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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Jetboil Flash 2011

£80.00

Offering an integrated burner and pan design, the Jetboil Flash provides impressive boil times throughout the life of the gas canister. It’s also a very neat and compact design as the burner and gas canister can be stored within the pot, making this very easy and neat to pack in a rucksack. The most important feature of the Jetboil is ...

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Trangia 27-5UL 2011

£65.00

Trangia meths stoves are extremely well-established and come in a wide variety of designs. The 27-5UL comes with two aluminium non-stick pans and a pan lid that doubles as a frying pan or plate, so you can do some proper cooking with this system. The Trangia is also ‘Recommended Kit’ for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants. It’s unbelievably simple to ...

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Asolo Flame GTX 2011

£140.00

The Asolo Flame GTX is a well-proven boot that is ideal for many hill-walkers. On first appearances it looks like many other boots, but as soon as you get it on your feet you notice the difference. Although it looks like a normal fabric boot, that upper is very stiff, supportive and protective of the foot. Also the toe box ...

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Lomer Tofana / Gardena MTX 2011

£100.00

This is a remarkable price for the Lomer Tofana / Gardena MTX – a boot with a quality leather upper that is not only virtually stitch-free to maximise durability but also gives you a waterproof lining to keep your feet dry even if you don’t look after the upper properly. There is plenty of stiffness in the upper too, so ...

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Berghaus Snowdonia 2.1 2010

£130.00

I’m not sure what has surprised me most here – the fact that Berghaus has designed its first ever tents, or that they are being made under licence by the Blacks Leisure Group and will only be available in the UK from Blacks and Millets stores. Either way, what is most important is how the products perform.The Berghaus Snowdonia 2.1 ...

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OMM Classic Marathon 32 2010

£60.00

The OMM Classic Marathon 32 sets the standard for mountain marathon and hill running events by being incredibly well-thought-through and functional. At 680g it isn’t the lightest pack available, but the added weight works hard: the back panel pulls out to form a half-length sleep mat, and side bungees and outside netting can be used to stash waterproofs and clothing ...

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Brasher Supalite II GTX 2010

£130.00

The original Brasher Supalite showed that a durable leather boot need not be heavy, while the Supalite II is slightly better-looking and offers slightly better performance. The boot is based around a clean leather upper, which means you get maximum durability whatever the terrain as there is no stitching to fail. A waterproof lining ensures the feet remain dry, while ...

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Rab Generator Alpine 2010

£140.00

With an emphasis on the Alpine user, as the name suggests, the Rab Generator Alpine is intended to be ideal for use at rest stops, belays and overnight camps, and it has an insulated helmet-compatible hood for when the temperature drops. The Endurance outer protects against light rain and snow. All these features should also make it ideal for backpacking ...

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Primus Eta Express 2009

£60.00

The Primus Eta Express is the one-person version of the two-person Eta Power stove, and both are superbly efficient due to the use of heat exchangers on the base of the pans. The burner on the Eta Express is identical to the Primus Express with Ignition burner. So it is the pans and the windshield that are the key features ...

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Vango Spectre 200

£90.00

The Vango Spectre 200 2-person tent is designed to be a minimalist shelter with a minimalist weight and minimalist price – without compromising on quality. The result is a very respectable feature set that includes metal alloy poles, rather than the fibreglass poles that are used in many other low-priced tents. Like most Vango tents, the Spectre also features the ...

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Vaude Triset Ultralight 35 2009

£55.00

If you want to go lighter, try this slim-fitting rucksack with a well-vented back. At 775g the Vaude Triset Ultralight 35 is almost as light as the OMM Classic Marathon 32, but features a more complex back system and comfy mesh hipbelt that’s useful if you really can’t bear back sweat. The curved mesh back doesn’t eat into the main ...

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Meindl Softline Ultra GTX

£135.00

The Softline has a  pretty standard fit and is a sturdy boot. Less padding than most, so it takes a little more wearing-in than some. It’s quite tall at the ankle and therefore one of the more supportive boots tested. And the midsole is about the stiffest on test, giving plenty of protection on really rough ground. The Gore-Tex lining ...

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Salomon Quest 4D GTX 2009

£130.00

Take a good look at the new Salomon Quest 4D GTX 3-season boot and you’ll recognise the outsole, which is a development of Salomon’s trail running outsole. It gives this boot an excellent ride that takes the wearer close to the ground with a good level of cushioning and stiffness to protect from the pounding. There is a good depth ...

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Asolo Flame 2009

£130.00

The Asolo Flame has been around for a while, and it is a popular boot. It is reasonably lightweight, while its stylish fabric upper is certainly more interesting than a brown leather boot. There is a Gore-Tex lining to guarantee dry feet. The reasonably supportive upper appears well-made and able to take a fair bit of abuse. The toe box ...

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Jack Wolfskin Hoggar Nanotex Pants

£70.00

The Hoggar is cut from a nanotex fabric that felt lovely and soft against the skin, more like cotton than the nylon it is made from; and with elasticated panels in the waist and a webbing belt. The more conventional, casual looks of these trousers will suit more conservative walkers, yet they still cut the mustard on a walk, providing ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Exped Downmat 7 Pump

£110.00

Sleeping mats are essential to reduce heat loss through the ground. According to Exped, heat loss through convection through the ground can be greatly reduced by adding down to the air chambers inside the sleeping mat – and since down compresses so well, this form of insulation allows a tiny packed size too. DesignThe more air pockets trapped inside the ...

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Berghaus Himal Mountain 2009

£70.00

Berghaus Himal Mountains are tough, durable, stretchy trousers and they’re another good, low-priced option for beginner walkers on a budget and mountaineers who need a heavy-duty, long-lasting trouser for all-season use. They are also cut quite wide on the leg, which makes them great for women with normal, pear-shaped bodies. Berghaus uses a robust yet stretchy double-weave fabric that transports ...

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Marmot Scree 2009

£60.00

The price of these Scree trousers is great. Marmot’s best-selling soft shell pants are very stretchy, light (411g) and arguably serve as well on UK and Alpine walks, scrambles and climbs as the TNF and ME equivalents at £30-40 more. Having said this, Marmot uses its most breathable soft shell material –for high aerobic use in mild conditions – so ...

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Grivel G10 New Classic 2009

£90.00

The very flexible plate and the substantial thermoplastic cradles make the Grivel G10 New Classic an ideal crampon for winter hill-walking. The 10 spikes are arrayed well to deal with moderately angled snow and the odd venture onto ice. There’s 3D relief stamping throughout for extra strength too. The crampons are supplied with nifty Grivel AntiBott anti-balling plates, which pop ...

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

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