Gear

Nikwax marks anniversary by announcing 40 years of carbon-neutral operations

Nick Brown, founder of the waterproofing brand, says by the end of the year, all 40 years of its carbon production will be offset.

20 July 2017

On test: waterproof jackets reviewed

A good waterproof jacket is one of the essentials for any serious walker’s kit list. In the UK, even in the height of summer, those blue skies ca...

02 July 2017

Polartec looks to colder days as it unveils its new PowerFill insulation

June is probably not the time of year when your typical outdoor enthusiast is thinking of insulated clothing.

06 June 2017

On test: MSR Hubba Hubba NX two-person tent reviewed

Price: £370 Weight: 1,708g Colour: grey/red Packed size: 48cm x 19cm x 14cm Material: fly, 20D ripstop nylon; inner mesh, 15D nylon Poles: aluminium Country of manufacture: Taiwan The Hubba Hubba is the brand’s bestselling two-person tent and tips the scales at less than 2kg.

11 May 2017

On test: walking gaiters reviewed

We view gaiters as an optional piece of kit for general hillwalking. They provide extra protection against rain, mud and water for the lower leg, p...

17 April 2017

PHD's Expedition Double Suit 'biggest down suit innovation for 45 years'

If you’ve ever wondered what sort of clothing enables mountaineers to stay comfortable or even to survive in the death zone above 8,000m, specialist brand PHD has given an insight, with its latest radical product.

26 March 2017

Lowe Alpine Ascent Superlight pack tops Outdoor Industry Awards

A trimmed-down lightweight rucksack was judged top product in this year’s UK Outdoor Industry Awards.

19 March 2017

Don't get in a flap: Fjällräven adds snug trekking tights to its Abisko range

Scandinavian outdoors brand Fjällräven’s latest innovation should stop walkers getting in a flap.

02 March 2017

Gore-Tex expands range of brands using its new Shakedry material

One of the best known outdoor brands is expanding the range of manufacturers using its revolutionary Shakedry technology.

31 January 2017

On test: Sidas foot care products reviewed

Foot problems are never welcome for the seasoned outdoor enthusiast. Ill fitting boots and shoes, wrinkled socks or simply a long day on the hoof c...

03 July 2017

On test: Fjällräven Abisko trekking tights reviewed

Price: £130 Colour: dark grey Weight: 348g (size L) Material: 82 per cent polyamide, 18 per cent Elastane; 62 per cent polyamide, 16 per cent aramid, 12 per cent Elastane, 10 per cent polyester; 88 per cent polyamide, 12 per cent Elastane Country of manufacture: Lithuania Sizes: men’s XS-XXXL; women’s XXS-XXL Recommended wash: 40C We’re not big fans of having trousers flapping around in the wind when we’re on the mountains, so these trekking tights from the Swedish brand caught our eye when they were introduced earlier this year.

09 June 2017

On test: Columbia Trient Outdry Shoe reviewed

Price: £130 Colour: black/grey Weight: 852g/pair (size 9½) Construction: fabric/synthetic uppers/Vibram outsole Waterproofing: Outdry Country of manufacture: China Sole stiffness: 2/10 Sizes: men’s 6-14 (40-47); women’s 3-10 (36-43) The Columbia Trient Outdry is part of the brand’s Montrail collection, given a fresh push by the company this spring.

01 June 2017

Outdoors brand Berghaus steps up its sustainability stance with new ethical measures

Leading outdoors brand Berghaus is pledging to remove a controversial chemical treatment from its clothing by the year 2020 as part of a continuing move to reduce its manufacturing environmental and social impact.

19 April 2017

New Montane drone service offers outdoor fans delivery straight to the hilltop

A UK outdoors brand is promising its fastest ever delivery service, thanks to a new high-tech innovation.

01 April 2017

On test: Primus Micron Trail Stove reviewed

Price: £60 Weight: 86g (plus 10g storage bag) Fuel: propane/butane Country of manufacture: EU This new backpacking stove from Primus fits in the palm of the hand when folded, and tips the scales at less than 90g.

24 March 2017

Patagonia enters sleeping bag market, 45 years after founder's first model

Some projects take a while to fruition, and a new sleeping bag from Patagonia is a case in point. The brand’s founder Yvon Chouinard made himself...

14 March 2017

On test: insulated jackets reviewed

An insulated jacket is an essential piece of kit for anyone heading for the hills during winter. Temperatures can drop markedly as you ascend, and ...

28 January 2017

Want to feel a bit chirpier? How about a Yumpa energy bar, with added crickets

Price: £19.99 for nine bars Weight: 54g (45g ℮) Energy per pack: 198-202 kcal per bar If you thought eating insects was only for c-list celebrities in the Australian jungle, think again.

25 January 2017

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