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First test: Osprey Atmos AG 65 (2015)

£180.00

With the right rucksack back system you really can carry everything you need for a night of camping, including the proverbial kitchen sink, and still remain comfortable throughout the day when backpacking. The Osprey Atmos range of rucksacks has been popular for many years, but now there’s a new Anti-Gravity (AG) back system available to supercharge their performance for 2015 ...

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Montane Volt (2015)

£100.00

The Volt is a joy to wear. It’s called a ‘zoned’ jacket, with the zones being separate panels of material stitched together to make a jacket that moves naturally with you, while keeping the heat where you want it. It uses the warmest version of Polartec, Thermal Pro, which has a honeycomb design that creates air pockets within the jacket ...

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Regatta Breaktrail (2015)

£25.00

The Breaktrail is part of Regatta’s Point 214 range – named after the 214 Lake District fells listed by guidewriter Alfred Wainwright. This tells you that it’s firmly designed with British hillwalking in mind, rather than anything more extreme. It’s all one fabric (the dark panels under the arms look like they should be a light fabric for venting, but ...

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The North Face Glacier 100 (2015)

£50.00

A small red triangle logo on your fleece will bump up the price, but as a quick visual guarantee, it is hard to beat. It’s the logo of Polartec, and when it comes to making a fleece warm, breathable and stretchy, Polartec is about the best option on the market. It’s at the heart of this excellent all-rounder fleece, making ...

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Mammut Aconcagua (2015)

£130.00

If you’re a serious hillwalker and you plan on spending a lot of time in deep cold conditions, the Aconcagua (as you might expect from the name) is a perfect choice. There’s Polartec here again, but this time it’s the advanced Power Stretch version which prioritises stretchiness. So it’s incredibly athletic, adapting to your movements smoothly, although it’s not as ...

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Mountain Equipment Guide (2015)

£50.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Equipment Guide is a well-established glove that benefits from a good set of features for the hillwalker including DriLite waterproof lining, a leather palm and a pile lining for insulation. There is stretch material on the back of the hand for a closer fit, plus a nose wipe on the thumb. The cuffs get a drawcord adjuster and ...

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Montane Alpine Stretch (2015)

£65.00

FeaturesFor superior warmth, Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation is packed into the back of the hand and pile fleece is fitted to the palm. You get a long gauntlet design too for greater protection, the palm is leather and there is a nose wipe. And I really like the wrist leash along with the cuff adjustment drawcord and webbing buckle around ...

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Berghaus Mountain AQ (2015)

£45.00

FeaturesThe Berghaus Mountain AQ’s palm is polyurethane, which isn’t quite as durable as nylon or leather – but there are no seams for better durability, and you get roll-tip fingers, again great for durability. Inside you get synthetic insulation, although not as much as others, and a waterproof AQ liner. Cuff adjustment, a nose wipe and a wrist leash complete ...

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First test: Scarpa Marmolada Trek (2015)

£200.00

Does the perfect boot exist? It’s hard to say; but I’ve always looked for one boot that I could wear no matter where I go on the hills. It’s a big ask, as it really depends what sort of hillwalking you mostly do and where you mostly go. But the Scarpa Marmolada Trek promises to be the perfect boot as ...

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Outdoor Research Arete (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesFor maximum dexterity a separate liner glove that’s designed to be worn inside a more waterproof and durable shell is a useful option, and that’s how the Outdoor Research Arete is designed. The liner glove has silicone patches on the palm for a better grip, while the shell has a nylon palm, with cuff drawcord and wrist loop. There is ...

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Lowe Alpine Raptor (2015)

£65.00

FeaturesThere is a little more warmth here than you get with some other similar gloves as the Lowe Alpine Raptor has Primaloft synthetic insulation. The palm is leather and there is a Triplepoint waterproof lining with stretch material on the back of the hand. There is a wrist leash that isn’t elasticated, and you get a cuff adjustment cord. The ...

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Rab Guide (2015)

£75.00

FeaturesThe Rab Guide has a real workhorse design, thanks to the extensive thick leather areas to ensure durability. Inside there is a very thick pile fleece for warmth, while an eVent waterproof lining makes this suitable for wet days and when snow’s melting. The cuff has elastication, but no other adjustment. However, a nose wipe and a wrist leash complete ...

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SealSkinz Extreme Cold Weather (2015)

£65.00

FeaturesPrimaloft synthetic insulation is packed into the back of the hand while pile fleece is fitted to the palm. You get a long gauntlet design too for greater protection. The palms are leather and there is a nose wipe. I also really like the wrist leash along with the cuff adjustment drawcord and webbing buckle around the wrist. 5/5 FitThe ...

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Extremities Super Corbett (2015)

£55.00

FeaturesA good level of warmth was provided with the Extremities Super Corbett, and it also has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to keep your hands dry. The palm is made from nylon rather than leather, so it may not be quite as durable as some options. There is a wrist webbing buckle, which not many gloves offer, plus a cuff drawcord; ...

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Dolomite Cougar GTX (2015)

£230.00

FeaturesThe Dolomite Cougar GTX has a clean upper made from DLM ballistic fibre and DLM elastic fibre surrounded by a two-part rubber rand and protective rubber toecap. A full-height Gore-Tex liner and ample ankle padding are found inside. A fully padded one-piece tongue is linked to the cuff by a simple skirt. The Vibram sole has deep, aggressive lugs and ...

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La Sportiva Cube GTX (2015)

£275.00

FeaturesThe upper of the La Sportiva Cube GTX is made with a seamless construction method that incorporates a QB3 waterproof material with a thermoplastic covering through which the eyelets are formed. A deep rubber rand encloses the boot and there’s a very aggressive Vibram sole unit with deep, widely spaced lugs underfoot and a smooth climbing zone. Semi-automatic crampon fitting. ...

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Berghaus Ramche (2015)

£340.00

FeaturesThe big story is the 850+ fill power 90/10 hydrophobic down, which maintains its performance when wet better than standard down. You also get Pertex Quantum GL outer fabric to keep the weight down to a very acceptable 516g (size L). The helmet-compatible hood has face drawcords and a wired peak while the two pockets get zips. 5/5 FitThe Berghaus ...

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Salewa Raven Combi GTX (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThe Salewa Raven Combi GTX uses highly wear-resistant and brightly coloured synthetic textile combined with 2mm PU-coated leather to form the uppers. There’s a full wrap-around rubber rand, and a padded one-piece tongue linked to a high ankle cuff with an elasticated extra cuff. Internally a high-cut Gore-Tex liner offers waterproof protection. The Vibram New Mulaz sole has moderate lugs ...

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Montane Chonus (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThe down is held in box wall construction throughout, which means there are no cold spots as found on most jackets at this price, which are generally stitched-through designs. The 800+ fill power 90/10 down is certified not live plucked, but it isn’t water-resistant. You do get a helmet-compatible hood with a stiffened peak though. 4/5 FitThe men’s Montane Chonus ...

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The North Face Verto S6K Glacier (2015)

£330.00

FeaturesThe uppers are constructed using a mix of synthetic textile combined with Smartlite PU mudguard. A padded one-piece tongue is linked to a high ankle cuff with an elasticated extra cuff. Internally a high-cut Gore-Tex Duratherm liner is matched with 200g Thinsulate insulation. The Vibram Mulaz sole has moderate lugs and fully automatic crampon fitting. B3 rated. 5/5 FitThis boot ...

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AKU Terrealte GTX (2015)

£240.00

FeaturesThe AKU Terrealte GTX’s upper is made from a combination of suede, leather and Air8000 synthetic textile with a one-piece padded tongue and contoured ankle padding. There is a full rubber rand and high-cut Gore-Tex waterproof lining. An extra external cuff adds protection against the ingress of mud and snow. The Vibram Mulaz sole has moderate lugs and semi-automatic crampon ...

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North Ridge Elbrus (2015)

£120.00

FeaturesThe North Ridge Elbrus is filled with a 650+ fill power 70/30 duck down, which is less efficient than higher-priced options, and so this jacket is not the warmest, but it is light – in part because there is also no hood. But you do get Velcro cuff adjustment and a nice brushed collar area. The outer is also quite ...

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Hanwag Friction GTX (2015)

£255.00

FeaturesThe Hanwag Friction GTX’s leather and Cordura upper with a one-piece padded tongue and padded ankle offer robust protection. There’s a full rubber rand for external protection, internal linings of thermal insulation and a high-cut waterproof Gore-Tex sock. The dual-firmness ankle cuff is very supportive but needs care with lacing tension. It has deep lugs for firm snow or muddy ...

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Quechua X-Light (2015)

£30.00

FeaturesAt just 409g (size M), something must be missing, and there is less insulation inside the Quechua X-Light than in the other down jackets we looked at. What sets it apart is the price, but to achieve that there is no adjustment drawcords on the hood, only two pockets, no cuff adjustment and no soft brushed lining at the chin. ...

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Scarpa Manta Pro GTX (2015)

£210.00

FeaturesThe Scarpa Manta Pro GTX’s upper is made from a combination of water-resistant suede and synthetic textile with a one-piece padded tongue and contoured ankle padding. There is a full rubber rand and a high-cut Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The ankle cuff is shaped and well-padded with recesses to accommodate the tongue. The Vibram Pentax Precision XT sole has moderate lugs. ...

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