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Outdoor items put through their paces by The Journey team.

LifeSaver Liberty

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Liberty bottle

Treating water from hill-streams is essential, and fortunately the technology has moved on considerably from the days of foul-tasting iodine tablets. There are really two levels of water treatment: filtration and purification. Filtration systems – often found in portable bottles, including this one – take out toxins and pollutants and are fine for most types of UK backcountry water treatment. Purifiers remove most viruses, bacteria and cysts and used to be the realm of large complex equipment. No longer: LifeSaver Liberty is the first portable water purifier which is a bottle with an inline pump combined.

Daniel Neilson

+ Really compact water purifier

+ Comes with 5ft ‘scavenger hose’

+ Easy to use

– Could be overkill for the UK

Tentree Elms Tee

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Tentree tshirt

We’re big fans of tentree. The company has a commitment to planting – you guessed it – ten trees for every purchase made, and it goes to serious lengths to source eco-friendly materials. This approach would be diminished if the clothes themselves weren’t up to scratch. Thankfully, they are. Made from a mix of organic cotton, recycled polyester and wood pulp fibre, this fair-trade t-shirt is soft and light to the touch, providing a quality, comfortable wear. Cracking design, too.

Tom Rhys

+ Kind to the planet

+ Super comfy

+ Attractive design

– Costlier than most tees

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

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Patagonia jacket

Patagonia’s Nano Puff insulated jacket has been around for a good decade now and its distinctive brickwork baffles are regularly seen on a hill near you. But as is befitting of one of the most sustainable businesses in the world – it is B-Corp certified and a campaigning powerhouse – it has been continually iterated to reduce the environmental impact of its manufacture. The shell, liner, labels and insulation are all 100% recycled. The Nano Puff is water-resistant, windproof and very light. There’s a hooded version.

Daniel Neilson

+ Impeccable eco credentials

+  Packable and warm

+  Only weighs 337g

–  A tad pricey

Salomon X Ultra GTX®

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Salomon X Ultra GTX trainers

These hybrid hiking shoes are new for this spring – perfectly timed, you might say, for the anticipated loosening of restrictions. Head for the hills! And happily, they’re not only stable and well supported from the moment you put them on, but lightweight too (the design borrows from trail-running technologies). A Gore-Tex membrane means they handle damp ground well. The shoes also use Salomon’s quicklace™ technology: tucking in the no-tie loop can be a little fiddly, but overall this a high-quality option for spring and summer hiking.

Louisa Williams

+  Lightweight

+  Gore-Tex membrane

+  Great stability

–  Lacing system a tad fiddly

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