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Trail Designs Caldera Cone Stove 2011

£37.00

For a night or two of lightweight camping where you just need to heat up some water for a brew and to rehydrate a meal the Trail Designs Caldera Cone Stove is a perfect choice. It’s based around a tiny meths stove, which weighs just 16g. The key to its success, though, is the thin metal cone that acts as ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Mountain Equipment Guide 2009

£40.00

There is a very good pre-curved profile to Mountain Equipment Guide gloves that make them very comfortable, while the fleece lining makes them reasonably warm too. You get a waterproof lining, and this is protected by a leather palm. I found the fit nice and close, and slightly more dexterous than similarly priced options. The wrist cuff is quite short ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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MSR Pocket Rocket

£30.00

This stove weighs 86g (+ gas); boil time 2 min 46 sec to 5 min; 11cm diameter pan supports; folding pan supports for compact packing; superb price for performance. But not as stable as lower-profile stoves; best boil time is only available with fresh gas canister; 32mm diameter burner can create hot spots; not as compact as newer designs.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Go System Thermo Tech

£40.00

This stove weighs 369g (+ gas); boil time 3 min to 5 min 15 sec; 20cm diameter pan supports; windshield available (separately); relatively compact; low profile for greater stability; superb value. But the best boil time is only available with a fresh gas canister; heavier than less stable options; windshield costs £9 extra.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Craghoppers Nosquito Lite

£40.00

Lovely feel to the fabric and the waist has both a webbing belt and elastic panels for a good fit, but they’re a little loose in the leg. In warmer weather these perform brilliantly – the loose fit and fabric feeling lovely and cool. In fresher conditions they are a tad too light.   Colours: Pebble, cadet, black pepperSizes: 30-42in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Berghaus Deluge Overtrouser

£40.00

These are definitely the best waterproof overtrousers for £40 that we tested. In particular they get a long leg zip, making them very easy to fit over boots. That zip also has a double stormflap with press studs, so it will keep out far more water than an exposed water-resistant zip for example. An even nicer addition is the ability ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Regatta Chandler II

£30.00

These waterproof trousers from Regatta are a good fit, with a functional drawcord/elastic waist and an easily adjustable Velcro tab at the ankle. The Isotex fabric is lovely and soft and they have a comfy lining, too. Not the best to pack, but offer good waterproofness and breathability. The Isotex fabric is tough.   Colours: Midnight, blackSizes: S-XXLFabric: Isotex (polyester)/polyamide ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Craghoppers Corey

£30.00

Unlike most outdoor companies, Craghoppers has a policy of being carbon-neutral and so with many of the features of this fleece mid layer being similar to many others’, those more ethical credentials give it the edge. At 410g this is reasonably light and the close-knit fabric also makes it a little more windproof than some others, without reducing breathability noticeably. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Regatta Hydration Bladder 2 litre

£9.00

At less than a tenner, this hydration system is a mouth-watering proposition. It has a lockable bite valve to prevent drips, and the unit did not leak under our 20kg load test. There is a simple screw opening and it all looks like a workable design. But the screw cap is small, so filling and cleaning is not easy. Also ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Pure Hydration Aquapure Traveller Bottle

£40.00

This is a low-priced, lightweight and incredibly simple option. It is basically a standard water bottle with a purifier built into the cap, which can be replaced with a new filter after its 350 litre capacity has been reached. The water is collected in the bottle, left for 15 minutes and then squeezed through the 2 micron filter and iodine ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Premac Travel Well Pocket

£22.00

This water purifier weighs just 60g; exceptionally compact; removes viruses without additional iodine. But 0.2 litre per minute flow rate is very slow; only 60 litre capacity then have to buy complete new unit (£22); strong iodine taste after use; input pipe tends to float too easily on surface of water; can’t screw to water bottle.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Craghoppers Kiwi Cargo & Kiwi Makino

£40.00

These are classic walking trousers that are well-proven winners on and off the fell. Made from polycotton, so they are fast-drying, lightweight and reasonably durable, the Kiwi Cargo is a more stylish version of the standard Kiwi. The women’s version is the Kiwi Makino, which has a lower waistline than most. You get loads of pockets including two map-sized hip ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Markill Peak Ignition

£44.00

This camping stove is very light thanks to titanium components; packs very small; good flame control;  piezo ignition. Flares a little with brand new canister, but settles down. Boil time: 3min 7sec Weight: 92g

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Campingaz Twister 270 PZ

£25.00

This camping stove comes in a small, handy box; cheap; big, wide burner; piezo ignition; uses widely available Campingaz cartridges. But slow boil time; boil time drops dramatically as canister empties. Boil time: 4min 43sec Weight: 216g

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Craghoppers Kiwi Winter Lined

£40.00

These Craghoppers’ Kiwi Winter Lined pants offer a superb fit and a good length; the elasticated waist is backed up with a webbing belt. The fleecy lining is very soft and feels great against the skin. The Kiwis are basically a lined version of a year-round trouser and although they provide plenty of insulation and keep the wind out, they’re ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Craghoppers Kiwi Cargo

£40.00

These lightweight trousers from Craghoppers fit extremely well. The cotton content makes them feel incredibly comfortable against the skin and elastic and belt loops fine-tune the waist. The cut of the legs is also excellent. In the dry they are spot-on, and even cope with drizzle. Once truly wet, though, they don’t dry nearly as quickly as the best in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Eurohike Backpacker II

£40.00

This two-person tent from Eurohike pitches easily (outer-first) and is a good size for two with a nice-sized porch at the front. Reasonably compact and doesn’t weigh much, either. Definitely one for good-weather trips, or purely to see if backpacking’s for you before buying something more expensive.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Berghaus Freeflow III

£45.00

This 25-litre daysack from Berghaus uses the Freeflow back system, which is very comfortable. It’s a good length, and the padded contact points are perfectly placed. The shoulder straps are heavily padded and well shaped, and the waist belt sits sweetly on your hips, bearing much of the load. The single buckle main compartment is roomy enough for a generous ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Lowe Alpine Walkabout Air 25

£49.00

This 25-litre daysack from Lowe Alpine is a good-fitting rucksack, and the new Pure Air Zone back system is both comfortable and cool. The shoulder straps are well contoured and padded, and the plain webbing hip belt works fine, despite looking a little basic. The back system offers much of the cooling of the concave airflow systems, but holds the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Craghoppers Kiwi Winter Lined

£40.00

These lined winter trousers from Craghopper are great to move around in. The fleece lining is cosy and the elasticated waist and webbing belt hold them up perfectly. Warm and windproof, without being over the top, they are ideal for typical UK winters. The poly/cotton fabric has a SmartDry finish that keeps light rain off and dries quickly. Good security ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5

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