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Inside The Primus Factory | How A Stove Is Made

We visit stove specialist Primus's Stockholm R&D cave before checking out the Estonian factory where the Swedish outfit's stoves are precision assembled.

Rab Kinetic Plus Jacket | First Look

Is it a waterproof soft shell or a soft feeling waterproof? We don't care, all we know is that we like the Kinetic Plus Jacket a lot.

Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus Solar Panel | Preview

New lighter, more efficient and intelligent version of Goal Zero's Nomad 7 solar panel arrives for spring.

Patagonia 850 Down -7˚C Sleeping Bag | Review

Patagonia's new down-filled sleeping bag features an unusual central-zip system and top quality components.

Mountain Equipment Helium 400 Sleeping Bag | Review

Mountain Equipment's redesigned three-season lightweight is a great mix of warmth, weight and cunning design.

MSR Access 2 Tent | Detailed Review

The new MSR Access 2 is a beautifully built, impressively stable, four-season, two-person valley tent that weighs less than most three-season tents

Sonder Transmitter Carbon | Review

Alpkit's latest Sonder Transmitter Carbon mountain bike is lighter, lower, slacker and all round faster, funner and better than the original aluminium version.

Best Daypacks Reviewed 2017

We've tested 16 of the very best 2017 hill and mountain walking daypacks to help you choose the best load-hauler for one-day outings in the hills.

Osprey Mutant 28 Pack | Review

The smaller of Osprey's Mutant mountain packs is a cracking mix of comfortable, stable carry and clever refinements that make it one of the best out there.

Black Diamond Speed 30 Pack | Review

Black Diamond's Speed 30 is a reasonably light, strippable traditional alpine pack complete with floating lid and solid build quality.

Patagonia Ascensionist 30 Pack | Review

Patagonia's sleek lightweight, minimalist Ascensionist 30 alpine pack works well, but calls for careful loading to stay comfortable.

Lowe Alpine Alpine Ascent 32 Pack | Review

Lowe Alpine's new light-ish weight technical Alpine Ascent 32 mountain pack is a well thought-out balance of sturdiness and sensible weight saving.

Salomon X ALP 30 Pack | Review

Salomon's experimental lightweight alpine pack has some really interesting features, but works best if you keep things fast and light.

Mammut Creon Tour 28 Pack | Review

Mammut's slick ventilated hiker combines light weight with a comfortable, taut carry and all the features you need in an all-round mountain walking daypack.

Haglöfs Roc Helios 25 Pack | Review

The Helios 25's aggressive minimalism and distinctive colour scheme mark out a simple, super-lightweight climbing daypack.

Mountain Hardwear Scrambler RT 35 OutDry Pack | Review

MHW's OutDry waterproof technology works brilliantly with an added roll-top closure making this one of the few genuinely waterproof mountain daypacks out there.

Fjällräven Abisko Friluft 35 Pack | Review

Fjällräven's first ventilated back system pack is a tough-feeling all-rounder made from the brand's proofed polyester cotton G-1000 Eco fabric.

Lowe Alpine AirZone Hike 30 | Review

Lowe Alpine's ventilated hiking pack mixes one of the best vented back systems out there with solid build and lots and lots of pockets.

Montane Featherlite 30 Pack | Review

Montane's new lightweight hill and mountain pack treads the thin line between weight saving and usability with assured flair.

Osprey Stratos 34 Pack | Review

Updated ventilated hiking day-pack mixes Ospreys excellent build quality, myriad features and a supportive trampoline-style back system.