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ALPKIT LEDGE £60

If you’re not fa­mil­iar with Alpkit by now, you should be, as it makes great stuff for ex­plor­ing the out­doors and sells it di­rectly to users at a great price. Its new range of ruck­sacks, and specif­i­cally the Ledge, is a prime ex­am­ple. All the fea­tures and per­for­mance you want from a gen­eral moun­tain day­pack are here – a draw­cord clo­sure, an ex­tend­able top lid with zipped pock­ets on the in­side and out­side, stow­able loops for your ice axes or trekking poles, a DWR coat­ing for weather pro­tec­tion, pock­ets on the hip fins, ex­ter­nal web­bing lad­ders, buck­led com­pres­sion straps, a hy­dra­tion sleeve, an in­ter­nal stiff­ener in the back sup­port, vent­ing chan­nels for air­flow, load lift­ing ad­jus­tors on the shoul­der straps, a re-po­si­tion­able ster­num strap, Alpkit’s three­year Alpine Bond prom­ise, and, umm, well that’s about it. Which, for just £60, is bloody good. www.alpkit.com

SUEME TREE TRUNKS £20 OR £46 FOR THREE

When was the last time you thought about your pants? And we mean, re­ally thought about your pants? You see, while we all tend to ac­cept that proper wick­ing base lay­ers are prefer­able to cot­ton t-shirts, when it comes to un­der­wear we’d wager that most of us are still walk­ing in our ev­ery­day cot­ton kecks. And this is a bad idea for all the same rea­sons that walk­ing in cot­ton t-shirts is a bad idea – namely sweat re­ten­tion lead­ing to dis­com­fort and chaf­ing. The SueMe Tree Trunks for boys (and Beech Shor­ties for girls) are made from 95% beech tree pulp, which is highly breath­able, sweat wick­ing, and con­tains an­timi­cro­bial qual­i­ties to pre­vent the build-up of bac­te­ria and odours. Seams are placed to avoid rub­bing sen­si­tive ar­eas, and the whole man­u­fac­tur­ing process is car­bon neu­tral. Plus, each pair is sup­plied with a free packet of beech, birch and wild meadow flower seeds, so your heart can feel as good as your nether re­gions. www.sueme.com

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