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Helinox Passport TL130 (2015)

£130.00

www.helinox.eu DesignHelinox is a new cutting-edge brand specialising in lightweight gear. The 3-section Passport has a clever breakdown style, with a snap-lock button sealing the tension into a shock-cord design. A single internal twist-lock adjusts length. Although reliant on the cord, this makes them very light and the DAC aluminium tubing – found in tent poles – is designed to ...

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Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock (2015)

£110.00

www.blackdiamondequipment.com DesignBlack Diamond poles have a very good reputation for durability married to function, and while you’re paying close to top dollar, the evidence is you’re investing wisely. A three-section telescopic design, the FlickLock Pro locking system developed by Black Diamond is an incredibly strong all-metal design, and the shaft – grippy and, again, all-metal – feels far and away ...

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Pacerpole Carbon (2015)

£87.00

www.pacerpole.com DesignThe biomechanically designed angled handle subtly utilises the leverage of your arm when walking, applying power to your stride; an attribute poles with wrist straps aim for. Many Pacerpole users extol their long distance and slope performance. The 3-section carbon shaft has a good adjustment range and a quality internal locking system. Single poles are available direct. 5/5 FeaturesThere’s ...

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Leki Albula Lite (2015)

£100.00

www.leki.com DesignTrekking poles are modified ski poles. As Leki makes ski poles, it’s a fair assumption that its walking poles will be pretty good, and the Albula certainly seems to fit the bill. It features double trigger locks, very light aluminium material (despite the word ‘titanium’ appearing on the shaft, see below) in three telescopic sections and a fantastic range ...

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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2015)

£150.00

www.mountain-equipment.co.uk FeaturesThere are lots of similar jackets to the Mountain Equipment Aeon, but I liked the combination of features here. It is reasonably lightweight at 362g (size L) with three pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a rucksack and a hood with a wired peak to improve vision in wet and windy weather. The downside is mesh pockets ...

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Komperdell Approach Vario 4 (2015)

£130.00

www.komperdell.com DesignAustrian stalwart of walking pole design Komperdell is a specialist, and it shows. The Vario 4 is the next generation of a line of carbon poles that feature a unique, threaded screw-in design for the two lower sections with one power-lock quick-release trigger beneath the handle to tweak length. The drawback of this is a limited adjustment range (25cm), ...

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Target Dry Element/Echo (2015)

£105.00

www.targetdry.com FeaturesA past winner of Trail magazine tests and £5 down in price from 2014, the Target Dry Element (Echo for women) packs some great features for the price. Two Napoleon chest pockets allow easy access to maps and guidebooks, and the length means two lower pockets should have okay access in use. Pit zips allow ventilation, and the hood ...

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Vaude Crestone (2015)

£170.00

www.vaude.com FeaturesThe Vaude Crestone’s weight of just 314g (size L) is an important feature but you also get two large chest-mounted pockets for easy access while wearing a rucksack and a third higher-placed chest pocket for a GPS. The hood has a wired peak plus rear volume adjustment. Pit zips are provided to aid ventilation without having to open the ...

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Regatta All Peaks (2015)

£80.00

www.regatta.com FeaturesThis is a new jacket from Regatta and part of the Point 214 range, which was created to provide fellwalkers with technical gear they can rely on. It boasts four external pockets, including two huge chest pockets and a hood with a wired peak. It is also longer in the body than many jackets so overall it appears well-featured ...

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Mountain King Super Trekker (2015)

£65.00

www.mountainking.co.uk DesignPacking an excellent feature set, the 3-section Super Trekker STD is well-proven as an ideal, very-good-value pole for the UK hills. Length is tweaked to a massive range of adjustment via a smooth-running, robust internal locking mechanism that looks very well-built, and the strong telescopic design comes in a whisker shorter than the Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra when collapsed. A ...

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Trekmates Locklite (2015)

£60.00

www.trekmates.co.uk DesignThis 4-section design has one trigger-lock clip beneath the handle, which allows fast length tweakage without bending down or twisting the pole. The rest collapses in sections with dual shock-cords tensioning them together. Material is aluminium, with a foam handle and fleece-lined strap. Broken down (including the handle section), the pole is an impressive 32cm: shorter than the stated ...

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First test: Nigor PioPio Solo (2015)

£300.00

Weight is one of the most important factors when choosing a tent for backpacking, but a shelter also needs good space inside along with adequate protection from the elements. The Nigor PioPio Solo promises all this, and at 989g it certainly won’t weigh you down – but is it worth the £300 price tag? Nigor is a brand from the ...

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Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra (2015)

£45.00

www.alpkit.com DesignA 3-section carbon offering from online quality/value-monger Alpkit (the original Carbonlite was its first ever product), this very light pole – among the lightest available – is strong, stiff and very functional. The handle is foam with a foam-lined strap, and the pole collapses using a basic, traditional internal twist-lock adjustment mechanism. The collapsed length is 67cm, which is ...

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Lowe Alpine Grand Teton (2015)

£200.00

www.lowealpine.co.uk FeaturesUsing Triplepoint Eco, an environmentally friendly material, with a Sympatex waterproof breathable membrane, the Lowe Alpine Grand Teton jacket feels nice and stiff and robust to combat mountain weather. It has two main pockets and a useful third chest pocket that is large enough for maps. The Raptor Hood has a wired peak and great adjustment at the face ...

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The North Face All Terrain (2015)

£180.00

www.thenorthface.co.uk FeaturesGore-Tex 2-layer fabric with a mesh lining is provided in the The North Face All Terrain, which guarantees high levels of waterproof and moisture management. The jacket has two lower pockets and a third chest pocket, while the body is longer than most. The hood gets a wired peak but can also be rolled into the collar when not ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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