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Scarpa Manta Pro (2016)

£300.00

FeaturesThe Scarpa Manta has been the benchmark B2-rated 4-season hillwalking boot for decades, and it remains the cornerstone of the category. The upper is a mix of leather and synthetic materials with a Gore-Tex waterproof lining inside and a full rubber rand outside. The sole is a very aggressive Vibram unit with deep lugs and a good heal breast, and ...

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Marmot Alpinist (2015)

£460.00

FeaturesThe 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric used in the Marmot Alpinist provides durable levels of waterproofness and breathability and is combined with four external chest pockets, pit zips and a removable snow skirt. The hood is helmet- compatible too, making this a belt-and-braces feature list that ups the weight a little. 5/5 Fit Men’s sizes are S-XL and women’s are XS-XL ...

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Arc’teryx Theta AR (2015)

£450.00

FeaturesUsing the tough 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for durable levels of waterproofness and breathability, the Arc’teryx Theta AR is a workhorse design. It has two huge chest pockets, plus pit zips. The hood is helmet-compatible with a stiffened peak. All that for 450g (size men’s L) looks great for use on the hill. 5/5 Fit Men’s sizes are XS-XXL and ...

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Bergans Storen (2015)

£380.00

FeaturesThe Bergans Storen uses two-way stretch Toray Dermizax NX 3-layer laminated fabric, which is extremely waterproof and extremely breathable. It is quite thin and softer than most jackets here, and relatively lightweight too. You get four main pockets on the outside, plus a hood with a stiffened peak. Mesh-lined pockets and pit zips allow extra airflow. 5/5 Fit Men’s sizes ...

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Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu (2015)

£330.00

FeaturesOne of the most well-established mountain jackets there is, the Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu uses tough 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for durable levels of waterproofness and breathability. There are three big pockets on the chest, plus a zipped internal pocket. The helmet-compatible hood benefits from a wired peak with face and rear volume adjustment, while pit zips add ventilation. 5/5 Fit ...

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Mammut Teton / Ridge (2015)

£350.00

FeaturesThe latest version of Gore-Tex waterproof and breathable fabric is used in the Mammut Teton / Ridge, with its C-Knit backer, which is lighter, softer and less durable than Gore-Tex Pro. Two chest pockets and pit zips are also provided. The hood sports a large stiffened peak. A nice less obvious feature is the larger-than-normal Velcro contact areas on the ...

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Rab Latock/Latock Alpine (2015)

£325.00

FeaturesThe Rab Latock/Latock Alpine is an exceptionally functional jacket using a tough 3-layer eVent fabric for durable levels of waterproofness and breathability. There are four massive chest pockets, long pit zips and a helmet-compatible hood with a wired peak. The front zip is also one of the chunkier and more water-resistant designs that I have seen, with a very robust ...

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Mountain Hardwear Quasar II (2015)

£325.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Hardwear Quasar II’s weight of just 337g (size L) is a major feature here, but you do also get a jacket made of an extremely waterproof and breathable 3-layer fabric called DryQ Elite. There are also two huge Napoleon-style chest pockets and the hood gets a peak that is stiffened and wired. But other jackets have pit zips ...

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First test: Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell Anorak (2015)

£370.00

It’s no longer enough to say a jacket is waterproof and breathable, as just about every jacket can offer this. According to Fjällräven it’s now important that a garment is environmentally friendly too, so it has introduced the Keb Eco-Shell clothing collection to ensure hillgoers are looking after not only themselves but also the planet. The range is intended to ...

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First test: Berghaus Civetta (2015)

£300.00

Staying dry and comfy in the rain is one challenge all UK hillgoers have to face. Modern waterproof and breathable fabrics are better at managing those comfort levels than ever before, and the latest innovation from WL Gore is no exception. Gore’s Gore-Tex is a well-proven provider of extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability. The material has a 3-layer ...

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Rab Neo Guide (2015)

£300.00

Tick in the box straight away: look at the pockets. Two map-sized pockets on the upper torso; the Neo Guide doesn’t even bother with handwarmers because it expects you to be wearing a proper rucksack. This is a specialist jacket where every detail has been thought about by a serious hill-walker. In terms of performance, it is very similar to ...

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First test: MSR Flylite (2015)

£330.00

When backpacking, it’s important to consider a tent’s weight. At just 904g the FlyLite is the lightest full shelter MSR has ever made, and it promises enough space for two campers to sleep comfily. The FlyLite was designed for hikers on routes such as the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA, but it may be useful for UK walkers who ...

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First test: Nigor PioPio Solo (2015)

£300.00

Weight is one of the most important factors when choosing a tent for backpacking, but a shelter also needs good space inside along with adequate protection from the elements. The Nigor PioPio Solo promises all this, and at 989g it certainly won’t weigh you down – but is it worth the £300 price tag? Nigor is a brand from the ...

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Mountain Equipment Glacier 1000 (2015)

£460.00

The Mountain Equipment Glacier 1000 is a superb all-rounder. Its temperature rating of -16 deg C is conservative, as the manufacturer suggests you can get a ‘good night’s sleep’ at -20 deg C in this bag. The performance edge comes from the 725+ fill power down with minimum 90 per cent down and just 10 per cent feather. This down ...

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Rab Andes 800 (2015)

£560.00

The Rab Andes 800 is a little warmer than some other bags, with a temperature rating of -22 deg C, but it’s still very light at just 1544g. This performance is achieved by using the most efficient down, so you get 800+ fill power down, made up of 90 per cent down and just 10 per cent feather. This down ...

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Berghaus Ramche (2015)

£340.00

FeaturesThe big story is the 850+ fill power 90/10 hydrophobic down, which maintains its performance when wet better than standard down. You also get Pertex Quantum GL outer fabric to keep the weight down to a very acceptable 516g (size L). The helmet-compatible hood has face drawcords and a wired peak while the two pockets get zips. 5/5 FitThe Berghaus ...

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The North Face Verto S6K Glacier (2015)

£330.00

FeaturesThe uppers are constructed using a mix of synthetic textile combined with Smartlite PU mudguard. A padded one-piece tongue is linked to a high ankle cuff with an elasticated extra cuff. Internally a high-cut Gore-Tex Duratherm liner is matched with 200g Thinsulate insulation. The Vibram Mulaz sole has moderate lugs and fully automatic crampon fitting. B3 rated. 5/5 FitThis boot ...

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Montane Alpine Endurance (2014)

£325.00

FeaturesDesigned for alpine-style mountain trips, the Montane Alpine Endurance comes with four large pockets on the chest, an internal zipped pocket, an internal stretch pocket and pit zips. The hood is designed to be helmet-compatible, and benefits from a wired peak as well as a rear volume adjuster and a collar drawcord. There’s also a sleeve pocket and extremely robust ...

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Páramo Enduro/Ventura (2014)

£350.00

FeaturesThere are four external chest pockets here, meaning there’s plenty of space for maps, compasses and hats or gloves between showers. Interestingly one of these pockets has a Velcro opening for ‘fast access’ says Páramo, while the others have zips. Zipped vents are also provided on the arms, and the helmet-compatible hood gets a wired peak with face and volume ...

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Mountain Equipment Tupilak (2014)

£350.00

The Mountain Equipment Tupilaks are built to take you where other trousers may not survive, thanks to the use of Gore-Tex Pro bonded to 80 denier and 40 denier nylon fabric. So you get top waterproofness and breathability as well as durability to withstand abrasion from rock and ice as well as ice axes, crampons, harnesses and ice screws. The ...

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Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu (2014)

£330.00

FeaturesThe Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu has been a favourite jacket of mine for years, in part due to the fact that it has the essential features for hill and mountain walks. Primarily you get those all-important three big pockets on the chest, plus a zipped internal pocket. The helmet-compatible hood has a wired peak with face and rear volume adjustment, and ...

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Suunto Ambit V2 (2014)

£325.00

The Suunto Ambit V2 is a watch with built-in GPS functionality that provides your location, a record of your route and speed of movement while also recording heart rate. The watch is water-resistant to 100 metres so it can be used to record your performance while swimming, as well as running, cycling, skiing or walking. There is a compass, barometric ...

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Satmap Active 12 (2014)

£325.00

The Satmap Active 12 with its orange buttons is the latest version of the popular Satmap Active 10. The Active 12 benefits from an improved high-resolution screen, meaning that OS mapping is clearer. You can now share routes with other devices via Bluetooth connectivity, and a barometric altimeter has also been added. But the big advantage is the large screen ...

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Garmin Montana 650t (2014)

£490.00

There is a model in the Garmin range of GPS receivers to suit just about every user. The Montana 650t is the ‘bell and whistles’ option. It has a huge, tough screen measuring 5x9cm, and this automatically orientates to portrait or landscape format depending on how you hold the device. For ease of navigation you get a magnetic compass and ...

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Vaude Lizard GUL 1P (2014)

£550.00

If you rank minimal weight as your number one priority then the Vaude Lizard GUL 1P  is the tent for you. At just 740g including stuffsacks, pegs and poles, it’s half the weight of some in our test so it won’t weigh you down when backpacking. It features carbon poles and a unique pole configuration. There’s a short pole at ...

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