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Berghaus Ramche (2014)

£300.00

The Ramche is one of Berghaus’s MtnHaus products, designed by mountaineers for top performance in the fiercest conditions. It features hydrophobic down, which resists water better than normal down, so it’s better able to retain its insulating performance when wet. Offset baffles reduce heat loss from the body core, while square baffles on the upper arms and stitched-through baffles under ...

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Bergans of Norway Glittertind (2013)

£300.00

The Bergans of Norway Glittertind is made from Dermizax, a 3-layer fabric with a membrane to keep water out while allowing sweat to travel out through the fabric to prevent condensation build-up. The lab results for the fabric are good and it certainly feels as good as other top-end fabrics. The design of this jacket appears quite good on first ...

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Adidas Terrex Advanced (2013)

£450.00

The Adidas Terrex Advanced is made from Gore-Tex Pro, the latest version of Gore-Tex fabric, which is their most breathable to date. The design is fairly standard with two chest pockets and a hood, which makes this price tag appear pretty high compared with the price of other jackets made from the same material and with the same or more ...

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Haglöfs Roc High (2013)

£400.00

The Haglöfs Roc High is made from new Gore-Tex Pro so it is top of the league in terms of waterproofness and breathability, and it is a reasonably good weight too at 492g (size men’s L). But what really sets this jacket apart is the features and their design. Firstly it is slightly longer than the lightest jackets we looked ...

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La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX (2014)

£300.00

The La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX is designed for ice climbing, mixed climbing and cold-weather alpine pursuits, so it has an insulated lining as well as Gore-Tex to keep your feet comfortable. The upper is made from synthetic materials to keep weight down, with extra durability provided by the rubber rand that extends all the way around the ...

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The North Face Verto S6K Glacier GTX (2014)

£330.00

The North Face’s Verto S6K Glacier GTX is designed to be used up to 6000m on Alpine mountains and glaciers, and if you grab it between toe and heel and try to bend the sole, it’s clear this is a true 4-season boot because there’s plenty of stiffness in that sole unit. Inside the boot there’s also a layer of ...

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Garmin Oregon 600 (2013)

£320.00

Garmin makes a huge range of GPS receivers, and the Oregon 600 is another that benefits from a touch-screen, barometric altimeter and wireless Bluetooth data transfer. The 600 is the standard version in the series, but you can add a camera and more memory by opting for a more high-spec model. This unit is a good size for hillwalkers, as ...

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Satmap Active 12 (2013)

£350.00

The Satmap Active 12 is the latest version of the popular Satmap Active 10, a frequent winner of Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ awards. This device benefits from a much-improved high-resolution screen, with twice the pixels of the Active 10, which means OS mapping is extremely crisp and clear. There’s also Bluetooth Smart wireless connectivity, which allows routes to be shared ...

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Arc’teryx Beta LT (2013)

£350.00

The Arc’teryx Beta LT is new for autumn 2013 and features Gore-Tex Pro, the latest version of the well-proven waterproof and breathable fabric, which is now more breathable than before. The Beta LT stands apart from other Gore-Tex Pro jackets when it is placed on the scales, as it only weighs 371g (size L). The fabric is also very supple, ...

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Karrimor Phantom (2013)

£300.00

As the Karrimor Phantom is made from a pretty tough version of 3-layer eVent fabric, it weighs in quite heavy at 740g (size L). But you are getting plenty of great features here, so you may feel the extra weight is acceptable. First, it is very long by modern standards, being 8cm longer than some jackets here, meaning it covered ...

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Páramo Enduro/Ventura (2013)

£350.00

The Páramo Enduro (men’s)/Ventura (women’s) is a new jacket that features stretch Analogy fabric to allow it to have a closer, ‘athletic’ fit. The stretch fabric is situated across the shoulders, down the inside of the sleeves and down the sides of the body. Previously Páramo garments have generally been quite loose, so you may or may not like this ...

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Mountain Equipment Lhotse/Manaslu (2013)

£300.00

The Mountain Equipment Lhotse (men’s version) has previously been a firm favourite of mine and it’s regularly done well in Trail gear reviews. For 2013 this classic gets a few design tweaks as well as the new Gore-Tex Pro fabric, which boasts increased breathability over its predecessors. The jacket now has an ‘Alpine fit’, meaning it is closer-fitting than before, ...

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Montane Alpine Endurance (2013)

£300.00

The Montane Alpine Endurance is designed for alpine-style mountaineering, where a climber is belaying his mate one minute and then taking the lead. It is made from a good version of eVent, so it has proven waterproofness and breathability performance, but it’s also sturdy enough not to buckle in a breeze or tear when rubbing shoulders with rock. The length ...

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Mountain Equipment Tupilak (2013)

£300.00

When the weather is trying to say ‘get off the mountain’, you need the best protection there is – and Mountain Equipment Tupilak trousers provide it. Built around Gore-Tex Pro, they are top of the fabric league in terms of waterproof and breathable performance. You also get a high waist and braces so they stay up and you are very ...

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Victorinox Night Vision (2013)

£450.00

For the ultimate mesh between the outdoors and quality timepieces, you can’t really do better than a Swiss Army watch, in this case the Victorinox Night Vision. It’s an expensive outdoor watch, for sure. But it’s also a cheap Swiss watch: it’s made in Switzerland of Swiss bits and movement. It’s a beautiful thing, too: slick enough to wear on ...

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Garmin Fenix (2013)

£350.00

When it comes to GPS watches, Garmin was there first – so you could expect its latest offering to be at the sharp edge of design and innovation. The Fenix is a little bit more brutal-looking than the similarly loaded Suunto Ambit2, but whether this is a good or bad thing depends entirely on personal taste, as both watches are ...

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Suunto Ambit2 HR (2013)

£410.00

When you want a watch to do everything – absolutely everything – then Suunto is probably your best bet. The Ambit2 HR is one of the new generation of satnav watches loaded up with technology, and it features a staggering array of features, which – for this second-generation Ambit – can now be personalised by uploading sports ‘apps’ to the ...

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Elliot Brown Canford (2013)

£325.00

British timepiece fledglings Elliot Brown’s spanking new watches definitely hail from the school of chunky functionality. There’s an emphasis here on quality, and it’s been thought out to be tough: the Canford’s movement is a Swiss-made affair featuring a triple-sealed crown tested to 20 atmospheres of pressure, making it ideal for both altitude and depth. There’s an end-of-battery-life indicator, an ...

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Rab Infinity 300 (2013)

£350.00

Rab’s heritage with down products can’t be knocked, and the Infinity 300 – while pricy – has this in its favour before it’s even left the starting blocks. On paper it’s joint warmest bag in our test with the Mountain Equipment Xero, pushing its comfort limit to a more useful -2 deg C with an extreme of -18. The shell ...

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First test: Mountain Equipment Lhotse (2013)

£300.00

Gore-Tex Pro is the latest waterproof, breathable fabric from WL Gore. It promises increased breathability and is intended for the hill and mountain walker in need of durable performance. One of the first jackets to feature this fabric is Mountain Equipment’s Lhotse. I first used the new Gore-Tex Pro fabric on a press trip in November 2012 during a wet ...

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Mountain Equipment Xero 300 (2013)

£300.00

An impressive product from the ever-impressive Mountain Equipment, the Xero range has been redesigned for 2013 and now comes badged up with branded credentials, including a Down Codex stamp assuring that the 850+ Ukranian goose down within has been ethically sourced (as opposed to live-plucked) and features a breathable He30 shell and DC7 hood. This is all very impressive-sounding, but ...

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Marmot Plasma 30 (2013)

£400.00

The Marmot Plasma 30 has a very hefty price tag, but this is nevertheless an outstanding sleeping bag that pulls off something rare: it actually seems better than Marmot says it is. In comparison to the Rab Infinity 300 – with which it shares a similar InsoTect insulation system and Pertex outer – it manages a higher fill power of ...

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First test: Nordisk Telemark 1 ULW (2013)

£360.00

Every gram counts when backpacking. And while many modern backpacking tents tip the scales at less than 1 kilo, not all of them are practical to use in the challenging weather of the British mountains. The Nordisk Telemark 1 weighs in at 770g according to the manufacturers (though it tipped the Trail scales at 834g) and is designed to be ...

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Mammut Sphere UL Spring (2013)

£310.00

Mammut’s Sphere range has been around for a while and has a proven reputation for featuring superlight, high-quality sleeping bags that are lean on features but offer robust performance. So, you don’t get a neck baffle, the zip is ¾ length and small, and the fit is slim and fitted to minimise on extra fabric and therefore weight. That said, ...

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Terra Nova Voyager 800 (2013)

£340.00

Striking a middle-of-the-road note on performance and a slightly on-the-heavier-side one on weight, the Terra Nova Voyager 800 comes from a design stable well used to paring high-quality products down to a minimum weight. Its lower comfort rating is freezing point, which means it’s very much a spring/summer bag if used on the tops, but would stretch to 3-season use ...

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