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Pick up the July (65) issue of Outdoor Fitness & Adventure and you’ll get our free 50-page Summer Gear Guide with it. It’s full of the latest gear releases from big brands and smaller ones you might not have heard of, plus there’s advice on what to look for when choosing gear. Here’s a glimpse at some of the new gear that’s featured in it.

[1] The North Face Apex Flex GTX

The North Face Apex Flex GTX

£200

The new Apex Flex is a waterproof jacket that looks and feels like a softshell. It’s stretchy, soft and comfortable on the skin while still offering protection from the elements. The secret is its ‘Flexible Woven Gore-Tex’ fabric which mixes polyester, nylon and elastane. It should suit those going at high tempos.

[2] Rab Alpha Direct

Rab Alpha Direct

£180

Rab’s Alpha Direct has a very snug inner lining made out of Polartec’s fleecy Alpha insulation. The outer is Pertex Microlight which is highly windproof. The two ingredients combine to make for a jacket that can be worn as a mid layer or as an outer in all but heavy or persistent rain.

[3] On Cloudventure Peak

On-CloudventurePeak

£125

A unique trail running shoe that features ‘clouds’ on the outsole to provide cushioning and a slight spring. The clouds also have pointed lugs on them to help provide a reliable grip. On claim that it’s one of the lightest trail shoes on the market.

[4] Western Mountaineering HighLite

Western Mountaineering Highlite

£284.99

Western Mountaineering was founded over three decades ago by two northern California mountaineers. It’s a sleeping bag specialist offering over 30 different models ranging from ultralight to expedition. This item, the Highlite, is part of its Extreme Light range. It’s a carefully constructed, highly packable bag for lightweight hiking in mild temperatures (comfort rating is 2°C). The 850+ fill goose down it uses is ethically sourced and the shell fabric weighs as little as 25g. Western Mountaineering ships to the UK via ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk

[5] Montane Featherlite 30

Montane - Featherlite 30 - Zanskar Bl

£175

A technical mountain pack made from a 100 denier and triple rip-stop lightweight fabric that has a PU coating for increased abrasion resistance. It has a mesh covered back with air channels and a removable foam pad, and the waist belt has two zip-sealed mesh pockets. There’s also a big stretch mesh pocket on the front.

[6] Vaude Terra Hogan 2

Terrahogan 2p

£33

This is a resurrection of the classic Hogan tent which was originally launched in 1990. It retains the same offset dome design which creates plenty of headroom near the door for cooking, and now features mini poles that are stitched into the fly that help to boost internal volume at the foot of the tent. All of the tents in the new range – which includes a three-person version of this tent – use fly fabrics that are PVC-free.

 

Pick up the Summer Gear Guide with the July issue of Outdoor Fitness & Adventure – in shops now or available to order online here.