Gear

Grough's great big Christmas gift guide to goodies for the outdoor fan

We've taken a peep inside Santa's North Pole headquarters to bring you suggestions for seasonal gifts for the outdoor enthusiast in your life.

04 December 2018

On test: lightweight waterproof jackets reviewed

You want to protect yourself from the wind and the rain, but you don’t want to add a huge amount to your kit’s weight.

23 November 2018

On test: camp foods reviewed

One of the delights of reaching the end of a day’s activity on the hills is the anticipation of replacing all that expended energy with a tasty meal in the comfort of your camp.

09 November 2018

Kendal Mountain Festival visitors will be able to step into giant ThermoPlume snowglobe

Visitors to Kendal Mountain Festival later this year will be offered the chance to step into a giant snowglobe.

01 October 2018

On test: lightweight camping stoves reviewed

You’ve spent the day on the trail or on the hill, got to your campsite and the tent’s up. One of the joys of the great outdoors is that meal at...

31 August 2018

On test: technical t-shirts reviewed

When the sun’s out and you’re heading for the hills, you need a top that’s going to keep you at the right temperature and provide the comfort necessary to enjoy your trip into the countryside.

17 August 2018

On test: MSR Elixir 1 tent reviewed

Price: £200 Weight: 2,048g Material: inner, 40 denier ripstop nylon/20 denier nylon mesh; fly, 68 denier ripstop polyester with polyurethane and 1,500mm HH waterproofing Packed size: 48cm x 16cm Colour: grey/red Country of manufacture: Vietnam The Elixir 1 is a new addition to MSR’s range of backpacking tents.

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

Polartec's new Power Air fabric sheds five times fewer fibres than similar material

Outdoors textile company Polartec has unveiled a new fabric it says will cut down on the shedding of fibres.

29 November 2018

PrimaLoft follows insulation innovation with new biodegradable fabric

Hot on the heels of its announcement on a new biodegradable recycled insulation material, PrimaLoft has unveiled its latest development: a biodegradable fabric.

14 November 2018

PrimaLoft unveils its 'gamechanger' Bio insulation, recycled and biodegradable

The company that supplies synthetic insulation to some of the top outdoor brands has unveiled a new biodegradable version of its product.

23 October 2018

On test: Hoka One One Torrent shoe reviewed

Price: £100 Colour: green Weight: 558g/pair (size 9½) Construction: synthetic material and mesh uppers Rubber outsole and TPU rand Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sole stiffness: 3/10 Waterproofing: none Women’s version: yes Sizes: men’s 6½-14½ (40-50); women’s 3½-9½ (36-44) The Torrent has been designed for trailrunning, with Hoka One One saying the shoe offers both the brand’s renowned underfoot cushioning while retaining the feel and agility to cope with the uneven ground likely to be encountered on the trail.

16 September 2018

Summer's nearly over - welcome to spring 2019

How to predict what’s going to be in the outdoor shops next year? When we dug out the grough crystal ball things were as hazy as Ben Nevis’s su...

20 August 2018

On test: Montane Halogen 25 rucksack reviewed

Price: £80 Weight: 868g Colour: black Capacity: 25 litres Country of manufacture: Vietnam This daypack from Montane is ideal for summer trips to the hills or countryside, with a capacity that will swallow all you’re likely to need for day in the great outdoors.

23 July 2018

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

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