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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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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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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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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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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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Nordisk Telemark 1 ULW (2014)

£360.00

This is the Ultra Light Weight (ULW) version of the standard Nordisk Lightweight (LW) Telemark. It is supplied with carbon poles rather than the aluminium poles found on the LW version to save 60g but is £40 higher in price. The ULW weighed 834g on the Trail scales, although the manufacturer states it should weigh 770g. Pitching is very quick ...

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Terra Nova Laser Photon 1 (2014)

£390.00

The Laser’s design has become the benchmark for lightweight tents, and the Photon 1 is just one of many variations available. It weighs 805g, making it one of the lightest one-person tents around. There is one alloy pole to fit, while a pair of vertical poles at each end are pre-fitted. However, I’ve always found this tent a little messy ...

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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 ...

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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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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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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 ...

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Lightwave Firelight 450 (2014)

£449.00

This is incredibly lightweight for a bag with a -5 deg C comfort limit at just 776g (792g with stuffsack). The Lightwave Firelight 450 is made with a lightweight 29 g/m² 15 denier nylon, and this helps to strip away the weight. For insulation you get 450g of 900 fill power down, while most bags have 750 to 800 fill ...

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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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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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Lightwave T20 Trail (2014)

£330.00

Designed as a 4-season tent, the Lightwave T20 Trail weighs in at 2519g, which is slightly heavy compared to some higher-priced options, but it has many advantages over similar designs. Firstly, it can be pitched outer-first or inner -first, making it suitable for a wide range of conditions. It comes with 12 standard pegs, plus four corkscrew pegs, so it ...

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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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Terra Nova Polar Lite 2 Micro (2014)

£350.00

Many lightweight tents lose out in terms of stability and durability, but the Terra Nova Polar Lite 2 Micro is specifically designed to withstand severe environments that include snow conditions. It weighs 2039g and packs down to a shorter size than similar tents. It pitches outer-first, with the three alloy poles slipping through sleeves around the outside of the flysheet. ...

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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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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 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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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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Fjällräven Singi Lightweight 2 (2014)

£440.00

The Fjällräven Singi Lightweight 2  is a simplified version of the Fjällräven Abisko, as it uses the same materials but has a standard porch rather than the extended porch of the Abisko. The Singi Lightweight is designed for spring, summer and autumn use and weighs in at 2206g. This is slightly heavier than other similar designs but it does have ...

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