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Montane Super Terra Pants (2015)

£125.00

FeaturesThe Cordura fabric (97% polyester, 3% spandex) is reinforced at the knees and seat with a waterproof Cordura Hydro that is 93% nylon and 7% PU, making the Montane Super Terra Pants tough yet comfy trousers with a small amount of stretch and triple stitching for durability. There are four large front zipped pockets, zipped vents at the knees, a ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Deuter AC Lite 22 (2015)

£60.00

FeaturesThe AC Lite 22 features Deuter’s Aircomfort ventilated back system for maximum airflow across the back. The body has a single-buckle lid with an outside pocket that only just takes a map. There is no stretch pocket on the front, but you do get a pair of stretch side pockets; however there are no compression straps to work with these. ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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First test: Osprey Atmos AG 65 (2015)

£180.00

With the right rucksack back system you really can carry everything you need for a night of camping, including the proverbial kitchen sink, and still remain comfortable throughout the day when backpacking. The Osprey Atmos range of rucksacks has been popular for many years, but now there’s a new Anti-Gravity (AG) back system available to supercharge their performance for 2015 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mammut Ridge High GTX (2014)

£160.00

The Ridge High GTX is described by Mammut as a boot for via ferrata and backpacking. At 1476g (pair, size 11) it is certainly light, which is useful on via ferrata routes and when scrambling. The upper is softer than many boots in its price range and the foot also feels closer to the ground, which overall gives this a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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First test: Meindl Bhutan MFS (2014)

£190.00

When Meindl released the Burma Pro in 1997, it was a game-changer – a tough 3-season boot with a multi-piece leather upper and an extremely comfortable lining. For the first time hillwalkers who wanted a stiff boot for rockier mountain trips and year-after-year durability didn’t have to suffer more uncomfortable traditional leather boots. The Meindl Burma Pro was ‘Best in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Paramo Grid Classic (2014)

£50.00

If you want a warm, clever and versatile top that doesn’t look too flashy, look no further than the Grid. It’s a relaxed fit, but it’s made with a thick, insulating fabric (almost like fleece) which is so comfy I was still wearing it as an outer layer in late autumn. The distinctive grid pattern of this Parameta G fabric ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Verto S4K GTX (2013)

£230.00

The colour and style of the The North Face Verto S4K GTX 's upper give an impression of a more serious climbing boot than an all-rounder. At 1766g (size 11) it’s relatively light for its class, yet has a feature set and performance that makes it ideal for year-round mountain scrambles and easier mountaineering. The upper is synthetic mesh with ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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First test: Nordisk Telemark 1 ULW (2013)

£360.00

Every gram counts when backpacking. And while many modern backpacking tents tip the scales at less than 1 kilo, not all of them are practical to use in the challenging weather of the British mountains. The Nordisk Telemark 1 weighs in at 770g according to the manufacturers (though it tipped the Trail scales at 834g) and is designed to be ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Haglöfs Vertigo II GT (2013)

£130.00

The Haglöfs Vertigo II GT is a well-proven outdoor workhorse that can cope with the toughest of conditions. It has a leather upper and a fabric tongue with minimal stitching to wear out and fail. But also the upper is very stiff and supportive, so you can kick through rubble when approaching crags without fear of damaging your foot or ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Vango Apex 200 (2013)

£200.00

The Vango Apex 200 is intended as a lightweight, compact option for the adventurer looking for an open and easily accessible tent, so it tips the scales at 1722g, which is instantly impressive. The inner and fly pitch in one with a single pole sliding through a sleeve around the outside of the fly, and then a second transverse pole ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Meindl Softline Light GTX (2012)

£150.00

Some boots have a distinct bias towards certain outdoor activities, and when it comes to the Meindl Softline Light GTX it’s definitely been designed with scrambling in mind. The sole is stiff to give you a solid platform on rock, with a great climbing zone at the front for edging on small ledges. A stiffened toe box covered with a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Primus Express Spider (2012)

£45.00

The main problem with connecting a gas burner directly onto the top of a gas canister is that the result is a tall, unstable cooking system, due to the height created when a pan is placed on top. This means you have to be very careful not to allow the structure to wobble too much, as you could end up ...

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

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 (2012)

£330.00

The ‘Laser Comp’ as the Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 is affectionately known probably defines lightweight one-person backpacking tents more than any other. There is a single transverse pole that is slipped through a sleeve on the outer, while two in-situ vertical poles at each end just have to be folded into shape to add extra foot- and headroom. So ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mountain Hardwear Kelvinator (2012)

£220.00

MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR KELVINATOR £220 Our rating: ***** Review: A classic-looking mountain-style down jacket, complete with hood for battening down the hatches when it’s really cold outside. As it uses natural down filling inside, it is susceptible to wet conditions, but a thicker grade of face fabric means that the filling is a bit more protected than in a really lightweight ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mammut Monolith 2012

£220.00

The slightly lower price of the Mammut Monolith compared to many other boots makes it instantly attractive. The boot sports modern styling, thanks to the mix of materials on the upper. There is a Gore-Tex waterproof lining and on the outside a full rubber rand improves long-term durability. Get this boot on and the ankle cuff feels slightly more supportive ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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 ...

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

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 ...

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

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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