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First test: Kelty TraiLogic Collection - PDSI sleeping mat (2014)

£70.00

The TraiLogic Collection consists of four individual products: a rucksack, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. What sets Kelty’s new range apart from other manufacturers, though, is that while the products can be purchased and used separately, each has been specially designed to work with the others as part of an integrated system. It’s not an entirely original concept. When ...

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Hope Technology Vision R1 LED All Sports (2014)

£225.00

If you want raw power, then the Hope Technology Vision R1 LED All Sports is for you. It pumps out a massive 500 lumens and is built to really take the knocks. This makes it ideal for mountain biking, but also anyone who is going to be really rough with their kit and use it on a nightly basis for ...

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Mammut X Sun (2014)

£250.00

How much power is too much? The Mammut X Sun can blast out 950 lumens and create a beam of light that is 200m long – and this makes it ideal for fast-paced night-time activity or those who just want to be able see almost as clearly as in daylight! There are three LEDs in the head of this torch, ...

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Princeton Tec Remix (2014)

£40.00

The Princeton Tec Remix is a well-established headtorch that has appeared in Trail before. It can punch out 100 lumens of power for 28 hours, which is ideal for descending hill paths, while its 200 hours maximum burn time on its lowest power setting makes it useful around the campsite. You don’t get a red light or a battery power ...

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Silva Trail Speed (2014)

£180.00

The Silva Trail Speed is designed for running, skiing and biking, so the battery pack isn’t fitted to the headband, but instead can be worn in the pocket of a jacket. When moving fast, high power is very useful, so you get 400 lumens, which is ideal for seeing ahead along a path. The torch can be set at maximum ...

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Coleman CHT15 (2014)

£30.00

What inspiration the Coleman CHT15 lacks in terms of its name, it more than makes up for in terms of its performance. The headtorch produces 150 lumens for 6 hours, or 35 lumens for 27 hours, which is good for a night on the hill. The main white beam can be switched between four settings and you can also select ...

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Alpkit Manta (2014)

£15.00

It’s hard to find fault in a piece of kit that costs less than the price of a post-walk visit to the pub! Like all Alpkit gear the Manta is incredibly good value. The light output is 120 lumens, which is ideal for general hillwalking, and it can pump that out for 7 hours, which is great for most general ...

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Raidlight Dual Chamber (2013)

£34.00

RaidLight’s Dual Chamber is an unusual beast. The bladder is divided into two sections that sit back to back, the idea being that you put water in one and energy drink in the other. These chambers have separate snap closures but share a ‘fold and slide’ lock. The two tubes that leave the bladder meet at a locking valve. This ...

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Kathmandu WLP (2013)

£30.00

Kathmandu’s hydration bladders are made for them by Source, so you can expect and will get a certain level of quality. The design of the WLP is slightly unusual. The bladder has a squashed doughnut shape with a gap in the middle. This is to allow the bladder to fit more comfortably in a backpack when full. Rather than becoming ...

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Camelbak Antidote (2013)

£30.00

CamelBak is one of the big boys of bladders so should be well-practised at them by now. The opening to the Antidote is wide enough to get a hand inside for thorough cleaning, and it can be closed securely and simply with just a ¼ rotation of the lid. The hose attachment is of the quick-release valve type. This means ...

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Osprey Hydraulics (2013)

£26.00

The Osprey Hydraulics has a stiffened back panel and a solid plastic handle, to make the bladder easier to get into a stuffed rucksack and sit more comfortably once it’s there. But these additions make this bladder too rigid to get a hand in through the screw-lid opening. They also make the Osprey Hydraulics the heaviest in our test – ...

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Platypus Big Zip SL (2013)

£25.00

The Platypus Big Zip SL is named after its opening/closure design. The top of the bladder snaps together like a sandwich bag, folds over, and is kept in place with a slide-on lock, making it very secure. However, despite this design being capable of it, Platypus hasn’t made the opening wide enough to get a hand inside, a fact which ...

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Karrimor Hydration (2013)

£20.00

Karrimor’s Hydration bladder looks rather similar to the CamelBak Antidote and shares some features with the older versions of that system. The opening is wide enough to get a hand inside for cleaning, but the lid requires careful screwing on to ensure it’s securely closed and not cross-threaded. The hose-to-bladder connection is also via a screw thread. This makes removing ...

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