On test: MSR Elixir 1 tent reviewed

MSR describes its new Elixir 1 as the brand's 'most livable' one-person tent. So we lived in it to see... just for a few days...

15 July 2018

On test: softshell jackets reviewed

It could be argued a softshell jacket is a solution looking for a problem. But we find them very useful in those marginal conditions where you migh...

25 June 2018

On test: duffel bags reviewed

For anyone embarking on an adventurous trip or who just needs to cart lots of gear to the base of a crag or to the campsite, a duffel bag is a useful piece of kit.

05 May 2018

On test: waterproof trousers reviewed

Heading for the great outdoors in the UK almost always means being prepared for wet weather. Even in the height of summer, showers or persistent ra...

11 March 2018

On test: Lowe Alpine Aeon 27 rucksack reviewed

Price: £90 Weight: 828g Colour: red Rated capacity: 27 litres Country of manufacture: Vietnam The Aeon 27 is part of a new range introduced by Lowe Alpine aimed at multi-activity users.

08 February 2018

On test: midlayer jackets reviewed

A good midlayer is a versatile addition to the outdoor enthusiast’s kit. On cool or windy days, it should provide enough warmth to be used as the...

27 December 2017

Gear firm Summiteer seeks crowdfunding for Cumbria rucksack factory

A gear company has launched a crowdfunding effort to kick-start its planned rucksack manufacturing operation in Cumbria.

29 November 2017

On test: three-season walking boots reviewed

Choosing the right pair of boots is arguably the most important decision for a walker. After all, if your feet aren’t comfortable or your footwea...

07 October 2017

High-performance PrimaLoft Gold Insulation goes green with recycled content

A high-performance outdoors insulation produced by PrimaLoft now consists of more than half recycled content, using material from plastic bottles.

07 September 2017

On test: Pacsafe Dry 15L Anti-theft Portable Safe reviewed

Price: £179.90 Weight: 1,176g Colour: pale brown Country of manufacture: China Pacsafe is probably best known in the outdoor world for its anti-theft backpack protectors, but the brand also has an extensive range of bags and rucksacks designed with protection against crime.

14 July 2018

On test: LifeSaver Liberty Bottle reviewed

Price: £124.99 Weight: 544g Removes: cysts, bacteria, viruses, chlorine, off-tastes, odours Clean water is an essential for outdoor enthusiasts and, while it’s relatively simple to fill a bottle or hydration system at home before you set out, carrying a large quantity of water carries a weight penalty: one kilo for every litre.

25 May 2018

Berghaus kits out women's polar team in quest to expand female gear range

Outdoors gear brand Berghaus has supplied a polar expedition in a quest to develop clothing and other products specifically for women.

15 April 2018

Bridgedale unveils its first waterproof sock range for outdoor fans

Outdoors sock specialist Bridgedale has developed its first waterproof range. The Storm sock collection will be in shops from May and uses a HydroT...

07 March 2018

On test: Danner Mountain 600 boots reviewed

Price: £140.95 Weight: 1,098g/pair Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sizes: men’s medium width 7-14; wide 8-13; women’s medium width 6-11 Uppers: suede Waterproofing: Danner Dry Danner is a US brand, based in the Pacific North-West, with its roots in making industrial boots.

10 January 2018

On test: Montane Icarus insulated jacket reviewed

Price: £140 Weight: 580g (men’s large) Insulation: PrimaLoft ThermoPlume Shell fabric: Pertex Quantum Eco Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sizes: men’s Icarus S-XXL; women’s Phoenix XS-XL (8-16) Technology is moving quickly in the area of insulated outdoor wear, and Montane’s Icarus, with the women’s version the Phoenix jacket, is an interesting development in the synthetic direction.

16 December 2017

On test: MSR Trailshot water filter reviewed

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21 October 2017

On test: Primus PrimeTech Stove Set reviewed

Price: £115 Weight: 868g Fuel: propane/butane Country of manufacture: EU This set from the Swedish stove experts provides all you need, apart from a gas canister, to provide your cooking essentials for two or three people on the trail.

07 September 2017

On test: 25 to 40 litre rucksacks reviewed

A good, comfortable rucksack will enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor trips; an uncomfortable one will leave you possibly aching and desperate to take it off.

20 August 2017


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