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Wynnster Vacuum Mug

£7.00

A small, lightweight flask with a handle that allows it to be used as a mug to slurp your soup from. A screw-top lid and wide mouth permit easy cleaning and access to contents. But very poor insulation allowed the contents to cool rapidly, and you get less capacity compared to most others.   Capacity: 500mlMaterials: stainless steel, plastic screw ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 1
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Trekmates Stainless Steel Vacuum Flask

£8.00

The stylish, coloured finish adds extra grip when handling this flask, while the simple screw-top design is easy to use and will not easily clog. The cup also gets a good plastic lining that extends around the lip to prevent burns. But others provided better insulation for the drinks, and there are no instructions to advise on cleaning or preheating. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Nalgene Lexan bottle and Insulated Winter Bottle Carrier

£17.00

A classic drinks bottle that is incredibly tough while giving a clear view of contents. The bottle has a wide mouth for easy drinking and filling. The insulated holder allows the bottle to be slipped onto a rucksack belt. But the contents of the bottle cooled far quicker than even the lightest of conventional flasks. And you don’t get a ...

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Multimat Discovery (2014)

£20.00

If you’re really into saving weight and money, and can handle the sneers from technology-obsessed walking buddies, you really can’t beat a classic closed-cell foam mat. No need to worry about spare pumps, self-inflating devices or repair kits; you simply unroll it, chuck it on the ground and go to sleep. The Multimat Discovery is made from high-quality polyolefin foam ...

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Trekmates Peak Walker

£25.00

These walking poles from Trekmates have grips with fronts that seem a bit short for comfort, and the rubber material feels unpleasantly clammy after a few miles. The straps are easy to adjust, but basic, and the edges and slider might result in a couple of sore spots. They’re heavy, too, but easy to adjust and boast a can’t-argue price. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Regatta Baxter (2012)

£30.00

This is a lighter-weight fleece than many out there, using a thinner grade of material that also makes it one of the least expensive too. The downside is a lack of insulation. This really only provides warmth as part of a layering system. It is designed to zip into a corresponding shell jacket. A drawcord around the hem helps to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Regatta Nebulae

£30.00

Regatta can always be trusted to provide great-value outdoor gear, and this new waterproof jacket is no exception. The Nebulae is made from a robust fabric with a mesh lining for added comfort. The design is fairly standard with two hip pockets and a front zip, single stormflaps on all zips keeping the rain out. There is a hem drawcord ...

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Craghoppers Travel Compact Pole 2010

£30.00

At just 344g for a pair the Craghoppers Travel Compact Pole is very lightweight. Its walking stick-style handle may be preferred by some people but the handle can also be used in a conventional trekking pole way as it has a vertical cork grip too. There is also a webbing wrist loop on the handle. The pole has three sections ...

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Blizzard Survival Bag (2013)

£32.00

The Blizzard Survival Bag arrives vacuum-packed into a square the size of a thick sandwich; but don’t take it out expecting to get it back to that size again,’cos it ain’t gonna happen. For this reason, you’re far cleverer leaving it packed up until you actually need to use it, which is hopefully never. As this suggests, the Blizzard Survival ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Lafuma Cairn Pant

£35.00

These are walking trousers that can cut it on the hill, but they manage to feature some cool styling as well. The fabric is nylon but the weave and softness give it more of a cotton look and feel than you might expect. Careful use of double lines of stitching maintains some style while providing articulated knees and a waist ...

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Craghoppers Nosquito Lite

£35.00

These walking trousers from Craghoppers are a good fit anyway, but there’s an elasticated waist and webbing belt too. The Solarlite fabric is cool and light and feels lovely and soft against the skin. The very light fabric is better suited to warmer conditions, where the high SPF and mosquito protection will also help. The fabric also loses out on ...

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Keela Stashaway 2008

£35.00

The Keela Stashaway is a lightweight jacket that weighs just 366g (L); Rainlife 200 waterproof and breathable fabric; external stormflap over main zip; hood rolls into collar; two large chest pockets; comes with stuffsack.  But very basic hood with dangly drawcords, and poor fit and poor movement.

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Keela Paraguay Zip-off

£40.00

These zip-off trousers from Keela use Stretch Tec fabric, which feels great against the skin and, as its name suggests, is extremely stretchy, making the trousers easy to move in. Perfect for length and a good fit at the waist, but the legs are baggy.  Light and breathable, but not that warm, these are best for summer walking, where the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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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
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Regatta Diffuse 2009

£40.00

Made from Isotex, Regatta’s own brand of waterproof and breathable fabric, the Diffuse children’s jacket instantly appears to have a good, small packed size. It is reasonably light too, so grown-ups won’t mind carrying it just in case it rains. The jacket has a similar design to others with a full-length front zip that has an external stormflap to keep ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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GoSystem Thermo Pro

£40.00

For the price you get a fair whack of camping stove with the Thermo Pro, and the speed at which it will bring a pan of water to the boil is right up there with the best. It’s extremely straightforward (apart from that windshield – see below), with three wide pan supports that click out into place with ease. That ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Nike ACG Cairn 2 in 1

£40.00

These zip-off trousers from Nike are a good fit, thanks to an elasticated waist. They have belt loops, too. The polyester fabric has a nice soft feel, but, annoyingly, becomes easily charged with static at times. They do a good job of repelling water in light showers, but once soaked, take a while to dry. They’re very light and so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Go System Thermo Tech

£40.00

This stove weighs 369g (+ gas); boil time 3 min to 5 min 15 sec; 20cm diameter pan supports; windshield available (separately); relatively compact; low profile for greater stability; superb value. But the best boil time is only available with a fresh gas canister; heavier than less stable options; windshield costs £9 extra.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Millet Techno Stretch

£45.00

This is a lightweight fleece mid layer that is also low in price. It is a thin fleece which is slightly more wind-resistant than some and has excellent breathability. Put it on as part of a layering system and it performs well either under waterproofs, soft shells or other fleece layers. It is very stretchy too which has allowed it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • 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
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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 ...

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The North Face Resolve

£50.00

This waterproof jacket is made from a quality fabric that’s rated as extremely waterproof, which means it should stay waterproof for longer. The fabric is two-layer, so you get a mesh lining, which adds to the comfort and feel of the jacket. A nice touch is the brushed polyester that lines the collar, adding valuable comfort. Two zipped pockets are ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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The North Face W TKA 200 Full Zip

£50.00

This midweight women’s fleece from The North Face is very, very comfortable – it might even feel like wearing a second skin! It has a streamlined, contoured fit with close-fitting arms and a soft, high collar to bury your chin into. It’s light, too, and warm, and although the cuffs don’t have elastic, they pull up easily. The huge handwarmer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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