What should I be looking at?
I've been very impressed by my 29er HT (Trek Stache), so much so that I'm considering one for my FS needs as well - for riding everything from local Lancs moors to Lakes, Wales, Scotland and Alps.
The Canyon Spectral 29er looks the closest to what I think I'm after.
Spesh and Trek are off the menu for various reasons. The Zesty 29er looks to have a steeper HA than my Stache, which is no good.
Horsethief looks interesting but a bit pricey, On One Codeine is going to be a bit heavy for my liking and has no FD attachement. Kona Process 29er is a bit short on travel.