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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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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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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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SatMap Active 10 (2012)

£370.00

The Active 10 Plus hasn’t changed for the last few years, so it’s starting to look a little dated in comparison with some other models. But it’s still a great performer, with a huge screen and easy-to-use buttons rather than a fiddly touchscreen. The compass page is excellent, and the rechargeable lithium battery holds its charge well enough to complete ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Memory-Map Adventurer 3500 (2012)

£300.00

A light, compact mapping device with a huge screen. A real bargain: for £300 you get the unit plus GB OS 1:50,000 mapping, with a  licence to use it on five devices, eg computer and smartphone. PC compatibility is seamless. In the field it mostly performed well, but the touchscreen was initially off-kilter and the unit later ground to a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Magellan Explorist 610 (2012)

£400.00

A neat-looking device which is notably smaller than the other mapping units, and therefore has a much smaller screen than most. But the screen is clear and easy to read, and the touchscreen controls worked well. It picked up a fix as quickly as any – even indoors. Selecting a waypoint on the mapping is simple, but you need to ...

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Lowrance Endura Sierra (2012)

£375.00

The Endura is a fairly large and heavy device, yet has a relatively small screen – the one real disadvantage of using buttons, although in this case they work in conjunction with the touchscreen rather than instead of it. Other than this it is great to use, with decent resolution, an easy-to-read Direction of Travel arrow, intuitive, easy menus and ...

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Mammut Albaron /Adamello 2011

£360.00

At 448g (men’s L) the Mammut Albaron /Adamello is the lightest jacket in our test, and while it is certainly trimmed down to make that weight it still has some great features. It is made from Gore-Tex Pro Shell, as are many other jackets, but this feels like a thinner and therefore lighter version. To maintain durability you get reinforcement ...

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Arc’teryx Beta AR 2011

£340.00

The Arc’teryx Beta AR weighs in at an impressive 494g (men’s L) so it is one of the lightest jackets in our test. That weight advantage comes from the relatively short and stripped-down design, as you just get two external pockets, pits zips and a main zip. The fabric is quite a thin version of Gore-Tex Pro Shell, so there ...

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Lowrance Endura Sierra 2011

£450.00

By offering both touch-screen and keypad operation, the Lowrance Endura Sierra aims to provide the best of both worlds. So you can scroll and zoom the OS mapping by touching the screen or using the buttons, while other functions are accessed via the key pad and touch-screen icons. But I found moving the maps around wasn’t as smooth or as ...

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Magellan Explorist 610

£400.00

A brand new model from one of the big outdoor navigation brands that has been a bit quiet over recent years here in the UK. It’s the middle unit of the series, which essentially means that it comes with a barometric compass, but not road navigation (available on the next model up). Its rounded shape houses a three-inch touchscreen display. ...

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Memory Map Adventurer 3500

£380.00

A touchscreen model with quite a large screen, so allowing you to view a little more of the map. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this unit is the scrolling. There is never any delay when flicking the map. It never really stalls to refresh. The menu is simple with most features accessed from the main mapping page, although it ...

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Lowrance Endura Sierra

£383.00

This is the top-end unit from Lowrance and has been recently overhauled to offer full integration with Mapyx Quo mapping software. The unit tested had full 1:25,000 OS mapping for the entire UK on it, which is perhaps the ideal digital-mapping situation. However, the unit plus this mapping would be prohibitively expensive. In addition to the cost, the amount of ...

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Nemo OBI Elite 1P 2011

£400.00

The Nemo OBI Elite 1P one-person tent packs in two halves using a compression dry-sack and separate pole bag, which is a good space saver. It’s free-standing and pitches inner-first, but the single Y-shaped hub-jointed pole attaches easily with clips and the flysheet is on quickly. There’s good internal space for lying down and sitting up; and with a lot ...

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Helsport Ringstind 1 2011

£390.00

The Helsport Ringstind 1 is a quick-pitch one-person tent design with just a single pole that has an ingeniously simple attachment method. This does take a little practice to get perfect as there are multiple guy lines at each end, but once mastered it is great. The guys at the ends and at the centre pole plus the numerous pegging ...

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Garmin Oregon 450T

£400.00

A sleek and lightweight receiver that comes with the benefit of optional Ordnance Survey mapping (£130 for a national park at 1:25000 or £80 for all national parks at 1:50000). All the functions are operated by the touch-screen, which keeps it simple and works well, even with gloves, and as usual for Garmin, the transfer of data is incredibly simple. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Marmot Alpinist 2010

£400.00

The Marmot Alpinist weighs 730g (size M); Gore-Tex Pro Shell; four large chest pockets; pit zips aid ventilation; removable snow skirt; good hood: wired peak and volume adjustment. But no external stormflap on main zip (although it does get internal guttering flap); slightly shorter than some options; main drawback is the price.

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Mammut Chalten 2010

£350.00

The Mammut Chalten uses C-Change fabric, which gets more breathable as it gets warmer; two chest pockets; pit zips; extremely durable fabric; zip-out snowskirt; excellent hood movement. But 850g (size L); breathability does not start to improve until 18 deg C; mesh pockets are not waterproof; pockets are Napoleon style so are of limited use; hood peak needs better stiffening.

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Helly Hansen Verglas 2010

£330.00

The Helly Hansen Verglas weighs 516g (size M); Helly Tech O2 fabric has extremely good waterproofness and breathability; stretch panels in shoulder and hem; two small high chest pockets; two very large hip pockets; removable snowskirt. But access to hip pockets easily obscured with rucksack belts; front zip has internal rather than external stormflaps; hood not as good as some.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Mountain Hardwear Axial 2010

£320.00

The Mountain Hardwear Axial weighs 504g (size L); Gore-Tex Pro Shell; two hip pockets; one chest pocket; pit zips; hood has good fit and movement and stiffened peak; close fit; excellent sleeve movement. But hip pocket access easily obscured by harness or hipbelt; very short body means you’re more likely to need overtrousers; front zip has internal but no external ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Outdoor Research Mentor 2010

£320.00

The Outdoor Research Mentor weighs 486g (size L); Gore-Tex Pro Shell; two big chest pockets plus a third smaller chest pocket; pit zips extend to hem for incredible venting; good hood fit and movement. But waterproof pockets may be a better choice than these mesh-lined ones; front zip has internal rather than external baffles; long side zip has no stormflap ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Crux Flak 2010

£300.00

The Crux Flak weighs 552g (size L); eVent fabric; huge chest pockets; large main zip for ease of use and durable performance; stunning hood with massive stiffened peak.But Napoleon pockets restrict ease of access for handwarming for example; front ‘Aquazip’ leaks and has internal rather than external stormflaps; short body length suits climbing, but not walking.

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Adidas Terrex Feather 2010

£340.00

The Adidas Terrex Feather weighs 400g (size L); Gore-Tex Pro Shell offers extremely high levels of waterproofness and breathability; mesh pockets on chest increase ventilation and can be accessed while wearing a rucksack; fixed hood with wired peak can be rolled down and secured; excellent movement in sleeves. But very pricy for features; sealed pockets and a storm flap over ...

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Mountain Hardwear Optimo/Celeste 2010

£330.00

The Mountain Hardwear Optimo/Celeste weighs 412g (size M); Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric; two large hip pockets; additional chest pocket; rolldown hood with excellent movement and large wired peak; pit zips. But price tag is high; others are lighter; access to base pockets is not ideal when wearing a rucksack belt; base pockets are mesh so they’re not watertight.

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Mountain Hardwear Artero 2010

£340.00

The Mountain Hardwear Artero general-purpose jacket weighs 538g (size L); Gore-Tex Pro Shell is extremely waterproof and extremely breathable; pit zips; two Napoleon chest pockets; two hip pockets; hood can be rolled to collar; hood movement is excellent. But price is very high; pocket access with a rucksack could be slightly better; pockets are mesh-lined so not totally waterproof; very ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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