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Craghoppers Pro Lite (2015)

£40.00

FeaturesThe Craghoppers Pro Lite is a low-priced fleece jacket with a hood and three pockets is a good option for many hillwalking situations. This one has no baffle behind the front zip, though, so it can be draughty and there’s no chinguard for the top of the zip. There are no adjustment cords at the cuffs, hem or around the ...

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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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First test: Osprey Atmos AG 65 (2015)

£180.00

With the right rucksack back system you really can carry everything you need for a night of camping, including the proverbial kitchen sink, and still remain comfortable throughout the day when backpacking. The Osprey Atmos range of rucksacks has been popular for many years, but now there’s a new Anti-Gravity (AG) back system available to supercharge their performance for 2015 ...

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Mammut Eiswand Tech (2015)

£175.00

FeaturesThis jacket from Mammut’s Eiger range is designed for alpinism and climbing, but it also works really well as a hillwalking and scrambling fleece thanks to its ‘alpinist’ features. So you get two large chest pockets, a hood and a close fit to allow active movement without riding up. There is no third chest pocket, though, which is a surprise ...

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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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Regatta Breaktrail (2015)

£25.00

FeaturesThe Regatta Breaktrail’s biggest benefit here is the price of just £25, but at such a low cost it isn’t surprising to find that hillgoing features are limited. There’s a short front zip, only one pocket and no hood. But the zip does have an inside baffle to block wind and prevent chin scraping. The pocket is large enough for ...

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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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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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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 W.N.W (2015)

£120.00

At one end of the fleecy scale there's the cuddly cloud-like top, perfect for the pub and light spring days. At the other end there’s the W.N.W, which takes its cues from soft shell and is a dedicated winter weather warrior. At its core is Gore Windstopper fabric, which vies with Polartec for top honours when it comes to fleece ...

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Craghoppers Miska II Half-Zip (2015)

£30.00

I wanted to take this off at the end of the day about as much as you might want to get out of a warm bed on a Baltic day, it's so incredibly soft, light and warm. The velvety microfleece is more reminiscent of comfy pyjamas than hardy outdoor kit. The cut is perfect for comfort and warmth: long enough ...

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Berghaus Roseg Full-Zip (2015)

£100.00

The green, bobbly one I tested may have taken its design cues from a dollop of mushy peas, but the Roseg is a top performer on cold, blustery, active days out. The cut is neat and trim, long enough to cover the lower back, even when making agile hops from stream to rock. The hem and cuffs are elasticated so ...

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Patagonia R1 Pullover (2015)

£100.00

The R1 takes an unusual approach by having its fleece fabric on the inside and a smooth, stretchy microfibre face-fabric on the outside. The internal fleece material is called Regulator, and it is soft, extremely light and surprisingly warm. This is in part due to an insulating grid pattern which keeps heat close to your body while still retaining breathability ...

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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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First test: Scarpa Marmolada Trek (2015)

£200.00

Does the perfect boot exist? It’s hard to say; but I’ve always looked for one boot that I could wear no matter where I go on the hills. It’s a big ask, as it really depends what sort of hillwalking you mostly do and where you mostly go. But the Scarpa Marmolada Trek promises to be the perfect boot as ...

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Scarpa Manta Pro GTX (2015)

£210.00

FeaturesThe Scarpa Manta Pro GTX’s upper is made from a combination of water-resistant suede and synthetic textile with a one-piece padded tongue and contoured ankle padding. There is a full rubber rand and a high-cut Gore-Tex waterproof lining. The ankle cuff is shaped and well-padded with recesses to accommodate the tongue. The Vibram Pentax Precision XT sole has moderate lugs. ...

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Mountain Equipment Lumin (2015)

£200.00

FeaturesThis jacket uses water-resistant 675+ fill power 90/10 down, production of which is audited via Mountain Equipment’s Down Codex scheme to ensure it does not include live plucking. The outer is a lightweight ripstop nylon. The hood gets a wired peak, volume adjuster and face drawcords, and it can be rolled down and secured at the collar. 5/5 FitThe Mountain ...

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Mammut Magic GTX (2015)

£210.00

FeaturesThe Mammut Magic GTX has a highly stitched upper made from a mix of velours leather and Dropstop synthetic textile. There’s a one-piece padded tongue with a high padded ankle cuff, while a full rubber rand affords protection around the edge while the sole is a deep-lugged Vibram Maton unit. Internally there is shaped ankle padding and a full-height Gore-Tex ...

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Montane North Star (2015)

£240.00

Features The outer shell is more water-resistant than most, which is good as the down used does not have the water-resistant treatment some jackets offer. The hood gets volume adjustment, face drawcords and stiffened peak, and can be rolled down and secured at the collar. The cuffs have tab adjusters. All that for 565g (size L) is impressive. 4/5 FitThe ...

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La Sportiva Cube GTX (2015)

£275.00

FeaturesThe upper of the La Sportiva Cube GTX is made with a seamless construction method that incorporates a QB3 waterproof material with a thermoplastic covering through which the eyelets are formed. A deep rubber rand encloses the boot and there’s a very aggressive Vibram sole unit with deep, widely spaced lugs underfoot and a smooth climbing zone. Semi-automatic crampon fitting. ...

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Rab Infinity Endurance (2015)

£285.00

FeaturesInsulation is provided by Nikwax Hydrophobic Down with a fill power of 850+ while the outer is a Pertex Quantum GL ripstop nylon, and this ensures the jacket offers a very good level of insulation but is also very light for its performance. There are three pockets and the hood gets a wired peak, with the lack of cuff adjustment ...

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Montane Chonus (2015)

£280.00

FeaturesThe down is held in box wall construction throughout, which means there are no cold spots as found on most jackets at this price, which are generally stitched-through designs. The 800+ fill power 90/10 down is certified not live plucked, but it isn’t water-resistant. You do get a helmet-compatible hood with a stiffened peak though. 4/5 FitThe men’s Montane Chonus ...

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Quechua X-Light (2015)

£30.00

FeaturesAt just 409g (size M), something must be missing, and there is less insulation inside the Quechua X-Light than in the other down jackets we looked at. What sets it apart is the price, but to achieve that there is no adjustment drawcords on the hood, only two pockets, no cuff adjustment and no soft brushed lining at the chin. ...

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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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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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