Gear

Nikwax gets Duke's Award seal of approval

Waterproofing specialist Nikwax has teamed up with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which helps more than 200,000 young people each year get into the great outdoors.

25 January 2012

New Petzl headtorch first to feature reactive lighting

[caption id="attachment_19089" align="alignleft" width="450" caption="The Petzl Nao"][/caption]French gear manufacturer Petzl has unveiled its new headtorch featuring its reactive lighting technology.

19 January 2012

Nikwax concentrates its tent treatments

Waterproofing company Nikwax is concentrating its efforts on its tent treatment. The Sussex-based firm is introducing a concentrated version of its...

12 December 2011

Last-minute stocking fillers for outdoors fans

Santa’s little helpers are checking their stock, and the reindeer are consulting their GPSs to make sure they know their way.

03 December 2011

Vaude's Alpamayo jackets among first to feature new NeoShell

Keeping dry on the hills is an eternal quest and in Britain that’s not easy. With a climate known to test the best waterproof fabrics, any innova...

06 November 2011

On test: Smartwool TML Mid Full-Zip Hoody

Smartwool TML Mid Full-Zip Hoody Typical price: £130 Weight: 640g (men’s medium) Material: 64 per cent merino wool; 36 per cent nylon Country of manufacture: Vietnam More than 30 years ago, the development of fleece, made from polyethylene terephthalate, revolutionised outdoor clothing, offering a lightweight, warm and quick-drying material ideal for active enthusiasts on the hills and mountains of the world.

17 October 2011

Leo joins Berghaus TV adventure campaign team

Top British climber Leo Houlding will feature in gear manufacturer Berghaus’s first television campaign.

04 October 2011

SmartWool tops offer alternative to fleece

Could the traditional fleece, long the staple gear choice of hillwalkers and outdoor enthusiasts, be on its way out.

22 July 2011

Berghaus adds to its backpacking rucksacks range

Berghaus had added two backpacking rucksacks to its range for the summer season. The large capacity trail packs have been updated and restyled for ...

14 June 2011

Berghaus steps forward with new sock range

Outdoor brand Berghaus is dipping its toe into the sock market with a range to complement its footwear.

23 January 2012

Sprayway Scorpion mountain waterproof jacket

Price: £200 (women's Calyx version £180) Weight: 940g (Calyx 698g) Colours: black, cyan, red (Calyx ruby, dark graphite, red) Sprayway’s Scorpion pitches in at the top end of the company's range, with a claim to be a full-on mountain jacket capable of coping with the worst weather Britain’s hills can throw at a walker.

11 January 2012

Tent team versus Hurricane Bawbag: level pegging?

What happens when you pitch a tent’s marketing team against a hurricane? Scottish manufacturer Vango’s staff decided to see how one of the comp...

09 December 2011

SmartWool introduces ethical certification scheme for its clothing

An outdoor brand best known for its socks but which is expanding its range of clothing has signed up to an accreditation scheme for all the merino wool used in its products.

11 November 2011

New Sprayway jackets aim at top-end hillwalkers

Outdoors brand Sprayway has introduced two new jackets aimed at the top-end hillwalker. The men’s Scorpion and the women’s Calyx are both made ...

01 November 2011

Award-winning sleeping bags have built-in reading light

A sleeping bag range that includes a reading might has gained an award for innovation. Snugpak’s Chrysalis collection took the sleeping bag categ...

06 October 2011

Vaude's new rucksack gains eco-friendly award

A mountaineering rucksack won an award at a recent trade show because of its environmentally friendly design.

06 September 2011

Lowe Alpine moves back to UK after buy-out by Rab owner

A Derbyshire-based company has bought one of the world’s best known outdoor brands after Italian banks forced a creditors’ agreement on the troubled owner.

11 July 2011

Berghaus unveils summer walking footwear

Berghaus is aiming high with the latest additions to its footwear range. Top of the new releases are the Tarazed Leather GTX and the Tarazed GTX bo...

02 April 2011

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