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GoSystem Trail Classic

£10.00

This is a basic camping stove that just gets on with the job and doesn’t bother with the frills… and I love it. Its clean, simple design is easy to fathom, you get a decent burner that kicks out plenty of heat, it’s small and light and comes with a carry box containing a ‘stove first aid kit’ (O rings ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • 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 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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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 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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Petzl Tikka XP

£40.00

A classic headtorch that is very lightweight at 106g. It also has three power settings plus flash and boost to 50m. This selection of settings is ideal for walkers and campers, and prevents over-use of battery power as the boost setting is only available while your finger is on the dedicated button. There is also a ‘power remaining’ indicator that ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Primus Express Spider (2012)

£45.00

The main problem with connecting a gas burner directly onto the top of a gas canister is that the result is a tall, unstable cooking system, due to the height created when a pan is placed on top. This means you have to be very careful not to allow the structure to wobble too much, as you could end up ...

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

£100.00

This GPS unit has a good page sequence to the winner (although it lacks an elevation data page telling you how high you’ve climbed etc). Hooking it up to your computer and downloading routes is also very simple, but you need to buy the data cable separately (around £27). Inputting route co-ordinates by hand is fairly straightforward, but there’s no ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Garmin eTrex 10 (2012)

£110.00

Recent developments in Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers have focused on developing colour touch screens that put digital Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping at your fingertips. But while the latest high-tech GPS receivers offer almost everything a hillwalker wants, they carry high price tags and perhaps offer more than most hillwalkers actually need. The yellow Garmin eTrex first appeared in outdoor ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Haglöfs Oz Pullover 2008

£170.00

The Haglöfs Oz Pullover  is an extremely popular jacket that is ideal if low weight is your main priority. It uses Gore-Tex Paclite fabric so high levels of waterproofness and breathability are ensured, while the simple design means there are fewer seams, which further improves breathability and makes the most of the weight advantage of Paclite. It is a smock ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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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Garmin Oregon 550t 2010

£480.00

During 2009 Garmin introduced a range of GPS receivers that feature OS mapping and touch-screen operation. The Garmin 550t boasts a 3.2 megapixel camera with geo-tagging so you can easily locate exactly where a photo was taken. The unit can be loaded with OS mapping via an SD card. DesignThe smooth, curvy housing sits easily in the hand with just ...

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

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