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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...

One Man's Everest 24th Nov 2015 One Man’s Everest - Kenton Cool

One Man’s Everest  Kenton Cool Review by Sam Schofield One Man’s Everest is a book of adventures woven into a bright, entertaining and inspiring tapestry of a mountaineering career. The...

Petzl-WL-Scorpio-Vertigo LowRes 19th Nov 2015 Petzl Scorpio Vertigo Via Ferratta Lanyard Set

Some time in the dim and distant past I remember tackling what was a petty serious Via Ferrata in the Italian Dolomites. It was a rest day activity on a proper old-school climbing trip. I remember...

magic shine eagle-600 13th Nov 2015 Magicshine Eagle 600 USB Bicycle Light

59.I've had a couple of Magicshine lights in the past (MJ880 | MJ886 Headtorch)so had high expectations of this one too. Whereas the previous ones have been real work-horse models to illuminate a...

41H2NBa+ApL. SX395 14th Oct 2015 Berghaus Vapour Claw Running Shoes

The Berghaus Vapour Light Claw is a running shoe aimed at trail and long distance runners. I have worked them hard by running in all weathers and over some distances, used them as approach shoes...

Alpkit Brukit 13th Oct 2015 Alpkit Brukit Stove & Billy System

Alpkit Brukit Review I already own a number of stoves so felt a little indulgent getting this one, but a) it's inexpensive, and b) it fills a very useful gap. Retailing at £35 for both the...

Montrail Bajda II 12th Oct 2015 Montrail Bajada II #UTMB Limited Edition

Montrail are a new brand to me. Accelerate in Sheffield are now stocking this particular model which I understand is the only one available in the UK at present. It's come about thanks to Columbia...

Edelrid Eagle Light 5th Oct 2015 Edelrid Eagle Light 9.5mm Climbing Rope

The Edelrid Eagle Light is a 9.5mm single rope that is light enough to use in pairs for trad climbing as well as singly whilst sport climbing. The 60m model (comes available as 50m, 60m, 70m and...

Nikwax Tent And Gear Solarproof 29th Sep 2015 Nikwax Tent & Gear Solarproof

A couple of months ago I too our old Quasar tent out of storage and used it for a night as we needed an extra tent. Nostalgic soon turned to frustration though as the twenty year old material did...

IMG 0019 23rd Sep 2015 VauDe Power Lizard Lightweight Tent

VauDe Power Lizard Review Before starting on the review I have to say that I love the name. Power Lizard! Tents seem to have a long history of cool names. Perhaps it's a factor of them having...

P7180163 29th Jul 2015 Petzl Kids Macchu and Body Harness

I've written a few reviews recently on kids kit and the importance of putting them in the right sized stuff. Arguably it's never more important than clmbing harnesses as there's a genuine safety...

Osprey Jet 18 23rd Jul 2015 Osprey Jet 18 Kids Rucksack

There comes a time in a kids' life when he or she needs to start carrying their own kit when out walking and camping. Personally I've been keen not to start this too early, preferring instead, to...

rapha climbers-bundle 2 22nd Jul 2015 Rapha Pro Climbing Team Set

I only really started cycling a couple of years ago and have managed until now with fairly low spec kit from the likes of Lidl and Aldi. It was with a great deal of interest then that I rode the...

Five Ten Tennies 21st Jul 2015 Five Ten Tennie Approach Shoe

I was 13 in 1985. It was a formative time for me. Lots of fairly major things in my life happened around that time, but sadly my parents didn't buy me a pair of the world's first approach shoes,...

Edelrid Kids Shielf II Helmet 20th Jul 2015 Edelrid Kids Sheild II Helmet

Getting kids to wear helmets when climbing is clearly super-important. It surprises me that there is not a broad range of helmets out there vying for the attention of younger generation climbers....

Rab 4-6 Bothy 15th Jul 2015 Rab 406 Person Bothy (Group Shelter)

Rab Goup Shelter (Bothy) 4-6 Writing a review for a bothy was always going to be a bit of a weird one, as generally it's a piece of kit that you'll hopefully rarely use. However, whilst this is...

Camaro Uto Pulsor 7th Jul 2015 Camaro Uto Pulsor Swim Run Wetsuit

It's an interesting moment when a development of equipment opens up an entire new sport. Of course there's nothing new about combining running and swimming - in fact on a trip to Denmark last...

LED Lenser NEO 30th Jun 2015 LED Lenser NEO Headtorch

This isn't a torch to run or cycle with, but it's one I often take running and cycling, as well as camping, and most other occasions when I know a torch is going to come in handy. Why? Because...

SealskinzSocks 23rd Jun 2015 Sealskinz Socks

I'd heard mixed reviews about Sealskinz socks. Some said they work, some said they don't. Essentially the are waterproof socks. They keep the water out by means of a Goretex-like membrane which (,...

Xsories Stuffler 8l 11th May 2015 XSories Stuffler 8l Dry Bag

Xsories are a new brand to me, but I've reviewed a couple of their bits of kit recently and have been impressed by both. The oddly named Stuffler is billed as an 'Extremely Water-Resistant Duffle...

Webee Harness 8th May 2015 Ocun WeBee Kids Climbing Harness

Our eldest boy is 8 and recently took part in a climbing competition for the first time. We arrived on the day with his full body harness that he'd been wearing whenever he climbed for the past 5...

Edelrid Crocy 7th May 2015 Edelrid Crocy Oasis Kids Climbing Shoes

It's all too common to see young kids climbing in a pair of trainers. The common thinking seems to be that kids feet grow so quickly that it's not cost effective to buy specialist shoes as they...

xsories sneaker power bank battery 1 5th May 2015 Xsories Sneaker Bank

It's clearly becoming ever more important to have a power source with us as a back up charger for your phone, camera, watch or any one of dozens of other electronic devices that accompany us in...

Berghaus Ilam Jacket 29th Apr 2015 Berghaus Ilam Down Jacket

The Berghaus Ilam jacket is probably the fourth or fifth down jacket I've owned over the years, but is my favourite. It's not a big fat one for hanging around base camp in, but a more...

Zamberland lady Lite GTX RR 28th Apr 2015 Zamberlan Lady Lite GTX RR Walkng Boots

I’ve only ever owned one pair of walking boots prior to these (I was late to the game) and they lasted for 15 years and gave me everything I asked of them, so my next pair had a lot to live up...

Terra Nova Bothy 4 28th Apr 2015 Terra Nova Ultralight Bothy 4

Essentially an emergency shelter this bothy is one of those bits of kit that you may well never use, and you certainly won't want to, but it's useful to have one in your pack if you are out in...

peakdistricttrailrunning ofc485px 27th Apr 2015 Peak District Trail Running - Vertebrate Publishing

I've long held the view that there aren't enough fell running guide books out there. We are inundated with cycling guides and climbing guides, but running is arguably more popular, but there are...

Aquasphere Kaimen Exo Goggles 22nd Apr 2015 Aquasphere Kaimen Exo Goggles

To my mind there are really only two things that matter with a pair of goggles: do they keep the water out, and do they stay mist free. The Kaimen Exo does both with bells on. I swim once a week...

Salomon Bonatti Jacket 21st Apr 2015 Salomon Bonatti WP Jacket

I got the Bonatti to replace a well-aged Mountain Hardware Quark jacket. The Quark jacket had some good features, but its durability had let it down a little, it currently has no material between...

Scarpa Zen Pro 21st Apr 2015 Scarpa Zen Pro Approach Shoes

Almost my favourite Approach Shoes ever. But not quite. I don't usually start a review with a summary, but they are that good that I thought they deserved it. In essence they have everything an...

Alpkit Torch 1 20th Apr 2015 Alpkit Factory Visit & Head Torch Product Testing

A month or so back I popped into the Alpkit offices and warehouse which is based just outside of Nottingham. Despite having a good working relationship with the guys who run Alpkit - they started...

Seal Skinz All Season Gloves 20th Apr 2015 Sealskinz All Season Gloves

Introduction Sealskinz have been one of those brands that I've (not deliberately) somehow avoided over the years so I thought I'd best try them out. A month or so back I took part in an overnight...

Salomon S-Lab Running Gloves 17th Apr 2015 Salomon S-Lab Running Gloves

Sadly I managed to lose these glove after wearing them only a handful of times ('suce the pun). However that was enough time to assess them fairly well. I was after a pair of lightweight gloves to...

Lif Of A Tent 15th Apr 2015 Life Of A Tent

Not exactly a Blog post in its own right, but a pointer to an entirely new Blog called Life Of A Tent that I created yesterday to follow the life of one of our tents, reviewed here last year.

Salomon Trail Gaitor Low 14th Apr 2015 Salomon Trail Gaiter - Low

Having done a fair amount of running in the snow this winter I wanted to try a system to keep the said cold stuff out of my shoes, and in particular, to keep it from balling up on top of the...

XKitPNG 1st Apr 2015 X-Kit Jacket - Preview

Am pleased to say that I've had a sneak preview of this jacket. Looks amazing. I love the cost point and the PDF download option of the pattern. My Mum will be hard at work producing these for the...

TNV Paramount Convertible Trousers 1st Apr 2015 The North Face Paramount Convertible Trousers

OK so convertible trousers may not be hip, but they are just the ticket when going light is important and the weather is mixed. I've had a few pairs of convertibles before - convertible, if you're...

Sprayway Grendl 31st Mar 2015 Sprayway Grendel Jacket

Sprayway have been well established as one of the UK’s leading outdoor brands for more than 40 years building, over that time, a level of trust in the overall quality of their wide range of...

vpbeyondlimits ofc485px 31st Mar 2015 Beyond Limits - A Life Through Climbing - Steve McClure

Steve McClure is one of the best rock climbers in the world; and undoubtedly the best sport climber in the UK over the past 15 years.  With climbing parents, growing up within easy reach of the...

Inov 8 Mud Claw 300 1 27th Mar 2015 Mud Claw 300 - Inov-8

Just as Five Ten make the stickiest rubber in the climbing shoe world, Inov-8 seem to have mastered the art for running shoes. This latest pair give more confidence on a variety of surfaces around...

North Wales Scrambles 25th Feb 2015 North Wales Scrambling

This is a gem of a book. I first saw it on Amazon after a friend had recommended it. Got a copy and am thoroughly impressed. So is my Dad. He lives in Snowdonia, has done for over 40 years, and...

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