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Softshell Jackets

Rab Alpha Direct Jacket | First Look

Rab's new all-day, sort of 'softshell' is a brilliant mix of warmth, protection and breathability in a neatly cut, super versatile package. Brilliant!

Rab Alpha Direct Jacket | First Look
Waterproof Jackets

Haglöfs 2017 Spitz Jacket | Review

The Swedish brand's iconic 2007 Spitz Gore-Tex mountain jacket gets a contemporary reboot for 2017 - does it still do the business?

Haglöfs 2017 Spitz Jacket | Review
Waterproof Jackets

Berghaus Extrem Hagshu Jacket | Review

Reassuringly robust own-brand Hydroshell Elite Pro fabric and a fortress-like helmet hood make for one tough mountain shell.

Berghaus Extrem Hagshu Jacket | Review
Waterproof Jackets

Black Diamond Helio Shell | Review

Black Diamond's beautifully-made, soft fabric, lightweight Gore-Tex mountain jacket is a somewhat specialist beast.

Black Diamond Helio Shell | Review
Waterproof Jackets

Haglöfs 2017 Spitz Jacket | Review

The Swedish brand's iconic 2007 Spitz Gore-Tex mountain jacket gets a contemporary reboot for 2017 - does it still do the business?

Haglöfs 2017 Spitz Jacket | Review
Waterproof Jackets

Berghaus Extrem Hagshu Jacket | Review

Reassuringly robust own-brand Hydroshell Elite Pro fabric and a fortress-like helmet hood make for one tough mountain shell.

Berghaus Extrem Hagshu Jacket | Review
Waterproof Jackets

Black Diamond Helio Shell | Review

Black Diamond's beautifully-made, soft fabric, lightweight Gore-Tex mountain jacket is a somewhat specialist beast.

Black Diamond Helio Shell | Review
Reviews

Alpkit Filoment Jacket 2016 | Preview

Alpkit's lightweight down jacket gets Nikwax water-resistant down for this winter along with sleek new good looks.

Alpkit Filoment Jacket 2016 | Preview
Group Tests and Best Buys

Affordable Down And Insulated Jackets | 6 of the Best For Under £150

These great down and insulated jackets mean you can stay warm this winter, without spending a fortune.

Affordable Down And Insulated Jackets | 6 of the Best Outdoor Winter Coats For Under £150
Group Tests and Best Buys

Lightweight Down Jackets | 6 of the Best For 2016/17

A look at the best lightweight down jackets on the market including hooded, pull-on and slim cut versions.

Lightweight Down Jackets | 6 of the Best For 2016/17
Softshell Jackets

Rab Alpha Direct Jacket | First Look

Rab's new all-day, sort of 'softshell' is a brilliant mix of warmth, protection and breathability in a neatly cut, super versatile package. Brilliant!

Rab Alpha Direct Jacket | First Look
Softshell Jackets

Arc'teryx Women's Cita Hoody | Review

The Canadian mountain brand's women's trail running windproof has an ace, lightweight, Goldilocks balance of comfort and protection.

Arc'teryx Women's Cita Hoody | Review
Softshell Jackets

Patagonia Houdini Windproof Jacket | Review

Neat, hooded Houdini windproof jacket from Patagonia is ideal for trail-running use and packs down into its own pocket for compact stowage on the move.

Patagonia Houdini Windproof Jacket | Review
Walking Trousers

Alpkit Koulin Trail Tights | Review

Bargain-priced trail-running tights from Alpkit offer a whole lot of legwear for the outlay and even have handy stash pockets.

Alpkit Koulin Trail Tights | Review
Walking Trousers

Montane Trail 2SK Shorts | Review

Montane's trail-running shorts combine the advantages of Lycra and conventional designs in an ingenious 'twin skin' construction.

Montane Trail 2SK Shorts | Review
Walking Trousers

Patagonia Nine Trails Shorts | Review

Comfortable, longer-cut running shorts complete with a long-legged 'boxer brief liner' to minimise chafing are the opposite of 'racy'.

Patagonia Nine Trails Shorts | Review
Walking Boots

KEEN Wanderer WP Boot | Review

Half-shoe, half-boot - the Wanderer is a brilliantly comfortable all-round walking mid.

KEEN Wanderer WP Boot | Review
Walking Boots

La Sportiva Mutant | Review

Confident, toothy. Mutant mountain running shoe is as good on wet rock as it is on softer ground with monster grip...

La Sportiva Mutant | Review
Walking Boots

Salomon Quest Prime GTX | Preview

Salomon's lightweight backpacking and hiking boot is a nice mix of support and lightness at a reasonable price.

Salomon Quest Prime GTX | Preview
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Salomon Wings Pro 2 Shoe | Review

Solid and dependable trail running shoe that's happiest on dry to medium terrain and can also double as supportive walking and hiking footwear.

Salomon Wings Pro 2 Shoe | Review
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Inov-8 Trail Talon 250 | Review

Inov-8's new lightweight trail-running shoe is a featherweight mix of grip and trail feel, but at the expense of some comfort.

Inov-8 Trail Talon 250 | Review
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 | Review

Beautifully natural feeling all-round lightweight trail-running shoe that makes you feel like a border collie on speed...

Inov-8 Trail Talon 275 | Review
Reviews

Camelbak Octane LR Pack | Review

A hydration pack with a twist, the lumbar reservoir sits weight low down for better balance and load transfer.

Camelbak Octane LR Pack | Review
Reviews

Nathan Sports Fireball Hydration Pack | Review

Lightweight running vest come pack from niche US specialist brand, Nathan Sports banishes bounce from mid-distance outings.

Nathan Sports Fireball Hydration Pack | Review
Reviews

Montane VIA Fang 5 Running Pack | Review

Comfortable, small capacity, vest-type running pack that's ideal for longer outings, races and extended trail running days in the hills.

Montane VIA Fang 5 Running Pack | Review
Reviews

Salomon 1/2 Zip Agile S/S Tee | Review

‘Super smart, contemporary looks are matched by decent functionality with Salomon’s half-zip neck design giving a venting edge over more basic, round-neck, tee-shirt designs.’ 1/2 Zip Agile...

Salomon 1/2 Zip Agile S/S Tee | Review
Reviews

Rab Aeon Tee | Review

High-wicking, fast-drying baselayer tee with excellent Polygiene anti-odour treatment, makes a faithful running and travel companion.

Rab Aeon Tee | Review
Reviews

Jöttnar Uller Yak Wool Base Layer | Review

One of the best winter baser layers we've used, desgined with a blend of Tibetan yak wool and polyester.

Jöttnar Uller Yak Wool Base Layer | Review
Sleeping Bags

Western Mountaineering HighLite Sleeping Bag | Review

US down specialist's HighLite is their ultra-lightweight sleeping bag aimed at adventure racers and mountain marathoners.

Western Mountaineering HighLite Sleeping Bag | Review
Sleeping Bags

Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Spark Sleeping Bag | First Look

Zoned construction ups the ante for MHW's benchmark 'lightest and warmest synthetic bag on the market'.

Mountain Hardwear HyperLamina Spark Sleeping Bag | First Look
Sleeping Bags

Therm-a-Rest Mira Sleeping Bag | First Look

Ingenious women's-specific down sleeping bag and mat combo from Therm-a-Rest arrives.

Therm-a-Rest Mira Sleeping Bag | First Look
Tents

Vango Air Away Sapera Tent | First Look

Vango's inflatable AirBeam system makes an ideal basis for a spacious camper van awning.

Vango Air Away Sapera Tent | First Look
Tents

Rab Ridge Raider Bivi | Review

Minimalist, bottomless sleeping teamed with hooped one-person bivvy shelter gives a great balance of lightness and acceptable comfort.

Rab Ridge Raider Bivi | Review
Tents

Vango Velocity 300 | Review

We test out the new Vango Velocity 300 with its AirBeam technology in fierce Lakes conditions.

Vango Velocity 300 | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Small package, big punch from BD's new headtorch

Black Diamond's new compact headtorch packs a lot of punch into a tiny, USB-rechargeable package.

Black Diamond Iota Headtorch | Preview
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Petzl's Ultimate New Headtorch | Scoop!

Petzl's latest high-powered headtorch pumps our 750 lumens of reactive lighting with Bluetooth connectivity and more.

Petzl Nao+ Headtorch | Scoop Preview
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Oakley Radarlock Path Sunglasses | Review

Top quality, great-fitting, action sports eye protection with an ingenious quick lens swap system and a choice of activity-specific lenses designed to improve vision for...

Oakley Radarlock Path Sunglasses | Review
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