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Wild-Swimming-Walks-Dartmoor-Devon-464x500 12th Apr 2017 Wild Swimming Walks - Dartmoor & South Devon

Following hot on the heels of my review a few days ago of the equivalent book on wild swimming walks in and around London this guide is a little more in keeping with the ethos of wild swimming....

WSW-Cover-10cm-72dpi 6th Apr 2017 Wild Swimming Walks - London

The full title of this book is: Wild Swimming Walks - 28 lake, river and seaside days out by train from London   Wild Things Publishing have released a series of very good and very...

Mammut Tatlow GTX Approach Shoes 5th Apr 2017 Mammut Tatlow GTX Approach Shoes

Smart and stylish and a long way from the gaudy colours of many other approach shoes, the Tatlow GTX have a leather outer shell with a decent Goretex lining meaning that for the time being at...

Mountain Warehouse LIghtweight Camping Chair 4th Apr 2017 Lightweight Folding Chair - Mountain Warehouse

I love the fact that a piece of kit seems to have run its development course, and arrived at something that can't really be bettered, and then some bright spark has an idea. Sometimes these...

s-l1600 23rd Mar 2017 Komperdell Explorer Contour Walking Pole

I've had a few walking poles over the years, but this one stands out as different thanks to the locking mechanisms. All my previous poles have featured the standard twist-to-lock which are...

db file img 1040 440x660 7th Mar 2017 Sports Cloak - Charlie McCleod

Pretty pleased with this bit of kit. Essentially it's a glorified dressing gown with some very neat features designed for swimming outdoors. The idea is that you wear this when getting changed...

The Bond 1st Mar 2017 The Bond - Simon McCartney

I've avoided reading any books about mountaineering for a while. Impressive though the feats are I began to find them following a pattern. It's no fault of the authors, but there are only so...

9781910636107 22nd Feb 2017 The Scottish Bothy Bible by Geoff Allan

Another gem from Wild Things Publishing, this is the second book on bothy's to have been released in the last year. Whilst the former, The Book Of The Bothy, featured a selection of bothies all...

Wild-Garden-Weekends-3D-2 20th Feb 2017 Wild Garden Weekends - Guidebook

I has been a pleasure to delve into this beautifully illustrated book and leaf through the beguiling examples of what has to be described as ‘Secret Britain’. Obviously, when reviewing...

Snip20161202 4 9th Dec 2016 Polaris Pack Me Jacket & Torsion Shirt

All of this week I've been reviewing Polaris Bikewear suitable for the winter (Monday - Cadence Bob Tights, Tue  - RBS Overshoes, Wed - Blitz Gloves, Thu - Windsheer Windproof Jersey).  As it's...

Snip20161202 3 8th Dec 2016 Polaris Windsheer Windproof Jersey

Almost completing the set of reviews this week of Polaris Bikewear kit - Cadence Bib Tights (Monday), RBS Overshoes (Tuesday), Blitz Windproof Gloves (Wednesday) - is the Windshear Windproof...

Snip20161202 1 7th Dec 2016 Polaris Blitz Gloves

Wednesday's Polaris Bikewear reviews comes on the heels of the Cadence Bib Tights (Monday) and the RBS Overshoe (Tue).  Today it’s the turn of the Tornado Blitz Winter Cycling Gloves.   ...

POL01-5839-P-2 6th Dec 2016 Polaris RBS Overshoes

Yesterday's winter bike kit review was the Cadence Bib Tights. Today's is the RBS Overshoes. I mentioned yesterday that any reflective material on the lower legs is more visible than anywhere...

Snip20161202 2 5th Dec 2016 Polaris Cadence Bib Tights

I've been a while in getting this kit reviewed as it was simply too warm to wear and use until recently. I'd been aware of the Polaris brand for many years, having never quite got around to doing...

wildswimmingitaly 2nd Nov 2016 Wild Swimming - Italy

They keep on coming. I've previously reviewed Wild Swimming books on  the UK, France, Spain, Australia and now comes Italy. I've not been to Italy for a long time, but this book looks set to...

1001climbingtips andy kirkpatrick ofc485pxsticker 13th Oct 2016 1,001 Climbing Tips - Andy Kirkpatrick

1,001 tips on anything has to be a pretty tall order. 1,001 tips on a niche activity like climbing must be virtually impossible. Not so if you have the mind of Andy Kirkpatrick. I checked out...

NeoAir Dream 6 11th Oct 2016 Thermarest - NeoAir Dream

  Probably the best testament to the comfort of this mattress came on the day it arrived. We had some friends visiting and the subject of sleep came up. I'd pumped up the mattress when it...

1424444624-98335500 5th Oct 2016 LED Lenser XEO19R Head Torch & Bike Light

The LED XEO19R is a beast of a torch. Boasting up to 2,000 lumens and a throw distance of 300m it’s the most powerful light I've yet owned. Not only that, but it comes with more accessories...

Wild-Guide-South-West-high-res 4th Oct 2016 Wild Guide - Devon, Cornwall & The South West

I'm loving the fact that Wild Things Publishing are producing a series of these Wild Guides. Having started off with wild swimming guides they have broadened their horizons and begun this...

in the shadow of ben nevis ian sykes cover 30th Sep 2016 In The Shadow Of Ben Nevis - Ian Sykes

Ian Sykes is a guy you have probably never heard of. He's not climbed big grades or big mountains so he's never really featured in any of our magazines or websites. But he's now in his...

FullSizeRender 29th Sep 2016 Sea To Summit UltraLight Mattress

Sleeping mattresses seem to be getting smaller and smaller. This one from Sea To Summit is a teeny 7.5cm by 17cm when rolled up and weighs in at just 395g. That's seriously small and...

a4b3b98ad5a56629d80c9d67a4422182 1024x1024 26th Jul 2016 Wild Swimming - Hidden Beaches

If you follow my reviews at all then you will know that I am a big fan of the Wild Swim series of books. I find them thoroughly inspirational, especially in light of yesterday's Blog post about...

WG-Scandinavia-3D-cover-lr-464x500 14th Jul 2016 Wild Guide - Scandinavia

I've reviewed one Wild Guide already, to the South of England. This is a whole different world of a book. I suspect I have yet to find a guide book with this many inspiring photographs in it. A...

punk in the gym 01 andy pollitt 13th Jul 2016 Punk In The Gym - Andy Pollitt

Andy Pollitt’s book was given to me by Vertebrate Publishing, the Sheffield-based business responsible for the majority of the recent climbing biographies, with a twinkle of the eye and a...

5c97a63a-ff51-4fea-ab4f-29856a0e6e37 18 12th Jul 2016 Salewa Fusion Hybrid -8 Sleeping Bag

I was after a sleeping bag for comfortable nights in the UK that packs down small, doesn’t weigh much, and is warm. The Fusion Hybrid concept is basically a 50 / 50 mix of down and synthetic...

Polaris Kids 2 4th Jul 2016 Polaris - Mini Adventure Cycle Kit

Now I’d driven past the Polaris offices in Dronfield numerous times over the years, but never owned any of their kit. Thankfully this has now been rectified, but this review will be focused...

EVENT-WS-spain 30th Jun 2016 Wild Swimming - Spain

After France, Spain is probabyt eh country outside the UK that I have travelled to most. As kids our summer holidays were often based there, and summer in Spain being hot, we seem to spend the...

wssa-cover-150dpi 21st Jun 2016 Wild Swimming - Sydney

I’m an avid fan of wild swimming, and love the ever-growing series of Wild Swimming  guidebooks published by ~Wild Things Publishing. Wild swimming by its vey nature tends to take you off the...

Berghaus Expedition Light 80 Rucksack 20th Jun 2016 Berghaus Expedition Light 80 Rucksack

I remember the days as a teenager, hefting stuff around on overnight camping trips in Scotland, Wales, Spain and even Greenland. There was a fair amount of stuff to carry - sleeping bag, foam...

Mallorca-Cover-2015 15th Jun 2016 Spain: Mallorca Guidebook Rockfax

I lose track of whether this is the third or fourth edition of Rockfax’s Mallorca guide (actually, I just looked it up and discovered that it’s no less than the 7th!) such is the popularity of...

5&6Part2 17th May 2016 5 + 6 - Western & Northern Fontainebleau (Part 2)

I’ve been a long-time fan of Bart Van Raaij, the Fontainebleau fanatic who has singlehandedly reinvented the guidebook to what is probably the world’s most complicated climbing area. Bart’s...

Salewa Midwau VI 12th May 2016 Salewa Alpine Hut III + III Family Tent

Our beloved Vango Equinox family tent has finally given up the ghost so we needed to replace it. Sadly Vango have discontinued the Equinox so I began to look around. An hour spent perusing the...

Montane Minimus Hybrid Jacket 11th May 2016 Montane Minimus Hybrid Jacket

I sadly left my last winter jacket at a service station and it has not been since. My requirements in a winter jacket are as follows: first and foremost it needs to be warm and waterproof; it...

Montane Cordillera 10th May 2016 Montane Cordillera Thermal Tights

It took me a few years to pluck up the courage to start wearing running tights. A few years of cold knees and scratched calves! A few years further on down the line and I’ve just got my first...

Berghaus Hypershell Waterproof Jacket 6th May 2016 Berghaus Hypershell Waterproof Jacket

Weighing in at 100g this is now one of my lightest bits of kit. It’s waterproof, though I wouldn’t choose to wear it for full day out in the hills, and windproof, and very, very packable. It...

Inov8 - RERACPANTU 5th May 2016 Inov-8 Race Elite Racepant

If you’ve ever done a fell race that requires full waterproofs then you’ll know that those waterproofs need to be fully taped along the seams. I have a few pairs of very lightweight waterproof...

Salomon Speedcross Pro 26th Apr 2016 Salomon Speedcross Pro

I’ve reviewed most iterations of the Speedcross range over the past three or four years, almost always opting for them as my favoured shoe for training and longer racing. The Pro is no...

prana-womens-avril-pants-medium-plum-red 20th Apr 2016 Prana Avril Pants (Trousers!)

My PrAna Avril pants are awesome. The choice of colours are great, I went for sunwashed red and really like the contrast patches, reminiscent of climbing rope patterns, that make them look a bit...

Salomon Fastwing 18th Apr 2016 Salomon Fast Wing Hoodie

I recently arrived at my folks house after a long bike ride. My Dad asked where my waterproof was so I tossed him the little tennis ball sized stuff-sack that contained the Salomon Fast Wing...

Vau De Deluxe Box 11th Apr 2016 VauDe Aqua Deluxe Box (Handlebar Bag)

I took this box out on its first outing over the weekend. I was headed on a long ride from the Pea District to Snowdonia and wanted a means of transporting more than I could fit in my pockets,...

Ultimate Gloves copy-386x386 18th Mar 2016 Ultimate Performance Runner’s Glove

Retailing at around a tenner these get a thumbs up from me on the simple basis that I tend to lose at least one pair of running gloves a year! They are very thin, elasticated gloves that fire...

img-thing 16th Mar 2016 Prana Continuum Trousers

I’ve not owned a pair of specifically-bouldering trousers for a few years. The Continuum are a comfortable and stylish pair of trousers with some nice micro features. Made from organic cotton...

Rock Queen 10th Feb 2016 Rock Queen – by Catherine Destivelle

Rock Queen – by Catherine Destivelle Review by Sam Schofield Catherine Destivelle was at the pinnacle of climbing during the 1980s and 90s, achieving sporting firsts, winning competitions and...

rab-group-shelter-4-6-person-bothy-bag-p1224-12140 zoom 26th Jan 2016 Rab 4-6 Person Bothy Bag

At the moment I’m really not the target audience for a bothy bag. They are basically needed by those people who are going to be out in the elements for long enough to require a warm(ish) and...

LED Lenser H14.2 26th Jan 2016 lED Lenser H14.2 Headtorch

I have friends who have lots of running shoes, ones for the road, one’s for the trails, off-road shoes for when it’s dry or when it’s wet… I generally have one pair of running shoes which...

vaude-maribor-pullover-hoodie 19th Jan 2016 VauDe Maribor Hoody

Having recently reviewed some Prana clothing for the first time I'm now doing the same for VauDe. The Maribor hoody (pullover) is made with organic cotton and recycled polyester and fits very...

Prana Bridger Jean 13th Jan 2016 Prana Bridger Jean

Prana have long been high in my estimation of climbing clothing, but I;ve never had the pleasure of actually testing any of it before. The Bridger Jean - sorry, I can't but help calling them...

Wild Guide 9th Dec 2015 Wild Guide - Southern & Eastern England

I've been a fan of the publishers of the Wild Guides since they hit the ground running with the first edition of wild Swimming. This latest incarnation is a delight to behold. It's the  same...

Alpkit Numo 1 27th Nov 2015 Alpkit Numo Sleeping Mattress

Retailing at £35 this inflatable sleeping mattress from Alpkit epitomizes the company's approach to outdoor kit. It weighs 454g and at 180cm is long enough for most adults. It's the last of four...

Inov-8 X Talon 200 25th Nov 2015 Inov-8 X-Talon 200 Running Shoes

Just like 5.10 are my favourite rock climbing shoes because they have the stickiest rubber, Inov-8 are my go-to running shoes for the same reason. Perhaps it says something about my climbing and...

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