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Regatta Baxter (2012)

£30.00

This is a lighter-weight fleece than many out there, using a thinner grade of material that also makes it one of the least expensive too. The downside is a lack of insulation. This really only provides warmth as part of a layering system. It is designed to zip into a corresponding shell jacket. A drawcord around the hem helps to ...

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Blacks Alpine 30+5 (2011)

£35.00

No award-winner but a fairly capable pack for the price. There are a few technical features that you’d expect to find in a decent walking pack, albeit not quite as well executed as on more expensive bags. A padded back system does boost comfort and keep the load tight to your back, but has no venting at all which does ...

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Euro Hike Hydro 35+5 (2011)

£40.00

One of the cheaper models and as a result doesn’t have the technical features of others. The back system uses simple padding that does keep the load close to your centre of gravity, but doesn’t allow air to circulate and so quickly leads to a sweaty and uncomfortable back. Also it isn’t very well protected and you have to be ...

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Montane Slipstream Gilet 2011

£45.00

At a minuscule 80g (size M), the Montane Slipstream Gilet packs down to the size of a golf ball and claims to be the world’s lightest core body protection. It feels almost weightless – but the Pertex Quantum fabric that makes up most of the gilet is windproof and water-repellent, making this a useful extra layer in blowy conditions. Dryactive ...

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Eurohike Pathfinder 20

£24.00

This is a pack designed in a classical way. It’s not exactly NASA in its technicality, more straightforward and dependable, and as such not particularly exciting. The fabric used is fairly hard-wearing and will survive a few scrapes without any discernable damage. In wet weather you will need to make sure your kit is waterproofed inside. There is a rain ...

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Regatta Magnitude III

£40.00

An inexpensive jacket, the Magnitude III is as classic an example of a cagoule as you’re likely to see. In use, perhaps not surprisingly, it’s not the most technical, although it is one of the few to come with a mesh-lined inner to help the outer fabric absorb condensed moisture. The face fabric is not that effective when it comes ...

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Coleman Exponent F1 Lite 2011

£20.00

The Coleman Exponent F1 Lite weighs 76g (+ gas); boil time 2min 9sec to 4min 34sec; packs very small; 12cm diameter pan supports; unique pan supports for more compact packing. But fiddly to position and lock pan supports; best boil time is only available with a fresh gas canister.

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Campingaz Twister Plus PZ 2011

£17.00

The Campingaz Twister Plus PZ weighs 214g (+ gas); boil time 2min 25sec to 5min 10sec; small packed size; 14cm diameter pan supports; includes piezo ignition; unique Easy Clic connection to Campingaz canisters. But the best boil time is only available with a fresh gas canister; not the lightest or most compact gas burner; only fits dedicated Campingaz canisters.

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Pure Hydration Aquasak Inline Filter 2011

£40.00

Many walkers use a hydration bladder stashed in a rucksack with a feeder pipe that they drink from while on the move. You could just filter the water before putting it into the bladder, but a more practical alternative is to fit this inline filter to the bladder’s feedpipe so the water is filtered as you suck it through the ...

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Drinksafe Systems Waterstraw 2011

£20.00

The Drinksafe Systems Waterstraw is about as simple and light and low-priced as it gets. It’s a water straw by name and by nature: all you have to do is remove the caps from each end, place one end in the liquid and suck through the filter at the other. When you’ve quenched your thirst, just shake the Waterstraw dry ...

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Eurohike Compact X

£40.00

The Compact X is one of the most compact poles out there, with its four-section design, but this does mean it is also heavy. The poles are pleasantly sturdy in use, considering the price, and you can buy them individually if you want a low-cost trial or need to replace a damaged pole. But the grips are disappointing, made from ...

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Meindl Magic Junior Mid 2011

£45.00

The Meindl Magic Junior Mid is a well-proven boot costing £5 more this year, but it retains all its great features. There is good stiffness in the sole and upper to protect the growing younger foot. A rubber rand at the toe should increase the durability of the stiffened toe box. Underfoot there is a reasonably grippy lug pattern for ...

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Peter Storm Coleburn 2011

£30.00

The Peter Storm Coleburn is a very low-priced boot with a low ankle cuff to provide comfort straight from the box. The upper has a waterproof lining to keep feet dry, plus panels of suede to increase durability. Underfoot the lugs are widely spaced to prevent clogging. But there is very little stiffness in the Peter Storm Coleburn’s sole or ...

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Dare 2 B Body Base Layer T

£30.00

This base-layer fits like a kind of compression top, and as such sits remarkably tightly against the body, with the fabric sitting like a second skin, stretching as you move. It does mean that unless you’re as lean as a middleweight boxer you’re unlikely to want to be seen wearing it on its own in the pub, as it does ...

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Technicals Lined Venture 2011

£35.00

The Technicals Lined Venture mountain trousers weigh 436g (size men’s L); polycotton fabric with antibacterial treatment; fleece-lined for extra insulation. But no stretch, which leads to restricted movement; slower-drying than higher-priced options; less water-resistant and abrasion-resistant than high priced options; no ankle cuff adjustment; too warm for summer.

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Dare 2 B Body Base Layer T

£30.00

This base-layer fits like a kind of compression top, and as such sits remarkably tightly against the body, with the fabric sitting like a second skin, stretching as you move. It does mean that unless you’re as lean as a middleweight boxer you’re unlikely to want to be seen wearing it on its own in the pub, as it does ...

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Result Performance R150J 2010

£18.00

For £25 you get a lot of jacket as the Result Performance R150J has a fleece lining stitched inside, unlike anything else featured here. This makes it warmer than the others and therefore ideal in winter. The fabric feels pretty robust too. The front zip gets a double stormflap to keep the wind and rain out, while two huge pockets ...

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Result Performance R111F Urban Fell 2010

£40.00

The Result Performance R111F Urban Fell general-purpose waterproof weighs 582g (size M); HydraDri waterproof and breathable fabric with mesh lining; front zip gets double stormflaps; two hip pockets; small internal chest pocket, But pocket access easily obscured by rucksack belts; very basic rollaway hood with drawcords that are left to fly in the face.

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Rab Ultra Gaiter Wmns 2010

£25.00

The Rab Ultra Gaiter Wmns’ eVent fabric is very breathable; durable underboot strap is easy to adjust and replace; Velcro and zips at opening keep gaiter secure. But I found it almost impossible to get the lace hook over my laces and when I did I couldn’t do up the press stud, so not fantastic fit-wise (size M).

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Eurohike Hydro 35 2010

£40.00

The Eurohike Hydro 35’s simple back system is comfy but not too technical. It’s not too heavy at 880g, but you could strip it down to make a really good lightweight day pack offering great value for money. But its built-in dry bag was awkward to close and seemed to negate the need for the rain cover. The lid pocket ...

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Regatta X-ERT 35L 2010

£35.00

The best ‘budget buy’, the Regatta X-ERT 35L (1280g) almost achieves great things: it’s light, perfectly comfy up to a certain load and has an adjustable, ventilated back system. But it has some very eccentric features: most notably the large external pocket with a tiny zipped entrance, two tiny-capacity side pockets and a hidden key stash. Stockists – tel. (0161) ...

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Outwell Hiker rucksack

£27.00

An inexpensive pack and therefore understandably quite basic, but the Hiker still does the job, and is ideal if you tend to stick to shorter, easier walks where all you need is some water and a few snacks. The back system is flimsy and offers limited ventilation, but the harness does a reasonable job with plenty of adjustment where needed. ...

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Eurohike Hydra 25+5 rucksack

£30.00

The Hydra features a totally waterproof main compartment which seals with a roll-top in a similar way to a dry bag. This is obviously useful in bad weather, but it’s a bit over the top for general use, adding weight and also making the main compartment fiddly to access. It’s a fairly comfortable pack, with a good channelled back system ...

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The North Face Prophecy 2010

£35.00

The The North Face Prophecy is a low-cut shoe with very open mesh, which affords excellent breathability. The outsole has a good lug pattern too to provide great grip in the mud. As it is very light it is great for running around in, and it looks pretty good too. Great for use in dry locations. But the ankle cuff ...

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Timberland Trailscape 2010

£40.00

The Timberland Trailscape is a low-cut shoe has a breathable mesh upper, making it ideal for walking in warm weather far from any puddles. There is protection around the shoe with suede. The lacing is easy for children thanks to a quick-release drawcord design.  But as this is a low-cut shoe it does not offer the ankle protection of a ...

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