On test: lightweight camping stoves reviewed

We fired up eight varied lightweight stoves to see how they compared on camp...

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

On test: waterproof trousers reviewed

Heading for the great outdoors in the UK almost always means being prepared for wet weather. Even in the height of summer, showers or persistent ra...

11 March 2018

On test: Lowe Alpine Aeon 27 rucksack reviewed

Price: £90 Weight: 828g Colour: red Rated capacity: 27 litres Country of manufacture: Vietnam The Aeon 27 is part of a new range introduced by Lowe Alpine aimed at multi-activity users.

08 February 2018

On test: midlayer jackets reviewed

A good midlayer is a versatile addition to the outdoor enthusiast’s kit. On cool or windy days, it should provide enough warmth to be used as the...

27 December 2017

Gear firm Summiteer seeks crowdfunding for Cumbria rucksack factory

A gear company has launched a crowdfunding effort to kick-start its planned rucksack manufacturing operation in Cumbria.

29 November 2017

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

Bridgedale unveils its first waterproof sock range for outdoor fans

Outdoors sock specialist Bridgedale has developed its first waterproof range. The Storm sock collection will be in shops from May and uses a HydroT...

07 March 2018

On test: Danner Mountain 600 boots reviewed

Price: £140.95 Weight: 1,098g/pair Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sizes: men’s medium width 7-14; wide 8-13; women’s medium width 6-11 Uppers: suede Waterproofing: Danner Dry Danner is a US brand, based in the Pacific North-West, with its roots in making industrial boots.

10 January 2018

On test: Montane Icarus insulated jacket reviewed

Price: £140 Weight: 580g (men’s large) Insulation: PrimaLoft ThermoPlume Shell fabric: Pertex Quantum Eco Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sizes: men’s Icarus S-XXL; women’s Phoenix XS-XL (8-16) Technology is moving quickly in the area of insulated outdoor wear, and Montane’s Icarus, with the women’s version the Phoenix jacket, is an interesting development in the synthetic direction.

16 December 2017

On test: MSR Trailshot water filter reviewed

[caption id="attachment_55184" align="alignright" width="450" caption="The MSR Trailshot is a compact and lightweight water filter for use in the great outdoors.

21 October 2017


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