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Teva Hurricane XLT

At a glance Plusses: Lightweight, trail easily felt through the sandal. Minuses: May not hold the foot securely enough for demanding tracks, trail easily felt through the sandal. Features: Velcro closure…
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Fjällräven Kajka 75l

At a glance Plusses: Numerous features, environmentally-friendly design, hard-wearing, fully adjustable and very comfortable. Minusses: Heavy and expensive Features: The Kajka is built like an old-school pack but loaded with all…
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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…
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Rab Alpha Flux

At a glance Plusses: Attractive design, good warmth for weight, designed for active use. Minuses: Soft outer frays and snags easily. Technical, it’s a relatively niche layer. Features: The Alpha Flux is...
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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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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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