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Reviews - March 2009

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Leatherman Torch 30th Mar 2009 Torch: Leatherman S3

On seeing a price tag of £69.95 for a small pocket torch, one tends to baulk. That said, it has a 100 lumens bulb (which is extremely bright) and a 10 year warranty. Built by legendary American...

Sprayway Arista Pro Womens Jacket 26th Mar 2009 Waterproof Jacket: Sprayway Arista Pro (Women's)

The Sprayway Arista Pro women’s waterproof jacket is a lightweight, yet tough and durable jacket. It weighs only 333g, and packs down nice and small. It still has lots of the features that I...

Essential Fontainebleau Stone Country Guide 24th Mar 2009 Guidebook: Essential Fontaineblau

A quaint and sensible idea, cramming the best of Font into a single light weight, small-format book that you can put in your shorts pocket for the day, this is a commendable guide. 350 'essential'...

Cool Camping Cookbook 24th Mar 2009 Book: Cool Camping Cookbook

A fun book detailing recipes for a plethora of food that is easy to cook whilst camping. Useful for the car boot camper who doesn’t mind taking half their kitchen implements with them,...

Cool Camping 24th Mar 2009 Guidebooks: Cool Camping (England, Wales, Scotland & France)

Cool Camping Collection Fantastic I though as I received my copies of the Cool Camping series (England, Wales, Scotland & France). A decent sounding set of guidebooks to the better campsites in...

Vango Stainless Steel Kettle 24th Mar 2009 Cooking Pans: Vango Stainless Steel Kettle

This is a stainless steel and black plastic handled kettle. Built in the classic kettle design with a whistling spout. Pros Elegant design with a positive handle, you just know its not going to...

Llanberis Guide 24th Mar 2009 Guidebook: Llanberis

 It's easy to forget that there are other guide book publishers operating in the UK what with the BMC / Rockfax power struggle. Vertebrate Graphics have recently entered the fray with a series of...

RAB Neutrino Pertex BlackGrey (m) 24th Mar 2009 Jacket: RAB Neutrino Pertex Black/Grey (M)

Review RAB Neutrino Pertex Black/Grey (m) Marketed as a Windproof and Showerproof Retail Price This was a plain jacket with no major external markings or colours, other than the discrete RAB...

Vango Non Stick Cook Kit 24th Mar 2009 Cooking Pans: Vango No Stick Cook Kit

It’s a shame that nobody has yet invented a non-stick surface that is long lasting. Non-stick camping pans are the way forward when washing up in cold rivers or even the sea. A quick squirt of...

Ibiza Guide 24th Mar 2009 Guidebook: Ibiza

A typical continental guide – poorly illustrated with fuzzy pictures. For some reason known only to the guidebook author they have repeated every word and every image / topo, effectively...

Le Chaos De Targasonne Topo Guide 24th Mar 2009 Guidebook: Le Chaos De Targasonne Topo Guide

Targasonne looks like a stunning place to both climb and boulder. This book covers both, but concentrates on the latter. Some argue it’s better than Fontainebleau which means that, despite the...

Scarpa Charmoz GTX 24th Mar 2009 Walking Boots: Scarpa Charmoz GTX (B2)

Scarpa Boots During the recent freeze I ventured out onto some local frozen turf in my plastic boots. The short walk to the bottom of the gulley was akin to a Monty Python Ministry Of Silly Walks...

Wild Swimming 20th Mar 2009 Guidebook: Wild Swimming

Well, what a wonderful book. The depth of coverage, the erudite and enthusiastic text, the accuracy of information and, above all, the infectious enthusiasm which shines through every page makes...

The North Face Hydrogen Jacket 20th Mar 2009 Waterproof: The North Face Hydrogen Jacket

Weighing in at 87g this is a seriously light zipped waterproof shell. It may not be breathable (rip-stop nylon), but then again it’s not designed for trekking with a heavy sack on. This is the...

The North Face Triumph 20th Mar 2009 Waterproof: The North Face Triumph

We recently reviewed the ultra lightweight Hydrogen jacket, also by TNF, which weighs in at a mere 87g. However, it isn’t really a fully functional waterproof jacket, with no hood, and non...

Millet Polartec Premium Shield 20th Mar 2009 Softshell Jacket: Millet Polartec Premium Shield

I’ve had a couple of soft shells for a number of years now, and rate them very highly indeed, so it was with interest that I received this model from Millet. The Polartec Power Shield fabric...

Black Diamond Apollo Light 20th Mar 2009 Light: Black Diamond Apollo Light

After throwing away the instructions and then spending 10 minutes figuring out exactly what the Apollo does and how it does it I was very impressed indeed, so much so that when packing for a...

Peak District Climbing 20th Mar 2009 Guidebook: Peak District Climbing

It’s funny, when I started climbing the BMC and various climbing clubs around the country were responsible for virtually all of our country’s guide books. Then along came Rockfax and upset the...

ArcTeryx r320 Harness 20th Mar 2009 Harness: Arc?Teryx r320 Harness

Every now ang again somebody in the climbing worked comes up with something truly revolutionary. Arc’Teryx have done just that with their WARP technology. It’s a simple concept, and one which...

Stone Play 20th Mar 2009 Book: Stone Play

My first impression of Stone Play was that this was a book full of pretty pictures and pretentious quotes about bouldering attempting to justify what to many of the world’s population is a...

TNF Arnuva 50 Boa 20th Mar 2009 Running Shoes: TNF Arnuva 50 Boa

Weighing in at 709g these are a very light weight pair of running shoes with a fairly major difference to most. The traditional lacing system has been replaced with a fairly neat wired closure...

Merrell Quantum Mock Shoes 19th Mar 2009 Approach Shoes: Merrell Quantum Mock Shoes

Not really sure what these shoes are for. Personally I use them as my smart shoes. They have a leather upper which looks great, but dirties easily. The chunky sole gives them an Approach Shoe air,...

19th Mar 2009 Sleeping Mat: Multimat ? Summit 25 / 38

Reviewing a sleeping mat is pretty tricky so let’s start with the vital statistics: When inflated it is 1830x510x38mm, and when packed it is 270x150. It weighs 815g and costs £70. What’s...

Osprey Talon 44 Rucsack 19th Mar 2009 Rucsack: Osprey Talon 44

Weighing in at just over a kilogram for a 44 litre sack The Talon 44 is pretty light, but not the lightest model out there. This pack, although very well made, functional, and stylish, has a...

Ajungilak - Mammut D-Luxe Pump Mat 19th Mar 2009 Sleeping Mat: Ajungilak / Mammut D-Luxe Pump Mat

My favourite sleeping mat yet. Apart from the semi-amusing farting noises that accompany the inflation process, I can’t fault it. It is effectively a cross between a Thermarest and a Lilo, with...

Black Diamond BlocBox Bag 19th Mar 2009 Bouldering Mat: Black Diamond BlocBox Bag

A neat little idea that ism in reality, a bit excessive, but nevertheless quite appealing. The Impact Bag is a miniature, folding bouldering mat whose sides zip together to form a bag. If you are...

Berghaus Acolyte Jacket 19th Mar 2009 Waterproof Jacket: Berghaus Acolyte

Berghaus Acolyte Jacket I love the YELLOW colour of this jacket. It certainly makes you easy to spot in a crowd. Designed for climbing Big Walls I rather suspect that the vast majority of these...

The North Face Venture Pants 19th Mar 2009 Waterproof Trousers: The North Face Ventura Pants

North Face Venture Pants: Waterproof Trousers My first experience with these trousers was awful. I was in the extremely wet Yorkshire Dales- boasting to my mates about my brand new waterproof...

RC 16th Mar 2009 Running Shoes: The North Face Rucky Chucky

The new 'Rucky Chucky' trail shoes from The North Face The North Face seem to be terribly pleased with these new, snazzy-looking lightweight, mountain trail running shoes. They comment that "the...

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