Wilderness Recommended View all

Exped Lite +1

At a glance Plusses: Comfort, price, weight, quality down. Minuses: Bulky pack size. Weight: 780g Features: Multi-adjustable hood that shrinks the opening to reveal just a slither of the face, an adjustable…
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Footwear View all

Packs View all

Lowe Alpine Aeon 35

At a glance Plusses: Versatile for alpine or below the bushline trips, ventilation, adjustable harness, excellent tool carrying system. Minusses: Not so good for heavier loads. Capacity: 35-litres Weight: 940g. Features: The pack…
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Tents View all

MSR Hubba Hubba NX

At a glance The Good: Compact footprint, bright interior, lightweight The Bad: Lightweight floor fabrics, expensive Weight 1720g Area 2.7m2 Features: A single ‘unified’ pole with hubs allow the pole to...
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Sleeping Bags View all

Marmot Helium

At a glance Plusses: Versatile venting options, lightweight, packs down small. Minuses: Hood tightens over the eyes and nose, price. 935g, Lower limit -12°C Features: This bag comes with 560g of…
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Marmot Precip Eco

At a glance Plusses: Lightweight, packable, environmentally-friendly, price. Minuses: Fabric is not as durable as others. Weight 286g (m), 246g (w) Features: Made with Marmot’s NanoPro fabric – a very light 2.5-layer...
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Tech

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…
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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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