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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Vaude Triset 22 (2014)

£65.00

Designed for fast hiking, the Vaude Triset 22 weighs just 661g, which is not the lightest option; but this is a more walker-orientated design than the superlight packs that are optimised for runners. The pack has a seemingly less sophisticated back design than some others, with just two strips of mesh-covered padding improving comfort, rather than the full coverings of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 (2014)

£60.00

The Lowe Alpine Lightflite 28 lives up to its name with a weight of just 410g. The back panel has a wicking mesh layer with removable internal stiffening, and the AdpativeFit shoulder straps attach to the body with a narrow panel that allows them to move more easily with the torso to prevent restriction of movement. The hipbelt lacks mesh ...

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Deuter Speedlite 30 (2014)

£80.00

The Deuter Speedlite 30 tips the Trail scales at 873g. But compared with lighter rucksacks it feels a little more robust and better able to handle the rough and tumble of a few years’ use in the hills when hillwalking and scrambling. I’ve used it for a year now and really love it for typical Lakeland hill trips. The back ...

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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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Craghoppers Kiwi Convertible Trouser (2014)

£45.00

Craghoppers’ Kiwi Convertibles are extremely popular trousers that’ll be ideal for many walkers. They’re made from a cotton and polyester material that makes them very comfortable and they have nine pockets, of which five have zips. The thigh pocket is ideal for an OS map, and the zipped hip pockets are perfect for storing valuables when travelling. The elasticated waistbelt ...

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Black Diamond Bolt (2014)

£90.00

The Black Diamond Bolt is the heaviest sack in our test at 990g but it’s also the best-designed for hillwalkers and scramblers. It’s built around a reActiv back system, which allows your torso to move more easily, without the body of the sack rocking from side to side on every step. This is achieved by having the shoulder straps linked ...

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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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The North Face Casimir 27 (2014)

£100.00

I’ve been using the The North Face Casimir 27 for a year, and it’s one of my favourite lightweight packs. It tips the scales at 787g, so it isn’t the absolute lightest option, but with those few extra grams comes a great deal of extra mountain-friendly performance. The gender-specific Optifit back system is adjustable in length by raising the shoulder ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Arc’teryx Beta SL (2014)

£230.00

The Arc’teryx Beta SL weighs in at 349g (men’s size large) and is made from Gore-Tex Paclite, which is designed to be the lightweight and durable option from the house of Gore. The jacket, which was a comfortable fit on me, has a short body with a water-resistant zip up the front. There is a small baffle on the inside ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Outdoor Research Helium HD (2014)

£165.00

The Outdoor Research Helium HD is a very lightweight jacket, weighing in at 270g (size L) and made from 2.5-layer Pertex Shield+, a fabric that boasts top-end performance for breathability and waterproofness. The zip up the front of the jacket is a more water-resistant design than many around this price, but you don’t get an internal flap to impede progress ...

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Vaude Crestone (2014)

£170.00

The 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric used in the Vaude Crestone meets the environmentally friendly Bluesign standards, while the pit zips and three pockets on the body will suit a wide range of user needs. The two main pockets are large enough for maps and they’re well-placed to maintain access while wearing a rucksack. These pockets don’t use mesh linings, but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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OMM Aether (2014)

£260.00

The OMM Aether is made from 3-layer eVent fabric so you get the benefits of a 3-layer fabric – maximum condensation management – along with the top-end breathability and water resistance that this fabric is well known for. The Aether is available as a smock or the jacket design featured here. The style is slightly looser around the body than ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

£160.00

The Mountain Equipment Aeon boasts a wealth of hill-orientated features. Firstly the Drilite fabric features top-end waterproofness and breathability, while the ‘dry-touch’ inner treatment helps to manage condensation – although higher-priced fabrics may be even better. The fabric also feels a little softer than some options, which gives the impression of being less durable, but I think it will be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Marmot Artemis/Adroit (2014)

£200.00

This jacket is made from Marmot’s latest fabric, NanoPro Membrain, which boasts excellent breathability in the lab and in my experience is one of the best 2.5-layer fabrics available for controlling condensation on the hill. It comes in men’s and women’s version called the Artemis and Adroit respectively. The jacket has a good water-resistant zip up the front with an internal ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Rohan Elite (2014)

£225.00

A frequent favourite in Trail tests, the Elite uses Rohan’s own fabric, Barricade Elite, which offers performance that is equal to the best in the industry. I’ve been using the jacket for several years and find that on the hill it is just as impressive. At only 334g the Elite packs in a host of useful features for heading onto ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Patagonia Torrentshell Plus (2014)

£140.00

The Torrentshell Plus is the heaviest jacket in our test, but it has the lowest price tag and also boasts some pretty good hillwalking features. It is made from Patagonia’s H2No 2.5-layer fabric, which gives top-end lab results for waterproofness and breathability; but like all 2.5-layer constructions it doesn’t manage condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. Like some other jackets ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Rab Alpine 35 (2014)

£100.00

Established back in 1981 by mountaineer Rab Carrington, Rab first made high-end, alpine-spec down products, later diversifying. Its reputation established, Carrington sold the business to Equip Outdoor Technologies in 2004, which acquired brands such as OutdoorDesigns and Lowe Alpine. One of the later additions to the Equip portfolio was the cult purveyor of rucksacks acclaimed for their robust simplicity: Pod. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Berghaus Voltage/Electra (2014)

£200.00

The Berghaus Voltage for men and Electra for women feels nice and robust compared to other lightweight jackets and that makes it instantly appealing for hillwalking as it means it should be better able to trap air around the body than softer and more flexible materials. The fabric is Gore-Active Shell, a well proven development from the house of Gore ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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