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Craghoppers Kiwi Long / Madigan (2014)

£100.00

FeaturesA much longer jacket than most. (The Kiwi is also available in a standard-length version for £90.) A drawcord at the waist helps improve the fit too. This jacket is also ideal for those who love pockets as you get six on the outside, with an OS map fitting in the chest pockets. The hood has a stiffened peak with ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Vango Helix 100 (2014)

£100.00

Tents are getting lighter, but the lightest often carry a whopping price tag. However some brands are making lightweight tents that are far more affordable – and the Helix 100 is the lightest and lowest-priced model in Vango’s new range. At £100 for a one-person tent weighing just 1573g, the Helix 100 should strongly appeal to weekend backpackers. But if ...

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Marmot Pulsar 1P (2014)

£250.00

The Marmot Pulsar 1P offers an incredible amount of space for one person. It is pitched inner-first with the pole assembly clipping to the inner, over which the flysheet is draped. This is all very easily achieved, with ladder-lock adjusters and colour-coded tape making the task even simpler. The structure only needs a couple of pegs to keep it on ...

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Hilleberg Akto (2014)

£490.00

The Hilleberg Akto is a very well-established solo backpacking workhorse. At 1661g it is twice the weight of some superlight tents but you’re getting so much more here than the lighter tents can offer. The general design is similar to other tents, with a single pole being slipped through a sleeve on the outer while four in-situ vertical poles at ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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MSR Hubba NX (2014)

£300.00

The MSR Hubba NX is a huge one-person tent that’s ideal for multi-day use when that extra living space will be really appreciated. The tent is pitched inner-first with interconnected poles forming a frame from which the inner is suspended; the fly then goes over the top. Pitching is exceptionally easy, thanks to ladder-lock webbing buckles and limited need for ...

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The North Face Mica FL 1 (2014)

£310.00

The North Face’s Mica FL 1 pitches inner-first with a single interconnected pole forming a frame from which the inner is suspended. The fly then goes over the top and the pitching is all completed very easily thanks to ladder-lock adjusters and colour coding on the webbing. It’s instantly noticeable how stable this tent is compared with other one-person tents, ...

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Jack Wolfskin Exolight II (2014)

£400.00

The Jack Wolfskin Exolight II has a huge amount of living space for its weight of just 1986g. All the extra space comes from the extremely creative use of the pole system. The poles are shock-corded together and form an external skeleton from which the flysheet is attached, with the inner already attached to the flysheet, or added afterwards to keep ...

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Hilleberg Anjan 2 (2014)

£575.00

The Anjan is based on the hugely popular Hilleberg Nallo, with the difference being the use of a lighter-weight Kerlon 1000 fabric, which reduces tent weight. The Anjan comes in at 1781g and is designed for snow-free conditions. The tent is pitched outer- first to keep the inner dry during damp conditions. The poles slip through sleeves around the outside ...

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Vango Venom 600 (2014)

£230.00

On paper the Vango Venom 600 packs a mighty punch. The temperature rating for this bag is similar to the top-end bags in our test, being in the -3 to -9 deg C comfort range; and while it’s a little heavier than bags with much higher price tags it does have a good packed size, making it very suitable for ...

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Robens Caucasus 600 (2014)

£170.00

At just £170 the Robens Caucasus 600 is instantly appealing to anyone on a tight budget. It has a good temperature rating of -2 to -8 deg C, making it ideal for 3-season use. The insulation is down, like all the other bags in our test, but with just a 600 fill power it isn’t quite of the same quality ...

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Mountain Equipment Xero 550 (2014)

£375.00

The Mountain Equipment Xero 550 has a slightly lower temperature rating than some bags here, being comfortable down to -8 deg C for an average man. It is also a good size, with 79cm of shoulder width and 213cm of length, but the result is that it’s slightly heavier than some bags at 1041g without the stuffsack. Inside you’re getting ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Rab Neutrino 600 (2014)

£420.00

Rated as having a lower comfort limit of -8 deg C, the Rab Neutrino 600 is well-placed to provide warmth. But its performance is enhanced further by using water-resistant down, so even if it does get a little damp from condensation inside the tent the down should maintain its insulating properties better than standard down. The bag is slightly longer ...

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MSR Hubba Hubba NX (2014)

£335.00

This is the latest version of the classic MSR Hubba Hubba. The NX (Next Generation) uses lighter materials with a weight of just 1795g, which becomes even more remarkable when you consider it has a huge porch and entrance on each side. It pitches inner-first, so the inner may get wet if pitched in the rain, with a skeleton of ...

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Deuter Neosphere -4 (2014)

£230.00

Neosphere range of bags from Deuter are packed full of features, including a compression stuffsack to reduce packed size. Having elastic seams that allow this bag to maintain a closer fit enhances its warmth, and the down insulation is captured in trapezoid chambers within the bag to reduce cold spots. The performance of the down is further enhanced by the ...

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Vaude Taurus Ultralight (2014)

£300.00

The Vaude Taurus Ultralight is an extremely well-established tent that’s been reviewed many times in Trail and never fails to impress. It weighs in at a very respectable 1858g, which is lighter than some higher-priced tents. It pitches extremely easily outer-first with two poles being slipped through mesh sleeves and ladder-lock webbing adjusters around the edges allowing a taut pitch ...

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Vango Helium Carbon 200 (2014)

£440.00

The Helium Carbon is Vango’s lightest two-person tent, weighing just 1061g. It features Yunan Carbon X-Lite poles, which Vango says are 48 per cent lighter than alloy poles, and titanium wire pegs. It also packs down extremely small. The tent is pitched with the main pole sliding through a transverse sleeve, and there’s a vertical pole at the head and ...

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Mountain Hardwear Super Mega UL2 (2014)

£400.00

The Super Mega UL2 – Mountain Hardwear’s lightest two-person backpacking tent – tips the scales at 1176g, although its packed size is longer than most at 56x13cm, due to the pole system, which features longer poles than other designs. They’re all linked together like a giant skeleton that attaches to the inner tent when pitching, so the inner may get ...

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Vaude Cheyenne 700 (2014)

£195.00

The Cheyenne 700 has a good temperature rating for 3-season use, being comfortable from -1 to -7 deg C. It uses an 80 per cent down with 20 per cent feather insulation, which is why the price is a little lower than some bags that use 90% down for example. This means more down is needed, however, which adds to ...

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Nordisk Celsius -10 (2014)

£300.00

The Nordisk Celsius -10 comes packed in a compression sack with an air-release valve so you can vacuum-pack the bag, and this helps to reduce its bulk. On first appearances it does weigh a little heavy compared to many, 3-season bags but note that it also has a slightly warmer temperature rating than many, being comfortable from -4 to -10 ...

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Berghaus Verden 65+10 (2014)

£120.00

The Berghaus Verden 65+10 is very much a traditional backpacking rucksack, with twin main compartments, bellows side pockets and lid; but it also features Berghaus’s Biofit back system, which allows the back length to be adjusted by the user, meaning you can get the sack to fit accurately while wearing it. It can be argued, of course, that if a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Craghoppers Kiwi Long/ Madigan Long (2014)

£100.00

One of the most common requests we get at Trail is for more reviews of longer waterproof jackets. So here goes! The Craghoppers Kiwi for men and Madigan for women come in a ‘standard’ version (£90) and the Long version featured here at £100. A damp derrière is a thing of the past when you are wearing this jacket – ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Montane Grand Tour 55 (2014)

£125.00

I first used the Montane Grand Tour 55 back in May 2013, and it has become a regular hiking partner. It is intended specifically for lighter-weight backpacking and is credited with having been designed for use on the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA. At 55 litres it is good for lightweight overnight trips and also winter trips when you ...

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Haglöfs Matrix 60 (2014)

£150.00

Haglöfs isn’t a brand I’d normally think of when choosing a big rucksack, but the Matrix 60 is a good, workmanlike piece of kit. The back length can be adjusted by raising or lowering the shoulder straps on their Velcro panels. The shoulder straps and hipbelt are both well-padded and stiffened to spread the load, though they lack the finesse ...

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Lightwave Wildtrek 60 (2014)

£160.00

On the face of it the Lightwave Wildtrek 60 is a simpler design than others, without too many frills, but what it does have instead is a robust, practical design that’s great for taking across the hills day after day and day. The back system is a very stiff and supportive design that’s far better at carrying heavier loads than ...

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Fjällräven Friluft 55 (2014)

£155.00

  The Friluft range of packs from Fjällräven all have a ventilated back system, to allow more airflow. The mesh holds the sack away from the back and it also provides a comfortable form of springy contact with the back. But there’s a panel of foam down each side that effectively prevents easy airflow across the back, so for me ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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