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Lifesystems Intensity 220 (2016)

£25.00

FeaturesWith the Lifesystems Intensity 220 you’re getting more power than other torches in this price range, and that’s what sets it apart. Three AA batteries create the 220 lumens of power that provides an 85 metre beam for 11 hours. A sliding diffuser adds wide beam, while a single button provides six lighting modes for a good range of output. ...

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Black Diamond Cosmos (2016)

£30.00

FeaturesThere are lots of headtorches around £30 but what sets the Black Diamond Cosmos apart is the dimmer control, which you activate via just one button to smoothly control power from 90 lumens to 4 lumens. There is one triple-power LED and two single-power LEDs in the main housing with three AAA batteries tucked away behind. The head tilts on ...

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Petzl Myo (2016)

£80.00

FeaturesThe Petzl Myo is a frequent winner of Trail awards. It is relatively light at 170g yet it pumps out 370 lumens on boost. It has a wide range of programmable settings that include 10 brightness levels, for example a constant 170 lumens for 2 hours or a useful 80 lumens for 9 hours. All that is achieved on just ...

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Petzl NAO (2016)

£145.00

FeaturesTo save battery power you can select ‘reactive mode’ so the Petzl NAO automatically adjusts its output from 7 lumens to 575 lumens to suit the distance to the subject. In ‘static mode’ the maximum output is 430 lumens with a maximum beam of 135 metres and it burns for 8 hours at 120 lumens. The supplied battery is rechargeable, ...

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Black Diamond Revolt (2016)

£70.00

FeaturesThe Black Diamond Revolt comes with three AAA alkaline batteries and three AAA rechargeables plus a USB cable to recharge them. The 130 lumens is achieved with alkaline batteries and 90 lumens is provided by rechargeables. On minimum power (4 lumens) you get 300 hours on alkalines and 190 hours on rechargeables. You have the option to chop and change ...

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Suprabeam V3+ (2016)

£60.00

FeaturesThe Suprabeam V3+ produces a maximum power output of 300 lumens on boost with a constant power of 200 lumens, a 240 metre beam and 30 hours of maximum burn at lower power settings. You get a sliding focusing sleeve to control the beam width and a top strap for more stability on the head. It runs off three AA ...

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First test: Komperdell Expedition (2016)

£160.00

While modern trekking poles are more high-tech than their predecessors, radical changes in their design are relatively rare. But with the Expedition pole from Komperdell you can now adjust the length on the move without stopping and without changing grip – all at the press of a button. As the length of a pole dictates how easy it is to ...

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Mammut Lahar Mat EHT (2015)

£70.00

FeaturesFor more comfort than plain closed-cell foam mats offer, a self-inflating mat has been the standard for backpacking since the 1970s. Every brand seems to makes a self-inflating mat, but the Mammut Lahar Mat EHT is a great price and offers the essential features of compact design with a nice addition of an anti-slip zone in the checked area. 5/5 ...

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Therm-a-Rest Z Lite (2015)

£35.00

FeaturesIf low weight is your priority then this 379g mat is a great option while its price tag is equally attractive. It is made from moulded closed-cell foam with the dimpled design trapping heat to increase its insulating performance by 20% over standard flat closed-cell foam mats. It is rather bulky to carry though. 4/5 SizeThe Therm-a-Rest Z Lite is ...

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Therm-a-Rest EvoLite (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesNew for 2015, and designed to be ‘the World’s most comfortable ultralight self-inflating mattress’ according to Therm-a-Rest, the EvoLite is 5cm thick and there’s an Air Frame skeleton foam layer inside for added stability. The result is you get the comfort of an airbed plus the support of a foam cell mat, so it doesn’t feel like a bouncy castle. ...

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Therm-a-Rest NeoAir X Therm Max (2015)

£160.00

FeaturesTherm-a-Rest invented the self-inflating sleeping mat in the 1970s, and it’s dominated the market ever since. The NeoAir X Therm Max delivers the greatest warmth-to-weight ratio in its range and features reflective material inside to capture radiant heat. It’s also full size, but it still packs down to just 12 x 19cm and weighs a decent 502g. 5/5 SizeThe Therm-a-Rest ...

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Klymit Inertia O-Zone (2015)

£110.00

FeaturesKlymit takes a ‘body mapping’ approach to design that means the Inertia O-Zone provides support where it’s most needed while eliminating unnecessary material – so you get a lighter product with a small packed size. The gaps – Loft Pockets – allow your sleeping bag insulation to fill them and provide warmth. The mat inflates with two valves. 5/5 SizeThe ...

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Alpkit Numo (2015)

£35.00

FeaturesThe Alpkit Numo is an exceptionally lightweight air mattress with an outstanding price tag for what’s on offer. The Numo has no foam inside, unlike most air mats, so it’s lighter and less bulky than most and also lower in price. You simply blow it up and enjoy its 8.5cm of bouncy comfort. If you want low price and comfort ...

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Exped Downmat UL 7M (2015)

£180.00

FeaturesThe Exped Downmat UL 7M is designed to keep you warm down to -24 deg C, and this is achieved by it being filled with 170g of 700 fill power down, so it’s like having a quality sleeping bag inside your sleeping mat! It comes supplied with a Schnozzel pump bag to help inflate it quicker and more easily. 5/5 ...

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Exped Synmat Hyperlite M (2015)

£95.00

FeaturesWith an R value of 3.3 and a weight of just 364g including its stuffsack, the Exped Synmat Hyperlite M offers exceptional performance. It’s an air mat with synthetic microfibre inside to add insulation. What’s more remarkable is that it also compresses down to just 9x19cm, making this warm, comfortable, light and compact. Ideal features! 5/5 SizeIt is a full-sized ...

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Black Diamond Trail Pro Shock (2015)

£110.00

www.blackdiamondequipment.com DesignBlack Diamond poles have a very good reputation for durability married to function, and while you’re paying close to top dollar, the evidence is you’re investing wisely. A three-section telescopic design, the FlickLock Pro locking system developed by Black Diamond is an incredibly strong all-metal design, and the shaft – grippy and, again, all-metal – feels far and away ...

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Helinox Passport TL130 (2015)

£130.00

www.helinox.eu DesignHelinox is a new cutting-edge brand specialising in lightweight gear. The 3-section Passport has a clever breakdown style, with a snap-lock button sealing the tension into a shock-cord design. A single internal twist-lock adjusts length. Although reliant on the cord, this makes them very light and the DAC aluminium tubing – found in tent poles – is designed to ...

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Leki Albula Lite (2015)

£100.00

www.leki.com DesignTrekking poles are modified ski poles. As Leki makes ski poles, it’s a fair assumption that its walking poles will be pretty good, and the Albula certainly seems to fit the bill. It features double trigger locks, very light aluminium material (despite the word ‘titanium’ appearing on the shaft, see below) in three telescopic sections and a fantastic range ...

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Pacerpole Carbon (2015)

£87.00

www.pacerpole.com DesignThe biomechanically designed angled handle subtly utilises the leverage of your arm when walking, applying power to your stride; an attribute poles with wrist straps aim for. Many Pacerpole users extol their long distance and slope performance. The 3-section carbon shaft has a good adjustment range and a quality internal locking system. Single poles are available direct. 5/5 FeaturesThere’s ...

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Trekmates Locklite (2015)

£60.00

www.trekmates.co.uk DesignThis 4-section design has one trigger-lock clip beneath the handle, which allows fast length tweakage without bending down or twisting the pole. The rest collapses in sections with dual shock-cords tensioning them together. Material is aluminium, with a foam handle and fleece-lined strap. Broken down (including the handle section), the pole is an impressive 32cm: shorter than the stated ...

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Komperdell Approach Vario 4 (2015)

£130.00

www.komperdell.com DesignAustrian stalwart of walking pole design Komperdell is a specialist, and it shows. The Vario 4 is the next generation of a line of carbon poles that feature a unique, threaded screw-in design for the two lower sections with one power-lock quick-release trigger beneath the handle to tweak length. The drawback of this is a limited adjustment range (25cm), ...

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Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra (2015)

£45.00

www.alpkit.com DesignA 3-section carbon offering from online quality/value-monger Alpkit (the original Carbonlite was its first ever product), this very light pole – among the lightest available – is strong, stiff and very functional. The handle is foam with a foam-lined strap, and the pole collapses using a basic, traditional internal twist-lock adjustment mechanism. The collapsed length is 67cm, which is ...

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Mountain King Super Trekker (2015)

£65.00

www.mountainking.co.uk DesignPacking an excellent feature set, the 3-section Super Trekker STD is well-proven as an ideal, very-good-value pole for the UK hills. Length is tweaked to a massive range of adjustment via a smooth-running, robust internal locking mechanism that looks very well-built, and the strong telescopic design comes in a whisker shorter than the Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra when collapsed. A ...

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