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Robens Starlight 2 (2013)

£150.00

The Robens Starlight 2 is a refined version of the Star 2 from 2012, with a slightly larger porch. Own-brand poles and fittings mean the price has remained at £150 while most tent prices have increased. The tent pitches easily as there is just one cross pole to clip into place around the outside as the four corner poles are ...

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Meindl Matterhorn Extreme 2009

£260.00

The GSB crampon mounting system is no longer provided in the Scarpa Manta, but it does remain on the Meindl Matterhorn Extreme. This system appeared in 2008 on this 4-season boot and it allows dedicated crampons to slot into the front of the boot while a tail clip locks the rear of the crampon in place. This makes crampon fitting ...

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Zamberlan Expert Plus GT 2009

£190.00

The Zamberlan Expert Plus GT is a new 4-season boot for 2009, but it follows traditional design lines, being made from thick one-piece leather. The upper is almost stitch-free so this boot won’t leak easily, but there is a waterproof lining too in case you forget to treat the leather properly. There is a double tongue inside so that a ...

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Meindl Himalaya MFS 2009

£220.00

The Meindl Himalaya MFS 3-4 season boot has been around a few years, and it is a good sound design for hill and mountain walking at any time of year. It has a leather upper with a huge rubber rand for extra durability. You get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining too. There is plenty of protection and support with this boot, ...

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Vango Nitro 200 2009

£200.00

Vango has a wide range of low-priced tents that compete on virtually equal footing with those costing twice as much. The Nitro 200 (like most Vango tents) benefits from the Tension Band System to add extra stability. A weight of only 2300g coupled with good dimensions and that all-important price tag of £200 makes this a strong competitor.   DesignThe ...

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Karrimor Jaguar ST 75-95 2009

£200.00

The Jaguar has been a staple of the Karrimor range for decades, and its latest incarnation includes taped waterproof seams and an update to the classic Self Adjust (SA) back system. A highly waterproof pack is a real bonus for UK walking, and it will fit a wider range of back sizes than many on test.   Design The new ...

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AKU Edge 2008

£170.00

The AKU Edge is one of the lightest 4-season boots here and it also provides a far more natural walking action than other options. The boot benefits from a cleanly designed upper that is made from leather and synthetic panels with a nice big rand to maintain durability on rock and a waterproof lining to guarantee dry feet. The lacing ...

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Vaude Versametric Proof 65+10

£200.00

There are lots of ways to improve the comfort of a rucksack on the hill, and one of the most important factors to consider is how well the sack’s back system is designed to match the shape of the wearer’s back. Vaude’s Versametric back system features a stiff and supportive polycarbonate frame to reduce the energy used on every step ...

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Robens Cloud 2

£150.00

The Cloud 2 is a 2-person tent that’s very easy to put up as it is an inner-pitched-first design with the poles clipping to the outside of the inner. The fly goes over top, and a scattering of hand-friendly pegs finish the job. Ladder-lock webbing adjusters make it easy to tighten the fly, even on uneven ground. There is one ...

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The North Face Rock 22

£150.00

For two campers there is nothing better than a 2-person tent with lots of space in both the inner and the porch areas, and that is exactly what the Rock 22 provides. The tent is pitched inner-first with clips linking the outside of the inner to the two poles, after which the fly goes over top, while colour-coding and ladder-lock ...

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Blacks Octane 2

£150.00

For unpredictable UK weather an outer-pitched-first design is my preferred choice of tent as you can pitch (erect) and strike (take down) it in any weather and stay reasonably dry, so full marks to Blacks straight away with the Octane 2. The poles slip through colour-coded sleeves to make pitching easy, and ladder-lock adjustment around the base ensures the flysheet ...

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Mountain Hardwear Viperine 2

£200.00

The problem with most tunnel tents is that the shape is so tapered that there is limited usable space. The Viperine gets around this problem by using a unique pole configuration, which provides incredible inner space far exceeding that of similar designs. Pitching is easy, thanks to the clear instructions and the hand-friendly pegs. It is inner-pitched-first with the flysheet ...

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The North Face Dark Star

£270.00

Trail’s synthetic sleeping bag lab test gave result of -31 deg C so it is mega-warm and ideal for high altitude peaks; massive zip baffle and shoulder baffle; excellent snag-fee zip; very water-resistant. But 2935g is heavy; confusing labeling gives Hypothermia Risk temperature value of -40 deg C rather than the comfort temp of -11 deg C as it should; ...

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Vaude Arctic Extreme Plus 220

£200.00

2100g synthetic sleeping bag; compression stuffsack; incredibly free-running zip; wide zip baffle and shoulder baffle; exceptionally water-resistant fabric. But only rated as -6 deg C by manufacturer; Trail temp rating -2 deg C, so really only a 2/3-season bag; very poor fit of hood; only available via mail order.

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The North Face Outrider 75

£165.00

This backpacking rucksack, which comes in men’s and women’s styles, is 2640g, which is a reasonable weight. It is based around a back system that is designed to transfer load onto the hipbelt. It also has open construction of padding to improve breathability in the contact areas. You get a removable hydration system holder with shoulder straps inside too. The ...

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Mountain Hardwear Maestro

£240.00

At 2380g this is a relatively lightweight backpacking rucksack that comes in men’s and women’s styles. But the real story here is the unique Exodus back system that really hugs the body while having minimal contact areas and a high degree of freedom of movement. The ‘sack is very narrow too so you can easily move your arms back and ...

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MSR Zoid 2

£180.00

This 2-person backpacking tent pitches inner-first with two poles slipping easily through sleeves on the inner. The fly goes over the top and there is good adjustment to allow easy peg placement and tensioning of the tent. There’s a porch and entrance on each side of the tent too, making this ideal for two campers. The outer doors roll to ...

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Asolo Powermatic 500 GV

£150.00

This 3-4 season boot is designed for the British market and based around a simple one-piece upper with a waterproof lining and good sole unit. You get a rubber rand for added protection around the toe too. The lacing extends further down the toes than some for a more precise fit. The ankle support is ideal for tough terrain, yet ...

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La Sportiva Glacier Evo GTX

£170.00

With this 4-season boot, a one-piece leather upper provides the primary barrier against the mountain environment, so there is no stitching to fray and little chance of water getting in. You get a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to guarantee dry feet though and a rubber rand around the toe to guarantee durability. A solid toe box provides vital protection while the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4

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