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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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Gelert X-Treme Lite 800

£35.00

This synthetic sleeping bag from Gelert is only 800g, much less than many competitors, and also rather short. It doesn’t have a shoulder baffle, so is really only warm enough for summer or two-season use, but it has a nice hood with a drawcord closure. The soft feel of the nylon shell is good, too.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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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Berghaus Roam 30 2009

£45.00

The Berghaus Roam 30’s price of £45 is great value for a comfortable rucksack with ample day walk features. The Roam is also available in both men and women-specific fits (most sacks we looked at are ‘unisex’.) It fits medium-sized backs, and the women’s version has comfy, contoured shoulder straps for a women’s narrower top half. The fabric is robust, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Merrell Chameleon II Convertible

£50.00

These sandals from Merrell are an entirely synthetic offering that soon settle down to give a reassuringly secure ride. Three adjustment points make it easy to get the fit right. Very light, too. Secure, stable and perfect for most summer walking on good trails. Remove the rear strap and you have a top beach shoe. The midsole is just right ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Vaude Triset Ultralight 35 2009

£55.00

If you want to go lighter, try this slim-fitting rucksack with a well-vented back. At 775g the Vaude Triset Ultralight 35 is almost as light as the OMM Classic Marathon 32, but features a more complex back system and comfy mesh hipbelt that’s useful if you really can’t bear back sweat. The curved mesh back doesn’t eat into the main ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Mountain Equipment Cirrus Jacket

£60.00

This insulated jacket weighs in at 594g (inc 10g stuffsack), which compares well with jackets costing twice its price. It make use of Polarloft insulation and a ripstop nylon shell, and it generally felt robust and warmer than lighter garments. To keep draughts out you get a baffle over the outside of the front zip, adjustable cuffs, a hem drawcord ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • 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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DMM Cirque 2008

£65.00

The DMM Cirque is a clean, thoughtfully put together general ice axe. The adze and pick are substantial, and will cope well with long sessions of front pointing, step chopping and daggering. The teeth layout is such that they will grip on ice and névé but will remove easily with good technique. Head grip clearance is very good and this ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Pacerpole

£78.00

These trekking poles have been around a few years now and developed a select following among those lucky enough to have experienced their unique handles. The handle is a moulded rubber design that sits perfectly in the hand and allows a very natural walking action with less shoulder and elbow movement. Compare this to any other pole, and it is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Salomon Extend Low XCR

£80.00

These multi-activity shoes from Salomon are quite roomy, both in volume and width, which combined with substantial padding, makes them very comfortable from the off. The shock-absorbing footbed enhances the comfort. They’re warm in action, though, probably due to the fairly sparse use of fabric in the upper. A medium-stiff midsole makes them easy to walk in, but takes the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Grivel G10

£80.00

The Grivel G10 is a modern classic crampon that has frequently been rated highly by Trail. The crampon is based around 10 spikes that are not as sharp as some designs, to reduce the chance of snagging on gaiters. You get 3D stamping for added strength too, while four spikes have been set horizontally to improve traction forwards and backwards. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Black Diamond Spire

£80.00

The Black Diamond Spire trekking pole is unique in having elliptical pole shaft sections. This means you can handle the pole far more easily than a conventional round-shafted design. Furthermore, you get greater stiffness in the pole – which is useful when on steep descents where you are applying extra twist and stress on the poles as you negotiate rough ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Aarn Marathon Magic 30 rucksack (2008)

£90.00

ReviewDeveloped by top New Zealand adventure racing athlete Marcel Hagener, this ultralight rucksack is designed to limit energy output and enhance balance, agility and stability. The key is the balance pockets, which link the shoulder straps to the waistbelt, and the shoulder straps also slide through the pack to allow body movement. A one litre bottle can be stashed in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Grivel G10 New Classic 2009

£90.00

The very flexible plate and the substantial thermoplastic cradles make the Grivel G10 New Classic an ideal crampon for winter hill-walking. The 10 spikes are arrayed well to deal with moderately angled snow and the odd venture onto ice. There’s 3D relief stamping throughout for extra strength too. The crampons are supplied with nifty Grivel AntiBott anti-balling plates, which pop ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Montane Puma

£90.00

This provides a different kind of soft shell experience from some other jackets, but it is quite suitable if you want something beyond what a normal fleece can offer. It is made from a fabric that is more wind- and water-resistant than a conventional fleece and it also feels far more durable. Under the arms you get more conventional stretch ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Paramo Cascada

£100.00

These winter trousers from Paramo are a little long and baggy, but are incredibly comfortable next to the skin and lovely to move around in. A belt would be better than the drawcord adjuster, though. Not only really warm, but waterproof too, so they offer superb protection in bad weather. A little toasty for milder winter days perhaps, and not ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Rab Vapour Rise Smock

£100.00

This soft shell weighs 574g; exceptionally breathable fabric; micro wicking lining adds comfort and insulation; good water repellency; rollaway hood; excellent sleeve movement; map-sized chest pocket; elasticated and Velcro cuffs. But waist pocket easily obstructed; not as durable or water-resistant as others; no stretch.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Paramo Cascada

£100.00

The Analogy fabric felt wonderfully soft and comfortable against the skin, but not as stretchy as some and the drawcord waist was fiddly. Good waterproofing and breathable, too. But quite hot, even with the leg zips open, and also quite heavy and not as easy to move in as some.VITAL STATSColours: Navy, dark grey, forestSizes: S-XXL (five leg lengths)Fabric: Nikwax ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Torres Smock

£100.00

This duvet jacket has a generous body size, designed to be worn over another jacket; synthetic insulation; tunnel waist pocket; fixed hood; XS-XXL size range; medium level of insulation is ideal for UK; map-sized chest pocket; very durable fabric. But 838g is a bit heavy; sleeves tended to ride up a little; some may prefer a jacket to a smock.

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

£100.00

These Paramo Cascada pants are incredibly comfortable against the skin, but may be too long and too baggy – meaning mud quickly works its way up the insides of the legs. There’s only a basic drawcord adjuster at the waist. These are effectively waterproof trousers however, with the breathability of normal pants, so they’re superb in bad weather. They’re too ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Rab Vapour-Rise

£100.00

This soft shell jacket from Rab is a good fit, with plenty of adjustment at the cuffs and hem, and has a rustle-free hood that is a delight to wear. The soft Pertex outer and fleecy pile lining make a very comfortable combination. Beyond criticism in cooler, nastier conditions, and would win a winter test hands down. But it’s a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Páramo Cascada Trouser

£100.00

These are not your conventional waterproof overtrousers, and you will not have to keep these packed in the bottom of your rucksack for emergencies. Because of the nature of the fabric, design and construction of these trousers, they will not only serve as a really comfortable, well-thought-out walking trouser but when it starts to rain they will also keep you ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Exped Downmat 7 Pump

£110.00

Sleeping mats are essential to reduce heat loss through the ground. According to Exped, heat loss through convection through the ground can be greatly reduced by adding down to the air chambers inside the sleeping mat – and since down compresses so well, this form of insulation allows a tiny packed size too. DesignThe more air pockets trapped inside the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Rab Baltoro Light

£110.00

It’s not often that an article of clothing ticks all the boxes, but this does. The excellent fabric provides a decent amount of insulation and is also incredibly weather-resistant and very breathable. It has two huge hip/chest pockets that double as vents and the cuffs are fastened with Velcro. Single-handed drawcords adjust the hem, trapping or releasing warmth, and another ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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