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Sprayway Tyrant (2014)

£100.00

FeaturesThere are two main chest pockets on the body plus a third dedicated OS map pocket on the chest behind the main zip stormflap, and this is ideal for hillwalkers. The stormflap over the front zip helps prevent rain and wind penetration. The hood can be rolled and secured at the collar while on the head, and has a wired ...

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Páramo Cascada (2014)

£125.00

These are extremely well-established trousers that are very popular for hillwalking in cold and wet conditions. The Páramo Cascada uses a unique Nikwax Analogy fabric that’s extremely breathable and effective at keeping wind-driven rain out. The fabric also provides more insulation than other overtrousers, making it particularly useful for colder wet weather. Thigh-length zips allow the trousers to be easily ...

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Keela Saxon / Storm (2014)

£75.00

FeaturesAt just 251g (men’s L) the Keela Saxon definitely won’t weigh you down – and that is the big feature here. To save weight, however, it is a little lacking in features. So there are just two body pockets, no external stormflap on the main zip, and no pit zips. But you do get a hood with wired peak, plus ...

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Target Dry Element / Odyssey (2014)

£110.00

FeaturesFinding a long jacket isn’t easy, but the Target Dry Element is longer than most, which means you can access the hem pockets below a rucksack waist- or hipbelt. You also get two chest pockets that take an OS map and are great for a compass or GPS receiver. Pit zips are provided for venting and the hood has a ...

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Berghaus Deluge Pro (2014)

£50.00

The Berghaus Deluge Pro is a well-established favourite with walkers who need good all-round overtrousers at a reasonable price. They’re made from Berghaus’s own AQ2 fabric, which is a ripstop nylon treated with a polyurethane coating to make it both waterproof and breathable. There is a loose lining inside to improve comfort, while the side zips extend to the waist ...

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Craghoppers Kiwi Long / Madigan (2014)

£100.00

FeaturesA much longer jacket than most. (The Kiwi is also available in a standard-length version for £90.) A drawcord at the waist helps improve the fit too. This jacket is also ideal for those who love pockets as you get six on the outside, with an OS map fitting in the chest pockets. The hood has a stiffened peak with ...

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Montane Atomic (2014)

£110.00

FeaturesThe Montane Atomic has two great map-sized main pockets that are mesh-lined for extra venting and to reduce weight, but you don’t get a third pocket or pit zips. The result is a good low weight of just 328g (size L), which is ideal for lightweight hillwalking and backpacking. The hood gets a wired peak along with good rear and ...

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Montane Minimus (2014)

£100.00

When good performance and low price are called for, the Montane Minimus has been a popular option for many years. These trousers are made from Pertex Shield, which is a 2.5-layer fabric with good breathability and waterproofness, but it does feel a little clammier than 3-layer fabrics or mesh-lined trousers. The waist is elasticated with a drawcord and there are ...

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Vango Helix 100 (2014)

£100.00

Tents are getting lighter, but the lightest often carry a whopping price tag. However some brands are making lightweight tents that are far more affordable – and the Helix 100 is the lightest and lowest-priced model in Vango’s new range. At £100 for a one-person tent weighing just 1573g, the Helix 100 should strongly appeal to weekend backpackers. But if ...

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Páramo Torres Jacket (2014)

£140.00

FeaturesThe moment you reach a summit and want to throw on some insulation, in most cases you have to remove your waterproof before you can add a warm layer – and in the process you freeze. The Páramo Torres Jacket, however, is designed to go over your waterproof. It also has large, well-placed pockets and hood drawcords. The front zip ...

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Marmot Precip (2014)

£85.00

FeaturesThe Marmot Precip has been a stalwart of lightweight hill and mountain travel for many years. Its low weight of 325g (size L) is a mammoth feature when backpacking. It also has a two OS map-sized hip pockets, pit zips to aid ventilation and a hood with a rear volume adjuster and face cords that can be rolled into the ...

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Rohan Icepack (2014)

£125.00

FeaturesThe Rohan Icepack lacks a hood but has other benefits. A soft fleece collar adds comfort, although the fleece doesn’t extend to the chin area. You also get Velcro tab adjustment on the cuffs to lock out draughts. The two main outside pockets are OS map-sized and they’re placed high enough to allow access while wearing a rucksack hipbelt (although ...

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Rab Xenon X Hoodie (2014)

£140.00

FeaturesThe Rab Xenon X Hoodie’s two main pockets and a chest pocket are all map-sized and have zips, although if you wear this with a rucksack you do lose some access to the lower pockets. The hood is elasticated around the face with no drawcords at all, while the cuffs have no adjustment and are simply elasticated. 4/5 FitThere is ...

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Sherpa Tsepun Zip Tee Zip (2014)

£55.00

FeaturesFrom a company owned by Sherpas, the Tsepun Zip Tee has a chest pocket big enough for a credit card or the like. Nice details include the ‘endless knot’ symbol on the rear neck and ‘prayer flag’ zip, plus padded cuffs and collar. The zip is generous: more like 1/3 than 1/4. The women’s equivalent is the Dikila. 5/5 FabricWhile ...

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Montane Primino (2014)

£60.00

FeaturesNew this autumn from British brand Montane, the Primino is an unflashy zip-neck top with minimal features (on a base layer, though, so you may not want them!) and clever fabric that’s useful for standalone use in autumn/spring and as a layer in winter. A women’s fit is available. 4/5 FabricA clever idea (common to several other brands), the Primino ...

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Aclima Warmwool Hoodie (2014)

£80.00

FeaturesThis oddball from Norwegian wool specialists Aclima can be worn as a crew, a polo neck or sporting a full hood, making it ideal for a range of cold conditions. You also get a tunnel pocket and thumb loops so – while it looks a bit Flash Gordon – you’re getting great value here. A women’s fit is available. 5/5 FabricThe ...

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Montane Micro Flux (2014)

£100.00

FeaturesThere is no hood on the Micro Flux, which for me is a major drawback, although Montane does have plenty of hooded options available, so choose one of them if you love hoods. There are two map-sized pockets and they’re placed high enough to allow access even when wearing a rucksack hipbelt. The cuffs are elasticated and they fitted me ...

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Fjällräven Friluft 45 (2014)

£135.00

Designed for day and multi-day trips, the Fjällräven Friluft 45 benefits from an arched back panel with an open mesh covering that holds the main compartment away from the user’s body to allow maximum airflow and reduce sweat. This makes the pack very comfortable in hot weather without reducing the stability of the load, although the whole back system is ...

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Vaude Asymmetric 42+8 (2014)

£120.00

The Asymmetric range from Vaude replaces the popular Astra range of packs. The Asymmetric back system can be adjusted to length by raising or lowering the shoulder strap section along metal staves in the back panel. You get a thin layer of mesh over perforated padding on the main body contact areas to reduce the build-up of sweat. The back ...

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Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 (2014)

£110.00

The Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 for men and the women’s nearest equivalents – the ACT Lite 35+10 (£105) or ACT Lite 45+10 (£120) – are well-established packs. They have Deuter’s VariQuick adjustable back lengths so you can ensure you get a good fit. The back system is padded in the body contact areas, with air channels to reduce how sweaty ...

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Mammut Creon Light 45 (2014)

£125.00

The Mammut Creon Light 45 looks like any other well-designed rucksack, but plonk this on the scales and it weighs just 1094g, which is far lighter than first appearances suggest. There’s no skimping on features here, though, as you get a back system with a mesh panel to hold the pack away from the body to create masses of airflow. ...

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OMM Adventure 45+10 (2014)

£100.00

If saving weight is your top priority, then the OMM Adventure 45+10 is for you as it weighs just 921g, yet you still get a good set of hillwalking features. The back system has a stiffened panel that’s padded for more comfort while allowing the sack to be easily stuffed with gear without ‘barrelling’ and becoming uncomfortable. There’s a wide ...

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Osprey Talon 44/Tempest 40 (2014)

£100.00

The Osprey Talon for men and the women’s Tempest range of sacks have gained ‘Best Value’ awards from Trail on several occasions. They have a moulded back panel with a mesh covering to produce good airflow across the back, while the perforated hipbelt and shoulder straps allow further air circulation in body contact areas. This design allows the sack to ...

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Berghaus Freeflow 40 (2014)

£90.00

The Freeflow range of rucksacks from Berghaus have been popular for many years, and in the latest versions they get an adjustable back length so you can be sure that the sack fits you. Of course others may fit you straight off the peg, so this itself isn’t necessarily a big advantage. However, the Freeflow back system does hold the ...

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Lowe Alpine Eclipse 45:55 (2014)

£100.00

The new Lowe Alpine Eclipse 45:55 has a mesh covering over a padded back panel with a wire frame to add stability to the load, and this is stiff enough to allow fairly casual packing without items digging into your back or the sack ‘barrelling’ too much. The back panel has shallow air channels while the shoulder straps and hipbelt ...

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