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Outdoor Research Alibi (2014)

£190.00

Here’s an impressive jacket from Seattle-based Outdoor Research, a brand that – despite being massive Stateside – is still a relatively rare sight in the UK hills. The Alibi has a hybrid construction, utilising waterproof panels in the hood and shoulders to give protection where the ‘weather hits hardest’. This does work for short showers or snow, but it’s no ...

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Mammut Creon Light 45 (2014)

£125.00

The Mammut Creon Light 45 looks like any other well-designed rucksack, but plonk this on the scales and it weighs just 1094g, which is far lighter than first appearances suggest. There’s no skimping on features here, though, as you get a back system with a mesh panel to hold the pack away from the body to create masses of airflow. ...

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Mountain Equipment Vulcan (2014)

£200.00

There’s something retro about this new jacket from Mountain Equipment. With its chunky zips and vintage colour, from a distance it’s easy to mistake the Vulcan for the old-style fleece jacket that in a way it spiritually replaces. Thick and soft, it has the feel of a drysuit and the Gore Windstopper’s impressive DWR (durable water repellent) continues this illusion. ...

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Fjällräven Friluft 45 (2014)

£135.00

Designed for day and multi-day trips, the Fjällräven Friluft 45 benefits from an arched back panel with an open mesh covering that holds the main compartment away from the user’s body to allow maximum airflow and reduce sweat. This makes the pack very comfortable in hot weather without reducing the stability of the load, although the whole back system is ...

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Mountain Hardwear Hueco Hooded Jacket (2014)

£150.00

Brand new for this autumn/winter, the Hueco Hooded Jacket joins the future classic Super Chockstone Jacket among traditionally high-end Californian manufacturer Mountain Hardwear’s hillwalker-relevant products. It’s warm, featuring plush fleece lining and a full-weight, helmet-compatible hood beneath a proprietory face fabric called Airshield 3L, designed by Mountain Hardwear to be breathable before the clammy effects of exertion kick in. The ...

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Lowe Alpine Eclipse 45:55 (2014)

£100.00

The new Lowe Alpine Eclipse 45:55 has a mesh covering over a padded back panel with a wire frame to add stability to the load, and this is stiff enough to allow fairly casual packing without items digging into your back or the sack ‘barrelling’ too much. The back panel has shallow air channels while the shoulder straps and hipbelt ...

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Berghaus Freeflow 40 (2014)

£90.00

The Freeflow range of rucksacks from Berghaus have been popular for many years, and in the latest versions they get an adjustable back length so you can be sure that the sack fits you. Of course others may fit you straight off the peg, so this itself isn’t necessarily a big advantage. However, the Freeflow back system does hold the ...

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Vaude Asymmetric 42+8 (2014)

£120.00

The Asymmetric range from Vaude replaces the popular Astra range of packs. The Asymmetric back system can be adjusted to length by raising or lowering the shoulder strap section along metal staves in the back panel. You get a thin layer of mesh over perforated padding on the main body contact areas to reduce the build-up of sweat. The back ...

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OMM Adventure 45+10 (2014)

£100.00

If saving weight is your top priority, then the OMM Adventure 45+10 is for you as it weighs just 921g, yet you still get a good set of hillwalking features. The back system has a stiffened panel that’s padded for more comfort while allowing the sack to be easily stuffed with gear without ‘barrelling’ and becoming uncomfortable. There’s a wide ...

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Montane Sabretooth Jacket (2014)

£165.00

The Montane Sabretooth Jacket is in many respects the one to beat here, having previously won both ‘Best in Test’ and ‘Best Value’ awards in Trail tests. There’s no denying that the Sabretooth has been designed with the British hillwalker firmly in mind. Features-wise, you get four pockets – two big ’uns on the chest plus two others above the ...

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Osprey Talon 44/Tempest 40 (2014)

£100.00

The Osprey Talon for men and the women’s Tempest range of sacks have gained ‘Best Value’ awards from Trail on several occasions. They have a moulded back panel with a mesh covering to produce good airflow across the back, while the perforated hipbelt and shoulder straps allow further air circulation in body contact areas. This design allows the sack to ...

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Optimus Vega (2014)

£85.00

The Optimus Vega promotes its inverted gas cylinder as ‘integrated 4-season mode’ because when inverted it performs better in cold weather. Optimus also highlights that faster boil times are possible with the gas canister inverted; but for greater efficiency and better simmer control using the gas cylinder the conventional way is better. The flame control is also at the gas ...

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Kovea Supalite Titanium (2014)

£35.00

Kovea is a new brand to the UK, offering a range of specialist lightweight backpacking stoves. The Supalite Titanium weighs in at just 57g and when that weight is combined with a price tag of just £35 this is an exceptional stove for travelling light on a budget. For the weight it has relatively wide pan supports too as they ...

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Coleman F1 Power PZ (2014)

£25.00

You don’t need to spend a fortune on a gas stove if you don’t need to save every gram and don’t crave a luxury design. For just £25 you can get the Coleman F1 Power PZ, which has an excellent range of practical features. Firstly you get a 7cm diameter burner that helps to spread the heat across the base ...

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Gregory Z25/J23 (2014)

£80.00

The men’s Z25 and women’s J23 are unique in our test as they have the only back system that holds the pack a few centimetres away from the torso to really promote airflow around the body. At 964g (Z25) and 790g (J23) these packs aren’t the lightest options around, but the less clammy sensation you get may well be worth ...

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Vango Compact Gas Stove (2014)

£15.00

There are lots of direct screw-on gas burners, but the Vango Compact Gas Stove offers an exceptional price with a good weight to match. It comes in at just 106g, so it’s plenty light enough for backpacking unless you’re really watching your pack and body weight, and slimming both drastically. It folds down reasonably small and packs into a supplied ...

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Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 (2014)

£60.00

The Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 lives up to its name with a weight of just 410g. The back panel has a wicking mesh layer with removable internal stiffening, and the AdpativeFit shoulder straps attach to the body with a narrow panel that allows them to move more easily with the torso to prevent restriction of movement. The hipbelt lacks mesh ...

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Vaude Triset 22 (2014)

£65.00

Designed for fast hiking, the Vaude Triset 22 weighs just 661g, which is not the lightest option; but this is a more walker-orientated design than the superlight packs that are optimised for runners. The pack has a seemingly less sophisticated back design than some others, with just two strips of mesh-covered padding improving comfort, rather than the full coverings of ...

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Osprey Talon 22 £75/Tempest 30 (2014)

£60.00

The Osprey Talon 22 has been a frequent winner of Trail tests. It’s a very well-established sub-1kg day sack, with the nearest women’s-specific equivalent being the slightly larger Tempest 30. Both sacks weigh under 1kg and offer great features for hillwalkers. The main benefit is the AirScape back panel, which features a mesh covering over a ridge-moulded foam panel to ...

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MSR Windpro II (2014)

£90.00

Gas burners with a remote canister have the advantage of providing a more stable base for a wobbly pan of boiling water, but the canister can also be easily inverted, which has the benefit of improving performance in colder conditions. The Windpro II is the latest version of this popular MSR design and it benefits from very wide (15cm diameter) ...

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Terra Nova Laser 25 (2014)

£80.00

If you really want to save weight, then the Terra Nova Laser 25 is the pack for you at just 365g. It is very much aimed at those wanting a fast and light pack for runs, adventure racing or bagging lots of mountains in a single day. To that end it’s made from a very thin ripstop fabric with reinforcement ...

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The North Face Casimir 27 (2014)

£100.00

I’ve been using the The North Face Casimir 27 for a year, and it’s one of my favourite lightweight packs. It tips the scales at 787g, so it isn’t the absolute lightest option, but with those few extra grams comes a great deal of extra mountain-friendly performance. The gender-specific Optifit back system is adjustable in length by raising the shoulder ...

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Jetboil Flash (2014)

£105.00

Jetboil stoves are extremely popular with solo backpackers, thanks to their unique integrated pan design and simple but effective performance. The Flash comes in a range of colours to suit your taste, but whichever you choose you get a tall dedicated pot that takes 0.5 litres of water and is fitted with a set of heat exchanger fins on the ...

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The North Face Banchee 50 (2014)

£145.00

The North Face’s Banchee 50 is designed for light and fast backpacking forays according to the manufacturer, but this is not the lightest sack available as it weighs in at 1547g, which is heavier than many lightweight 50 litre rucksacks. But you are getting a superb set of features here, which many lighter rucksacks cannot boast. Firstly the back system ...

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Lightwave Fastpack 50 (2014)

£140.00

Lightwave’s Fastpack range is designed for winter trips or lightweight weekend backpacking trips, and they benefit from being lighter than the average with this 50 litre version weighing in at 1156g. This sack also appears to be larger in volume than some other 50 litre sacks so you may even feel the Fastpack 40 at £120 is big enough. The ...

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