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Sprayway SX2 (2013)

£150.00

The three-pole semi-geodesic tent design has been a backpacking favourite for many years thanks to its well-proven stability, which makes it ideal for more challenging conditions than other tents. The Sprayway SX2 uses this familiar design to produce a model that’s very well-priced for what you’re getting. The tent pitches outer-first with three poles sliding into sleeves that extend around ...

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First test: Meindl Toronto GTX (2013)

£140.00

Meindl revolutionised the comfort of hillwalking footwear in the early Nineties by making durable leather boots that were far more comfortable than they had ever been before. But now what we all want from a boot isn’t just about comfort; it’s also about weight and most recently price. The Toronto has been designed especially for the UK market to offer ...

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Montane Prism (2013)

£100.00

Long a stalwart of good kit and prices, Montane’s Prism is another example of kit purpose-built for the UK. Insulation is Primaloft Eco, which – while not as soft or thick as Premium Primaloft One – uses 50 per cent recycled fibres. It’s still good, warm and adds a pleasing earthy tick, and a weather-resistant Pertex Microlight outer offers further ...

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Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo (2012)

£143.00

The Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo is a single-skin tent with a mesh perimeter to the groundsheet to keep the bugs at bay while still allowing plenty of airflow. It weighs in at a very respectable 895g for the tent, guy lines and stuffsack, but that is all you get for your money. So you have to add on the price ...

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Montane Dyno (2012)

£100.00

The fabric is less rubbery and less stretchy than some and there’s no fleecy lining. It’s also very thin, so it’s pleasingly lightweight. It’s not fully windproof, but general wind-resistance is good and breathability excellent. The tighter fit, coupled with this fabric construction, makes this one of the best jackets for removing moisture close to the skin. Adjustment is very ...

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Garmin eTrex 10 (2012)

£110.00

Recent developments in Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers have focused on developing colour touch screens that put digital Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping at your fingertips. But while the latest high-tech GPS receivers offer almost everything a hillwalker wants, they carry high price tags and perhaps offer more than most hillwalkers actually need. The yellow Garmin eTrex first appeared in outdoor ...

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Berghaus Kibo 2012

£200.00

The Berghaus Kibo has held its price below the competition for a while now, and even this year it is only a tenner up on 2010 while most boots are £15 or £20 higher in price. So in terms of cost it is a winner. The boot itself has an upper based on a mix of fabrics and there is ...

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La Sportiva Trango Guide GTX 2011

£200.00

At first glance you’d think the La Sportiva Trango Guide GTXs were technical boots, ideal for balancing on small holds or jamming in cracks when scrambling. Pick them up, however, and their light weight suggests walking. Though light weight and technical features aren’t mutually exclusive, climbing boots generally tend to be a bit stiffer and heavier. So, if a boot ...

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Montane Minimus

£120.00

An incredibly lightweight waterproof, weighing in at a cool 180g (size 12). The Pertex Shield fabric is very light and easy to move in, although it does feel a little on the flimsy side and is fairly noisy, too. It will withstand a good beating from the rain, though, and its waterproofness is helped by a decent storm flap hidden ...

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Páramo Maui Cargo Shorts 2011

£47.00

You cannot beat a massive, practical pocket in a pair of shorts, and the Páramo Maui Cargo Shorts get two of them! On each leg there is a cavernous pocket that allows you to easily stash an OS map and a small guidebook with space to spare. There is a dedicated mobile phone pocket too. You also get a pair ...

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Jetboil Flash 2011

£80.00

Offering an integrated burner and pan design, the Jetboil Flash provides impressive boil times throughout the life of the gas canister. It’s also a very neat and compact design as the burner and gas canister can be stored within the pot, making this very easy and neat to pack in a rucksack. The most important feature of the Jetboil is ...

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Trangia 27-5UL 2011

£65.00

Trangia meths stoves are extremely well-established and come in a wide variety of designs. The 27-5UL comes with two aluminium non-stick pans and a pan lid that doubles as a frying pan or plate, so you can do some proper cooking with this system. The Trangia is also ‘Recommended Kit’ for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants. It’s unbelievably simple to ...

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Asolo Flame GTX 2011

£140.00

The Asolo Flame GTX is a well-proven boot that is ideal for many hill-walkers. On first appearances it looks like many other boots, but as soon as you get it on your feet you notice the difference. Although it looks like a normal fabric boot, that upper is very stiff, supportive and protective of the foot. Also the toe box ...

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Lomer Tofana / Gardena MTX 2011

£100.00

This is a remarkable price for the Lomer Tofana / Gardena MTX – a boot with a quality leather upper that is not only virtually stitch-free to maximise durability but also gives you a waterproof lining to keep your feet dry even if you don’t look after the upper properly. There is plenty of stiffness in the upper too, so ...

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Berghaus Snowdonia 2.1 2010

£130.00

I’m not sure what has surprised me most here – the fact that Berghaus has designed its first ever tents, or that they are being made under licence by the Blacks Leisure Group and will only be available in the UK from Blacks and Millets stores. Either way, what is most important is how the products perform.The Berghaus Snowdonia 2.1 ...

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OMM Classic Marathon 32 2010

£60.00

The OMM Classic Marathon 32 sets the standard for mountain marathon and hill running events by being incredibly well-thought-through and functional. At 680g it isn’t the lightest pack available, but the added weight works hard: the back panel pulls out to form a half-length sleep mat, and side bungees and outside netting can be used to stash waterproofs and clothing ...

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The North Face Kishtwar 2010

£239.00

The Kishtwar is part of The North Face’s Summit Series and it’s designed for highly aerobic endeavours in foul weather. The Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric has the benefit of being far more water-resistant than standard Power Shield. DesignThe TNF Kishtwar is a very practical, mountain-orientated design. There are two chest pockets placed high on the body, plus a Napoleon ...

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Montane New Sabretooth 2010

£150.00

What’s in a name? The original Montane Sabretooth soft shell jacket was made from Polartec Windpro until July 2010, but from autumn 2010 there is a new version that uses Polartec Powershield. This new fabric has a membrane, which leads to a lower weight plus an increase in water resistance and wind resistance. What’s not to like? DesignThe old Sabretooth ...

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Marmot Grid 2 2010

£290.00

USA brand Marmot has realised that what works on that side of the pond does not always work over here, so they have designed the Grid specifically for UK and European conditions. It’s pitched outer-first so you can keep the inner dry when pitching or striking the tent in the rain. Design What sets the Marmot Grid 2 apart from ...

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Brasher Supalite II GTX 2010

£130.00

The original Brasher Supalite showed that a durable leather boot need not be heavy, while the Supalite II is slightly better-looking and offers slightly better performance. The boot is based around a clean leather upper, which means you get maximum durability whatever the terrain as there is no stitching to fail. A waterproof lining ensures the feet remain dry, while ...

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Asolo Flame GTX

£150.00

Excellent for high mountain use with a high and stiff ankle cuff that offers plenty of support and hefty protection at the toe and heel. The midsole is great for uneven, hard ground but perhaps a little too stiff for easier going, and the outsole provided good traction on most surfaces. The lacing is excellent, so easy to get just ...

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Garmin Oregon 550t 2010

£480.00

During 2009 Garmin introduced a range of GPS receivers that feature OS mapping and touch-screen operation. The Garmin 550t boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera with geo-tagging so you can easily locate exactly where a photo was taken. The unit can be loaded with OS mapping via an SD card. DesignThe smooth, curvy housing sits easily in the hand with just ...

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Rab Generator Alpine 2010

£140.00

With an emphasis on the Alpine user, as the name suggests, the Rab Generator Alpine is intended to be ideal for use at rest stops, belays and overnight camps, and it has an insulated helmet-compatible hood for when the temperature drops. The Endurance outer protects against light rain and snow. All these features should also make it ideal for backpacking ...

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Zamberlan Mountain Lite HBS 2009

£180.00

The Zamberlan Mountain Lite HBS is a very traditional 3-4 season boot that incorporates the classic features that many more mature walkers will have tried, tested and decided are ideal for British hill-walking. It has a one-piece leather upper, which means it is likely to last a long time as there is nothing to fall apart. To make the boot ...

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Berghaus Mera Peak 2009

£240.00

What does your jacket say about you? Back in the late Nineties the name Mera Peak said mountaineer and serious skier. The Berghaus Mera Peak was the 2-layer Gore-Tex version of the 3-layer Berghaus Trango Extrem, a benchmark mountaineering jacket that allowed the casual observer to identify Brits in Chamonix at over 100 paces. But times change, designs evolve and ...

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