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Marmot Midweight Zip Neck IS (2012)

£45.00

A midweight top that seems best-suited to slightly cooler conditions. The inside of the fabric is lined with a waffle-effect finish to the Polartec Power Dry fabric, which not only helps trap a bit of heat but also helps draw moisture up and away from the skin. The fabric also has a decent amount of built-in stretch that gives it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Smartwool Sport NTS Zip T 2009

£45.00

The Smartwool Sport NTS Zip T base layer is a chunky, semi-ribbed offering made of merino wool. You are getting exceptional value for money. This cut feels more contoured and purposeful than other items in the Smartwool range, with a large zip to provide some much-needed cooling, as this is a warm top. It is highly breathable and being a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Dragonfly Shirt 2009

£40.00

Some base layers we looked at were designed to cover a number of activities – including skiing and yachting. But the Montane Dragonfly Shirt has obviously been designed for UK walking. Utilising two grades of Polartec Powerdry fabric, the back and arms get high-wicking fabric while the chest and underarms get a stretchier weave, which is tough and enables excellent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Technicals TCH Merino LS Zip 2009

£40.00

The Technicals TCH Merino LS Zip base layer weighs 246g (men’s S); looser fit; 100% merino wool; comfortable against skin; natural anti-odour properties of fabric; warm; very breathable; durable. But slightly vague fit around hem, so not for those who prefer fitted base layers; black the only colour available, so not ideal for summer; no women’s version; zip could be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Trekmates Merino Wool Zip Top 2009

£40.00

The Trekmates Merino Wool Zip Top base layer weighs 259g (men’s L); closer fit; nicely cut; very comfy; warm; 100% merino wool; odour-resistant; breathable; excellent cuffs; good thumb loops. But not so ideal for summer; very stretchy; sizes quite conservative so do try first; similarly priced Smartwool top is better value. (0115) 940 9170; www.trekmates.co.uk

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus LS Zip Tech T 2009

£28.00

The Berghaus LS Zip Tech T base layer weighs 201g (men’s S); looser fit; good price; very comfy; light; generous zip for venting; quick-drying; very versatile due to warmth; great wicking action and swift drying time, so a good choice for changeable conditions. But seams run along shoulders; fabric snags and pills easily; sleeves and hem are prone to riding ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Crocs Captiva 2009

£22.00

Crocs are the benchmark of moulded footwear, and these days they’re commonplace at campsites and in bars. The now classic Cayman is the model most often seen, while the new Captiva shows that Crocs makes other models too. The Captiva is a simple open sandal for women. Its pillowed moulded footbed offers extra comfort without losing support, while plenty of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Technicals Limitless

£40.00

These waterproof trousers from Technicals use a nice unlined fabric which, although very light, isn’t at all crinkly. The cut of the legs is spot on – enough room to move in without being too baggy. Perfect at the waist, too. Light to carry and don’t take up much room in the rucksack, either. The ankle zips are very short, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Silver Fleece Zip

£45.00

Getting hot and sweaty tends to result in smelly gear, which is none too pleasant whatever the circumstances. The X-Static silver fibres in this fleece mid layer reduce odour by controlling the growth of bacteria. Apart from that smell advantage, this is a useful top for wearing under other mid layers, as it is a thin and lightweight fleece that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Wynnster McKinley/Vail Zip Neck

£25.00

This fleece mid layer weighs 284g (size L); thin fleece ideal for layering; smock design reduces weight; casual design; smart collar; outstanding breathability. But no pockets; no hem drawcord; no hood; smock design limits ability to control temperature.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Designs Summit Mitt Pro

£40.00

This mitt one its first award from Trail magazine back in November 2002, and for many walkers it's been their favourite mitt ever since. Firstly, it costs £20 some competitors and for your cash you are getting a good waterproof and breathable shell that benefits from a leather palm for extra durability. The fingers and thumb are well-shaped to provide a good fit. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Mountain Hardwear Elevation Mitt

£40.00

Made from Conduit, which is very breathable and extremely waterproof, this mitt is reinforced for extra durability with a Duraguard palm and Kevlar reinforced fabric. The shell has an elasticated wrist and a drawcord adjuster at the cuff. The cuff adjuster is a unique design that is easy to tighten and loosen. You also get a security wrist cord. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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