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Montane Dragonfly Shirt 2009

£40.00

Some base layers we looked at were designed to cover a number of activities – including skiing and yachting. But the Montane Dragonfly Shirt has obviously been designed for UK walking. Utilising two grades of Polartec Powerdry fabric, the back and arms get high-wicking fabric while the chest and underarms get a stretchier weave, which is tough and enables excellent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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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Rab Meco 165 (2012)

£60.00

An all-new style of base-layer from Rab, using a combination of merino wool, but this time with the clever addition of Cocona – a coconut-derived fabric. The added fibre adds the fast-wicking properties associated with man-made fibres, but with a lower pong quotient, thanks to the coconut infusion. Out of all the mixed material base-layers on test, this is the ...

  • 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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MSR Whisperlite

£75.00

The Whisperlite is simply one of the best camping stoves ever made. It is incredibly reliable and burns a wide range of fuels, which means it’s perfect for use all over the world on treks to areas where you need to be able to trust your stove. Totally field-maintainable with the simple tool kit, it’s been a favourite of Trail’s ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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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Rab Xenon Jacket (2012)

£155.00

It’s hard to believe that something this light (290g, size 10 – lightest on test) can help keep you warm on the hill. But thanks to the super-light Pertex Quantum used on the inner and outer coupled with the warming quality of the PrimaLoft One insulation, the Rab Xenon Jacket packs heat well above its weight. As soon as I ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Satmap Active 10

£300.00

If you like design you’ll love this GPS receiver. Even the box oozes quality, with a clever retractable housing that instantly sets a new standard of packaging. Grab the Active 10, insert the supplied batteries and in minutes the screen illuminates with an impressive colour map with your location clearly marked. I dabbled with the six buttons and toggle before ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Garmin Oregon 300 2009

£330.00

In-car satnav is now so common that the humble road atlas is more often than not stashed away alongside the spare tyre, the red triangle and the rusty jump leads just in case there’s an emergency. These days a rolling road display with a polite voice instructing the driver when to turn off is how many of us travel the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 2.5
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Garmin GPS Map 60Cx

£399.00

This GPS unit from Garmin is great to use from the off. The actual GPS receiver can be turned off for indoor tasks, such as linking it to a PC. The big colourful screen is very easy to read, the menus intuitive and the pages easy to follow and customise. PC interface is also really simple. It’s superb, whether you’re ...

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

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