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Vasque Breeze III GTX

  At a glance – Plusses: Comfortable and supportive, durable leather upper. Minuses: Heavier than comparable models, waterproofing could be better. Features: This is the third generation of Vasque’s mid-cut hiking boot....

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MSR Access 2

The guff: Four-season, 1980g (max)/1640g (trail), 2.69m2, vestibules 1.62m2 The Access 2 is a two-person dome tent designed for all year around use. It’s streamlined and well constructed. The freestanding skeleton...

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Vasque Breeze III GTX

  At a glance – Plusses: Comfortable and supportive, durable leather upper. Minuses: Heavier than comparable models, waterproofing could be better. Features: This is the third generation of Vasque’s mid-cut hiking boot....

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Fjallraven Keb Trousers

At a glance – Plusses: Well-fitting, tidy and flexible trousers, suitable for a broad range of activities. Comfortable with good ventilation options, functional pockets, and excellent boot closure system. Minuses: Upper...

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Stanley Growler

COLD BEER in the backcountry is something you can expect to find in the luxury accommodation of the European Alps, but New Zealand? Not so much. Stanley’s 1.9-litre Growler might solve...

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Petzl Actik

The Actik is Petzl’s latest offering. The light is a hybrid and can run on AAA batteries or be used with a ‘Core’ lithium ion battery ($59, sold separately). It...

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Protecting Paradise

Protecting Paradise  1080 and the fight to save New Zealand’s wildlife By Dave Hansford $34.99, Potton & Burton It’s interesting that books, or films, even peer-reviewed scientific papers, that promote...

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