Gear

On test: 15 to 35 litre daysacks reviewed

We spent the past few months lugging loads across the hills to test 16 different rucksacks; here's how they fared.

19 November 2020

On test: trail and approach shoes reviewed

Pulling on a pair of boots is a natural first step for a trip to the hills, but sometimes a lighter shoe suits the conditions better and will probably tire you out less.

01 October 2020

Sleeping-bag brand Snugpak unveils range of reusable face coverings

An outdoors gear manufacturer has introduced a range of masks as the need to wear face coverings becomes more widespread.

20 July 2020

Footwear brand Keen's range of reusable face masks goes on sale

Footwear brand Keen is using one of its factories to manufacture face masks during the coronavirus pandemic.

03 July 2020

On test: AKU Serai mountaineering boots reviewed

Price: £380 Country of manufacture: Italy Weight: 1,862g a pair (size 44/9½) Colour: black/grey/silver Construction: Kevlar/nylon/microfibre uppers plus Liba Smart PU Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort Sole stiffness: 10/10 Women’s version: no Sizes: 5-13 (38-47½) Crampon compatible: yes, with automatic locking models, B3 These mountaineering boots from AKU are designed for full-on Alpine and altitude use.

20 February 2020

Gold award for Houdini jacket that uses innovative Polartec eco-friendly fabric

A jacket that uses an eco-friendly fabric developed by Polartec has won a gold award at a major European trade show.

25 January 2020

On test: 40-70 litre rucksacks reviewed

If you’re heading out on a multi-day walking trip or wild camping on the hills, you’ll need a rucksack that’s big enough to take all the necessary gear.

26 October 2019

On test: lightweight backpacking tents reviewed

Our tent test was for lightweight models capable of being carried on a backpacking or multi-day trekking trip.

22 August 2019

On test: two- to three-season walking boots reviewed

The boots we’ve put to the test for this review are suitable for use outside of the winter months, in more benign weather.

12 May 2019

On test: Lomo Carbon Fibre Walking Poles reviewed

Price: £44.95 (pair) Country of manufacture: not stated Weight (pair): 440g Colour: black Length: collapsed: 62cm Maximum length: 135cm Material: carbon fibre These carbon fibre poles are part of the range from Glasgow-based Lomo, best known for its watersport gear.

11 October 2020

On test: waterproof jackets reviewed

This test of waterproof jackets took place over an extended period, because it began before the imposition of the lockdown, which restricted access to routes we would normally use to evaluate clothing.

10 August 2020

On test: Rab Skyline mountain-running clothing reviewed

Rab’s Skyline range is a lightweight series of outdoor gear aimed at mountain runners. The brand says it uses no-compromise design and materials ...

17 July 2020

On test: Rab Mythic Ultra sleeping bag reviewed

Price: £550 Weight: 429g including stuffsack Packed size: 23cm x 17cm diameter Fabric: outer and inner, 7 denier ripstop nylon Insulation: hydrophobic goose down Colour: black Country of manufacture: UK Rab’s Ultra sleeping bags are a new addition to its Mythic range and are designed and manufactured to offer good insulation at the lowest possible weight.

25 June 2020

On test: walkers' ice-axes reviewed

An ice-axe is an essential piece of safety equipment for anyone wanting to walk during winter conditions on the UK’s mountains.

18 February 2020

On test: walking trousers reviewed

Choosing the right pair of trousers for your jaunts in the great outdoors will enhance your days out.

14 December 2019

On test: Leatherman Free P2 multitool reviewed

Price: £164.95 Weight: 250g Country of manufacture: USA This Leatherman multitool is part of the Free range the USA brand unveiled this year.

25 August 2019

On test: Osprey Katari 7 backpack reviewed

Price: £70 Weight: 534g Colour: grey/green Rated capacity: 7 litres Country of manufacture: Vietnam The Katari 7 is a slimline pack aimed at mountain bikers, cyclists and runners.

04 July 2019

On test: headtorches reviewed

A headtorch should be in every outdoor enthusiast’s kit. The ability to light your way when it gets dark could mean the difference between gettin...

02 April 2019

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