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Kompardell Vario 4 Compact 1 26th Sep 2019 Komperdell Trailstick Carbon C4 Vario Compact Walking Poles

I've used plenty of sticks over the years, primarily whilst walking, and often in the snow. One of the main issues with them is that if you are out with a small bag, whilst running or on a day...

Fastpacking 7th May 2019 Fastpacking - Multi-Day Running Adventures - Guidebook

It seems that every other week there is a new sport or activity evolving from the outdoor world. If it's not stand up paddleboarding or wild swimming, it's bike packing and now fastpacking....

PB150032 13th Mar 2019 Kalenji Kiprun Trail XT7 Running Shoes

Stand on the start line of a local fell race and there are precious few runners wearing Kalenji shoes, one of Decathlon's myriad of own-brand lines. Having been working closely with the local...

VJ Sport XTRM 1 10th Oct 2018 Title: VJ Sport XTRM – A true mountain running shoe

True mountain running shoes are hard to come by. You need them to be good on rock, so not too heavily studded and able to grip in the wet. They need to hold firm on wet grassy and...

x-talon-230-grey-teal-1 26th Jun 2018 Inov-8 X-Talon 230s

The Inov-8 X-Talon 230s are a great lightweight fell running shoe. The lightness has not resulted in compromise in shock absorption or foot support. They really are a comfortable shoe.   I...

Salomon Snowcross Shoes 9th May 2018 Salomon Snowcross Shoes

Sadly these babies arrived the day after the last snow of the season melted (surely there's no more to come?) so I haven’t given them a true test and won't do so for some time. However that...

Montane Cordillera Thermal Tights 21st Mar 2018 Montane Cordillera Thermal Tights

Last Saturday was one of those magical weather days that don’t come around very often. Snowy, windy, sunny, windy, cold and windy. I was out for the best part of five hours, running our local...

Salomo Speedtrak 20th Mar 2018 Salomon Speedtrak Running Shoes

It’s not often that you can say a pair of shoes got you to a meeting on time. The Speedtraks arrived on the day of the said meeting. I work from home and juggle squeezing out for a run,...

Salomon S Lab Wings 8 21st Dec 2017 Salomon S Lab Wings 8 Running Shoes

I got these shoes primarily for a single event. That may seem frivolous, but given that the event was the pinnacle of my running 'career' to date I figured it was fair.   The shoes are...

Montane Minimus Stretch Jacket 3rd Nov 2017 Montane Minimus Stretch Jacket

Weighing in at 257g  this is definitely in the realm of lightweight waterproof jackets. It's made from a very thin Pertex with the usual and expected properties of being waterproof, windproof...

Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set Running Backpack 5th Oct 2017 Salomon Skin Pro 15 Set Running Backpack

I have previously tested a Skin S-Lab Salomon bag, but though it is ace, it's not big enough for runs which require full winter kit. Well, it is big enough, but stopping to get something out of...

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...

Komperdell Ultralite Vario 4 3rd Aug 2017 Carbon Ultralite Vario 4 Compact Walking Poles from Komperdell

Having reviewed a few sets of walking poles over the years it's always interesting when a new design comes along. The Ultralite Vario, which weigh an impressively light 181g each, comprise...

Salomon Speedcross Kids Running Shoes 2nd Aug 2017 Salomon Speedcross Kids Running Shoes

Review by Bryn, aged 11.   These shoes are perfect for a lot of different things, running being the best.   This is a list of things that I like about these shoes:   My favorite thing...

Ruffwear Roamer Leash 14th Jun 2017 Ruffwear Roamer Leash

So we got a dog. It's been a long time in coming, but we finally took the plunge and found an awesome rescue dog a month ago. This is not the place to wax lyrical about it having been a good...

Berghaus Fastpacking Extrem Shell 12th Jun 2017 Berghaus Fastpacking Extrem Shell

Part of Berghaus's Extrem lightweight range the Fastpacking Shell retails at £170 and weighs 250g. 250g for a fully waterproof jacket suitable for extreme mountain weather is impressive. It...

New Balance Fresh Foam 17th May 2017 New Balance Fresh Foam 1080v7 Running Shoes

 I was signed up to run the London Marathon in April so it was time for some new road shoes. Sadly a week before the event I learned that due to an administrative error my place had not been...

Snip20170516 24 16th May 2017 Montane Featherlite 30 Rucksack

I own a very snazzy backpack and also a bum bag for racing and can't really fault them. However I was after something a little bigger that is still designed for running with. Enter the...

Vaude Larice 5th May 2017 VauDe Men's Larice Jacket

Weighing in at just 270g this isn’t the lightest fully waterproof  jacket on the market, but it's a decent contender. It has been designed for ski touring, but obviously will work for any...

s-l1600 23rd Mar 2017 Komperdell Explorer Contour Walking Pole

I've had a few walking poles over the years, but this one stands out as different thanks to the locking mechanisms. All my previous poles have featured the standard twist-to-lock which are...

1424444624-98335500 5th Oct 2016 LED Lenser XEO19R Head Torch & Bike Light

The LED XEO19R is a beast of a torch. Boasting up to 2,000 lumens and a throw distance of 300m it’s the most powerful light I've yet owned. Not only that, but it comes with more accessories...

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...

Berghaus Hypershell Waterproof Jacket 6th May 2016 Berghaus Hypershell Waterproof Jacket

Weighing in at 100g this is now one of my lightest bits of kit. It’s waterproof, though I wouldn’t choose to wear it for full day out in the hills, and windproof, and very, very packable. It...

Inov8 - RERACPANTU 5th May 2016 Inov-8 Race Elite Racepant

If you’ve ever done a fell race that requires full waterproofs then you’ll know that those waterproofs need to be fully taped along the seams. I have a few pairs of very lightweight waterproof...

Salomon Speedcross Pro 26th Apr 2016 Salomon Speedcross Pro

I’ve reviewed most iterations of the Speedcross range over the past three or four years, almost always opting for them as my favoured shoe for training and longer racing. The Pro is no...

Salomon Fastwing 18th Apr 2016 Salomon Fast Wing Hoodie

I recently arrived at my folks house after a long bike ride. My Dad asked where my waterproof was so I tossed him the little tennis ball sized stuff-sack that contained the Salomon Fast Wing...

Ultimate Gloves copy-386x386 18th Mar 2016 Ultimate Performance Runner’s Glove

Retailing at around a tenner these get a thumbs up from me on the simple basis that I tend to lose at least one pair of running gloves a year! They are very thin, elasticated gloves that fire...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 (,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Dixon Sport RX 200 21st Nov 2013 Dixon Sport RX - Prescription Glasses

For years I've run and biked and struggled to see properly. It doesn't really matter on a nice day when you're pootling along, but when the light levels drop, you p;lunge into a copse of trees, or...

SPI Belt 188 16th Oct 2013 SPI Running Pouch

There's not a whole lot that I can write about this belt apart from the fact that it's a great little idea. So it's a sunny day and you are heading out for a run. None of your articles of clothing...

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...

Garmin 910 XT 188 19th Sep 2013 Garmin Forerunner 910 XT Sportswatch

Garmin Forerunner 910 XT A month or two back I reviewed the Garmin Fenix GPS watch which was aimed at runners and outdoors folk (walkers, hunters, fisherman etc). It was great, but had its...

Inov8 Windshell 188 17th Sep 2013 Inov-8 Windshell

I've run in a few windshells over the years and have to say that whist they may have provided a barrier between me and the wind, that's about all they have done. Generally speaking running tops do...

Raidlight Ultra Omo 1 188 10th Sep 2013 Raidlight Ultra Olmo 12 Hydration Rucksack

In a recent review for some Inov-8 shoes I mentioned an upcoming mountain marathon in the Pyrenees that I had been training for. Just as my runs started to really pick up in distance, to the...

Strava 18th Jul 2013 Strava

Strava is a a piece of software that’s quite literally revolutionised my running and biking. I’ve had a smartphone for a while and had experimented with various GPS tracking devices which tell...

Inov8 Trailroc 245 188 12th Jul 2013 Trailroc 245 Running Shoes - Inov-8

Back in April I went to a free natural running clinic and then as a result got some Trailroc 245’s to review. At the start of the year I started running much more consistently. I’ve always...

Garmin-Fenix-Watch-188 11th Jul 2013 Garmin Fenix GPS Watch

Garmin now offer a bewildering array of GPS sports watches. The Fenix is aimed at a cross section including runners, bikers, walkers, fishermen and hunters! OK, so I don’t really fall into the...

Craft - active-run-hybrid-jacket188 15th May 2013 Active Run (AR) Hybrid Jacket - Craft

I find it strange that a brand can remain pretty much under the radar (well my radar at least) yet be producing some top notch kit. I recently reviewed a pair of their gloves that were outstanding...

TNF Single Track GTX 188 17th Apr 2013 The North Face Single-Track GTX XCR Running Shoes

Most of the running I do is off road, and when I say off road, I mean wet, muddy, tussocky, snowy, damp, boggy, rocky, and did I mention wet, as opposed to nice dry and even trails. However,...

Inov8 Bear Grip 200 180 9th Apr 2013 Inov-8 Bear Grip 200

When speaking to Inov-8 about needing a pair of shoes to cope with the unusual amounts of snow we’ve been having, and the mud that is likely to follow during the thaw they mentioned the Bear...

Craft Hybrid Weather Glove 200 27th Mar 2013 Craft Hybrid Gloves

Every now and then a bit of kit comes by that really stands out. These gloves fall into that category. So simple, yet so effective. They are a basic glove with a couple of very, very useful...

Salomon Speedcross 188 5th Mar 2013 Salomon Speedcross 3 Running Shoes

Salomon Speedcross 3 A while back I reviewed a pair of Salomon Fellcross running shoes. I complained in the review that the tread was not very good on wet rock. The guys at Salomon suggested I try...

New Balance MTE101GH 25th Oct 2012 New Balance MTE101GH (the green ones!)

There are two things I don’t like about these shoes, but other than that they are fantastic. Firstly the name. Why oh why do they give names like this to shoes? It’s like trying to refer to...

TNF Single Track Hayasa 2nd Oct 2012 The North Face Single Track Hayasa Shoes

TNF's amazingly light weight Single Track Hayasa trainers perform really well. Their tread is good for trail running and I've been on all sorts of terrain on them and felt happy with flexibility...

Sesh Bars 11th Sep 2012 Assorted Energy Mars And Gels - Clif, Torq, Mule and Sesh

Until recently climbing had pretty much always been my sport of choice. I would still classify myself as a climber, but for most of this year I have been doing more running than anything else....

New Balance MT876OR 3rd Jul 2012 New Balance MT876OR Running Shoes

Enjoyed running in these shoes, but the sizings are definitely on the small side. Very light weight at 350g. Plenty of cushioning. The tread is billed as suited to running off road but I’d say...

inov8-race-pro-4 21st May 2012 Inov-8 Race Pro 4 Bumbag / Bladder

  About 6 months ago I started running a little more often than I had done previously and a friend gave me a bumbag that he had no use for any more. It quickly became my pack of choice as I’ve...

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...

new balance mt00 minimus heason events 5th Apr 2012 New Balance MT00 Minimus Running Shoe

I’ve been living in or near the Peak for nearly twenty years now and I’ve done a lot of the climbing on offer in the area. Nearly five years ago I moved into a village crammed full of fell...

Magic Shine MJ880 188 2nd Apr 2012 Magicshine MJ880 Bike Light

There’s been something of a revolution taking place over the past few years. If you’ve noticed incredibly bright lights bobbing and weaving towards you on the road at night you’ll know what...

Silva XTrail Plus 23rd Feb 2011 Headtorch: Silva X-Trail Plus

A few weeks ago I reviewed the LED Lenser P7 hand-held torch. I then blogged about it when I took delivery of this lovely new headtorch from Silva.   I've since managed a number of night runs...

Montane Cordillera 10th Mar 2010 Montane Cordillera Thermal Tights

It took me a few years to pluck up the courage to start wearing running tights. A few years of cold knees and scratched calves! A few years further on down the line and I’ve just got my first...