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TOP TECH FOR ANY TREK UP MOUNTAIN OR DOWN DALE

Get tooled up to run 26.2 and beyond, both on and off road

HOKA ONE ONE SKY ARKALI

The Sky Arkali doesn't look like any other walking boot we've ever seen - and we 're not just talking about the not-very-traditional 'go-faster' yellow and blue styling .

That 's because they riff off Hoka One One's unique 'maximalist ' running shoe design, to create a new shape of hiking boot with an oversized heel. And it works, delivering an extra-plush ride. The abundant underfoot cushioning means alL-day comfort on the trail , particularly noticeable when you're donkeying along with a big heavy backpack . The uppers also hug the foot like a sock and a strap around the heel ensures a perfect fit.

Although they're not waterproof- these are summer hikers - the abrasion-resistant uppers handle dew and light rain with ease , while the aggressive lugs on the Vibram outsole are designed for rough , wet terrain. Each pair weighs less than a kilo; so while they challenge what you expect from a standard hiking boot, they're the most comfortable our feet have been treated to.

LEKI MIC RO VARIO CARBON POLES

Hiking w1th poles can make you 10% more efficient on the hills and these height-adjustable. super-lightweight (226g) sticks - wh1ch pack down to just 38cm for easy stowage when you're back - at base - are perfect for giving it some, er, stick

GARMININ REACH MINI

If you 're going properly off grid, safety is paramount. The lnReach Mini is 100g of erious backup. It hooks up o the global Iridium satellite network to guarantee comms no matter where you wander. end and receive messages, navigate maps, track and share your route and trigger an SOS if you need help.

LIFEST RAW GO

Access to drinkable water needn't limit your hiking and climbing range. The Go lets you drink from pretty much any stagnant pond you fall into. The microbiological straw filters out all the nasties including bacteria , parasites, microplastics, chlorine and chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides. Not a puddle in sight? You can even drink your own wee. Yum.

ELLIOT BROWN HOLTON

Developed for a specialist branch of the military that wanted a professional watch to cope with life in the field, the Holton Professional is one tough timepiece. Shock-resistant and ready for prolonged exposure to water and dust, it has a toughened sapphire screen with anti-reflective coating.

STORM375 HEADLAMP

The daddy of headlamps, the Black Diamond Storm kicks out five hours of 375-lumen light. It's waterproof and dust-proof, and solves the big head-torch frustrations: it remembers the brightness when you switched it off and Power Tap technology lets you fire up full beam with a touch. There are also three coloured night-vision modes.