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Wild Atlantic Way 16th Nov 2017 Exploring Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way

I've been reviewing guide books by Wild Things Publishing for a few years now, but they have by no means cornered the market. David Flanagan and Richard Creagh have produced a lovely guide to...

Montane Minimus Stretch Jacket 3rd Nov 2017 Montane Minimus Stretch Jacket

Weighing in at 257g  this is definitely in the realm of lightweight waterproof jackets. It's made from a very thin Pertex with the usual and expected properties of being waterproof, windproof...

Berghaus GTX Gaiter 1st Nov 2017 Berghaus GTX Gaiters

It's a bit of a bug-bear of mine to see people out on perfectly good paths with no rain forecast, wearing sparkling gaiters when there's simply no need (it's almost as bad as the pair I once...

Snip20171031 1 31st Oct 2017 Kids Escape Light Jacket II - VAUDE

I've said it in numerous previous reviews, but  I will say it again; too many of us kit ourselves out with funky technical kit, but neglect our kids. VAUDE produce a decent range of junior...

primino-140-long-sleeve-t-shirt-p162-12505 image 6th Oct 2017 Montane Primino 140 Long Sleeved Tshirt

A very good, light weight thermal top for using whilst active. I first used it on a 12 our race around the Glen Coe Skyline. It was a bit of a risk, running for so long with something I had...

Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set Running Backpack 5th Oct 2017 Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set Running Backpack

I have previously tested a Skin S-Lab Salomon bag, but though it is ace, it's not big enough for runs which require full winter kit. Well, it is big enough, but stopping to get something out of...

Cicerone 100 Hut Walks In The Alps 4th Oct 2017 100 Hut Walks In The Alps - Cicerone

Cicerone have an army of guidebooks to adventurous stuff in Europe (they do cover other parts of the world too, but Europe is their main focus). This guide is a welcome addition to our...

edelrid-shield-lite-climbing-helmet 3rd Oct 2017 Edelrid Shield Light Climbing Helmet

Weighing 220g the Edelrid Shield Lite helmet is amongst the lightest on the market. It's a single-piece moulded foam construction with a hard outer shell. Inside there is a removable lattice of...

The Push Tommy Caldwell 2nd Oct 2017 The Push - Tommy Caldwell

I've grown out of the habit of reading books about famous climbers so it was with trepidation that I started reading The Push. I felt as though I knew enough about tommy Caldwell's life through...

Wild Guide Lakes And Yorkshire 29th Sep 2017 Wild Guide To The Lake District & Yorkshire Dales

If you read my reviews you'll know that I am a big fan of Wild Things Publishing. They started out with Wild Swimming and have since gone on to produce a whole raft of other titles, the latest...

25203-hoopiecollar-bluemountain-web 28th Sep 2017 Hoopie Collar - Ruffwear

There's not a whole lot to say about a dog collar, but this one is certainly the best one we've owned / used. It's sturdy, but lightweight. The V-ring is attached in such a way that it doesn't...

Edelrid Apus Pro Dry 26th Sep 2017 Climbing Ropes - Edelrid Apus Pro Dry 7.9 60m

Climbing with new ropes is a great feeling. One of security I guess. When I started out climbing a half rope was usually 9mm, with full ropes coming in at 10mm+. Obviously technology has...

Via Ferratas Of The French Alps 25th Sep 2017 Via Ferratas Of The French Alps

Via Ferratas are perhaps one of the oldest forms of adrenaline-based mountain activity. However they weren't originally designed with pleasure in use. Originating in the Italian Dolomites they...

Kitchen Sink Sea To Summit 1 22nd Sep 2017 Kitchen Sink - Sea To Summit

A very handy addition to our camping kit. It's been used for water carrying, washing up, crabbing, muscle filtration (of the shellfish variety!), water collection, and as a shopping bag! It...

Alpkit Ordos 2 - 4 21st Sep 2017 Ordos 2 Lightweight Tent - Alpkit

Lightweight tents have been around for some time. Driven by two-day mountain marathon events where pairs of competitors race in teams carrying all of their kit and food weight became paramount...

Komperdell Ultralite Vario 4 3rd Aug 2017 Carbon Ultralite Vario 4 Compact Walking Poles from Komperdell

Having reviewed a few sets of walking poles over the years it's always interesting when a new design comes along. The Ultralite Vario, which weigh an impressively light 181g each, comprise...

Salomon Speedcross Kids Running Shoes 2nd Aug 2017 Salomon Speedcross Kids Running Shoes

Review by Bryn, aged 11.   These shoes are perfect for a lot of different things, running being the best.   This is a list of things that I like about these shoes:   My favorite thing...

WhisperLite International 2012 1st Aug 2017 MSR Whisperlite International Stove

Way way back my then girlfriend and I travelled to Canada for a couple of months one summer whilst we were students. In Vancouver other travellers kept mentioning the Mountain CoOp. We tracked...

2070 kibblekaddie forestgreen pourspoutopen 500 31st Jul 2017 Ruffwear Kibble Kaddie

Of all the things I never thought I would end up reviewing this has to be high on the list. But it's actually very good! Essentially it's a durable bag for keeping dog food in whilst on the go....

concertina blue 1000 27th Jul 2017 Concertina Wind Shield from Alpkit

With the foil shield that came with my stove finally biting the dust it was time to get a replacement. The Concertina weighs a little more than a plain foil option, but is clearly superior in...

Bikepacking 26th Jul 2017 Bikepacking Guidebook by Wild Things Publishing

Full title: Mountain Bike Camping Adventures On The Wild Trails Of Britain   By Laurence McJannet   At this year's Sheffield Adventure Film Festival there were enough films submitted on...

Ruffwear Highlands Ben And Pad 25th Jul 2017 Ruffwear Highlands Bed & Highlands Pad

It makes sense to combine these two things in the same review as one fits in side the other. The bed itself retails at £64.95 and is an ovoid, padded sleeping mattress for your dog. It weighs...

aquapac case 1 13th Jul 2017 Aquapac Waterproof Mirrorless System Camera Case

The first test was to make sure you could get a camera into the Aquapac and shoot with it, and the answer was, yes you can, and it works quite a bit better than you’d expect. I couldn’t get...

Bulkhead Tapered 3 12th Jul 2017 Sealline Bulkhead Tapered Dry Bag

I reviewed a Sealline Dry Bag a week or so back and referenced a bag made by the same company which I have had and used for nearly 20 years, and which is still going strong. This one is not...

lampray detail 1200 1200 803auto 11th Jul 2017 Alpkit Lampray Light

LEDs are well and truly immersed into the lighting market now so it is no surprise that Alpkit have done what they usually do - take a look at the other stuff out there and design something...

Ruffwear Webmaster Harness 5th Jul 2017 Ruffwear Webmaster Harness

It's a fast learning process having your first dog. I run a lot, so any dog we were going to get was obviously going to have to be a runner. I'd seen one or two dogs out running previously in...

Flex 3 explode 4th Jul 2017 MSR Flex 3 System - Cookware

MSR have a certain genius for designing clever kit. The Flex Systems are essentially nesting sets of cooking pans, plates / bowls, and cups. I'd intended to get the Flex 4 System as we are a...

Seal Pak 3rd Jul 2017 Sealline Seal Pak Waterproof Hip Pack

A handy sized waterproof bag for a wide range of sports and activities. The Seal Pak has a 4l capacity so is best used for valuables and stuff that you need quickly - wallet, phone, camera etc....

Sea To Summit X Pan 21 2 26th Jun 2017 X-Pan 21 - Sea To Summit

Another well designed bit of kit from Sea To Summit, but it comes at a price. At 21cm (8 inches) this is a pan suitable for cooking, say, a breakfast for 2, or pancakes, or frying up some veg...

P5310354 22nd Jun 2017 Ruffwear Float Coat

Heading to Scotland on a sea kayaking trip with a dog we'd only had for two weeks was a bold move and required some cool kit! Having taken him down to the river at home and realising that he...

Sea To Summit X-Pot 4l 21st Jun 2017 Sea To Summit X-Pot 4l

On our honeymoon in India many years ago my wife and I spent a memorable couple of hours in a hot and dusty market somewhere in Rajasthan buying a set of aluminium cooking pots which we have...

seal boundary packs 20th Jun 2017 Sealline Boundary Pack 35 Drybag

Over the years I've managed to collect well over a dozen dry bags. Many now have little holes which is understandable given the amount of use they have had. One stands out as the toughest, most...

QuencherCinchTop ForestGreen Zoom 19th Jun 2017 Ruffwear Quencher Cinch Top

Having recently reviewed a couple of collapsible bits of camping kitchenware it seemed apt to write a few words about an equivalent dog bowl. The Ruffwear Quencher Cinch Top is a bowl designed...

Mashk Portable Camping Sink Alpkit 16th Jun 2017 Mashk Portable Camping Sink from Alpkit

On a recent sea kayaking  trip to Loch Hourn we took a couple of these sinks with us. They are awesome. Long handles mean that they are easy to carry, even when full of dishes. Having two...

Sea To Summit Folding Bucket 10l 15th Jun 2017 Sea To Summit Folding Bucket 10l

Folding kitchenware has been around for years, but it has come of age more recently with a whole host of materials and designs giving rise to some very useful and helpful products. The Sea To...

Ruffwear Roamer Leash 14th Jun 2017 Ruffwear Roamer Leash

So we got a dog. It's been a long time in coming, but we finally took the plunge and found an awesome rescue dog a month ago. This is not the place to wax lyrical about it having been a good...

Landar Stove Alpkit 13th Jun 2017 Landar Camping Stove - Alpkit

We headed to Scotland for half term, a large group of is with plans to cook together. Last year's trip had seen a vital component of our main stove forgotten at home so we had to make do with a...

Berghaus Fastpacking Extrem Shell 12th Jun 2017 Berghaus Fastpacking Extrem Shell

Part of Berghaus's Extrem lightweight range the Fastpacking Shell retails at £170 and weighs 250g. 250g for a fully waterproof jacket suitable for extreme mountain weather is impressive. It...

New Balance Fresh Foam 17th May 2017 New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v7 Running Shoes

 I was signed up to run the London Marathon in April so it was time for some new road shoes. Sadly a week before the event I learned that due to an administrative error my place had not been...

Snip20170516 24 16th May 2017 Montane Featherlite 30 Rucksack

I own a very snazzy backpack and also a bum bag for racing and can't really fault them. However I was after something a little bigger that is still designed for running with. Enter the...

Snip20170511 20 9th May 2017 Salomon XA Enduro Running Shoes

It's been a while since I've tested a pair of shoes with a genuinely (and obviously) new feature, so I was interested in the Enduro. The new feature is effectively an elasticated upper...

Vaude Larice 5th May 2017 VauDe Men's Larice Jacket

Weighing in at just 270g this isn’t the lightest fully waterproof  jacket on the market, but it's a decent contender. It has been designed for ski touring, but obviously will work for any...

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...

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