Gear

New headtorches and a brand new belay device unveiled for 2017 by Black Diamond

Two new headtorch models and an enhanced belay device are among goodies heading for the shops next year from Black Diamond.

10 September 2016

PHD says its new Sleep Systems gear will help you get the right warmth with less weight

A British brand noted for its high-end insulated products has introduced a system it says will enable outdoors enthusiasts to enjoy warmth without weight.

31 August 2016

On test: Hoka One One Tor Speed 2 WP boots reviewed

Price: £130 Colour: black/grey/green Weight: 716g/pair (size 9½) Construction: fabric uppers/Vibram MegaGrip outsole Waterproofing: eVent membrane Country of manufacture: Vietnam Crampon rating: B0 (not crampon compatible) Sole stiffness: 2/10 Sizes: men’s 6½-12 (40-47⅓); women’s 4½-7½ (37⅓-41⅓) These super lightweight boots from the running-shoe experts Hoka One One are designed, the company says, for fast-moving walkers.

20 August 2016

Edelrid reveals its climbing harness that weighs less than a bar of chocolate

Who can resist the offer of free chocolate? We certainly can’t so when German brand Edelrid kindly tempted grough with an 80g bar of the stuff, we g...

19 August 2016

Montane unveils fruits of Gore collaboration with new range of waterproof gear

Outdoor brand Montane has offered a sneak preview of some of its new clothing featuring Gore-Tex waterproofing, ahead of its commercial launch.

12 August 2016

On test: Teva Terra Float Universal sandals reviewed

Price: £60 Weight: 466g/pair (size 10) Colour: black Construction: webbing/leather uppers; EVA sole Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sizes: men’s 6-13 For warmer days, a walking sandal is worth considering as an alternative to a trail shoe or lightweight boot.

24 July 2016

Montane gains Gore-Tex licence as it prepares to market new range

Outdoor brand Montane is celebrating after announcing it will incorporate Gore-Tex materials into its products.

07 July 2016

On test: Keela Sherpa jacket reviewed

Price: £109.95 Colour: red Weight: 548g Material: shell, 100 per cent nylon Insulation: PrimaLoft Gold 100g Country of manufacture: not stated Sizes: XS-3XL Say insulated jacket and thoughts immediately turn to winter and those cold days on the hill or in the countryside.

03 July 2016

Care Plus anti-tick kit will help combat these nasty little blighters

An unexpected package dropped through grough’s letterbox recently, courtesy of Netherlands-based Care Plus.

23 June 2016

On test: lightweight tents reviewed

Camping is one of our favourite ways of enjoying the great outdoors. Sleeping in a tent and waking to a beautiful countryside or mountain scene is ...

04 September 2016

Vango unveils new innovations as the brand celebrates 50 years

Fifty years ago, one of the UK’s best known outdoor brands was born. Vango came about because it was viewed by its founder Alastair Moodie that i...

28 August 2016

On test: Norrøna Falketind PrimaLoft 100 Vest reviewed

Price: £139 Colour: blue/grey Weight: 232g Material: shell, polyamide; stretch panels, 53 per cent polyester, 38 per cent polyamide, 9 per cent Elastane; lining, recycled polyester Insulation: PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Active Country of manufacture: Vietnam Wash: 40C Sizes: men’s S-XL; women’s XS-L It’s easy to think only of winter when considering insulated clothing, but anyone who has stood on a windy mountain top in the height of summer and felt the chill will appreciate there’s a year-round place for some warmth in the hill-goer’s pack.

20 August 2016

Bridgedale makes the grade for Duke of Edinburgh's Award list for eighth year

A UK sock brand has received a seal of approval from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for the eighth year on the trot.

18 August 2016

Lights, boots, action: new gear set to hit the shops next year

It showtime in the outdoor world, with brands lining up shiny new products at trade gatherings that will appear in the shops from next year.

06 August 2016

On test: Therm-a-Rest Evolite Plus sleep mattress reviewed

Price: £120 (regular); £150 (large) Weight: 710g, regular (including stuffsack) Colour: orange Country of manufacture: Ireland The two things I look for in a sleep mat are comfort and insulation.

16 July 2016

On test: Reef Rover Low XT shoe reviewed

Price: men’s £70; women’s £60 Country of manufacture: China Weight: 664g/pair Colour: brown/navy blue Sizes: men’s 7-12; women’s 4-8 When you’ve finished that long walk on the hills, it’s nice to have a good pair of comfortable shoes to change into.

04 July 2016

PrimaLoft repeats OutDoor jacket swap for Friedrichshafen visitors to help homeless

Retailers visiting a major European trade show are being asked to swap their used jackets for a new insulated vest.

01 July 2016

On test: trail and approach shoes reviewed

As winter fades into the distance and the weather improves – hopefully – it’s time to think about shelving those heavy walking boots for a month or two and slipping on something lighter for your trail walks.

16 June 2016

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