watt LED; 3 LEDs; rear red light; max output 26 lumens; swivel head; uses 3 AAA batteries: max burn time 80 hours; 3 power outputs plus strobe; well-balanced with rear-of-head battery pack. But more output is available at a higher price.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Peter Storm Merino Base Layer Top (2012)

£30.00

A lightweight, unfussy top that combines merino and polyester fibres to help keep the costs down whilst benefiting from the properties of both materials. It does wick away sweat well, and it dries fast, however it is thin, and is better-suited to warmer conditions or with more layers on top. Against the skin there is enough merino in contact to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Basis T (2012)

£35.00

A super-soft base-layer with a loose fit and a scoop neck. The fabric is so soft to the touch that you’d swear it has merino in it, although actually it's made from a blend of polyester and elastane. It’s been treated with Rohan’s Dynamic Moisture Control finish, so it wicks sweat away quickly and keeps you dry in warm, humid ...

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Finisterre Brisa (2012)

£35.00

A straightforward, lightweight polyester base-layer with a lightish fabric and excellent wicking properties. Dimples in the material draw moisture away from the skin and allow the garment to dry very quickly too. The cut is slightly fitted without being overly tight or restrictive in any way. Added anti-microbial functionality does manage to keep the worst odours at bay for a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Sprayway Solstice (2012)

£35.00

This base-layer is made from eco-friendly Cocona fabric, made from the activated carbon of recycled coconut shells. It’s really soft to the touch, and the activated carbon wicks away sweat very quickly indeed. It makes the fabric very breathable too. The carbon doesn’t do a lot to prevent bad odours, though – so unless you’re one of those women that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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GoLite DryMove BL-2 Zip 2009

£35.00

The GoLite DryMove BL-2 Zip base layer weighs 181g (men’s M); closer fit; good use of fabric panels on back for moisture management; impressive performance in heat and cold; zip has comfort flap; no labels to rub. But shorter sleeves; seams running down back and over shoulder may annoy with a rucksack; synthetic fabric quite rough against skin. (01827) 60282; ...

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Paramo Cambia (2012)

£36.00

This simple looking base-layer has a neat trick up its sleeve – it’s reversible. That’s not just useful for extending times between wash days: one side of the top is built for use in cooler conditions, one is better suited to warmer weather. The stitching on one side has a series of dimples that either traps heat when against the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Tibetan Titanium 1100 Mug/Pot 2009

£38.00

With a capacity of 1.1 litres the Tibetan Titanium 1100 Mug/Pot is equally at home on the stove when used as a mug or for cooking a basic meal. The lid has steam holes and a wire handle, while the pot has folding wire handles. The pot comes with a 13g orange stuffsack. But the stuffsack is too tight to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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EDZ Merino Wool (2012)

£40.00

A warm, thick, 100% merino wool base-layer, which for the first few wears will probably feel a little itchy. It won’t win any prizes for style, but definitely scores high for practicality. The fit is super-tight to trap warm air, and allows the fabric to wick away sweat easily too. Also, the body and arm lengths are long enough so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Snowgaiters (2012)

£40.00

The Snowgaiter is made from Rohan’s Barricade waterproof and breathable fabric, which the brand also features in its popular range of travel clothing. The fabric has some stretch to allow a closer fit and there is some reinforcement at the ankle area to improve durability too, but others are more robust in this area. The gaiter comes in just one ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Primus PrimeLite CA

£40.00

A very lightweight headtorch with the batteries packed directly behind the bulbs on the unit that sits on the forehead. There are two buttons to control the 4 power settings, which include a red light setting to prevent the user’s night vision from being compromised. The range of light output is ideal for general walking and camping. The torch tilts ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Silva Solar I AA Battery Charger

£40.00

This solar panel is designed to charge 2 or 4 AA batteries, which is what most headtorches and GPS receivers use. The weatherproof casing can be attached to the lid of your rucksack so you can charge batteries during the day while on the move. It comes with a battery holder and a set of straps so that it can ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Pure Hydration Aquapure Traveller Bottle

£40.00

This is a low-priced, lightweight and incredibly simple option. It is basically a standard water bottle with a purifier built into the cap, which can be replaced with a new filter after its 350 litre capacity has been reached. The water is collected in the bottle, left for 15 minutes and then squeezed through the 2 micron filter and iodine ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Led Lenser Headfire Revolution

£40.00

This headtorch is very unusual due to its variable power facility, which allows you to turn a lever rather than simply switching between power settings. I found this very easy to use and it provided a good level of light that was ideal for general walking and camping. It’s also very lightweight at 130g, and beautifully finished. The head tilt ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Olight Wave 15 (2014)

£40.00

This headtorch boasts some impressive features on first appearances. It packs 150 lumens, which is brighter than many torches at this price, although it can only produce that level of power for 3 hours, which is a little limiting. The top red button is ideal for changing the light settings as it can easily be used with gloves. But you ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vargo Ti Non Stick Kettle 2009

£42.00

The Vargo Ti Non Stick Kettle comprises a titanium 1.3 litre pot and lid that are extremely lightweight and could be shared between two campers to save maximum weight. The pot comes with a mesh stuffsack that weighs 12g. The lid fits well and has a plastic knob screwed to the top.  But there is no pan grip provided, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Coast HL27 (2014)

£45.00

This headtorch punches out 309 lumens, which is incredible considering its price tag; and it also has a unique means of adjusting the light output. There is a metal wheel located behind the main housing, and you just need to rotate it to alter the setting. Moving this wheel with fingers is easy enough but it does not stay adjusted ...

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

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