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Camp Mesa Holdall

£60.00

Made from tough tarpaulin, this kit bag benefits from extended handles so it can be worn as a backpack as well as dedicated rucksack-style shoulder straps. The main zips are lockable and you get compression straps. The clear ID label panel is a worthwhile feature too. For the price this is a winner.   Capacity: 70 litresWeight: 1270gMaterial puncture resistance: ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Deuter Futura 34 AC SL

£65.00

This daysack is a good-quality, easy-to-use all-rounder. It is usefully split into two sections by a zip-out divide allowing equipment packed at the bottom to be accessed easily by a large zip opening at the base. You get both a walking pole and ice axe attachments, a detachable rain cover, hydration housing and an idiot’s guide to being rescued. All ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Osprey Mutant 38 rucksack 2008

£70.00

Some rucksacks look nice but are totally impractical on the hill. Others are superb on the hill but look like they were sketched out on a fag packet and knocked up in a garden shed. So when it comes to designing a great rucksack there’s plenty that can go wrong – and it often does!  Thankfully there are some brands ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Marmot Wave III

£70.00

The Marmot Wave is a 3-season synthetic sleeping bag with a -7.5 deg C comfort limit when tested to EN13537 – and it does feel warm too, particularly around the chest. This is really noticeable as there is lots of extra insulation around the chest, while the hood and also the zip and shoulder baffles have plenty of fill in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Osprey Stratos 32

£75.00

This daysack from Osprey has the excellent AirCore concave back system, which does a great job of minimising contact with your back, yet still feels supportive. The shoulder straps and hip belt also have just the right amount of padding for a pack of this size. Although only 32 litres, it will easily swallow your kit. Light and well-built, it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Primus Eta Power stove

£75.00

Camping stoves are perhaps a luxury, as they are only used for a small part of a day in the hills, so they are prime targets for weight saving. What we backpackers need is a super-efficient camping stove that uses the minimal amount of fuel to cook up an evening meal. Better still, the stove needs to be small enough ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Mountain Equipment Mithril II

£80.00

This 3-season synthetic sleeping bag is made from Polarloft synthetic insulation but it also benefits from a silver barrier liner to reduce loss of radiant heat, and it is claimed that this adds 3 degrees of extra warmth – which is probably one reason why the weight of this bag is so low at just 1540g. It is rated as ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Black Diamond Speed 40 2008

£80.00

A simple rucksack that’s been primarily designed for mountaineers, but hill-walkers will benefit from its no-frills design. At just 1205g it is ideal for lightweight backpacking as well as day trips. The back system is a simple padded affair that is great for scrambling or walking. There is enough padding to make bigger loads comfortable too. I also like the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Terra 30 2009

£80.00

The The North Face Terra 30 is a stable, indestructible rucksack with all the features a hill-walker needs. Although second heaviest in the test at 1756g, it still wins. If you take out the 316g back stiffener and 85g rain cover, it weighs 1355g, which isn’t bad for a bombproof bag with 36 litres of space, extra comfy hipbelt, unobtrusive ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Freeflow 30+6 (2012)

£85.00

The Freeflow has been a Berghaus classic for many years, but for 2012 it has a new adjustable back system. This features a sprung mesh layer that holds the pack away from the wearer but unlike the older version, which had an excessively curved back panel, this new system does not impact on the shape of the main compartment, so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Keen Targhee Low event

£85.00

The Keen range of footwear has one strong theme throughout and that is the brand’s dedication to its unique toe profile and protection design. Slip these multi-activity shoes on and the space for your big toes is unprecedented. Furthermore, the sole rubber wraps around the toe box to offer superb toe protection. These two features give all Keen footwear a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Zamberlan Crest XCR

£85.00

Zamberlan can always be relied upon to provide functional footwear – and the Crest XCR multi-activity shoe continues that tradition, with a design that dedicated to performance around the mountains. So you get a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining. The upper is a mix of suede leather and synthetics. The lacing system of the Crest extends a good way towards the ...

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Zamberlan Venture GT

£90.00

One of the heavier shoes on test, but still a fair bit down on a good boot, and it didn’t feel at all clumsy, so loses no marks. It is very stable and offers plenty of support, both in the upper, which is a split-leather/Cordura blend, and in the midsole, which seems to flex perfectly both front to back and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Zamberlan Crest XCR/Venture 2009

£90.00

The Zamberlan Crest XCR/Venture multi-activity shoe won ‘Best in Test’ in 2008 and 2007, and for my money it is still up there. Typically of Zamberlan the Crest is a functional shoe for those who demand performance in the mountains and so it is built to take plenty of abuse. You get a Gore-Tex XCR waterproof lining to guarantee dry ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Gregory Jade 35 (2011)

£94.00

A really comfortable pack with plenty of space for extra kit. It’s got lightweight, flexible and padded hip fins and shoulder straps, and the load is distributed easily across the hips. It’s also got a suspended mesh back system with padded lumbar support so that load-carrying is comfortable and sweat-free. The main compartment is really big, with a zipped panel ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lightwave Fastpack 50 2008

£95.00

For my money this rucksack provides pretty much everything that most hill-walkers will want. It weighs in at a respectable 1165g. The material is a little lighter than others, but it’s still good and tough. The seams are welded and taped to make them waterproof, so there is less need for a waterproof liner. There is a good snow-lock on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Airzone Centro 35+10 (2011)

£100.00

This is an excellent, technical pack with lots of features common to larger packs. In fact it will work well for overnight trips too, with its expandable 10 litres of extra capacity. The floating lid can be adjusted to hold more in the main compartment, and there are plenty of compression straps to expand or contract the pack as necessary. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20 2009

£100.00

The Mountain Hardwear Lamina 20 is a mummy-shaped 3-season synthetic sleeping bag that is cut a little wider at the legs for comfort. Its two-way full-length zip runs smoothly with little snagging. A large shoulder baffle seals in the heat, and the hood, though basic, fitted well. The drawcords for the hood and shoulder baffle are split into tape and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Cholatse II 55:65 (2014)

£100.00

Lowe Alpine has always made great packs, and the Cholatse II 55:65 is no exception. But what is a surprise is the cost, as at £100 this sack is offering all the features and performance of packs much higher up the price scale. The back system has an air vent channel set between two vertical padded areas. The back also ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Scarpa Ranger GTX

£110.00

These three-season boots from Scarpa are very comfortable right from the word go. They fit well, with a good amount of room in the toe, a comfortable heel and a soft, supportive ankle cuff. The streamlined, classic design is a pleasure and the luxurious leather upper is instantly eye-catching. The Rangers perform exceptionally well over all types of terrain, especially ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Brasher Lithium XCR 2009

£110.00

How light is right? For some only the lightest of products will do. For others only the most durable kit will suffice, no matter how heavy it is. For the majority of walkers the middle ground between these extremes is ideal, but finding that perfect blend of low weight and practical performance is a never-ending compromise. Brasher has long been ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Osprey Aura 50L

£120.00

This 41-50 litre pack has all the required features for a good day on the hill and as usual they are all presented in Osprey’s unique style. The stretchy pocket on the front makes for easy stowing of excess pieces of clothing, while the two front pockets on either side are a great size. The lid also comes with an ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Berghaus Verden 65+10 (2014)

£120.00

The Berghaus Verden 65+10 is very much a traditional backpacking rucksack, with twin main compartments, bellows side pockets and lid; but it also features Berghaus’s Biofit back system, which allows the back length to be adjusted by the user, meaning you can get the sack to fit accurately while wearing it. It can be argued, of course, that if a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Snugpak Stratosphere (2013)

£120.00

A big turn-off when it comes to bivvy bags is the feeling of claustrophobia – understandable when many are akin to only slightly more respiration-friendly body bags. The Snugpak Stratosphere sidesteps this by featuring two poles around the head area, which make things within much airier. Not only that, but beneath the rainflap at the back is an open vent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Terra 65 (2014)

£125.00

The The North Face Terra 65 is a 65 litre sack that’s made from tough materials and has a good, stiff back to allow weight transfer to the hips via the supportive hipbelt. The back length can be adjusted by raising or lowering the shoulder straps along a rubber strap, while the hipbelt fins can each rotate independently to allow ...

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

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