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WHAT IS IT? Keela Sherpa jacket. RRP £109.95.

I WANT IT BE­CAUSE: It’s a great tech­ni­cal ther­mal (Pri­maloft) jacket that can be used ei­ther as a mid­layer or stand-alone outer jacket. It’s also very good value for money.

USE­FUL FOR: All facets of out­door life. Its arms also come off, so it quickly be­comes a gilet.

HIGH POINT: As it was de­signed with the hills in mind, it’s fairly light, and wa­ter/wind-re­sis­tant. It also has lots of nice er­gonomic touches: the neck baf­fle and hem are ad­justable with one hand; there are two zipped hip pock­ets, a map-sized pocket, hand-warm­ing pock­ets, ad­justable cuffs, and a twoway main zip.


WHAT IS IT? Kom­perdell C4 trail sticks. RRP £129.95. www.kom­

I WANT IT BE­CAUSE: Kom­perdell are de­cent, light­weight, ex­tend­able walk­ing poles, and good poles mean happy knees!

USE­FUL FOR: Hik­ing on flat or in hills.

HIGH POINT: Th­ese are good poles, that fold down to 36cm, a handy size for stor­ing in a ruck­sack. They are com­mend­ably light­weight and have good foam han­dles that are moulded to your grip, while the padded wrist strap is very com­fort­able. They are nicely balanced, while the lock­ing mech­a­nism is easy to use.

LOW POINT: As ever with good poles, they seem to be hellishly ex­pen­sive.

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