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Terra Nova Laser 25 (2014)

£80.00

If you really want to save weight, then the Terra Nova Laser 25 is the pack for you at just 365g. It is very much aimed at those wanting a fast and light pack for runs, adventure racing or bagging lots of mountains in a single day. To that end it’s made from a very thin ripstop fabric with reinforcement ...

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Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 (2014)

£60.00

The Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 lives up to its name with a weight of just 410g. The back panel has a wicking mesh layer with removable internal stiffening, and the AdpativeFit shoulder straps attach to the body with a narrow panel that allows them to move more easily with the torso to prevent restriction of movement. The hipbelt lacks mesh ...

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Outdoor Research Cirque Pants (2014)

£110.00

Outdoor Research Cirque Pants, designed for mountaineering and alpine conditions, use a tough but stretchy soft shell fabric. A diamond crotch panel adds freedom of movement, as do articulated knees. The waist gets a soft lining, belt loops, elastication and loops for braces; plus there’s a tough scuff panel inside the ankle cuff, a boot lace hook and a zipped ...

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Vaude Triset 22 (2014)

£65.00

Designed for fast hiking, the Vaude Triset 22 weighs just 661g, which is not the lightest option; but this is a more walker-orientated design than the superlight packs that are optimised for runners. The pack has a seemingly less sophisticated back design than some others, with just two strips of mesh-covered padding improving comfort, rather than the full coverings of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Mountain Hardwear Mesa/Ramesa V2 Convertible Pant (2014)

£55.00

The Mountain Hardwear Mesa (men’s) and Ramesa (women’s) are convertible trousers made from nylon with double lines of stitching for extra durability. You get massive OS map-sized pockets on the front and rear of the hips, plus belt loops to ensure the trousers stay in place, even when you’re burning calories during a trip. The zips on the removable lower ...

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Black Diamond Bolt (2014)

£90.00

The Black Diamond Bolt is the heaviest sack in our test at 990g but it’s also the best-designed for hillwalkers and scramblers. It’s built around a reActiv back system, which allows your torso to move more easily, without the body of the sack rocking from side to side on every step. This is achieved by having the shoulder straps linked ...

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Primus Eta Express (2014)

£95.00

The Primus Eta Express has gradually evolved into a great practical camping and backpacking stove. For £95 you get a burner with piezo ignition, a windshield, and a cooking pot with a lid that includes a colander and a plastic bowl. Everything packs into a stuffsack, but it doesn’t pack down as neatly as it could with a little more ...

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Deuter Speedlite 30 (2014)

£80.00

The Deuter Speedlite 30 tips the Trail scales at 873g. But compared with lighter rucksacks it feels a little more robust and better able to handle the rough and tumble of a few years’ use in the hills when hillwalking and scrambling. I’ve used it for a year now and really love it for typical Lakeland hill trips. The back ...

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Gregory Z25/J23 (2014)

£80.00

The men’s Z25 and women’s J23 are unique in our test as they have the only back system that holds the pack a few centimetres away from the torso to really promote airflow around the body. At 964g (Z25) and 790g (J23) these packs aren’t the lightest options around, but the less clammy sensation you get may well be worth ...

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MSR Windpro II (2014)

£90.00

Gas burners with a remote canister have the advantage of providing a more stable base for a wobbly pan of boiling water, but the canister can also be easily inverted, which has the benefit of improving performance in colder conditions. The Windpro II is the latest version of this popular MSR design and it benefits from very wide (15cm diameter) ...

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Fjällräven Abisko/Tundra (2014)

£140.00

No-one likes having a wet bum, so the ability to make some areas of your outdoor trousers water-resistant is very useful. Fjällräven Abisko/Tundra trousers are made from polyester / cotton, which can be treated with Greenland Wax for more water resistance. Proofing the seat, knees, thighs and ankle cuff areas is ideal for many walking situations as this then leaves ...

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The North Face Casimir 27 (2014)

£100.00

I’ve been using the The North Face Casimir 27 for a year, and it’s one of my favourite lightweight packs. It tips the scales at 787g, so it isn’t the absolute lightest option, but with those few extra grams comes a great deal of extra mountain-friendly performance. The gender-specific Optifit back system is adjustable in length by raising the shoulder ...

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Jetboil Flash (2014)

£105.00

Jetboil stoves are extremely popular with solo backpackers, thanks to their unique integrated pan design and simple but effective performance. The Flash comes in a range of colours to suit your taste, but whichever you choose you get a tall dedicated pot that takes 0.5 litres of water and is fitted with a set of heat exchanger fins on the ...

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Optimus Vega (2014)

£85.00

The Optimus Vega promotes its inverted gas cylinder as ‘integrated 4-season mode’ because when inverted it performs better in cold weather. Optimus also highlights that faster boil times are possible with the gas canister inverted; but for greater efficiency and better simmer control using the gas cylinder the conventional way is better. The flame control is also at the gas ...

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Osprey Talon 22 £75/Tempest 30 (2014)

£60.00

The Osprey Talon 22 has been a frequent winner of Trail tests. It’s a very well-established sub-1kg day sack, with the nearest women’s-specific equivalent being the slightly larger Tempest 30. Both sacks weigh under 1kg and offer great features for hillwalkers. The main benefit is the AirScape back panel, which features a mesh covering over a ridge-moulded foam panel to ...

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Lightwave Fastpack 50 (2014)

£140.00

Lightwave’s Fastpack range is designed for winter trips or lightweight weekend backpacking trips, and they benefit from being lighter than the average with this 50 litre version weighing in at 1156g. This sack also appears to be larger in volume than some other 50 litre sacks so you may even feel the Fastpack 40 at £120 is big enough. The ...

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The North Face Banchee 50 (2014)

£145.00

The North Face’s Banchee 50 is designed for light and fast backpacking forays according to the manufacturer, but this is not the lightest sack available as it weighs in at 1547g, which is heavier than many lightweight 50 litre rucksacks. But you are getting a superb set of features here, which many lighter rucksacks cannot boast. Firstly the back system ...

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Berghaus Vapour 20 (2014)

£60.00

This is a very unusual rucksack from Berghaus, designed to meet the needs of those taking part in single-day or overnight racing events. The weight of 688g includes a 73g water bottle, which is stored in the base of the rucksack in a dedicated pocket. The back system is stiffened so it does not distort when loaded fully or partially, ...

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Montane Cobra 25 (2014)

£70.00

The Montane Cobra 25 is designed to be a versatile pack for mountain activities. To that end it weighs in at 863g and feels pretty robust compared to some lighter rucksacks. It is made from a tough Raptor TL fabric and reinforced at the base to ensure it is durable enough to cope with scrapes against rocks when scrambling. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Primus Eta Lite (2014)

£109.00

If you like the Jetboil Flash then you will like the Primus Eta Lite, as they are virtually identical stoves with only small details differentiating them. The Primus Eta Lite is £109 against the £105 of the Jetboil Flash. Both stoves feature a tall pot that also accommodates the burner and a foot support when packed away. The burner screws ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Katadyn MyBottle (2014)

£50.00

Emblazoned with the Swiss flag  – which in the case of knives and chocolate is good news, so why not this too – the Katadyn MyBottle is a nifty combined water bottle and filter system. The idea is you can fill it with water from almost any source (lake, river, dodgy foreign tap) and the internal microfilter strains out viruses, ...

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Patagonia Torrentshell Plus (2014)

£140.00

The Torrentshell Plus is the heaviest jacket in our test, but it has the lowest price tag and also boasts some pretty good hillwalking features. It is made from Patagonia’s H2No 2.5-layer fabric, which gives top-end lab results for waterproofness and breathability; but like all 2.5-layer constructions it doesn’t manage condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. Like some other jackets ...

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PowerTraveller SolarGorilla (2014)

£145.00

PowerTraveller really started the portable power game with the revolutionary PowerMonkey, so they know their stuff. If you just need a massive, rugged, freakishly efficient solar panel the SolarGorilla is exactly this. This PU-coated, glass-panelled device can directly charge phones and tablets – and even some laptops. It’s designed primarily to work with powerbanks (PowerTraveller’s offering is the PowerGorilla, though ...

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Kit Premium Portable Power Bank (2014)

£50.00

This genuinely handy high-capacity power bank features two outputs – one for smaller devices such as smartphones, and another for more power-hungry gadgets such as tablets. The Kit Premium Portable Power Bank is pleasingly solid-feeling, well-made and rather swish, featuring a button-activated display that gives you an indication of how much charge is left inside. However, it’s a bit of ...

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Rab Alpine 35 (2014)

£100.00

Established back in 1981 by mountaineer Rab Carrington, Rab first made high-end, alpine-spec down products, later diversifying. Its reputation established, Carrington sold the business to Equip Outdoor Technologies in 2004, which acquired brands such as OutdoorDesigns and Lowe Alpine. One of the later additions to the Equip portfolio was the cult purveyor of rucksacks acclaimed for their robust simplicity: Pod. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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