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Terra Nova Laser Photon 1 (2014)

£390.00

The Laser’s design has become the benchmark for lightweight tents, and the Photon 1 is just one of many variations available. It weighs 805g, making it one of the lightest one-person tents around. There is one alloy pole to fit, while a pair of vertical poles at each end are pre-fitted. However, I’ve always found this tent a little messy ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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MSR Hubba NX (2014)

£300.00

The MSR Hubba NX is a huge one-person tent that’s ideal for multi-day use when that extra living space will be really appreciated. The tent is pitched inner-first with interconnected poles forming a frame from which the inner is suspended; the fly then goes over the top. Pitching is exceptionally easy, thanks to ladder-lock webbing buckles and limited need for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Nordisk Telemark 1 ULW (2014)

£360.00

This is the Ultra Light Weight (ULW) version of the standard Nordisk Lightweight (LW) Telemark. It is supplied with carbon poles rather than the aluminium poles found on the LW version to save 60g but is £40 higher in price. The ULW weighed 834g on the Trail scales, although the manufacturer states it should weigh 770g. Pitching is very quick ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Hilleberg Akto (2014)

£490.00

The Hilleberg Akto is a very well-established solo backpacking workhorse. At 1661g it is twice the weight of some superlight tents but you’re getting so much more here than the lighter tents can offer. The general design is similar to other tents, with a single pole being slipped through a sleeve on the outer while four in-situ vertical poles at ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Mica FL 1 (2014)

£310.00

The North Face’s Mica FL 1 pitches inner-first with a single interconnected pole forming a frame from which the inner is suspended. The fly then goes over the top and the pitching is all completed very easily thanks to ladder-lock adjusters and colour coding on the webbing. It’s instantly noticeable how stable this tent is compared with other one-person tents, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Pulsar 1P (2014)

£250.00

The Marmot Pulsar 1P offers an incredible amount of space for one person. It is pitched inner-first with the pole assembly clipping to the inner, over which the flysheet is draped. This is all very easily achieved, with ladder-lock adjusters and colour-coded tape making the task even simpler. The structure only needs a couple of pegs to keep it on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Lizard GUL 1P (2014)

£550.00

If you rank minimal weight as your number one priority then the Vaude Lizard GUL 1P  is the tent for you. At just 740g including stuffsacks, pegs and poles, it’s half the weight of some in our test so it won’t weigh you down when backpacking. It features carbon poles and a unique pole configuration. There’s a short pole at ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Prism (2014)

£175.00

Not content with making award-winning clothing and rucksacks, Montane has released a range of sleeping bags. Having gained a reputation for selling products designed to take the user to the top of the hill and back again in practical comfort, the brand has a lot to live up to – and a lot to lose if this new range falls ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Cobra 25 (2014)

£70.00

The Montane Cobra 25 is designed to be a versatile pack for mountain activities. To that end it weighs in at 863g and feels pretty robust compared to some lighter rucksacks. It is made from a tough Raptor TL fabric and reinforced at the base to ensure it is durable enough to cope with scrapes against rocks when scrambling. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Vapour 20 (2014)

£60.00

This is a very unusual rucksack from Berghaus, designed to meet the needs of those taking part in single-day or overnight racing events. The weight of 688g includes a 73g water bottle, which is stored in the base of the rucksack in a dedicated pocket. The back system is stiffened so it does not distort when loaded fully or partially, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Folding Gas Stove (2014)

£23.00

Vango produces a range of exceptionally low-priced gas burners, and the Folding Gas Burner is one example. It is a low-profile burner, so that a pan’s centre of gravity is kept low to the ground to increase stability. It features an 16cm diameter pan support, meaning you can easily used good-sized pans on here. The burner is just 5cm diameter, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Primus Eta Lite (2014)

£109.00

If you like the Jetboil Flash then you will like the Primus Eta Lite, as they are virtually identical stoves with only small details differentiating them. The Primus Eta Lite is £109 against the £105 of the Jetboil Flash. Both stoves feature a tall pot that also accommodates the burner and a foot support when packed away. The burner screws ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Highlander HPX300 (2014)

£25.00

Low-profile gas burners such as this Highlander HPX300 provide a very stable support for cooking pots, which makes them safer and easier to use. At just £25 this stove won’t hurt your bank balance either, making it ideal for anyone on a tight budget who does not need the absolute lightest stove. The pan supports are 18cm wide, so you ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Patagonia Torrentshell Plus (2014)

£140.00

The Torrentshell Plus is the heaviest jacket in our test, but it has the lowest price tag and also boasts some pretty good hillwalking features. It is made from Patagonia’s H2No 2.5-layer fabric, which gives top-end lab results for waterproofness and breathability; but like all 2.5-layer constructions it doesn’t manage condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. Like some other jackets ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Arc’teryx Beta SL (2014)

£230.00

The Arc’teryx Beta SL weighs in at 349g (men’s size large) and is made from Gore-Tex Paclite, which is designed to be the lightweight and durable option from the house of Gore. The jacket, which was a comfortable fit on me, has a short body with a water-resistant zip up the front. There is a small baffle on the inside ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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RaidLight Dual Chamber (2014)

£34.00

Somewhat specialist but certainly unique, the RaidLight Dual Chamber allows you to fill your hydration system with two different fluids stored in back-to-back 1.5 litre reservoirs, then regulate which – or how much of each – makes it to the mouthpiece. The idea clearly has energy drinks in mind, and for runners and endurance walkers no doubt has appeal. Easy ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Rohan Elite (2014)

£225.00

A frequent favourite in Trail tests, the Elite uses Rohan’s own fabric, Barricade Elite, which offers performance that is equal to the best in the industry. I’ve been using the jacket for several years and find that on the hill it is just as impressive. At only 334g the Elite packs in a host of useful features for heading onto ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Research Helium HD (2014)

£165.00

The Outdoor Research Helium HD is a very lightweight jacket, weighing in at 270g (size L) and made from 2.5-layer Pertex Shield+, a fabric that boasts top-end performance for breathability and waterproofness. The zip up the front of the jacket is a more water-resistant design than many around this price, but you don’t get an internal flap to impede progress ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Artemis/Adroit (2014)

£200.00

This jacket is made from Marmot’s latest fabric, NanoPro Membrain, which boasts excellent breathability in the lab and in my experience is one of the best 2.5-layer fabrics available for controlling condensation on the hill. It comes in men’s and women’s version called the Artemis and Adroit respectively. The jacket has a good water-resistant zip up the front with an internal ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Crestone (2014)

£170.00

The 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric used in the Vaude Crestone meets the environmentally friendly Bluesign standards, while the pit zips and three pockets on the body will suit a wide range of user needs. The two main pockets are large enough for maps and they’re well-placed to maintain access while wearing a rucksack. These pockets don’t use mesh linings, but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Sigg Viva (2014)

£15.49

A colourful departure for the iconic Swiss bottle maker, these new models from Sigg have a 750ml capacity and fill a welcome hole for those for whom the famous aluminium bottles are a bit industrial-feeling. BPA-free, recycled and recyclable, yet forged with the quality you’d expect from Sigg that makes the latter highly unlikely, the Viva also features a double ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Source WidePac 2L (2014)

£27.00

Winner of Trail’s recent hydration system test (September 2013), the Source WidePac 2L represents superb value and performance for the price. Its USP is that opening, which allows easy cleaning and filling without spilling, and Source’s well-proven track record for untainted taste (though modern hydration systems have generally licked this). You also get a dirt cap for the twist-lock mouthpiece, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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LifeStraw (2014)

£30.00

An extraordinary product that is finding considerable kudos with lightweight enthusiasts, the LifeStraw was born for use in developing countries where uncontaminated water is rare. It’s essentially a filter with a mouthpiece that strains out viruses and turbidity (murk) to turn just about any water source – even puddles – drinkable. This means that as long as you are travelling ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

£160.00

The Mountain Equipment Aeon boasts a wealth of hill-orientated features. Firstly the Drilite fabric features top-end waterproofness and breathability, while the ‘dry-touch’ inner treatment helps to manage condensation – although higher-priced fabrics may be even better. The fabric also feels a little softer than some options, which gives the impression of being less durable, but I think it will be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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OMM Aether (2014)

£260.00

The OMM Aether is made from 3-layer eVent fabric so you get the benefits of a 3-layer fabric – maximum condensation management – along with the top-end breathability and water resistance that this fabric is well known for. The Aether is available as a smock or the jacket design featured here. The style is slightly looser around the body than ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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