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vaude-aqua-back-single-bag 11th Dec 2014 VauDe Aqua Back 24l Pannier

Introduction Having done some research on the type of panniers to get I opted for fully waterproof - there's an argument that you are better off going for non waterproof ones, and keeping your...

Maddy Frog55 9th Dec 2014 Frog 55 Children's Bike

Introduction We'd been meaning to upgrade our now 7 (then 6) year old's bike from a good, but not geared, bike for too long. We're keen cyclists and we wanted to get her a bike that would allow...

Raidlight LED Running Vest 2 25th Nov 2014 Raidlight LED Running Vest

I had a conversation with a friend a few weeks back about the merging of technical kit with fashion and we quickly moved on to discuss the combining of 'real' technology such as AI, nano-computer...

Thule 780 Touring Roof Box 24th Nov 2014 Thule Touring 780 Roof Box

Introduction This is a great piece of kit which we borrowed to take on a week’s trip down south, avoiding our usual trick of ramming our medium sized car to the gunwales again. Fitting ...

Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoes 21st Nov 2014 Adidas Terrex Solo Approach Shoes

Introduction It took a while, but the acquisition of Five Ten by Adidas has finally resulted in some Adidas shoes carrying Stealth rubber. The Terrex Solos are the first of these that i have had...

Didriksons Slaskeman Kids Set 20th Nov 2014 Didriksons Slaskeman Kids Waterproof Set

These are a basic and sturdy set of children’s waterproofs, ostensibly designed for sailing. The waterproofs come in funky, gender neutral colours - in this case a bright green jacket and...

Multimat - Superlite Air L 18th Nov 2014 Multimat - Superlite Air L

I'm so impressed with this little number that I've done a very basic video review. There really aren't too many features to mention in a review. It is incredibly light and low-volume when packed...

Coleman Quad CPX Lantern 7th Nov 2014 Coleman CPX 6 quad Camping Lantern

Introduction Every now and then somebody invents something quite clever and this is one of those things. Essentially it's a large camping lantern that will light a table, cooking area or tent...

Thule Pack N Pedal Cummute Pannier 5th Nov 2014 Thule Pack N Pedal Cummuter Pannier

Introduction Panniers would usually come in pairs, but this is designed specifically for commuting so works by itself. First off, it's not a lightweight, but then it doesn't really need to be on...

Rab - atmos jacket quince 3rd Nov 2014 Rab Atmos Maya Jacket

Introduction I'll dispense with the intro about lightweight gear as it's a recurring theme in many of my reviews. Suffice to say that this one fits the bill neatly. A minimalist waterproof jacket...

Rab Boreas Pull On Breaker 20th Oct 2014 Rab Boreas Pull-on Jacket

Introduction If you've read any of my other reviews you'll know that I am a keen advocate of lightweight kit. The Boreas Pull-on is just that. Weighing just 259g and packing down into a fist...

Decathlon Quickhiker Ultralight 4 - 2 16th Oct 2014 Quickhiker Ultralight 4 Tent - Decathlon

Introduction It came as something of a surprise to discover that very few tent manufacturers make a lightweight 4 person tent. I discovered this ahead of a recent cycle touring trip to Denmark....

Franceenvelo cover webres 2nd Oct 2014 France En Velo, Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh

France en Vélo - The Ultimate Cycle Journey From Channel To Med - St Malo To Nice by John Walsh and Hannah Reynolds. Writing a guide book is a tricky beast.  You need enough detail and...

SmartWool Phd Support Bra front 240 29th Sep 2014 Smartwool PhD Support Bra

Smartwool Women’s PhD Support Bra* - My Initial Impressions. Following my glowing review of Smartwool’s ladies’ Merino NTS Baselayer, Matt asked if I fancied reviewing the Smartwool bra for...

Salomon XA PRO 3D ULTRA 2 GTX W 5th Sep 2014 XA PRO 3D ULTRA 2 GTX® W Running Shoes - Salomon

At first I found the Saloman quite stiff to wear around the ankle but actually that is part of the durable nature of the shoe and has caused no problems. The lace system means there is always a...

Smartwool NTS Micro 150gm2 Tshirt 4th Sep 2014 NTS Micro 150gm2 Tshirt - Smartwool

Review for the NTS Micro 150gm2 Tshirt The resounding characteristic of the smartwool thermal Tshirt is how hard wearing it is for such a light soft material. I have worn this day after day...

scotrocksouth 6th Aug 2014 Scottish Rock - Volume 1 - South

A while back I reviewed Scottish Rock Volume 2 very favourably so it's no surprise that Volume 1, though reviewd in reverse order, is also a cracker. The guide claims to cover the best mountai,...

Rab neutrino endurance jacket smoke-z 4th Aug 2014 Rab Neutrino Endurance Down Jacket

Introduction For years I've sat around camp fires wearing various thermals, fleeces and jackets, but I've never had a properly warm down jacket. I managed for a few years with a light weight...

Thule Ranger 90 2 29th Jul 2014 Ranger 90 Folding Roof Box - Thule

Introduction A roof box might be used for two or three weeks of the year. For the rest of the time it needs a home. If you don't have a garage or a spare storage room in the house then this...

TNF Banchee 35 16th Jul 2014 The North Face Banchee 35 Litre Rucksack

The North Face Banchee 35 Litre rucksack Review By Dan Webber Introduction When I first received this sack to review I was somewhat disappointed.  I was expecting a lightweight day sack ideal...

Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag 15th Jul 2014 Rab Neutrino 400 Sleeping Bag

Introduction It seems fitting that after writing a Blog piece on supporting local businesses I should now be writing a review of a company who, as one of their selling points, point out that...

DMM Highball Bouldering Mat 14th Jul 2014 DMM Highball Bouldering Mat

Introduction A reassuringly tough, chunky and easily portable hinge style mat in a lovely shade of yellow (unless you get the green one). Landing I’m very impressed with this mat.  As well...

Salomon Twin Skin Shorts 11th Jul 2014 Salomon Trail Twinskin Short

Introduction Shorts are shorts right? Wrong. Whilst it's perfectly possible to run in pretty much any old shorts if you are running fast or light or far, or any combination of the three then it...

Berghaus Vapour Shell Goretex Trousers 10th Jul 2014 Berghaus Vapour Shell Goretex Trousers

Introduction Also known as the Vapour Shell Pant (I still find it strange adopting this Americanism and like to call trousers trousers, and not pants!). Features It's pretty tricky writing in...

Thule Wing Bar 9582 4th Jul 2014 Thule Wing Bar Edge Roof Bars

Introduction I recently reviewed a Thule bike rack so am familiar with the brand and build quality  of their products. Our car (Skoda Octavia estate) has fitted roof rails (running the length of...

rab-mens-vapour-rise-lite-alpine-jacket-maya-l 103202 3rd Jul 2014 VR Lite Alpine Maya Jacket - RAB

Introduction I have two young boys so whenever we are out and about I am invariably carrying my kit and theirs, be it spare jackets on a day-walk, or full camping gear if out overnight. It means...

Salomon-Advanced-Skin-Lab-Hydro-5-Set-Hydration-Systems-AW13-L35187500 2nd Jul 2014 Salomon Advanced Skin S-Lab Hydro 5 Set + Hydration Backpack

Introduction I'd been on the look out for something that I could run in, with front pockets on the chest, for a while. When I'm running I generally don't like to stop, especially whilst racing,...

Advanced Elements COnvertible Kayak 1st Jul 2014 Inflatable Kayak - Advanced Elements Convertible With Double Deck

Introduction We are a family of 4 and recently had a week on the Isle Of Mull of the West coast of Scotland. Armed with a 2 person inflatable kayak purchased from Decathlon a few years back it...

Advanced Elements Paclite 3 13th Jun 2014 Paclite Inflatable Kayak Review - Advanced Elements

I watch a large number of adventure films in my line of work and I've noticed an increasing number of expeditioners travelling on foot to remote parts of the world now carry lightweight kayaks...

Smart Wool Merino NTS Baselayer 12th Jun 2014 Smart Wool Merino NTS Baselayer

A Rambling Introduction  on brand loyalty As event organisers Matt Heason and I spend oodles of time designing eye-catching documents to woo potential sponsors.  We have solid stats on ticket...

Aquasphere Challanger Wetsuit 10th Jun 2014 Challenger Wetsuit - Aqua Sphere

A Triathlon Last year I took part in my first triathlon (the Slateman in Llanberis, North Wales). I borrowed a wetsuit off a friend who is a little smaller than me and struggle to get out of it...

Brghaus Mens Navigator Cargo Trousers 23rd May 2014 Men's Navigator Cargo Trousers - Berghaus

Website Description Men's Navigator Cargo Trousers by Berghaus - Classic Polycotton Walking Trousers In Practice Pretty much exactly what it says in the description above. Comfortable, with an...

Didriksons Doanu Pant 16th May 2014 Didriksons Donau Pants - Waterproof Trousers Review

Who Are Didriksons? I'd not come across the brand Didriksons before, but they are apparently pretty big in their native country of Sweden where they've been going for 101 years! These Donau Pants...

Wild-Running-mid-res 15th May 2014 Wild Running Guidebook by Jen & Sim Benson

Introduction / The Authors Ironically yesterday I reviewed a book co-authored by Adrian Berry (Peak Bouldering by Rockfax), and today I am reviewing one with a picture on the front cover of his...

Rockfax Peak Bouldering Cover 14th May 2014 Peak Bouldering Guidebook - Rockfax - Review

Introduction I've reviewed a fair number of Rockfax guides over the years, but this one sets some new records. Had they made the cover from high density foam it could almost have doubled as a...

Berghaus Aiglun Stretch Climbing Trousers 12th May 2014 Men's Aiglun Stretch Climbing Trousers - Berghaus

I'd been in need of some new climbing trousers for a while, something I can climb and walk comfortably in. Enter the Aigluns.  First off they look nice. In recent times Berghaus seem to have...

Beinn 26 Small - Isla Bike 1st May 2014 Beinn 26 Small - Isla Bike & Ortlieb Panniers - Review

This is the second Isla Bike we've had. The first was a Beinn 20 Small and was reviewed here. That was for our youngest and since the review he has gone from strength to strength on the bike. I'd...

Muc Off 10th Apr 2014 Muc-Off Bike Cleaning Products

I was watching the new Steve Peat documentary film Won't Back Down last week and was somewhat taken aback to see a bottle of Muc-Off in some footage of Steve way back in the early nineties....

Salomon Trail Tight 21st Mar 2014 Salomon Trail Tight Review

When I started running a couple of years ago I wouldn't be seen dead in a pair of tights. I think that was because the vast majority of tights on the market were slightly baggy Ron Hills (I don't...

Otterbox Preserver Iphone 5s 10th Mar 2014 Otterbox Preserver Phone Case Review For Iphone 5s

Otterbox Preserver for Iphone 5s When you spend good money on a phone it's as well to take certain precautions to protect your investment. Insurance is all very well, but you may as well also put...

Purple Harry 5th Mar 2014 Purple Harry Bike Cleaning Products

When I were a lad I remember sitting for (seemingly) hours after a ride polishing my bike clean and lubricating the moving parts. Currently my lads are too young to pass that sort of job onto...

Berghaus Cuesta 417 28th Feb 2014 Berghaus Men's Cuesta Approach Shoe Review

A good solid pair of approach shoes that I have worn virtually every day since getting them and are showing very little signs of wear. They retail at £85. Approach shoes generally fit into two...

Olympus Tough 3 25th Feb 2014 Olympus Stylus Tough TG2 Compact Camera Review

Introduction I've had this camera on review for a while now so it's been through the mill and I can safely say that it has been thoroughly tested! I was fed up with a succession of digital...

Craghoppers Nosilife 4th Feb 2014 Cragghoppers Mosquito Repellent (Nosilife) Clothing

When I were a lad, Mam used to make us drink a spoonful of Syrup of Figs every day in the winter. When we grumbled, she said it was to keep the elephants away. It must of worked, ‘cos we never...

Salomon Spikecross 2 29th Jan 2014 Salomon Spikecross Running Shoes

I've run in both Speedcross and Fellcross, so it was a bit of a surprise to hear that Salomon had another varient on the shoe - the Spikecross. Essentially it's much the same as the Fellcross, but...

Running Food 28th Jan 2014 Running Food - Chia Charge

I was half way through a 21 mile race a couple of months back and was struggling. Approaching a check point a friend caught me up and I managed to stay with her for about a mile at which point she...

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