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First test: Sherpa Nangpala Down Jacket (2014)

£250.00

The traditional and well-proven choice for top-quality insulation has been down, gathered from geese. However, as down loses some of its insulating performance when wet, synthetic fibres are often used instead, which perform better than down when wet, but are heavier and less compact. This is not ideal, say when carrying an insulated jacket in your rucksack. So over recent ...

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Vango Helix 100 (2014)

£100.00

Tents are getting lighter, but the lightest often carry a whopping price tag. However some brands are making lightweight tents that are far more affordable – and the Helix 100 is the lightest and lowest-priced model in Vango’s new range. At £100 for a one-person tent weighing just 1573g, the Helix 100 should strongly appeal to weekend backpackers. But if ...

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Berghaus Tech Tee LS Crew (2014)

£25.00

FeaturesFeaturing Berghaus’ high-wicking Argentium polyester fabric, and Polygiene odour control – an antimicrobial treatment – this is a well featured base layer. You also get UPF 30 solar protection, stretch fabric and a crew neck. A zipped-neck version is also available for £28. Women's version has stripes but is £22! 4/5 FabricArgentium is a type of silver, which hints at ...

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Berghaus Stainless Steel Flask 2014

£10.00

This product from Berghaus – a brand you might not naturally think of when choosing a flask – includes a stainless steel cup with a plastic liner so you don’t burn your lips. The cup fits easily and there is a plastic press-button pourer, similar to many designs. In the lab test its contents lost 9 deg C in the ...

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Satmap Active 12 (2014)

£325.00

The Satmap Active 12 with its orange buttons is the latest version of the popular Satmap Active 10. The Active 12 benefits from an improved high-resolution screen, meaning that OS mapping is clearer. You can now share routes with other devices via Bluetooth connectivity, and a barometric altimeter has also been added. But the big advantage is the large screen ...

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Páramo Cambia Zip Tee (2014)

£40.00

FeaturesA fascinating concept well-executed by a British company that knows a thing or two about sweat. The clever Cambia can be reversed for optimal use in both cold and hot conditions, and is therefore rather plain-looking. But you get a deep, two-way zip neck, stretchy fabric plus padded cuffs and hem. 5/5 FabricThe reversible fabric is ‘Parameta T+’. In hot ...

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Montane Primino (2014)

£60.00

FeaturesNew this autumn from British brand Montane, the Primino is an unflashy zip-neck top with minimal features (on a base layer, though, so you may not want them!) and clever fabric that’s useful for standalone use in autumn/spring and as a layer in winter. A women’s fit is available. 4/5 FabricA clever idea (common to several other brands), the Primino ...

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Aclima Warmwool Hoodie (2014)

£80.00

FeaturesThis oddball from Norwegian wool specialists Aclima can be worn as a crew, a polo neck or sporting a full hood, making it ideal for a range of cold conditions. You also get a tunnel pocket and thumb loops so – while it looks a bit Flash Gordon – you’re getting great value here. A women’s fit is available. 5/5 FabricThe ...

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Garmin Montana 650t (2014)

£490.00

There is a model in the Garmin range of GPS receivers to suit just about every user. The Montana 650t is the ‘bell and whistles’ option. It has a huge, tough screen measuring 5x9cm, and this automatically orientates to portrait or landscape format depending on how you hold the device. For ease of navigation you get a magnetic compass and ...

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Stanley Adventure Vacuum Bottle 2014

£28.00

Stanley has been at the forefront of flask development since 1913, and the brand continues its iconic green hammertone design. The Adventure Vacuum Bottle’s screw-on cup lid is narrower and deeper than most, and easier to drink from. A screw-top seal lacks the press-button design of some bottles. But most impressive is the performance, with a 4 deg C drop ...

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Marmot Precip (2014)

£85.00

FeaturesThe Marmot Precip has been a stalwart of lightweight hill and mountain travel for many years. Its low weight of 325g (size L) is a mammoth feature when backpacking. It also has a two OS map-sized hip pockets, pit zips to aid ventilation and a hood with a rear volume adjuster and face cords that can be rolled into the ...

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Mammut Rime Pro Jacket (2014)

£170.00

FeaturesBeing able to wear a warm jacket over a waterproof can be a real advantage in some situations, and the Mammut Rime Pro Jacket is designed to do just that. It has a hood with a wired peak, and drawcord adjustment at the face and back of head. But all three outside pockets are a bit small for OS maps. ...

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Vango Vacuum Flask 2014

£10.00

This stainless steel flask has been a Trail favourite for years. It comes in four sizes, with an impressive price tag of £10 for 1000ml. The cup fits well and features a plastic liner to help prevent mouth burns. But you don’t get the press-button pourers of other bottles; instead there is just a basic screw cap. The Vango Vacuum ...

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Berghaus Capucin (2014)

£160.00

FeaturesThere are a lot of nice touches here, but some annoying elements too. The hood has face drawcords, but no volume adjustment at the back. The three pockets on the outside are placed reasonably well for access with a rucksack on, but they aren’t quite big enough for an OS map. The cuffs get internal elastication, though, which is neatly ...

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Suunto Ambit V2 (2014)

£325.00

The Suunto Ambit V2 is a watch with built-in GPS functionality that provides your location, a record of your route and speed of movement while also recording heart rate. The watch is water-resistant to 100 metres so it can be used to record your performance while swimming, as well as running, cycling, skiing or walking. There is a compass, barometric ...

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Silva Dine Oolong 2014

£20.00

The Silva Dine Oolong is a stainless steel flask that comes in a grey finish with a black plastic screw-on cup. The cap features a press-button pourer of similar design to other flasks, and this works well. The temperature performance was less impressive than other bottles in its price range, though, as it dropped by 10 deg C in the ...

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Sherpa Tsepun Zip Tee Zip (2014)

£55.00

FeaturesFrom a company owned by Sherpas, the Tsepun Zip Tee has a chest pocket big enough for a credit card or the like. Nice details include the ‘endless knot’ symbol on the rear neck and ‘prayer flag’ zip, plus padded cuffs and collar. The zip is generous: more like 1/3 than 1/4. The women’s equivalent is the Dikila. 5/5 FabricWhile ...

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Viewranger software plus Samsung Galaxy S5 (2014)

£26.50

If you own a smartphone such as the Apple iPhone, various Nokia models or the Galaxy S5 featured here (waterproof to 1m for 30 minutes) you can benefit from its built-in GPS receiver and just add mapping software. Viewranger software is free but you pay extra for OS mapping. Map pricing depends on coverage, but you can get OS 1:50,000 ...

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Rab Aeon Long Sleeve (2014)

£32.00

FeaturesDesigned to be very light – it’s 94g for a size M – and comfortable, you’d expect features to be lean. But the Rab Aeon Long Sleeve doesn’t do badly: you get flatlocked seams and reflective decals on the back and sleeves, handy for running and cycling as well as night walking. Treated with Polygiene to control odour, it’s also ...

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Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody (2014)

£180.00

FeaturesThe Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody has seen a major improvement since Trail reviewed it in March 2013: the hood now has a rear volume adjuster. The two pockets on the body are still just too small to take an OS map, though, and access to these is also slightly obscured by rucksack hipbelts. Like most jackets in our test the ...

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Snugpak 2nd Skinz (2014)

£20.00

FeaturesFeatures-wise the Snugpak 2nd Skinz is a basic product, but it’s still a very functional crew-necked layer from a British brand that’s popular with the army. Weight is 184g (size M). You also get a nice mesh carry case with a plastic window on it; not sure what base layer application this has, but it’s got washbag written all over ...

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Lifeventure TiV Vacuum Flask 2014

£19.00

This black anodised torpedo design, which comes in four sizes, is pretty cool! There is a screw-cup lid with the contents sealed by an additional plastic pourer that you depress to allow liquid to flow out. This works very well, although it would be better if there was a plastic covering around the lip of the cup too. The temperature ...

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Primus Vacuum Flask 2014

£24.00

These flasks come in a range of bright colours with an anodised finish rather than plain stainless steel. The screw-on cup has a plastic moulding around the lip to prevent burning, and is easy to fit and remove. The bottle is sealed with a press-button pourer, which worked well. The contents stayed very warm with just a 5 deg C ...

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Mammut Crater (2014)

£250.00

FeaturesThe Mammut Crater has those all-important two large chest pockets that can be used to warm hands or store maps with easy access while wearing a rucksack. In addition you get pit zips for improved condensation control. The hood is helmet-compatible and benefits from a stiffened (but not wired) peak, a rear volume adjuster and face drawcords. All that is ...

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Rab Xenon X Hoodie (2014)

£140.00

FeaturesThe Rab Xenon X Hoodie’s two main pockets and a chest pocket are all map-sized and have zips, although if you wear this with a rucksack you do lose some access to the lower pockets. The hood is elasticated around the face with no drawcords at all, while the cuffs have no adjustment and are simply elasticated. 4/5 FitThere is ...

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