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Reviews - 2005

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16th Dec 2005 DVD: Posing Productions Storms The Movie

The latest from Alaistair Lee and David Halsted has them going where no climbing film has gone before – pure, unadultered comedy. Fresh from success at the Kendal Film festival, Storms: The...

15th Dec 2005 Map: Lake District

The BMC have teamed up with British Mountain Maps to produce a pretty useful little number: a single 1:40,000 map that covers the whole of the Lake District. Or does it? Basically it actually...

11th Dec 2005 Fleece: TNF Windwall Women's

The womens Windwall II windproof fleece looks like a nice jacket at first glance. Available in Black, Moonlight Ivory, Syra Red and Brownie, the colour schemes are a little unusual. I have the...

10th Dec 2005 Rucksack: TNF Modem 25

A few years ago I worked for a big IT firm. We were often given laptops to take home as part of the job, though we couldn’t keep them ;-(. They came in shiny leather briefcase shaped bags. We...

10th Dec 2005 DVD: Winter Essentials (BMC)

The new Winter Essentials DVD which is jointly produced by the BMC, Mountaineering Council of Scotland and the MLTE proves to be a comprehensive and well thought out product. The producers of...

8th Dec 2005 Guidebook: Scottish Rock

Scottish Rock Climbs Scottish Mountaineering Club Climbers’ Guide Andy Nisbet It’s funny, you’d have thought that a guidebook should be a fairly easy thing to write, and to write well. After...

8th Dec 2005 Calendar: Lakes 360 (Posing Productions)

There’s no avoiding the fact that 360 degree panoramic photos are where it’s at in photography. Whilst there is no doubt that the digital revolution and the ability to seamlessly ‘stitch’...

5th Dec 2005 Thermal: TNF Summit Series Long Sleeved Crew Neck Thermal Top

This thermal does exactly what it says on the tin. The fabric is extremely light weight considering it's high levels of performance. The tee is well made with well stitched seams and appears very...

3rd Dec 2005 Guidebook: Day Walks In The Peak District (Vertebrate Publishing)

Vertebrate Graphics seem to be able to read my mind. The number of times I have had non climbing / biking friends and family visit me and we have wondered out into the Peak District for an...

2nd Dec 2005 Jacket: TNF Varius Guide Ski Jacket

The North Face Women’s Guide Varius is designed for skiing and snowboarding and has proved a best-seller in their women’s range. I wear mine for snowboarding and it has some really useful...

1st Dec 2005 Guidebook: North East Wales (Bikefax)

As Vertebrate Graphics are doing to the Peak District, Bikefax are doing for North Wales: publishing decent quality, snazzy looking mountain biking guide books. The guide is much the same in...

30th Nov 2005 RucksackL TNF Off Chute 18

OK, for an 18 litre day pack the Off Chute weighs in at a pretty hefty 1360g and is a bit of a heavyweight for its size. That said, one needs to remember that it is designed with skiing in mind,...

29th Nov 2005 Jacket: TNF Free Thinker Jacket

The North Face Free Thinker Jacket The Free Thinker Jacket is pitched by The North Face as their premier backcountry ski and snowboard jacket. It certainly looks the business but it does it...

27th Nov 2005 Honegar

Sir Ranulph Fiennes uses this concoction to keep his joints supple and in good working order. It is basically a blend of honey and cider vinegar made to an age old recipe. Apparently he has used...

23rd Nov 2005 Ski Trousers: TNF Freedom Insulated Pant

For years I had quite possibly the most horrible purple and green all-in-one ski suit that has ever graced the planet. It would live in the cupboard and come out from time to time when we went...

22nd Nov 2005 Thermal: NF Seamless Long-Sleeve Crew Neck

Thermal base layers, when they fit properly, are fantastic. It seems that no matter how cold it is, pulling on a decent thermal gives instant warmth. The close weave, stretch fit material (95%...

16th Nov 2005 Jacket: TNF Vortex Triclime

Step into the vortex. Waterproof, breathable three-in-one jacket, you'll be ready for any condition with the Vortex TriClimate™ jacket. That’s what The North Face have to say about this...

16th Nov 2005 Hydration Rucksack: Dogfish 6

Three years ago I went to Greenland on a climbing expedition. We were new routing on big walls. On the first day we started out at around 7.30am as soon as it got light, and topped out 13 pitches...

15th Nov 2005 Down Jacket: Rab Neutrino Women's

Somehow I have managed to get to the age of 27 without owning any down clothing since getting my Quantum vest I find it hard to believe! The vest packs up very small into its own stuff sack...

12th Nov 2005 Book: Preposterous Tales

Two years ago I heard on the grapevine that Neil Gresham was putting together a book about himself and good friend Tim Emmett. I was a little sceptical about such a project, figuring it would be a...

11th Nov 2005 Camera Bag: Lowe Pro D-Res 10AW

A digital camera is hardly the most robust of inventions, and that flimsy pouch that came with it won't protect from dust, knocks and moisture. If you're taking photos outdoors, your hi-tech...

10th Nov 2005 Bra: TNF Seamless Sports Bra

This is a great bra for most activities, including running - but that always depends on your size and how much support you need. For me it was fine, but I'm sure that more supportive bras exist. I...

7th Nov 2005 Sandals: Chaco Z2 Sandals ? Terrano Sole

I took these sandals with me, brand new, to Wadi Rum. For the whole of the first day I seemed to be flailing around in them and vowed never to wear them on anything other than a flat surface...

7th Nov 2005 Down Jacket: TNF Nuptse

Made of Z-Ripstop nylon and 700 fill power down it is very lightweight and compressible. A quick explanation of terms here: One ounce of this down expands to fill a volume of 700 cubic inches. It...

6th Nov 2005 Softshell: Berghaus GTX Thaw

Soft Shell is one of those terms that is used to describe a wide variety of garments, typically it describes outer layers which are comfortable next to the skin, highly breathable and fast drying,...

4th Nov 2005 Approach Shoes: 5.10 Guides

Well, they are fall within the category of Approach Shoes in the 5.10 catalogue, but the Guide Tennie could easily sneak into the chunky rock boot pages. The original Tennies appeared many, many...

31st Oct 2005 Rock Shoes: Evolv Bandits

Evolv are a relative newcomer to the world of rock shoes. Imported by Beyond Hope (Metolius, Prana etc) they hit our shelves last year and seem to be making quite an impression. The pair of...

4th Oct 2005 Guidebook: Costa Durada (Rockfax)

Published in 2002 this guide to the popular Spanish crags of Costa Durada, a short distance south of Barcelona, features all of the modern Rockfax trademarks: colour photos, oodles of information...

4th Oct 2005 Guidebook: The Lakes (Rockfax)

One of the early ones, The Lakes Rockfax somehow looks more stylish than it’s younger brothers and sisters. The striking front cover shot with its black border, of a sports climb in a slate...

15th Sep 2005 Guidebook: Vertebrate Graphics Yorkshire Dales Mountain Biking

  It's good to know that the world of good climbing guide books does not solely belong to the BMC and Rockfax. Dave Musgrove, long time activist of Yorkshire has issued us with a gem. Although I...

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