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Gelert Ascent

£15.00

These Gelert Ascent trekking poles have only two sections, which makes for a longer (more bulky) pack-down size. But this also means they’re less prone to slipping than some. With a comfortable handle and reasonable weight, this is a bargain pole for all but the very serious hillwalker. Two-section design makes them easier to adjust and tighten. Adequate performance and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Alpkit Gamma 2010

£15.00

Alpkit is well-known for providing incredible value for money, and so it is perhaps no surprise that the Gamma’s performance matches that of many headtorches costing twice the price. You get a battery pack at the back of the head and the red LED is fitted here. This can be set on strobe or as a red light. The front ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Source Widepac hydration system

£17.00

This Source Widepac hydration system opens at the top, making it easy to fill and clean, and closes securely with an excellent, easy-to-use slider. Nice detachable hose, too. This Source Widepac delivers big gulps of taste-free water and the cap on the mouthpiece keeps it clean. Needs a shut-off valve for full marks.Contact: 015395 60214, www.bramwell-int.com

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Platypus Big Zip Hoser

£21.00

One of the original hydration system brands, the Platypus Big Zip Hoser uses three-layer laminate to add extra durability, while the taste was among the best. The bite valve can be locked closed to prevent drips. The zip opening allows easy cleaning and filling, and it survived our 20kg test. But there are no suspension loops, so the hydration system ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Markill Hotshot

£22.00

Review: This camping stove is good value; one of fastest boil times on test; piezo ignition; very small. But very heavy for its size. Boil time: 2min 25sec Weight: 210g

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Markill Hot Shot

£25.00

This stove weighs 140g (+ gas); boil time 2 min 50 sec to 4 min 50 sec; folding design makes it compact when packed; 11cm diameter pan support; piezo electric ignition; excellent price.  But not as stable as lower-profile stoves; best boil time is only available with fresh gas canister; heavy compared to other options.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Regatta Geo III Zip-Off

£30.00

These zip-off trousers from Regatta were comfy to wear and had a good elastic waistband, although the legs are a little short. They have quite a relaxed cut, which is a little loose, but the soft, lightweight fabric is excellent. The Geos are great to walk in, with plenty of useful pockets. The fabric is fairly water-resistant and quick drying, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Camelbak Classic hydration bladder

£30.00

The Camelbak Classic hydration system is housed inside a mini backpack, making it convenient to carry. The Camelbak Classic bladder is easy to clean and fill up, but the screw thread is a little awkward. The reservoir itself is tough and provides taste-free water. A bite-valve dispenses huge satisfying gulps. However, you can’t buy the bladder separately from the pack. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Regatta Invent

£35.00

This windproof fleece from Regatta is a good fit, with just the right amount of room in the arms and body. The high collar is nice, but the cuffs are loose and the lining feels a bit scratchy against the skin. Performs remarkably well for the price. Not as warm and wind-resistant as some, so not suited to really cold ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Lowe Alpine Micro Grid

£40.00

This lightweight fleece from Lowe Alpine was a snug fit next to the skin, but a little tight when worn over a lighter base- layer. The collar is a good height and fit, and the elasticated cuffs were easy to pull up and didn’t go baggy. This is a basic top with a medium-length zip and no pockets. The Aleutian ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Optimus Terra Pan Set 2009

£40.00

The Optimus Terra Pan Set’s neoprene casing can be used to keep cooked food warm while one pot is on the burner. The 1.65 litre pot and frying pan/lid are Teflon-coated and have circular grooves on the base so they grip a stove support better. The 1.70 litre pot is plain aluminium. The plastic pan grip fits and handles all ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Craghoppers Classic Kiwi Zip-Offs

£40.00

Quite a traditional fit with a high waist and wide hips, the Kiwi comes with belt loops and a part-elasticated waist for comfort. The polycotton fabric is soft, yet tough and hard-wearing, repelled water well and offered lots of wind resistance. They took longer than some to dry, though. There is a huge array of pockets, including a large cargo ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Alpkit Carbonlite

£43.00

At just £43 for a pair, this trekking pole is an absolute bargain. But it offers more than just a low price tag, as it also only weighs in at 400g, which is exceptionally lightweight. The low weight comes from the carbon pole shafts, which are intrinsically lightweight as well as being very stiff compared to other poles. They pack ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Lowe Alpine Airzone 25

£45.00

The Lowe Alpine Airzone 25 unisex rucksack has a great back system and we really like its hip fins, which are light and comfy yet grip like limpets! The Lowe Alpine Airzone 25 has mesh shoulder straps also help to make this a really comfortable pack. The small lid pocket and a hydration pocket seem too low. With no compression ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Rohan Silver Fleece Zip

£45.00

Getting hot and sweaty tends to result in smelly gear, which is none too pleasant whatever the circumstances. The X-Static silver fibres in this fleece mid layer reduce odour by controlling the growth of bacteria. Apart from that smell advantage, this is a useful top for wearing under other mid layers, as it is a thin and lightweight fleece that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Helly Hansen Trail Cutter

£50.00

This is a very lightweight trail-running shoe that offers unique performance. In particular you get a very breathable upper, but one that’s able to fend off the worst of the water. We also like the extra abrasion-resistant reinforcement around the lower sides and toe to protect the shoe in undergrowth or on scree. The shoe has a very low profile ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Markill Peak Ignition

£50.00

This stove weighs 94g (+ gas); boil time 3 min to 6 min 20 sec; 12cm diameter pan supports; folding pan supports for compact packing; piezo electric ignition; titanium materials reduce weight. But not as stable as lower-profile stoves; best boil time is only available with fresh gas canister; higher price due to piezo ignition.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Optimus Crux

£50.00

This camping stove is simplicity itself; tiny; extremely light; beautifully engineered; packs almost flat; good flame control; excellent stuffsack holds stove and canister; big, wide burner; fast boil time. But it’s expensive. Boil time: 3min 7sec Weight: 88g

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Columbia Silver Ridge II Convertible 2010

£50.00

The Columbia Silver Ridge II Convertibles weigh 314g; quick-drying nylon; elasticated waist with belt; two zipped seat pockets; zipped security pocket; two map-sized hip pockets; two map-width leg pockets. But no stretch fabric; no lower leg zips; no ankle adjustment.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Regatta Leonie II

£55.00

A nice-fitting jacket made from Regatta’s waterproof Isolite 5000 fabric. It’s a heavy jacket, but it packs down easily and some will prefer the extra protection offered by the mesh lining. Less breathable than many, but the mesh-lined pockets and underarm zips offer a welcome flow of air and Velcro adjustable cuffs pull up easily to the elbows. Pockets are ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Hardwear Mesa Convertible Pant 2010

£55.00

My favourite convertible trousers are the now discontinued Mountain Hardwear Convertible Pack Pant. The new Mountain Hardwear Mesa Convertible Pant does retain one feature from these old classics, though – the smooth micro-chamois waist lining, which makes the waist area extremely comfortable under a pack hipbelt. The Mesa also has an elasticated waist with an integrated belt, which is ideal ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Deuter Futura 28

£60.00

Impeccable build quality, extremely comfortable and very stable. The secret is in an excellent concave mesh back system and a well-designed harness that provides just the right amount of padding. Quite small for its quoted capacity, and also quite heavy. Excellent walking pole holders, useful compression straps, hydration-system compatible, good rain cover and good selection of pockets including a zip-accessible ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Peter Storm Women’s Skiddaw

£60.00

These instantly comfortable three-season boots from Peter Storm have a luxuriously padded tongue and ankle cuff. They offer plenty of room for your toes and grip your heels well to keep your feet comfortably in place. The lacing system, which allows you to get an excellent fit, is fine, and they look good, too. They perform well and keep your ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Millet Gokyo Peak 2009

£60.00

Millet Gokyo Peak trousers are brilliant value for money; very stretchy Shoeller soft shell fabric pant; very light (349g, size 12); comfy brushed waist; 2 side mesh vented pockets; good wide-cut thigh. But very strange mesh pocket at the side of the right knee; difficult to shut without 2 hands; could do with larger grip pulls for gloved hands; no ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane Terra Thermic

£65.00

These Montane Terra Thermic pants are slightly baggy and long, but otherwise wonderfully comfortable with a very soft fleece/mesh lining. A perfect belt/ elastic waist combination gives them a comfortable finish. Good breathability and all-round versatility. Leg zips provide venting and easy entry while the Tactel nylon outer fabric repels wind, drizzle and light rain well.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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