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OMM Mountain Mover 55+15 (2014)

£165.00

When I reviewed it back in 2007 the OMM Mountain Mover was one of a new generation of home-grown lightweight sacks, and I really liked it. It’s relatively light for its capacity of 1382g for a 55-70 litre capacity. You can strip it down to 630g if you want to as well. The back system is fairly plain with just ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Apex 200 (2013)

£200.00

The Vango Apex 200 is intended as a lightweight, compact option for the adventurer looking for an open and easily accessible tent, so it tips the scales at 1722g, which is instantly impressive. The inner and fly pitch in one with a single pole sliding through a sleeve around the outside of the fly, and then a second transverse pole ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Nordisk Pasch PU (2012)

£170.00

The Pasch PU is described as a one-person tent by Nordisk, but it is marketed in the UK as a lightweight two-person tent for events such as the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM). So it is pretty lightweight at 1930g, but there is a nylon version – the Pasch Si – that is only 1740g, if your priority is weight. It ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Snugpak Softie Technik 3 2011Softie Technik 3 2011

£150.00

The Snugpak factory is in West Yorkshire, and the Softie Technik 3 2011 is the only sleeping bag in our test manufactured in the UK. It’s very warm with lots of insulation, and it’s big and roomy too. Restless sleepers might like the extra comfort offered by this generous cut, and for bigger people this bag is worth looking into. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Macpac Microlight 2011

£250.00

The Macpac Microlight is a long-standing, reliable design that is made tough for extended trips into the wilderness. Pitching is simple with a single pole that slips into a single-ended pole sleeve. Pegging out smoothes the low-profile shape even more to create a wide footprint that is very good in the wind, while multiple guy points add further stability and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Mica 1 2011

£210.00

The The North Face Mica 1 pitches inner-first, but the poles are colour-coded and use a simple but effective clipping system, so the inner goes up easily and the flysheet attaches at the end points of the hubbed pole assembly for a quick pitch. There are enough pegging points to make a secure pitch and there are guy points on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Force Ten Helium 100 2011

£190.00

The Vango Force Ten Helium 100 is a proven one-person tent design that stands up well to the worst of UK weather. The shape is good in a gale, with the internal Tension Band System that allows you to adjust exactly how the centrally positioned single pole tackles the wind. The fabrics are heavy-duty and among the most waterproof in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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GoLite Adrenaline 3 Season Mummy 2010

£250.00

GoLite is showing that great lightweight kit can have even less impact on the planet by utilising eco-friendly materials, and running an ‘I’m Not Trash’ programme that enables their gear to be returned to them for recycling after use. Also, the down insulation is protected by waterproof Arid Zones at the foot and head. DesignThe GoLite range of sleeping bags ...

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La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX 2009

£220.00

The La Sportiva Trango S Evo GTX 4 is a boot with an upper made of mixed materials that helps to keep the weight down. The tongue is well-padded to improve the comfort of the laces too, and so when this is on the foot it feels light and comfortable. There is a waterproof lining to maintain dry feet, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Kayland Apex Rock 2009

£200.00

Some winter boots are better for climbing, and others are better for walking. Kayland’s Apex Rock, as the name suggests, is very much a climbing-orientated design. It has a close, narrow fit, which benefits from lacing that extends right down to the toes. The result is a really dexterous feel that means you can confidently place the toe exactly where ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mammut Monolith GTX 2009

£190.00

The Monolith GTX is a new 4-season boot from Mammut, owners of the brand formerly known as Raichle. It is very lightweight with synthetic materials on the upper and a particularly modern design. The benefits of the design include the reduced weight and the performance for the price. This boot slips onto the feet and feels close-fitting and dexterous immediately, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Trezeta Brix

£150.00

This is a tough little boot that looks good and offers a fair amount of versatility. The fit’s a little on the narrow side and it tends to need careful lacing to avoid the tongue digging in, which can be quite painful. The midsole is a good stiffness for an all-rounder, and the outsole has some pretty chunky lugs that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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La Sportiva Trango Trek Micro Evo GTX 2009

£150.00

The La Sportiva Trango Trek Micro Evo GTX weighs 1724g (pair, size 11); Gore-Tex waterproof lining; articulated ankle cuff for support and easy flex; rubber rand; solid toe box; aggressive Vibram sole; excellent stiffness for mountain terrain and climbingBut sole too stiff for general walking; one-piece leather upper may be more durable.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Lowa Stirling GTX 2009

£150.00

The Lowa Stirling GTX has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining; full leather upper with minimal stitching for durability; full rubber rand for durability; very stiff toe box to protect feet from rocks; stiff Vibram sole ideal for rocky ground; reasonable lugs for general traction. But quite heavy at 1912g (pair, size 11); the lug pattern on some boots is a little ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Asolo PowerMatic 200 2009

£150.00

The Asolo PowerMatic 200 weighs 1864g (pair, size 11); Gore-Tex waterproof lining; triple-density PU sole for cushioning; low ride height for close-to-the-ground feel; great sole stiffness for rocky ground; virtually stitch-free leather upper; solid toe box, lots of support. But outsole is not quite as aggressive as similar-priced options.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Hanwag Tatra GTX 2009

£165.00

The Hanwag Tatra GTX has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining; leather upper that is relatively stitch-free; rubber toe reinforcement; very aggressive outsole lugs; rubber rand on instep; good supportive upper; good cushioning. But it’s very heavy at 1864g (pair, size 11).  

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglofs Solid Lite 2009

£165.00

The Haglöfs Solid Lite weighs 1812g (pair, size 11); relatively stitch-free leather upper for durability; rubber rand for more durability; Gore-Tex waterproof lining; solid toe box; deep lugs for grip; stiff sole unit ideal for rocky ground; good cushioning.But other boots are lighter and lower in price; outsole may clog more easily than others.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Macpac Microlight 2009

£200.00

The Macpac Microlight tent is a strong, reliable design, made for extended trips into the wilderness. It pitches easily with a single pole that slips into a single-ended pole sleeve for quick single-handed pitching. The floor is incredibly tough and waterproof, which adds confidence if you’re pitching it on rough ground, while the low-profile shape resists wind and sheds rain ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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Blacks Octane 1 2009

£150.00

The Blacks Octane 1 tent is a great package for the price. The stuffsack has the instructions sewn in, and there’s a spares pack with a pole repair sleeve, various fabric patches, seam sealer and a coil of spare guy cord. Many of the tents in the test have a similar set up, but none is so comprehensive. The tent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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GoLite Xanadu 1 2009

£250.00

The GoLite Xanadu 1 is a small-packing, lightweight and simple tent. Although it’s a single-skin tent it has all the cooking and gear storage advantages of a regular tent, thanks to its huge porch. On the other side it has a large vent that is held open by a guy line giving good through ventilation with the full mesh inner ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Kayland Apex Rock 2008

£200.00

The Kayland Apex Rock is a great 4-season boot for mountaineers, thanks to the narrow style, which benefits from lacing that extends right down to the toes, so a closer and more precise fit is provided. There is also a locking eyelet that allows you to tighten the lower section and lock it off. This boot is relatively light, too, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Kayland Apex Trek 2008

£190.00

If weight is your priority in a 3-4 season boot, the Kayland Apex Trek is a very good option. But it’s not lacking performance-orientated features either. The upper is a mix of fabric and leather, plus there’s a waterproof lining and a big rubber rand to make the boot ideal for scrambling and mountaineering as well as crunching over mixed ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Hanwag Altai GTX 2008

£170.00

The Hanwag Altai GTX 3-4 season boot looks very light from afar due to the styling, but it is also lightweight on the scales. The upper is made from Cordura with suede overlays, and double stitching reinforces the seams. A wide rubber rand around the whole boot helps to protect it on rocky terrain. Underfoot there is a very aggressive ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Raichle Mt Envy GTX 2008

£160.00

The Raichle Mt Envy GTX is a lightweight 3-4 season boot that looks ideal for scrambling and mountaineering. The upper is synthetic with leather reinforcements and there is double stitching throughout to add a little durability. There is a rubber rand for extra durability on rock too. Underfoot you get a stiff flex with a reasonably aggressive outsole lug pattern, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keela Munro 2008

£160.00

The Keela Munro has been a popular low-priced option among winter jackets for many years and it is still hard to beat in terms of value. It comes with a unique fabric called Dual Protection System that ensures the wearer doesn’t suffer from the build-up of condensation often associated with other systems. It has loads of features including a removable ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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