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Páramo Bora Hoodie (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesOver-the-head smock designs such as the Páramo Bora Hoodie do have real advantages, as they allow a large chest pocket to remain easily accessible while wearing a rucksack. Here you also get a hood and a third small chest pocket. There’s also a lot you don’t get though, including adjustment on the hood, a long zip for ventilation and no ...

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Sprayway Cerberus (2015)

£75.00

FeaturesThe Sprayway Cerberus has instant hill appeal, thanks to a hood and two large pockets on the chest with easy access even when wearing a rucksack with a wide hipbelt. The front zip is full-length and gets a baffle on the inside to block draughts while the top of the zip is protected to prevent chin scrape. Thumb loops are ...

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Mountain Equipment Scorpion (2015)

£135.00

FeaturesI would always choose a fleece with a hood, but if you don’t want one then the Mountain Equipment Scorpion is the best option around. It has two large main pockets that can be accessed while wearing a rucksack, plus a third smaller chest pocket for GPS receiver, guidebook or compass. There is also added abrasion resistance in key areas ...

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Mountain Equipment Shroud (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Equipment Shroud has been a favourite of mine thanks to its combination of a hood and two large chest pockets that can be easily accessed while wearing a pack with a wide hipbelt. It has thumb loops and a hem drawcord, and the front zip has a baffle inside to keep draughts out as well as a chin ...

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Rab Shadow Hoodie (2015)

£140.00

FeaturesThe Rab Shadow Hoodie has almost everything you could dream of with its hood, two huge chest pockets and highly abrasion-resistant material. There is no external third smaller chest pocket, but you do get an inside chest pocket which is very large and could be used for compass, GPS receiver or phone. The drawback is all that extra weight if ...

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Columbia Fast Trek II Full Zip (2015)

£50.00

FeaturesWith the Columbia Fast Trek II Full Zip three pockets. You can fit OS maps in the hip pockets and a small guidebook in the chest pocket. The two lower ones are easily obscured by a rucksack belt, but at least you have a more accessible chest pocket. You also get a drawcord at the hem to block out the ...

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The North Face Glacier 100 (2015)

£50.00

A small red triangle logo on your fleece will bump up the price, but as a quick visual guarantee, it is hard to beat. It’s the logo of Polartec, and when it comes to making a fleece warm, breathable and stretchy, Polartec is about the best option on the market. It’s at the heart of this excellent all-rounder fleece, making ...

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Mammut Aconcagua (2015)

£130.00

If you’re a serious hillwalker and you plan on spending a lot of time in deep cold conditions, the Aconcagua (as you might expect from the name) is a perfect choice. There’s Polartec here again, but this time it’s the advanced Power Stretch version which prioritises stretchiness. So it’s incredibly athletic, adapting to your movements smoothly, although it’s not as ...

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Montane Volt (2015)

£100.00

The Volt is a joy to wear. It’s called a ‘zoned’ jacket, with the zones being separate panels of material stitched together to make a jacket that moves naturally with you, while keeping the heat where you want it. It uses the warmest version of Polartec, Thermal Pro, which has a honeycomb design that creates air pockets within the jacket ...

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Montane Alpine Stretch (2015)

£65.00

FeaturesFor superior warmth, Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation is packed into the back of the hand and pile fleece is fitted to the palm. You get a long gauntlet design too for greater protection, the palm is leather and there is a nose wipe. And I really like the wrist leash along with the cuff adjustment drawcord and webbing buckle around ...

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Extremities Super Corbett (2015)

£55.00

FeaturesA good level of warmth was provided with the Extremities Super Corbett, and it also has a Gore-Tex waterproof lining to keep your hands dry. The palm is made from nylon rather than leather, so it may not be quite as durable as some options. There is a wrist webbing buckle, which not many gloves offer, plus a cuff drawcord; ...

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Lowe Alpine Raptor (2015)

£65.00

FeaturesThere is a little more warmth here than you get with some other similar gloves as the Lowe Alpine Raptor has Primaloft synthetic insulation. The palm is leather and there is a Triplepoint waterproof lining with stretch material on the back of the hand. There is a wrist leash that isn’t elasticated, and you get a cuff adjustment cord. The ...

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Mountain Equipment Guide (2015)

£50.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Equipment Guide is a well-established glove that benefits from a good set of features for the hillwalker including DriLite waterproof lining, a leather palm and a pile lining for insulation. There is stretch material on the back of the hand for a closer fit, plus a nose wipe on the thumb. The cuffs get a drawcord adjuster and ...

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Outdoor Research Arete (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesFor maximum dexterity a separate liner glove that’s designed to be worn inside a more waterproof and durable shell is a useful option, and that’s how the Outdoor Research Arete is designed. The liner glove has silicone patches on the palm for a better grip, while the shell has a nylon palm, with cuff drawcord and wrist loop. There is ...

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SealSkinz Extreme Cold Weather (2015)

£65.00

FeaturesPrimaloft synthetic insulation is packed into the back of the hand while pile fleece is fitted to the palm. You get a long gauntlet design too for greater protection. The palms are leather and there is a nose wipe. I also really like the wrist leash along with the cuff adjustment drawcord and webbing buckle around the wrist. 5/5 FitThe ...

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Rab Guide (2015)

£75.00

FeaturesThe Rab Guide has a real workhorse design, thanks to the extensive thick leather areas to ensure durability. Inside there is a very thick pile fleece for warmth, while an eVent waterproof lining makes this suitable for wet days and when snow’s melting. The cuff has elastication, but no other adjustment. However, a nose wipe and a wrist leash complete ...

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Alpkit Filo (2015)

£120.00

FeaturesThe Alpkit Filo features 675+ fill power 90/10 duck down – not quite the spec of higher-priced jackets – which is why it’s a little heavier. The outer is ripstop nylon, again a slightly heavier option than pricier jackets, but you do get a removable hood, which benefits from a wired peak. The cuffs only have plain elastication rather than ...

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North Ridge Elbrus (2015)

£120.00

FeaturesThe North Ridge Elbrus is filled with a 650+ fill power 70/30 duck down, which is less efficient than higher-priced options, and so this jacket is not the warmest, but it is light – in part because there is also no hood. But you do get Velcro cuff adjustment and a nice brushed collar area. The outer is also quite ...

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Berghaus Explorer Ridge Plus GTX (2014)

£135.00

FeaturesThis boot is made from British Pittards full-grain leather with minimal stitching, which protects a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. There is good stiffness in the toe box too and heel cup to provide protection and support on rockier ground. Underfoot you get a very well-cushioned Opti-Stud sole with widely spaced studs and a heel breast. 5/5 FitThe Berghaus Explorer Ridge Plus ...

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Anatom G2 Hiking (2014)

£85.00

FeaturesThe Anatom G2 Hiking is outstanding for the price as you get a leather upper with minimal stitching, and some reasonable stiffness, particularly at the toe and heel. There is a Tri-aria waterproof lining too. The outsole has deep, well-spaced lugs with a heel breast and acceptable sole stiffness for more challenging hill terrain. 4/5 FitThe sizes available are 42-47 ...

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Brasher Hill walker II GTX (2014)

£120.00

FeaturesA leather upper with minimal stitching and a Gore-Tex lining is an impressive achievement at this price. Then add in the 1210g (pair, size 11) weight and this appears even better. Better still the toe box is very well-stiffened and the outsole has well-spaced lugs and a heel breast. More stiffness in the sole would be good, though. 4/5 FitAvailable ...

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Vango Pumori (2014)

£85.00

FeaturesThe grey nubuck leather upper does not have too much stitching and there is a fabric tongue, while a ProTex waterproof membrane is provided inside to keep your feet dry. The upper has little stiffening though. However, the outsole does have deep lugs that are widely spaced and you get a small heel breast to help descents. 3/5 FitThe Vango ...

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Dolomite Ortisei EVO GTX (2014)

£125.00

FeaturesThere is a real mountain robustness about this boot, thanks to a good stiff flex in the sole. The toe box is very stiff and generally it feels ready for a tough day on the hill. The upper is a mix of synthetic DLM fibre and suede overlays, which protects the Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The Vibram outsole has deep, well-spaced ...

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Berghaus Expeditor AQ Suede (2014)

£100.00

FeaturesThe big feature here is the weight of just 1234g (pair, size 11). This has been achieved by using a mesh upper that covers a Berghaus AQ waterproof lining. It is quite a bendy boot too so there is less stiffening material to weigh it down. The studs on the outsole are widely spaced to prevent clogging, and there is ...

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Dolomite Stelvio EVO GTX (2014)

£110.00

FeaturesYou get remarkable features for the price here with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining behind the fabric and suede upper. There is great stiffness in the toe box, heel cup and sole for rocky and uneven ground. The outsole also has some good, well-spaced lugs although a more pronounced heel breast would be preferable. 4/5 FitThe Dolomite Stelvio EVO GTX only ...

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