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Páramo Cascada II (2015)

£135.00

FeaturesPáramo Cascada II overtrousers are an extremely popular and well-established favourite with British hillwalkers, thanks to unique fabric that is more breathable than most other options while also keeping the user dry in typical British mountain weather. You get nice long side zips with press studs so you can vent the leg. The knees are articulated and there is cuff ...

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Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pant (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesThe main feature here is the low weight combined with a full-length side zip that benefits from an external stormflap. But Vaude Yaras Rain Zip Pant overtrousers also use Bluesign-approved fabric, meaning they meets certain environmental criteria. There is reinforcement in the seat, a zipped fly, and an elasticated waist too. There are no belt loops and no waist drawcord, ...

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Sprayway Santiago/Atlanta (2015)

£40.00

FeaturesIn the competitive £30 to £40 price range the Sprayway Santiago just about has the edge on its competitors due to its feature list. It gets a nylon lining inside to improve comfort, but this is not mesh so it won’t snag easily. The waist is elasticated and has a drawcord. The side zip is knee-length and you get a ...

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Berghaus Deluge (2015)

£50.00

FeaturesThe Berghaus Deluge has been a superb value-for-money product for several years and it benefits from a good selection of functional features. So you get the all-important thigh-length side zips, so you can easily get these on over your boots. Those zips also get an external stormflap to keep rain out. An elasticated waist with drawcord is also provided, but ...

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The North Face Point Five NG (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThe North Face Point Five NG overtrousers are mountaineering pants with all the features you need for tackling the toughest terrain in the toughest of conditions. So you get a tough 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric with abrasion patches at the ankle cuff. The side zips are full-length, there is a gaiter inside the ankle and braces are provided to ...

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Sherpa Lakpa Rita Pant (2015)

£240.00

FeaturesSherpa is owned and run by Sherpas, and most of the company’s products are made in Kathmandu. The Lakpa Rita Pant is designed with eVent 3-layer fabric. It features thigh-length side zips with loops at the ankle cuff so you can tie down the cuffs to prevent them riding up when wading through snow. The knees are articulated too. 5/5 ...

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Montane Minimus (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesMontane Minimus overtrousers are very lightweight, and established favourites thanks to their combination of features. You get Pertex Shield fabric, which has excellent waterproofness and breathability, low weight and some essential features such as a waist with elastication and drawcord plus adjustment down the legs for a good fit. They lack the features of higher-priced options though. 4/5 FitAvailable in ...

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Dare2be Overlay (2015)

£70.00

FeaturesThe four-way stretch fabric should improve comfort and the desire to wear Dare2be Overlay overtrousers all day. They also have an elasticated waist with elasticated drawcord. Full-length side zips with external stormflaps are also provided and there is a mesh lining in the waist and hip area, but this does not extend down the legs and the trousers are quite ...

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Vango Nanga 60+10 (2015)

£120.00

Features The Nanga 60+10 is top of the Vango range. It has a very useful capacity of 60-70 litres, which is provided by a main compartment with top and front access (but if you fitted a rucksack liner inside you could still in effect have a base compartment with external access). You get bellows zipped side pockets and a floating ...

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Lightwave Ultrahike 60 (2015)

£150.00

Features How many features do you really need in a rucksack? If the answer is just the bare essentials then the Lightwave Ultrahike 60 is for you. Its 60 litre capacity is provided by a single compartment with top entry. There is a huge zipped pocket in the lid and a pair of stretch mesh wand pockets on the side ...

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Vaude Asymmetric 52+8 (2015)

£120.00

Features The Asymmetric range from Vaude replaces the popular Astra range of packs. This model has a capacity of 52 to 60 litres in one main compartment with top and front opening as a well as a base compartment with external zipped opening. The lid is a floating design with an external pocket, and you get a useful front zipped ...

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Berghaus Wilderness 65+15 (2015)

£140.00

Features The men’s sack has a 65 to 80 litre capacity while the women’s has a 60 to 75 litre capacity, and this is provided by a main compartment and base compartment, both with front zipped access as well as the usual top opening. There are two zipped side pockets here, which are ideal for easy access to small items, ...

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Deuter AirContact 55+10 (2015)

£155.00

Features The 55 litre (men’s) and 50 litre (women’s SL) basic capacity is via a main compartment with top entry and zipped front entry plus a base compartment with external zipped entry. There are two zipped side pockets behind the side compression straps. The lid can be extended vertically to expand capacity by 10 litres, and I like how a ...

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Lowe Alpine Zephyr 55:65 (2015)

£140.00

Features With a capacity of 55 to 65 litres the Lowe Alpine Zephyr 55:65 is suitable for a wide range of expeditions. There is just one main compartment, rather than a base and main compartment, and there is a side opening as well as the more usual top opening. The lid is a floating design with a huge lid pocket. ...

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Osprey Atmos AG 65 (2015)

£180.00

Features The Osprey Atmos AG 65’s 65 litre capacity is provided by a top entry main compartment with a base compartment that has external access. You also get a useful pair of cavernous front zipped pockets on the body, plus a stretch compression pocket. The lid can be raised to expand the capacity or completely removed, saving 300g, to leave ...

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Montane Grand Tour 55 (2015)

£125.00

Features A lightweight pack for lightweight, long distance backpacking, the Montane Grand Tour 55 has a 55 litre capacity with one main compartment and a relatively clutter-free design. The main opening is at the top with a fixed lid that has a large pocket on the outside, while a pair of huge stretch pockets sit on the front of the ...

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First test: Meindl X-SO 30 GTX (2015)

£145.00

Keeping your feet dry in the hills can be a challenge. Repelling rain is one requirement, but so is allowing sweat to escape. Gore-Tex Surround Outdoor – built into Meindl’s X-SO 30 GTX shoe – has been designed to achieve that goal. The technology behind Gore-Tex Surround first appeared three years ago in urban footwear, where warm air was allowed ...

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Mountain Equipment Shroud (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Equipment Shroud has been a favourite of mine thanks to its combination of a hood and two large chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a pack with a wide hipbelt. It has thumb loops and a hem drawcord, and the front zip has a baffle inside to keep draughts out as well as a chin ...

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Sprayway Cerberus (2015)

£75.00

FeaturesThe Sprayway Cerberus has instant hill appeal, thanks to a hood and two large pockets on the chest with easy access even when wearing a rucksack with a wide hipbelt. The front zip is full-length and gets a baffle on the inside to block draughts while the top of the zip is protected to prevent chin scrape. Thumb loops are ...

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Vaude Brenta (2015)

£85.00

FeaturesThe men’s Brenta has a 30 litre capacity but the women’s Maremma is only 28 litres, and this is provided by a single main compartment with a snow-lock extension, a lid with twin buckles and a raincover. The lid gets a nice large pocket on the outside, plus an internal pocket. Stretch mesh pockets are provided on the front and ...

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Montane Medusa (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesA previous ‘Best in Test’ winner, the Montane Medusa has a 32 litre capacity in a narrow single compartment with one external lid pocket and a useful pocket on the underside of the lid. The lid has a single buckle to make it easy to open or close, while a pair of compression straps on the side benefit from quick-release ...

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The North Face Litus (2015)

£95.00

FeaturesThe men’s Litus 32 and women’s Aleia 32 have a ziparound opening, which isn’t my favourite design, as I much prefer a single-buckle lid. This The North Face sack also has a lower compartment for storing wet gear, but you can unclip the divider if preferred to create one large main compartment. You get a rain cover, compression straps and ...

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Deuter ACT Trail 32 (2015)

£95.00

FeaturesThe men’s (32 litre) version of the Deuter ACT Trail 32 features a main compartment with a single-buckle lid. There is a stretch pocket on one side, a zipped pocket on the other side and a compression pocket on the front, so lots of storage options. There is also a front opening to the main compartment. The lid pocket is ...

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Páramo Bora Hoodie (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesOver-the-head smock designs such as the Páramo Bora Hoodie do have real advantages, as they allow a large chest pocket to remain easily accessible while wearing a rucksack. Here you also get a hood and a third small chest pocket. There’s also a lot you don’t get though, including adjustment on the hood, a long zip for ventilation and no ...

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Rab Shadow Hoodie (2015)

£140.00

FeaturesThe Rab Shadow Hoodie has almost everything you could dream of with its hood, two huge chest pockets and highly abrasion-resistant material. There is no external third smaller chest pocket, but you do get an inside chest pocket which is very large and could be used for compass, GPS receiver or phone. The drawback is all that extra weight if ...

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