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Royal Robbins Global Traveller

£40.00

These walking trousers are excellent all-rounders that manage to hold a tight line between being practical and looking overly technical. The fabric is nylon, but due to the dot-matrix weave it looks almost like cotton. The fabric doesn’t cling, it is water-resistant and fast-drying, but above all it is not rustly. The trouser is cut to be practical with articulated ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Extremities Nova Gaiter(2012)

£45.00

The Extremities Nova Gaiter is a well-proven design made of Gore-Tex fabric with extra reinforcement around the ankle for added durability. Unlike many gaiters featured here, on this one you get a front zip and Velcro closure with press studs at the top and bottom. For me I find this slightly easier to fit than the Velcro-only designs, but I ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Rohan Bags

£49.00

These walking trousers from Rohan don’t have an elasticated waist or a belt., but they do have easily adjustable leg-lengths. The poly/cotton fabric feels comfy on the skin and they are easy to move in. Windproof, durable and amazingly rain-resistant, the Bags are ideal year-round trousers, especially if you prefer plain styles to zip-offs. Good choice of pockets, with room ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Fizan Compact Ultra Lite 2010

£50.00

The Fizan Compact Ultra Lite is the lightest pole in our test, and the lightest three-section pole in the world according to the manufacturers. It is pretty short when packed too so it will easily fit on the side of the rucksack. It does not have plastic ferrules (the short plastic sleeves) at the end of the pole sections, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Páramo Long Gaiters (2012)

£52.00

Páramo Long Gaiters are very well-proven. Like Páramo waterproof clothing they benefit from a fabric that is extremely durable, and even if it does become torn it is more easily repaired than other waterproof fabrics. The fabric is slightly warmer than some others, but it’s also more breathable and controls condensation well. The gaiter is fitted with a zip that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Infinity Zip-off Pants

£55.00

These zip-off general walking trousers from Lowe Alpine are a good length and very comfortable, with elasticated waist panels and belt loops (although no belt supplied). The soft Desertweave fabric seems very hard-wearing and they also benefit from articulated knees. These are good all-rounders, being very windproof and able to shed a little water before wetting out. Not the quickest ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Cordillera Pant

£60.00

These walking trousers use a four-way stretch fabric that is ideal for hill-walking as it allows lots of freedom of movement. It is also very durable, sheds water well and dries fast too. To improve comfort around the waist while wearing a rucksack you get a very comfortable chamois-lined seamless waist that is superb. There are belt loops that make ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Apex Zeitgeist Zip

£60.00

Light and stretchy, this soft shell jacket from The North Face fits so well that you’ll hardly notice you’re wearing it. It’s a pullover style, rather than full-zip, which makes it warmer and more weatherproof, although pullovers are harder to take on and off. It does a reasonable job of repelling a shower, and is extremely breathable. It excels for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Marmot Precip 2008

£70.00

The Marmot Precip multi-activity jacket is a modern classic, thanks to its great price and features that make it ideal for those travelling light and fast in almost any activity. The Precip is made from an extremely waterproof fabric, while mesh pockets and pit zips improve condensation control, which is worth having when biking or running. The front zip also ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 1
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Marmot Precip

£70.00

This general-purpose waterproof jacket has been a frequent favourite with Trail, due to its unbeatable combination of price, weight and features. It packs down to the size of a bag of sugar, weighs only 358g and costs just £70. The Precip is made from an extremely waterproof fabric, while mesh pockets and pit zips improve condensation control. The front zip ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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MSR Whisperlite International

£75.00

This is a modern classic stove that’s ideal for extended trips. The stove weighs in at a respectable 402g plus fuel. Setting up is easy and, like all petrol stoves, lighting is easy once you get the knack. The boil time is very impressive at around three minutes, which will be the same no matter how much fuel there is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Boralis 2008

£80.00

The Berghaus Boralis is a very functional jacket that also looks great. It weighs in at 374g (L), which is very light and makes this ideal for stashing in a pack or travelling fast. The fabric is Berghaus’s own Aquafoil Light, which is rated as being very waterproof and very breathable, while a mesh lining adds a little more comfort. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Shroud (2012)

£80.00

A technical style of fleece designed to perform well on the hill as part of a technical layering system. It’s a little too lightweight for wearing on a blustery day without a few other layers, and is really for those moving a little faster. Microfleece fabric provides most of the warmth, and allows moisture to wick away to outer layers. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Apex Elixir

£90.00

Very light, the Elixir feels more like a windshirt; it’s also cut from a very stretchy fabric (10% Elastane) which further exaggerates this lightness. Against it, it doesn’t offer much insulation as a mid-layer. On the hill, in mild conditions, it excels; keeping a reasonable amount of precipitation at bay and breathing wonderfully, but when the going gets a bit ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lowe Alpine Velocity

£90.00

Despite its reasonably low weight, and very decent pack-down size, the Velocity is a longish jacket, with a rugged main zip and good storm flap. It has a great hood: deep with plenty of adjustment and a stiff wired peak; and the pockets, which double as vents, are well-placed and plenty big enough to take a map. The cuffs are ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Storm Overtrousers

£90.00

These are an excellent and reasonably-priced pair of waterproof overtrousers that it will be hard to go wrong with. Berghaus has got its priorities right and built in all the necessary features to make a reliable, functional, well-cut overtrouser. The trousers are constructed from Gore-Tex and as a result should be extremely breathable. They have a three-quarter-length zip to ensure ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Infinity Light

£100.00

This insulated jacket is very light at just 300g (including a 10g stuffsack), and so it is ideal for carrying all year round as an extra back-up layer or to slip on when you have a rest on a cold hill. It is a smock design to save weight, with just one zipped pocket, which is positioned on the chest ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outdoor Research Alti Glove (2012)

£100.00

If you don’t want to suffer with cold hands, then you should consider the Outdoor Research Alti Glove, as it is designed for high-altitude adventures and comes packed with numerous features. You are getting a Primaloft insulated separate liner glove, which on its own is warmer than many gloves and provides good dexterity. Over the top of this liner you ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Montane Atomic (2014)

£110.00

If you want low weight and minimal cost then the £110 Montane Atomic, which tips the scales at just 328g (size L), is a winner. The fabric is Pertex Shield, which – while it can’t boast the lab test results for breathability of jackets twice its price – does offer more than most around the £100 mark. It’s a 2.5-layer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Optimus Nova

£115.00

This is a real top-end multi-fuel camping stove that will happily burn just about anything, making it cheap to run and perfect for foreign jaunts and expeditions. It’s extremely well-made, packs down pretty small and has excellent, curved supports to accommodate a wide range of pan sizes. The pump system is metal and has an excellent, auto-clip fuel line attachment. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Astral Hooded

£120.00

Lightweight and incredibly comfortable in a lovely feminine yet sporty design, the Astral  is fleece-lined throughout, with lovely soft cuffs and chin guard. The fabric provides a decent amount of insulation and is also incredibly weather-resistant and very breathable. It’s stretchy, too, with Powerstretch panels under the arms for extra venting. It comes with a fully adjustable rollaway hood, which ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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MSR Dragonfly

£125.00

This stove weighs  392g stove + 62g windshield (+ fuel); boil time around 4 min 30 sec throughout fuel life; 19cm diameter pan supports; low profile for stability; well-proven stove; burns refined and unleaded petrol, paraffin, diesel; better flame control than MSR Whisperlite. But fuel bottle not included; care required when lighting; heavier and higher price than MSR Whisperlite.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Paclite

£140.00

This lightweight waterproof jacket from Berghaus has a simple, figure-hugging design that covers your arms and hips well. The high collar is not part of the hood, making it comfortable and versatile, and the hood goes on and off easily – a real bonus on rainy days. Fleece patches on the neck and chin prevent chafing. The Gore-Tex Paclite fabric ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Pursuit (2014)

£140.00

The The North Face Pursuit is a lightweight jacket at 364g (size M), and it’s made from 2.5-layer HyVent fabric. Like other 2.5-layer fabrics it tends to show condensation a little more easily than 3-layer fabrics or jackets with mesh lining, but the benefit is low weight and bulk. The Pursuit costs more than some other lightweights, but the fabric ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Paclite

£140.00

A hard-to-beat lightweight waterproof that doesn’t compromise on comfort. The Gore-Tex fabric is lightweight, soft and easy to move in, and the collar and chin guard have a smooth fleece lining. The collar and hood are separate, so the collar stays warm and comfortable whether the hood is up or down. It also means the hood can be pulled on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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