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Source Widepac 2 Litre

£17.00

Note the price, then note the feature of a rolltop end opening, which makes filling and cleaning this hydration system super-easy. Furthermore you get an autoseal link between the feeder pipe and bladder, and the bite valve has a cap to prevent accidental squeezing. This all means that there were no leaks in our test. Better still, the water taste ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Deuter Widepac MEC 2 litre

£17.00

This hydration system is made by Source and so it is identical to the Source Widepac 2 Litre in many ways, but the valve-to-bladder attachment is less sophisticated. Under 20kg of weight, there was no leak either, while the bag-within-bag technology should mean this is durable. The bite valve seals itself to prevent drips, though the hood is required to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Black Diamond Icon

£50.00

This is a beautifully crafted and wonderfully useful headtorch. The manufacturer claims it has an 80m beam, but what I liked was the variable power settings that add up to six lighting options plus flash. There is a setting here for almost every occasion. With a maximum burn time of 164 hours on a set of AA batteries, you also ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Jetboil Jetboil

£50.00

The Jetboil has to be one of the most efficient camping stoves in the world, and in our test it burned for an astonishing 5 hours 40 seconds, far surpassing more traditional stoves on the ‘boils per canister’ ratio. The whole thing packs down inside the mug-shaped pan too; so, although it looks quite big, the size is deceptive. And ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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MSR Windpro

£60.00

It is true that you get what you pay for, and although this is pricy for a remote canister camping stove, you soon work out why. It’s beautifully made and perfectly simple, plus it’s exceptionally light. It’s also a dream to use, offering excellent control over the flame level and a big, wide burner that spreads the heat evenly out ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Black Diamond Storm (2012)

£60.00

The Black Diamond Storm appears to provide everything its name suggests, as it offers a range of features to help you walk through a night-time storm safely. Firstly it is surprisingly small and compact at just 110g, so you’ll happily stash it in your rucksack ready for action. It punches out 100 lumens, which is a notch more than similar ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Ice Breaker Chakra Zip (2012)

£63.00

Simply the warmest, softest, best-looking, most versatile base-layer on test. It’s got a high zip-neck collar which locks in warmth when you need it, and allows a welcome flow of air if you get too warm. The fit is form-fitting but not tight, so it feels just as comfortable underneath outer layers as it does on its own. Made from ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Petzl Myo RXP (2012)

£80.00

Petzl has dominated the headtorch market since the 1970s and today the brand is as strong as ever. The Myo RXP is the supercharged version of the standard Myo XP (£65). The big difference between them is that the RXP is regulated and programmable, which means you can choose from 10 settings of how bright the light is and for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Petzl Myo RXP 2010

£80.00

The Petzl Myo RXP is a regulated headtorch, meaning it automatically switches to reserve power mode when batteries are almost discharged so you don’t get a sudden drop in light output. The three lighting levels can be programmed to any of the 10 output levels, so that you can set up the headtorch output to match your requirements, which is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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PHD Sleeping Bag Cover (2013)

£80.00

Not strictly designed to be used outdoors – that is, outside of a more structured shelter or at the very least a tarp – the PHD Sleeping Bag Cover will at just 165g nonetheless appeal to minimalists who are happy to save weight and tolerate a certain lack of, how shall we say, finesse. This is a quality product (everything ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Primus Eta Express (2013)

£90.00

For the ultimate in efficiency you can’t beat having a pan set that is specifically designed to optimise performance from a particular stove. The Primus Eta Express has been around for some years and has always benefited from a dedicated pan set. For 2013, the pan set has been further refined to allow it to work even better with the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Petzl Tikka RXP (2014)

£90.00

Petzl has dominated the headtorch market for decades and its latest advance, Reactive Lighting technology, is now being used in the Tikka RXP. The torch can pump out 215 lumens, which is enough to light up navigational features at some distance; but what’s really neat is that the Reactive Lighting technology allows the torch to automatically adjust the amount of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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First test: Petzl Tikka RXP (2013)

£90.00

Petzl has dominated the headtorch market for decades and each new launch is usually a game-changer. In 2012 they launched Reactive Lighting technology with their NAO model, and for winter 2013 that same technology has been added to the Tikka. The Tikka has always been a neat and compact general-purpose headtorch pumping out 40 lumens, with the Tikka Plus producing ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Primus Eta Express (2014)

£95.00

The Primus Eta Express has gradually evolved into a great practical camping and backpacking stove. For £95 you get a burner with piezo ignition, a windshield, and a cooking pot with a lid that includes a colander and a plastic bowl. Everything packs into a stuffsack, but it doesn’t pack down as neatly as it could with a little more ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Olympus MJU 850 SW 2008

£175.00

Hill-walking gear needs to be tough: and the Mju 850 SW from Olympus is quite a tough little number. Though it may be hard to believe looking at it, it’s actually waterproof. And we’re not talking about it just taking a few splashes either – you can safely submerge it in up to 3m of water! If you’re unfortunate enough ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Garmin Etrex Vista HCx

£199.00

A joy to use. PC connectivity is simple and it will readily share data with Memory-Map with no need to use any other software for file conversions. Menus are intuitive and can be easily customised, while swapping between main functions is amazingly easy. The single button press for “Find” and “Mark”, means little time need be wasted on the hill. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Nite MX20-202

£220.00

Tough, practical and great on the hill, all Nite watches self-illuminate at night thanks to gaseous tritium light source (GTLS) technology, making them easy to read in all conditions. The Nite MX20-202 is water-resistant to 200m, and features a twisting bezel, stainless steel casing, Swiss-made movement and a 10-year lithium battery.  But it is a stripped-down option that tells the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Garmin Vista HCx

£230.00

Although small and incredibly light, the Vista HCx is the best of the old school, hand-held units and with the exception of the rather basic mapping – the best you can achieve is the optional Garmin Topographic mapping – it is everything you could possibly want from a walking/outdoor specific device. Data transfer to and from your PC is really ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Garmin Etrex Vista CX

£300.00

This GPS unit from Garmin beats the competition hands down for PC compatibility – it really is simple. Memory-Map routes can be downloaded from your computer straight to the unit with one mouse-click, and tracklogs can be uploaded back to the mapping software in exactly the same way. The menus are extremely intuitive with plenty of customisable settings, and the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4

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