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Airbac – AirTech Backpack (32L)

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The amount of padding in the AirTech Backpack is insane. They’ve turned up the padding dials to 11 and it’s foam o’clock in the shoulderstraps. The bag oozes comfort from every pore. But it’s that enormous air bladder which is the party piece. Its over 4 inches deep at the bottom of the bag, and you kinda just want to put your laptop in the thing and drop it to watch it bounce around the room.
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Cyba-Lite – Vega lantern

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The Vega lantern is said to chuck out 300 lumen from its 3 LEDs, which in real-world terms is enough to light a tent or room bright enough to read by, but probably not to do open heart surgery. We’re currently renovating an old house, and the Vega has been used to navigate our way to and from the bathroom on those (frequent) evenings where the lights have stopped working.
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Sole – Loft women’s boots

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When I first put these boots on I was surprised at how comfortable they were. The flannel-lined inside made them as comfy as putting on a pair of well-worn slippers. And with the inner-calf circumference measuring a generous 34.5cm, it made them even more wearable for those of us with a “not-so-slim” calf – I was even able to put them on over a pair of jeans, a bonus in my book.
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Securikey T-Reign – ProLink Smartphone Holster/Tether

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What you get is a tough bumper case for your phone (iPhone 4 or 5 models available) which clips around it in two parts and holds together securely. In case you are ham-fisted, the case and holster are connected with a retractable tether. The cord tether is 3ft long and the idea is that you can’t become separated from your phone, and it’s unlikely to hit the ground if you drop it. Instead, it’ll hit you in the knee.
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Sub Zero – Factor 2 inner gloves

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We’ve had a surprisingly mild winter this year, but I still find it a little chilly on the hands during those early morning dog-walks, and up on the hills. But I’m not keen on big bulky gloves unless the conditions […] Read more…

X-Bionic – Energizer MK2 Women’s Top

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The only time I’ve over-heated in it was because I wasn’t sure how well it would work so I put fleece over top of it. And after bouts of intense exercise I didn’t turn into a shivering mess immediately afterwards so it seems to do the regulation thing quite well. Although it doesn’t make you feel warm and cosy like a thermal baselayer, it just stops you from feeling cold, which is a weird thing to describe.
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Mammut – Redburn Pro Approach Shoes

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if you’re going walking over rough ground for a day or more, wear walking boots. If you’re climbing anything vaguely technical for anything longer than 20 minutes, wear rock shoes. If you’re doing a bit of either of the above, and / or general being on your feet in an urban environment you can do worse than the Mammut Reburn Pro. Read more…

Smartwool – Women’s PhD Run Shorts

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The outer shorts that are traditional shorts are made of material so light it’s like wearing spider webs. The secret pants are so soft and gentle, you barely notice them. The seamless elasticated waist is very, very comfortable. So the overall effect is that you feel like you’re running in a thong. Read more…

Platypus – 1L Soft Bottle

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It holds one litre, fills easily, will stand up on its base, and importantly, has strong seams. I’ve sat on it, dropped rucksacks onto it, even stood on it, and there’s not even a hint that it might burst. Them’s strong seams. Read more…

Mammut – Montana 2 Sleeping Bag

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There’s a couple of really nice touches to the Montana 2 sleeping bag. The main zipper pull has a little message on it which says “Sleep Well” (the dog certainly did) and the water-resistant (read “splash proof”) carrying bag has a sort of mountaineering snakes and ladders game printed on it for when you’re stuck in a tent and the weather is against you. Clever. Read more…

Cicerone – Moveable Feasts

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It takes some going over and will sit on your bedside table for ages and keep you thinking – but it’s well worth it, even if you get a few golden nuggets which will make your camping trip more comfy and tastier. A great gift for difficult ‘i do outdoors’ family members, as it will keep them happy for hours.
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Ohyo – Collapsible Drinking Bottle

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The Wife is a particularly bad user of bottled water. We must have 10 perfectly good reusable bottles in our cupboard, but she still feels the need to purchase a litre of some posh french water whenever she drives anywhere. It drives me potty, so I am trying to stash the handy compressed Ohyo bottles shown above in her car as an aide-memoir to save the planet. Read more…

Merrell – Chameleon 5 Mid Ventilator GTX Carbon

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Merrell categorise these as a ‘high-speed backpacking shoe’. Inside they boast a Gore-Tex membrane and a support insole described as ‘suitable for carrying a light pack’. Outside they’ve got tough laces, a sturdy outer construction with breathable mesh and a tough heel to withstand kicking them off at the pub every day. On the bottom a thick and chunky Vibram sole does the business well. Read more…

Platypus – Sprinter XT 25L Backpack

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Being 5’9” the 20” M/L backpack was a perfect fit, resting snuggly on my hips, and the combination of back padding and internal frame was enough to cushion the pack against my back without over insulating it. The Sprinter is available in two torso lengths so can be fitted to a variety of body shapes – and whilst it’s not a specific women’s pack I had no trouble with its fit. Read more…

Berghaus – Expeditor Waterproof Hiking Boots

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At £100 for the leather boot, Berghaus seems to be targetting the novice to intermediate outdoorsman really aggressively. Their choice to eschew expensive membranes from GORE or EVENT has resulted in a really functional and stylish boot at a pretty competitive price. So far, so good for this boot test with no problems to report on general mooching, dog-walking and short-sharp lowland hikes Read more…

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