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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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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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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Alpkit Gamma 2010

£15.00

Alpkit is well-known for providing incredible value for money, and so it is perhaps no surprise that the Gamma’s performance matches that of many headtorches costing twice the price. You get a battery pack at the back of the head and the red LED is fitted here. This can be set on strobe or as a red light. The front ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane Dragonfly Shirt 2009

£40.00

Some base layers we looked at were designed to cover a number of activities – including skiing and yachting. But the Montane Dragonfly Shirt has obviously been designed for UK walking. Utilising two grades of Polartec Powerdry fabric, the back and arms get high-wicking fabric while the chest and underarms get a stretchier weave, which is tough and enables excellent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Optimus Terra Pan Set 2009

£40.00

The Optimus Terra Pan Set’s neoprene casing can be used to keep cooked food warm while one pot is on the burner. The 1.65 litre pot and frying pan/lid are Teflon-coated and have circular grooves on the base so they grip a stove support better. The 1.70 litre pot is plain aluminium. The plastic pan grip fits and handles all ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Berghaus Roam 30 2009

£45.00

The Berghaus Roam 30’s price of £45 is great value for a comfortable rucksack with ample day walk features. The Roam is also available in both men and women-specific fits (most sacks we looked at are ‘unisex’.) It fits medium-sized backs, and the women’s version has comfy, contoured shoulder straps for a women’s narrower top half. The fabric is robust, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Craghoppers Classic Kiwi Zip-Offs

£40.00

Quite a traditional fit with a high waist and wide hips, the Kiwi comes with belt loops and a part-elasticated waist for comfort. The polycotton fabric is soft, yet tough and hard-wearing, repelled water well and offered lots of wind resistance. They took longer than some to dry, though. There is a huge array of pockets, including a large cargo ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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PARAMO CAMBIA ZIP-NECK

£35.00

Review: Good length sleeves and hem, and the double-sided fabric feels soft and has plenty of give in it. Cuffs are a bit baggy, though. A reversible top with one side providing more warmth and the other better moisture management. The latter performed better, wicking superbly and drying slightly quicker than the winner. Smellier and not as warm, though. VITAL ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Lowe Alpine Airzone 25

£45.00

The Lowe Alpine Airzone 25 unisex rucksack has a great back system and we really like its hip fins, which are light and comfy yet grip like limpets! The Lowe Alpine Airzone 25 has mesh shoulder straps also help to make this a really comfortable pack. The small lid pocket and a hydration pocket seem too low. With no compression ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Eurohike Revolution Aqua 25

£25.00

The Eurohike Revolution Aqua 25 unisex rucksack has a pretty basic padded back system, which feels comfy enough, but the shallow grooves don’t really encourage much airflow, so it does get warm. The Eurohike Revolution Aqua 25 has well-padded hip and shoulder straps and comes with a waterproof-lined main compartment and lid, and a rain cover. Great in a downpour, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Source Widepac hydration system

£17.00

This Source Widepac hydration system opens at the top, making it easy to fill and clean, and closes securely with an excellent, easy-to-use slider. Nice detachable hose, too. This Source Widepac delivers big gulps of taste-free water and the cap on the mouthpiece keeps it clean. Needs a shut-off valve for full marks.Contact: 015395 60214, www.bramwell-int.com

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Camelbak Classic hydration bladder

£30.00

The Camelbak Classic hydration system is housed inside a mini backpack, making it convenient to carry. The Camelbak Classic bladder is easy to clean and fill up, but the screw thread is a little awkward. The reservoir itself is tough and provides taste-free water. A bite-valve dispenses huge satisfying gulps. However, you can’t buy the bladder separately from the pack. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Markill Hot Shot

£25.00

This stove weighs 140g (+ gas); boil time 2 min 50 sec to 4 min 50 sec; folding design makes it compact when packed; 11cm diameter pan support; piezo electric ignition; excellent price.  But not as stable as lower-profile stoves; best boil time is only available with fresh gas canister; heavy compared to other options.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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The North Face Toat Q4 (M FLS S/S Crew Neck)

£23.00

This is a super-light, 68g (men’s size L)  top that delivers a close fit, relatively long length and flatlocked seams to keep comfort levels high. It’s ideal for lightweight enthusiasts and as it packs down small it makes for a good back-up layer in your rucksack.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Icebreaker Bodyfit 150 Atlas

£30.00

Merino wool is a great natural fibre, and if you like fitted, lightweight T-shirts then this is a great buy. Icebreaker makes some excellent, easier-fitting tops that require a less athletic build. But this is an excellent top that’s great all year. Made in China, it’s the cheapest merino wool offering here, combining top-quality and excellent value.

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

£35.00

This windproof fleece from Regatta is a good fit, with just the right amount of room in the arms and body. The high collar is nice, but the cuffs are loose and the lining feels a bit scratchy against the skin. Performs remarkably well for the price. Not as warm and wind-resistant as some, so not suited to really cold ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Petzl Tikka XP

£40.00

A classic headtorch that is very lightweight at 106g. It also has three power settings plus flash and boost to 50m. This selection of settings is ideal for walkers and campers, and prevents over-use of battery power as the boost setting is only available while your finger is on the dedicated button. There is also a ‘power remaining’ indicator that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Petzl Tikka Plus

£30.00

The Petzl Tikka Plus headtorch is a well-established classic. It is exceptionally lightweight at just 78g, yet it provides a superb level of light that is ideal for camping and walking. The batteries fit directly behind the lights and there is one button to control the three power settings plus flash. The maximum light beam is 32m according to the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Rohan Silver Fleece Zip

£45.00

Getting hot and sweaty tends to result in smelly gear, which is none too pleasant whatever the circumstances. The X-Static silver fibres in this fleece mid layer reduce odour by controlling the growth of bacteria. Apart from that smell advantage, this is a useful top for wearing under other mid layers, as it is a thin and lightweight fleece that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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CamelBak Omega Hydrotanium Reservoir

£22.00

CamelBak is a well-proven hydration system brand, so not surprisingly this unit breezed through our taste test and leak test without any problems. There’s an antimicrobial Hydroguard treatment that eliminates up to 99% of bacteria and fungus, with a taste-free PureFlow liner to keep the water drinkable. The large screw cap allows easy filling, and you get strong suspension holes ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Platypus Big Zip Hoser

£21.00

One of the original hydration system brands, the Platypus Big Zip Hoser uses three-layer laminate to add extra durability, while the taste was among the best. The bite valve can be locked closed to prevent drips. The zip opening allows easy cleaning and filling, and it survived our 20kg test. But there are no suspension loops, so the hydration system ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Source Widepac 2 Litre

£17.00

Note the price, then note the feature of a rolltop end opening, which makes filling and cleaning this hydration system super-easy. Furthermore you get an autoseal link between the feeder pipe and bladder, and the bite valve has a cap to prevent accidental squeezing. This all means that there were no leaks in our test. Better still, the water taste ...

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

£43.00

At just £43 for a pair, this trekking pole is an absolute bargain. But it offers more than just a low price tag, as it also only weighs in at 400g, which is exceptionally lightweight. The low weight comes from the carbon pole shafts, which are intrinsically lightweight as well as being very stiff compared to other poles. They pack ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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GoSystem Trail Classic

£10.00

This is a basic camping stove that just gets on with the job and doesn’t bother with the frills… and I love it. Its clean, simple design is easy to fathom, you get a decent burner that kicks out plenty of heat, it’s small and light and comes with a carry box containing a ‘stove first aid kit’ (O rings ...

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

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