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Mountain Hardwear Hueco Hooded Jacket (2014)

£150.00

Brand new for this autumn/winter, the Hueco Hooded Jacket joins the future classic Super Chockstone Jacket among traditionally high-end Californian manufacturer Mountain Hardwear’s hillwalker-relevant products. It’s warm, featuring plush fleece lining and a full-weight, helmet-compatible hood beneath a proprietory face fabric called Airshield 3L, designed by Mountain Hardwear to be breathable before the clammy effects of exertion kick in. The ...

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OMM Adventure 45+10 (2014)

£100.00

If saving weight is your top priority, then the OMM Adventure 45+10 is for you as it weighs just 921g, yet you still get a good set of hillwalking features. The back system has a stiffened panel that’s padded for more comfort while allowing the sack to be easily stuffed with gear without ‘barrelling’ and becoming uncomfortable. There’s a wide ...

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Mountain Equipment Vulcan (2014)

£200.00

There’s something retro about this new jacket from Mountain Equipment. With its chunky zips and vintage colour, from a distance it’s easy to mistake the Vulcan for the old-style fleece jacket that in a way it spiritually replaces. Thick and soft, it has the feel of a drysuit and the Gore Windstopper’s impressive DWR (durable water repellent) continues this illusion. ...

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Mammut Creon Light 45 (2014)

£125.00

The Mammut Creon Light 45 looks like any other well-designed rucksack, but plonk this on the scales and it weighs just 1094g, which is far lighter than first appearances suggest. There’s no skimping on features here, though, as you get a back system with a mesh panel to hold the pack away from the body to create masses of airflow. ...

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Rab Vapour Rise Guide Jacket (2014)

£160.00

Exceptionally comfortable and billed as the ‘original’ soft shell, Rab’s insulated Vapour Rise garments aim to be very warm yet extremely breathable. As such they are well-suited – and well-proven as such – to excelling in the British hills in seasons when you really don’t know what’s likely to be thrown at you. The Vapour Rise Guide Jacket is very ...

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Lowe Alpine Eclipse 45:55 (2014)

£100.00

The new Lowe Alpine Eclipse 45:55 has a mesh covering over a padded back panel with a wire frame to add stability to the load, and this is stiff enough to allow fairly casual packing without items digging into your back or the sack ‘barrelling’ too much. The back panel has shallow air channels while the shoulder straps and hipbelt ...

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Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 (2014)

£110.00

The Deuter ACT Lite 40+10 for men and the women’s nearest equivalents – the ACT Lite 35+10 (£105) or ACT Lite 45+10 (£120) – are well-established packs. They have Deuter’s VariQuick adjustable back lengths so you can ensure you get a good fit. The back system is padded in the body contact areas, with air channels to reduce how sweaty ...

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Fjällräven Friluft 45 (2014)

£135.00

Designed for day and multi-day trips, the Fjällräven Friluft 45 benefits from an arched back panel with an open mesh covering that holds the main compartment away from the user’s body to allow maximum airflow and reduce sweat. This makes the pack very comfortable in hot weather without reducing the stability of the load, although the whole back system is ...

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Mammut Ultimate Light Hoody (2014)

£170.00

Far and away the lightest soft shell we looked at in this test, the Mammut Ultimate Light Hoody, by its rather cocky name, has a lot to live up to. On paper it adds up: Gore Windstopper fabric provides premium protection from gales, while remaining relatively breathable. That said, you’ll still heat up if working hard, and for this there ...

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Osprey Talon 44/Tempest 40 (2014)

£100.00

The Osprey Talon for men and the women’s Tempest range of sacks have gained ‘Best Value’ awards from Trail on several occasions. They have a moulded back panel with a mesh covering to produce good airflow across the back, while the perforated hipbelt and shoulder straps allow further air circulation in body contact areas. This design allows the sack to ...

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Marmot ROM (2014)

£160.00

ROM stands for ‘Range Of Movement’, and this selling point is achieved by an all-over two-way stretch fabric with four-way stretch breathable panels under and along the arms. The Marmot ROM is also a generously long jacket that isn’t prone to riding up. Both of these assets notwithstanding, the freedom of movement isn’t massively more striking than other jackets in ...

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Berghaus Freeflow 40 (2014)

£90.00

The Freeflow range of rucksacks from Berghaus have been popular for many years, and in the latest versions they get an adjustable back length so you can be sure that the sack fits you. Of course others may fit you straight off the peg, so this itself isn’t necessarily a big advantage. However, the Freeflow back system does hold the ...

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Arc’Teryx Epsilon LT Hoody (2014)

£150.00

There’s a lot to be said for simplicity. It’s something Arc’Teryx is very good at: making products that seem minimalist but sport features that feel very considered. The Epsilon LT Hoody is fairly light, highly functional and understated-looking, with performance that is pitched just right for most regular conditions. So this is for those who prefer to have a basic, ...

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Montane Sabretooth Jacket (2014)

£165.00

The Montane Sabretooth Jacket is in many respects the one to beat here, having previously won both ‘Best in Test’ and ‘Best Value’ awards in Trail tests. There’s no denying that the Sabretooth has been designed with the British hillwalker firmly in mind. Features-wise, you get four pockets – two big ’uns on the chest plus two others above the ...

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Vaude Asymmetric 42+8 (2014)

£120.00

The Asymmetric range from Vaude replaces the popular Astra range of packs. The Asymmetric back system can be adjusted to length by raising or lowering the shoulder strap section along metal staves in the back panel. You get a thin layer of mesh over perforated padding on the main body contact areas to reduce the build-up of sweat. The back ...

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Outdoor Research Alibi (2014)

£190.00

Here’s an impressive jacket from Seattle-based Outdoor Research, a brand that – despite being massive Stateside – is still a relatively rare sight in the UK hills. The Alibi has a hybrid construction, utilising waterproof panels in the hood and shoulders to give protection where the ‘weather hits hardest’. This does work for short showers or snow, but it’s no ...

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La Sportiva Trango Cube (2014)

£275.00

Reducing weight in many products is relatively easy, but when it comes to stiff mountaineering boots there are limits to what can be achieved. Or at least that used to be the case, before La Sportiva turned to modern technology for an answer. Mountaineering boots have to be stiff to allow them to take crampons, hold an edge when climbing ...

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Mammut Base Jump Advanced II Pant (2014)

£150.00

Base Jump Advanced II Pants – the latest version of Mammut’s very popular trousers – uses stretchy and durable Schoeller fabric with a 3XDry treatment for fast drying. The fabric is an excellent weight for general hill use, making them a good option throughout the year until shorts are needed. The seat and ankle cuff are reinforced for extra durability, ...

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Haglöfs Rugged II Mountain Pant (2014)

£150.00

Made from a relatively heavy nylon canvas called Climatic, with triple stitching in many areas, Haglöfs Rugged II Mountain Pants are well-established, hardwearing trousers. There’s no stretch in the main fabric but there are waterproof stretch panels in the knees and seat. The waist has elastication and belt loops, and there is zipped ventilation behind the thighs, while the two ...

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Gregory Z25/J23 (2014)

£80.00

The men’s Z25 and women’s J23 are unique in our test as they have the only back system that holds the pack a few centimetres away from the torso to really promote airflow around the body. At 964g (Z25) and 790g (J23) these packs aren’t the lightest options around, but the less clammy sensation you get may well be worth ...

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Fjällräven Abisko/Tundra (2014)

£140.00

No-one likes having a wet bum, so the ability to make some areas of your outdoor trousers water-resistant is very useful. Fjällräven Abisko/Tundra trousers are made from polyester / cotton, which can be treated with Greenland Wax for more water resistance. Proofing the seat, knees, thighs and ankle cuff areas is ideal for many walking situations as this then leaves ...

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Terra Nova Laser 25 (2014)

£80.00

If you really want to save weight, then the Terra Nova Laser 25 is the pack for you at just 365g. It is very much aimed at those wanting a fast and light pack for runs, adventure racing or bagging lots of mountains in a single day. To that end it’s made from a very thin ripstop fabric with reinforcement ...

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Osprey Talon 22 £75/Tempest 30 (2014)

£60.00

The Osprey Talon 22 has been a frequent winner of Trail tests. It’s a very well-established sub-1kg day sack, with the nearest women’s-specific equivalent being the slightly larger Tempest 30. Both sacks weigh under 1kg and offer great features for hillwalkers. The main benefit is the AirScape back panel, which features a mesh covering over a ridge-moulded foam panel to ...

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Mountain Hardwear Mesa/Ramesa V2 Convertible Pant (2014)

£55.00

The Mountain Hardwear Mesa (men’s) and Ramesa (women’s) are convertible trousers made from nylon with double lines of stitching for extra durability. You get massive OS map-sized pockets on the front and rear of the hips, plus belt loops to ensure the trousers stay in place, even when you’re burning calories during a trip. The zips on the removable lower ...

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Outdoor Research Cirque Pants (2014)

£110.00

Outdoor Research Cirque Pants, designed for mountaineering and alpine conditions, use a tough but stretchy soft shell fabric. A diamond crotch panel adds freedom of movement, as do articulated knees. The waist gets a soft lining, belt loops, elastication and loops for braces; plus there’s a tough scuff panel inside the ankle cuff, a boot lace hook and a zipped ...

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