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Outdoor Designs Summit Mitt Pro

£40.00

This mitt one its first award from Trail magazine back in November 2002, and for many walkers it's been their favourite mitt ever since. Firstly, it costs £20 some competitors and for your cash you are getting a good waterproof and breathable shell that benefits from a leather palm for extra durability. The fingers and thumb are well-shaped to provide a good fit. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Lowe Alpine Hot Grip

£40.00

This winter glove offers everything most hill-walkers will want if they prefer a built-in liner rather than a removable liner. The Hot Grip benefits from a very durable palm made from leather that looks ideal for withstanding the rigours of scrambling and roped climbing. The back of the hand and fingers is protected with cushioning to resist knocks when ice ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Crestline Mitt

£60.00

Made an extremely waterproof and extremely breathable fabric, so you shouldn’t get as sweaty in these as lower-priced products and they should stay waterproof for longer in theory. The palm is leather like the Outdoor Designs’, but you also get a soft nose wipe on the thumb, which you don’t get on the Outdoor Designs. A profiled finger area and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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DMM Cirque 2008

£65.00

The DMM Cirque is a clean, thoughtfully put together general ice axe. The adze and pick are substantial, and will cope well with long sessions of front pointing, step chopping and daggering. The teeth layout is such that they will grip on ice and névé but will remove easily with good technique. Head grip clearance is very good and this ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Black Diamond Raven Pro 2008

£70.00

The Black Diamond Raven Pro is a stunning ice axe and has been a favourite with Trail. The pro version comes with a recessed rubber grip and a slide-adjusted leash. The balance is excellent, which makes chopping steps and front pointing a delight. The head is well-contoured for the hand and carries well when used for walking. You get a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Grivel Air Tech New Matic

£85.00

Grivel is a well-proven manufacturer of crampons and you’ll find it hard to find a crampon better than this. The Air Tech New Matic boasts a number of refined details that add to the performance and make it a winner. Firstly it is made of steel, so it is built to last and take the knocks from a winter of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Black Diamond Raven Pro 2011

£90.00

The Black Diamond Raven Pro is a stripped-down version of the Raven, BD’s basic mountaineering range of ice axes. It is a stunning tool. The Pro version comes with a sleek, gripless shaft and a trimmed-down pick and adze. The balance is very much that of a walking axe and all though it will happily chop steps and swing into ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Grivel Air Tech New Matic 2009

£90.00

The Grivel Air Tech New Matic is a well-thought-out and very capable crampon. The 12-point arrangement has a mix of long and short spikes with serrated back edges. This spike set-up is perfect for both snow and ice, but will also cope with prolonged movement over rock and mixed ground. There’s 3D relief stamping throughout for extra strength too. The ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Patrol Glove (2012)

£90.00

The North Face Patrol Glove on first appearances looks like many other gloves in this test. But slip it on and it has a noticeably closer fit than the others, even though it is packed with Primaloft insulation and boasts a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The closer fit helps with the dexterity, but as with most gloves that are well-insulated the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Black Diamond Contact Strap 2011

£100.00

Now made from stainless steel, the Black Diamond Contact Strap is an outstanding crampon that is low-weight and has top-notch build quality. It also comes fitted with anti-balling plates and these are an elaborate design to improve their resistance to snow balling. You get 10 points, four rotated through 90 degrees to improve grip on slopes. Some 3D stamping adds ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Grivel G12 New Matic

£105.00

This is a classic crampon for regular use in snow and ice, when you know you are going to be battling over the white stuff all day. You get 12 points with four points rotated through 90 degrees to prevent slippage on slopes. The points are along and sharp, making them ideal for deep snow and ice. There’s 3D relief ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Petzl Charlet Summit 2011

£115.00

New last year, the Petzl Charlet Summit is rapidly becoming a classic. It builds on the tradition well-established with the Charlet Goulet ice axe so favoured by guides. The curve of the shaft, its weight balance and its full rubber grip make it a delight to swing, and the well-engineered pick and adze ensure all the energy you put in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Grivel Air Tech New Matic 2011

£125.00

The Grivel Air Tech New Matic is a well-thought-out and very capable crampon. The 12 point spike arrangement has a mix of long and short spikes with serrated back edges. This spike set-up is perfect for both snow and ice, but will also cope with prolonged movement over rock and mixed ground. There’s 3D relief stamping throughout for extra strength ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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