Gear

New helmet and harnesses from Black Diamond for spring season

Climbing and outdoors brand Black Diamond has unveiled a new helmet and harnesses for spring 2012...

12 February 2012

Trekmates system offers safer cooking option with no need for stove

Cooking while camping raises two potential problems: fire and fumes. With sub-zero temperatures prevailing there is always the temptation to risk f...

10 February 2012

Sprayway offers waterproofing for walkers on a budget

Walkers on a tight budget looking for waterproof protection can gear up from head to foot for £200. Sprayway’s Trek collection includes the men...

27 January 2012

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

Helly trail shoe aims for maximum comfort

Helly Hansen is stepping out with its latest trail shoe, featuring silicone gel cushioning for maximum comfort.

12 February 2012

New Berghaus large packs are result of 'massive project'

Outdoors brand Berghaus has updated its large rucksack range, shaving more weight off and introducing further technical developments to its load carrying system.

08 February 2012

Innovative designs catch judges' eyes at giant Munich ISPO show

Jackets, footwear, bikers’ communications systems, a rope and a headtorch are among new products to be given awards for innovation at a major outdoors show.

26 January 2012

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

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