Garmin Montana


Head into the great outdoors with the most rugged kit – from tough touchscreen GPS to ultralight tents and battery-free UV water purifiers.

Garmin Montana

from £430

Throw in a phone and it might even have been a rugged rival to an iPhone (minus, well, the apps, the web browsing, the wi-fi etc.). The 272 x 480 4" sized, 65k colour touchscreen is the star of the show, combined with IPX7 waterproofing. For mid and top-range models, throw on top a 5 MP camera. The screen is big and high-resolution enough to handle topographic mapping, but the unit is far bulkier than Garmin's bike-specific models that also handle on-screen mapping duties – it's almost as bulky as an iPhone plus waterproof case.

Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1


It has just been awarded the Guinness World Record for the lightest commercially-available tent. Weighing in at a float-away 581g, the tent has snatched the title by shaving over 200g, or 26 per cent of the weight, off the previous record holder - the Terra Nova Laser Photon. Designed for adventure racers, bivvying cyclists and ultra light backpacking – the Laser Ultra 1 will fit one person (or two, if you're small and don't mind squeezing up), and for weight weenies in good weather, you can also use the flysheet and a separate fastpack groundsheet for further minimalism.

Gorillapod Switchback


Winner of a Red Dot Design Award, this smart bit of camping kit switches from direct headlamp to a diffuse camping lantern – with Joby's unique grip-or-stand-up-on-any-surface tripod legs. While you're using as a headtorch, the Switchback sports five LEDS – two white angled ones for walking, one 130 lumens spot beam and two red LEDs for not spoiling your night vision. The unit runs for up to 72 hours on two AAs and folds away into the lantern body to stuff into your pocket. The only catch with sharing duties between lantern and headtorch? If you go off for a stumble around the campsite, anyone with you is left in the dark (although you can always buy more than one).

Pacsafe RFIDsafe 50 RFID Passport Protector


Credit cards and passports (US ones) increasingly feature RFID wireless chips embedded in them – with the chips holding potentially sensitive data on you. This wallet protects against the wireless theft of any data from such chips. How valuable that is to you (when most identity theft involves far lower-tech methods of attack) is down to your paranoia/justifiable worry level. And, of course, you will have to remove any RFID-enabled item from the wallet to let anyone you need to scan it (such as immigration officers) – at which point, the passport/card will be temporarily vulnerable once more.

Freeloader Classic Solar Charger


The Freeloader's had a tune-up. The classic and simple solar charger now is 25 per cent better at collecting charge via its solar panels, holds 20 per cent more charge in its batteries and now charges more devices out of the box, including iPads. The Classic now holds charge for up to three months, so you don't need to have had a sunny day to get some juice and there's a new LCD display to show battery status. The Classic comes with a USB socket as well as nine "tips" for plugging into a range of gadgets including Mini and Micro USB, 4mm straight jack and standard ones for most major mobile manufacturers.

Steripen Sidewinder


The world's first battery-free UV water purifier – just crank the handle and kill water-bourne bugs in a flash. The Sidewinder system handles 1 litre of water in 90 seconds, ensuring you don't drink live protozoa, virus or bacteria such as giardia or cryptosporidium with potentially dangerous health risks. The UV lamp lasts 8,000 water treatments before replacement and the bottle can be separated from the purifier once used. The system is bulky in comparison to the increasing number of available non-UV alternatives though. Using modern filtering, it's possible to clear out similar dangers without lugging extra UV kit.

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