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Mammut Magic GTX (2015)

£210.00

FeaturesThe Mammut Magic GTX has a highly stitched upper made from a mix of velours leather and Dropstop synthetic textile. There’s a one-piece padded tongue with a high padded ankle cuff, while a full rubber rand affords protection around the edge while the sole is a deep-lugged Vibram Maton unit. Internally there is shaped ankle padding and a full-height Gore-Tex ...

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Alpkit Filo (2015)

£120.00

FeaturesThe Alpkit Filo features 675+ fill power 90/10 duck down – not quite the spec of higher-priced jackets – which is why it’s a little heavier. The outer is ripstop nylon, again a slightly heavier option than pricier jackets, but you do get a removable hood, which benefits from a wired peak. The cuffs only have plain elastication rather than ...

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Rohan Nightfall (2015)

£245.00

FeaturesThe insulation is a hydrophobic down that absorbs 30% less water than normal down and dries 60% faster. The down is 800+ fill power and is made of 95% down and just 5% feather, which all adds to the warmth of this jacket for the minimal weight. The hood is also removable but the peak isn’t stiffened or wired; however ...

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Scarpa Manta Pro GTX (2015)

£210.00

FeaturesThe Scarpa Manta Pro GTX’s upper is made from a combination of water-resistant suede and synthetic textile with a one-piece padded tongue and contoured ankle padding. There is a full rubber rand and a high-cut Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The ankle cuff is shaped and well-padded with recesses to accommodate the tongue. The Vibram Pentax Precision XT sole has moderate lugs. ...

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AKU Terrealte GTX (2015)

£240.00

FeaturesThe AKU Terrealte GTX’s upper is made from a combination of suede, leather and Air8000 synthetic textile with a one-piece padded tongue and contoured ankle padding. There is a full rubber rand and high-cut Gore-Tex waterproof lining. An extra external cuff adds protection against the ingress of mud and snow. The Vibram Mulaz sole has moderate lugs and semi-automatic crampon ...

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Montane North Star (2015)

£240.00

Features The outer shell is more water-resistant than most, which is good as the down used does not have the water-resistant treatment some jackets offer. The hood gets volume adjustment, face drawcords and stiffened peak, and can be rolled down and secured at the collar. The cuffs have tab adjusters. All that for 565g (size L) is impressive. 4/5 FitThe ...

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Hanwag Friction GTX (2015)

£255.00

FeaturesThe Hanwag Friction GTX’s leather and Cordura upper with a one-piece padded tongue and padded ankle offer robust protection. There’s a full rubber rand for external protection, internal linings of thermal insulation and a high-cut waterproof Gore-Tex sock. The dual-firmness ankle cuff is very supportive but needs care with lacing tension. It has deep lugs for firm snow or muddy ...

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North Ridge Elbrus (2015)

£120.00

FeaturesThe North Ridge Elbrus is filled with a 650+ fill power 70/30 duck down, which is less efficient than higher-priced options, and so this jacket is not the warmest, but it is light – in part because there is also no hood. But you do get Velcro cuff adjustment and a nice brushed collar area. The outer is also quite ...

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Rab Infinity Endurance (2015)

£285.00

FeaturesInsulation is provided by Nikwax Hydrophobic Down with a fill power of 850+ while the outer is a Pertex Quantum GL ripstop nylon, and this ensures the jacket offers a very good level of insulation but is also very light for its performance. There are three pockets and the hood gets a wired peak, with the lack of cuff adjustment ...

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Salewa Raven Combi GTX (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThe Salewa Raven Combi GTX uses highly wear-resistant and brightly coloured synthetic textile combined with 2mm PU-coated leather to form the uppers. There’s a full wrap-around rubber rand, and a padded one-piece tongue linked to a high ankle cuff with an elasticated extra cuff. Internally a high-cut Gore-Tex liner offers waterproof protection. The Vibram New Mulaz sole has moderate lugs ...

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Dolomite Cougar GTX (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThe Dolomite Cougar GTX has a clean upper made from DLM ballistic fibre and DLM elastic fibre surrounded by a two-part rubber rand and protective rubber toecap. A full-height Gore-Tex liner and ample ankle padding are found inside. A fully padded one-piece tongue is linked to the cuff by a simple skirt. The Vibram sole has deep, aggressive lugs and ...

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La Sportiva Cube GTX (2015)

£275.00

FeaturesThe upper of the La Sportiva Cube GTX is made with a seamless construction method that incorporates a QB3 waterproof material with a thermoplastic covering through which the eyelets are formed. A deep rubber rand encloses the boot and there’s a very aggressive Vibram sole unit with deep, widely spaced lugs underfoot and a smooth climbing zone. Semi-automatic crampon fitting. ...

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Berghaus Ramche (2015)

£340.00

FeaturesThe big story is the 850+ fill power 90/10 hydrophobic down, which maintains its performance when wet better than standard down. You also get Pertex Quantum GL outer fabric to keep the weight down to a very acceptable 516g (size L). The helmet-compatible hood has face drawcords and a wired peak while the two pockets get zips. 5/5 FitThe Berghaus ...

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Mountain Equipment Lumin (2015)

£200.00

FeaturesThis jacket uses water-resistant 675+ fill power 90/10 down, production of which is audited via Mountain Equipment’s Down Codex scheme to ensure it does not include live plucking. The outer is a lightweight ripstop nylon. The hood gets a wired peak, volume adjuster and face drawcords, and it can be rolled down and secured at the collar. 5/5 FitThe Mountain ...

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First test: MSR WindBoiler Stove System (2015)

£110.00

For the ultimate in basic water heating performance there is nothing that beats a dedicated pot and burner system, where the components can be optimised to work together for maximum efficiency. For many years the Jetboil Flash Personal Cooking System has dominated the solo backpacking market, but with the release of MSR’s WindBoiler Stove System the heat of the competition ...

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Montane Chonus (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThe down is held in box wall construction throughout, which means there are no cold spots as found on most jackets at this price, which are generally stitched-through designs. The 800+ fill power 90/10 down is certified not live plucked, but it isn’t water-resistant. You do get a helmet-compatible hood with a stiffened peak though. 4/5 FitThe men’s Montane Chonus ...

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Quechua X-Light (2015)

£30.00

FeaturesAt just 409g (size M), something must be missing, and there is less insulation inside the Quechua X-Light than in the other down jackets we looked at. What sets it apart is the price, but to achieve that there is no adjustment drawcords on the hood, only two pockets, no cuff adjustment and no soft brushed lining at the chin. ...

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The North Face Verto S6K Glacier (2015)

£330.00

FeaturesThe uppers are constructed using a mix of synthetic textile combined with Smartlite PU mudguard. A padded one-piece tongue is linked to a high ankle cuff with an elasticated extra cuff. Internally a high-cut Gore-Tex Duratherm liner is matched with 200g Thinsulate insulation. The Vibram Mulaz sole has moderate lugs and fully automatic crampon fitting. B3 rated. 5/5 FitThis boot ...

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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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Alt-Berg Mallerstang (2014)

£210.00

FeaturesWith a one-piece 2.8mm leather upper and a Sympatex waterproof lining, the Alt-Berg Mallerstang provides superb protection for the foot without fear of stitching fraying or the boot leaking. There’s no rand, but for most walkers this won’t be a problem. The outsole lugs are 6mm deep and widely spaced with a 15mm deep heel breast for traction. 5/5 FitThis ...

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Zamberlan Vioz Plus GTX (2014)

£195.00

FeaturesThe Hydrobloc waxed full-grain leather upper has minimal stitching and provides great protection for the foot but you also get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. A rubber rand extends around the boot for even more protection. The outsole has reasonably deep lugs that are widely spaced for grip on softer ground. 5/5 FitAvailable for men in sizes 41-48 and for women ...

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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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AKU Tribute II GTX (2014)

£140.00

FeaturesWith this boot a 2mm full-grain leather upper with minimal stitching protects the Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The toe box is well-stiffened, although the heel cup is slightly softer. There is PU cushioning underfoot with a Vibram Dendera sole that has closely spaced lugs that may wear well but may clog more easily than others. 4/5 FitAvailable in sizes 3-13 for ...

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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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The North Face Verto S4K GTX (2014)

£230.00

FeaturesThe stylish upper of the The North Face Verto S4K GTX is modern with synthetic materials including a rand, a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and a high ankle cuff. There is a gaiter on the ankle cuff to help keep debris at bay. The outsole is Vibram with a smooth climbing zone under the toe and slightly shallow but well-spaced lugs ...

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