Magazine article Geographical

Travellers' Most Wanted: We're Always Being Told What to Buy, but It Doesn't Necessarily Follow That We Then Head out and Do So. Geographical Asked Retailers to Name Their Most Popular Products. So Here, Then, Are the Hottest Travel Products around. (Gearing Up for the Great British Outdoors)

Magazine article Geographical

Travellers' Most Wanted: We're Always Being Told What to Buy, but It Doesn't Necessarily Follow That We Then Head out and Do So. Geographical Asked Retailers to Name Their Most Popular Products. So Here, Then, Are the Hottest Travel Products around. (Gearing Up for the Great British Outdoors)

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Lifeventure Soft Fibre Trek Towel

Compact, quick-drying and easy to wash, this towel from Lifeventure uses a revolutionary highly water-absorbent microfibre and comes in a neat, mesh-fronted carry case. It's available in three sizes: medium (60x100cm) 13.99 [pounds sterling]; large (60x120cm) 11.99 [pounds sterling]; and extra large (90x124cm) 21.99 [pounds sterling].

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Salomon Exclaim travel shoe

This travel shoe is both casual and robust, featuring leather and mesh for durability and breathability, and a sturdy rubber toe cap for added protection. Men's: 8-12 (inc. half sizes); Colours: Detroit/Tomcat/Pond. Women's: 4-8 (inc. half sizes); Colours: Pewter/Mid Grey. Price: 55 [pounds sterling]

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Petzl Zipka torch Neat (a retractable cord is hidden inside), reliable (batteries last up to 150 hours) and practical (it can be attached thing), it's hardly surprising the Zipka is so popular. Price: 29.99 [pounds sterling]

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North Face Aurora Zip Neck Fleece

A lightweight top for cooler tropical evenings or a mid-layer for winter hiking, it looks good enough to take, and wear, almost anywhere. Price: 59.99 [pounds sterling]

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Platypus Hoser (not pictured)

A collapsible water sack that folds down to nothing, but can hold up to two litres when full, made even more useful by a tube that allows you to drink as you walk. Price: 16.99 [pounds sterling]

Katadyn Pocket Filter

With a filter life of 50,000 litres, this kit will last you a long time. And while it may seem expensive, it's worth every penny. After all, it might just save your life when you're travelling somewhere that the tap water just can't be trusted. Price: 179.99 [pounds sterling]

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Marmot Helium sleeping bag

Because the Helium is extremely light, very cosy and packs down smaller than a loaf of bread, it is well and truly worth the price tag. Price: 249.99 [pounds sterling]

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Mountain Equipment Drilite Plus jacket (not pictured)

Updated for 2003 with a new nylon mini-ripstop fabric for enhanced durability, the Drilite Plus Jacket remains one of the best-value all-round lightweight waterproof jackets available. The small pack size makes it ideal for travelling. Price: 90 [pounds sterling]

Macpac Gemini rucksack

Robust, discreetly styled and redesigned for 2003, the Gemini boasts a detachable 25-litre daysack and a new opening system. This 75-litre sack is available for both men and women. Price: 190 [pounds sterling]

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Teva Cross-Terra sandal

A quality, all-round, multi-terrain sandal with a padded heel, shock-absorbing mid-sole, adjustable strapping and River Rubber grip to keep your feet firmly on the ground. It also features an anti-bacterial topsole to combat any nasty odours. Men's: 8-12; Colour: Basic Navy. Women's: 4-8; Colour: Poppy Light Blue. Price: 49.99 [pounds sterling]

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Sunday stroller

Whether you're walking a remote coastline or taking a canal footpath diversion to a pub lunch, there's no need to suffer in the fickle British weather. The good news is you don't need to re-mortgage your home to get kitted out. Because going for a stroll is a relatively low-energy activity, warmth is the key to your comfort.

Spending between 35 [pounds sterling] and 70 [pounds sterling], you can treat yourself to a thick fleece jacket, such as those bearing the Polartec 200 or 300 labels; a windproof version would be more versatile. There is no need, other than vanity, to have a jacket with high levels of breathability. So save money by opting for a mid-range, breathable waterproof for around 50 [pounds sterling]-90. Such garments, often with rollaway hoods, more generous cuts and more pockets, are designed with everyday life in mind, so you won't feel like an Everest veteran standing at the bar. …

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