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Thermarest Questar 1 30th Oct 2018 Thermarest Questar Sleeping Bag

It may come as a surprise to learn that Therm-a-rest don't only make sleeping mattresses. So successful has their brand awareness campaign for what is generally seen as the original mattresses,...

GravityWorks 2L Filter 18th Apr 2018 Platypus Water Filter - Gravity Works 2l Complete Kit

Last summer we found ourselves in California visiting friends. During the trip we spent some time in the Sierra Nevada mountains, a stunningly beautiful area crammed full of rivers and lakes....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 Type-2 Holidaying - Loch Hourn Sea Kayaking

I'm sitting here at my desk whilst rain literally lashes the window. It's Tuesday evening, nearly 72 hours since we arrived home from out half term holiday. I'm tired, my hands are sore with...

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...

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...

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...

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...

NeoAir Dream 6 11th Oct 2016 Thermarest - NeoAir Dream

  Probably the best testament to the comfort of this mattress came on the day it arrived. We had some friends visiting and the subject of sleep came up. I'd pumped up the mattress when it...

FullSizeRender 29th Sep 2016 Sea To Summit UltraLight Mattress

Sleeping mattresses seem to be getting smaller and smaller. This one from Sea To Summit is a teeny 7.5cm by 17cm when rolled up and weighs in at just 395g. That's seriously small and...

5c97a63a-ff51-4fea-ab4f-29856a0e6e37 18 12th Jul 2016 Salewa Fusion Hybrid -8 Sleeping Bag

I was after a sleeping bag for comfortable nights in the UK that packs down small, doesn’t weigh much, and is warm. The Fusion Hybrid concept is basically a 50 / 50 mix of down and synthetic...

Berghaus Expedition Light 80 Rucksack 20th Jun 2016 Berghaus Expedition Light 80 Rucksack

I remember the days as a teenager, hefting stuff around on overnight camping trips in Scotland, Wales, Spain and even Greenland. There was a fair amount of stuff to carry - sleeping bag, foam...

Salewa Midwau VI 12th May 2016 Salewa Alpine Hut III + III Family Tent

Our beloved Vango Equinox family tent has finally given up the ghost so we needed to replace it. Sadly Vango have discontinued the Equinox so I began to look around. An hour spent perusing the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Magicshine MJ886 188 20th Sep 2013 Magicshine MJ886 Headtorch

A while back I tested a Magic Shine MJ880 bike light. I was impressed. It was very bright, well made, light weight and affordable to boot. So I had high expectations of this head torch. First off...

MSR Windpro II 188 18th Sep 2013 MSR Windpro II Stove

I’d been on the lookout for a remote canister stove for a while as I was keen on the stability offered versus the likes of the MSR Pocket Rocket which sits on top of the gas canister. Plus I was...

Terra Nova Hoolie 4 188 9th Sep 2013 Wild Country Hoolie 4 - Tent

The Wild Country Hoolie 4 tent is a four man tunnel tent. Lightweight (at 3.6 kg), it is a great little tent for backpacking/touring and a quick overnight stay. It’s small when packed (44 cm x...

Multimat Superlight 25 188 30th Aug 2013 Multimat Superlight 25

Long gone are the days of having to strap giant sausage shaped packets to the outside of your rucksack and worrying about them getting wet in the rain and snagging on tree branches. Mats like the...

Primus eta Power 188 10th Jul 2013 Primus Eta Power

The Stove The Eta Power is one of a newish generation of super efficient stoves which incorporate a built-in wind shield and heat exchangers. It runs on gas, with a nicely adjustable plastic turn...

Thermarest NeoAir XLite188 13th Jun 2013 Thermarest Neo Air XLite

Slowly over the years I’ve been accumulating a set of super-light-weight kit that we use when actually carrying loads as opposed to car-boot camping where space and weight are not a big issue....

trangoworld micro lite 188 18th Apr 2013 Trango World Micro Lite Sleeping Mattress

Weighing in at 712g this mattress is all about weight. It’s called a Micro Lite, and it is indeed very light. I’ve certainly slept on lighter ones, but they’ve been lighter for two obvious...

Vango Adventure Wind Break 14th Dec 2012 Adventure Windbreak - Vango

I honestly never thought that I would own a windbreak. Call me a snob, but the bright stripy ones that adorn our beaches every summer seem like something from a bygone era to me, a memory of happy...

MyTinySun Head1000 8th May 2012 My Tiny Sun Head 1,000 Pro Headtorch

I have said in previous reviews that there has been something of a shift in the standard of torches for outdoor users in recent years. It’s been driven by two things: LED bulb advances and...

Vango Vitesse 27th Feb 2012 Vango Vitesse Tent

I've had this tent on test now for a while and although it’s not always been my first choice of tent it definitely is my ‘go to’ tent when I need something lightweight. Given the lightweight...

24th Jan 2012 The North Face Superlight Sleeping Bag

This is genuinely the most comfortable bag I have ever had the pleasure of sleeping in. For all its clever features, more on them in a minute, the most noticeable thing about it is how it feels on...

4th Nov 2011 Bunk Camper Van Rental

An unusual review to write for a change. It was half term last week so we headed off to Ireland. Realising that it would not be nice camping weather we looked into camper van rental and found a...

18th Oct 2011 ThermaCell Insect Repellent

We were really excited to be given the opportunity to test this product. Living in Snowdonia, north Wales, we are too often plagued by clouds of midges, necessitating a retreat indoors instead of...

soto-od-1r-micro-regulat-17530-24p 26th Sep 2011 Micro Regulator Stove

A lovely little compact, lightweight stove for screw-in gas canisters. I have a cheaper stove of a similar weight that screws to the same style canisters, but this beats it hands down for...

Vango Helium Superlight 22nd Aug 2011 Vango Helium Superlite Tent

Price: £245.00 Helium Superlite 100 Once I had a bivvi bag which weighed as much as this tent does, and I could guarantee that even if it didn’t rain, I’d wake up damp. Now, though, for less...

rab-quantum-400-endurance 22nd Feb 2010 Sleeping Bag: RAB Quantum 400

As lightweight sleeping bags go I reckon you'd be hard pushed to find a better bag. With just 400 grams of fill weight it has kept me warm every time I've used it.  Both the inner and outer are...

Ajungulak Sphere 21st Dec 2009 Sleeping Bag: Ajungulak Sphere

What an amazing bag! In need of a lightweight sleeping bag for most occasions Ajungulak supplied this little baby just in time for the summer. I used it repeatedly and have not a single complaint....