CLASS OF 2017

… AND THE OTH­ERS THAT RE­ALLY IM­PRESSED US ON OUR WALKS.

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear Test -

CRAGHOP­PERS BROMP­TON HAT £12

You can get more fun and weird head­gear for your walks, but this sim­ple, classy and, erm, ‘her­itage-in­spired’ beanie has been an un­der­stated treat in 2017. www.craghop­pers.com

BRIDGEDALE WOOLFUSION UL­TRA LIGHT SOCK £15.49

Bridgedale will make you a sock of any thick­ness for any sea­son, but this is a ter­rific all-rounder. It’s a blend of En­duro-Wool, Ly­cra and elas­tane, with sub­tle pad­ding where you re­ally need it. www. bridgedale.com

BLACK DI­A­MOND IOTA HEADTORCH £40

A sim­ple USB-charge­able torch, great for win­ter wan­ders. www. black­di­a­mon­d­e­quip­ment.com

MAM­MUT CREON TOUR £75

Pip loves the 28-litre Creon for its clean de­sign and sim­ple fea­tures. It just lacks a place to se­cure a hy­dra­tion sys­tem in­side. www.mam­mut.ch

EDZ GLOVES MERINO TOUCH GLOVES £12.50

A good close fit and delectable merino wool make th­ese lovely to wear on a cold day. The grippy dig­its and touch­screenlov­ing fin­ger­pads are great too. www.ed­zlay­er­ing.com

WIG­WAM BRO­KEN AR­ROW PRO SOCK £22

Part of Wig­wam’s bril­liantly-named Peak to Pub range, the Bro­ken Ar­row is a mix of merino, Ny­lon, Ten­cel and Span­dex, and it feels fab ei­ther on peak or in pub. www.wig­wam.com

ICETREKKERS DI­A­MOND GRIPS £40

At­tach eas­ily to any shoe and give you sure and steady grip over icy sur­faces. Not a re­place­ment for cram­pons on hills, but fine in fields and lanes. www.ice­grip­per.co.uk

DIDRIK­SONS OKUDA WA­TER­PROOF TROUSERS £70

Hate overtrousers? Then try th­ese – wa­ter­proof troobs that can ac­tu­ally be worn as your main trousers. Fly, pock­ets and a high, sturdy back all in­cluded. www. didrik­sons.com

GP BAT­TER­IES POW­ERBANK FP05M £15

A smart, slim­line charger that eas­ily juices up a dead smart­phone twice (if fully charged it­self) and brings an iPad back to life once. It’s light and un­ob­tru­sive, with an easy-to-read LED dis­play. uk.gp­bat­ter­ies.com

RE­GATTA PADDED IGNITER HAT £25

OK, so you’re never go­ing to wear this in the pub, but as a toasty-warm bit of win­ter head­gear, the highly ad­justable Igniter has been a win­ner on the hills. www.re­gatta.com

STAN­LEY MAS­TER SE­RIES FLASK £44.50

The slo­gan is ‘hot­ter longer tougher’. If you’re go­ing out in se­ri­ous cold for 10+ hours, trust this to keep your tea hot. www.stan­ley -pmi.com

OSPREY TEM­PEST 30 £100

Ruck­sack roy­alty. The Tem­pest has a care­ful space for ev­ery­thing and the coolest back sys­tem on the mar­ket. An­noy­ingly strappy, but oth­er­wise a thing of joy. www.os­preyeu­rope.com

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