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Biolite SunLight

At a glance Plusses: Cheap, versatile light with long battery life, rechargeable Minuses:  Long charge-time when using solar, USB cable not supplied Features: A 100-lumen rechargeable light that fits in…
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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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Sleeping Bags View all

Therm-A-Rest Space Cowboy 45

  At a glance Plusses: Will insulate when wet, lightweight, packability and price. Minuses: Limited seasonal use. Features: Small and light enough (550g) to take almost anywhere, the synthetic filled Space Cowboy packs away like…
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Jackets View all

Kathmandu XT Exmoor

At a glance Plusses: Warmth, breathability, versatility, comfort Minuses: Difficult to zip, uncertain durability, pricey Features: Designed as an all-in-one layering solution, this jacket claims to provide both warmth and…
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Tents View all

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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Hammocks

Cactus Outdoor Hammock

At a glance Plusses: Good size, stable, durable for years of use. Minuses: Not an option for camping. Features: Best known for their hard-wearing packs and ‘free-standing’ pants, Cactus has added a hammock…
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Lights

Biolite SunLight

At a glance Plusses: Cheap, versatile light with long battery life, rechargeable Minuses:  Long charge-time when using solar, USB cable not supplied Features: A 100-lumen rechargeable light that fits in the...
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Accessories

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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Wild books View all

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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