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Leki Micro Vario Ti SYSTEM 21st Nov 2019 Leki Micro Vario Ti System Walking Poles

We were originally attracted by these poles because of their compactness, observing that there would be no problem in packing them for a flight when taking hand luggage only. Measuring less than...

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...

walks-and-treks-in-the-maritime-alps 31st Jan 2018 Walks & Treks In The Maritime Alps

Another pocket sized guide from Cicerone who have definitely cornered the market when it comes to continental Europe. This guide features 220 pages (that's 18 walks of between 6km and 20km as...

Cicerone 100 Hut Walks In The Alps 4th Oct 2017 100 Hut Walks In The Alps - Cicerone

Cicerone have an army of guidebooks to adventurous stuff in Europe (they do cover other parts of the world too, but Europe is their main focus). This guide is a welcome addition to our...

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...

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...

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...

Montane Minimus Hybrid Jacket 11th May 2016 Montane Minimus Hybrid Jacket

I sadly left my last winter jacket at a service station and it has not been since. My requirements in a winter jacket are as follows: first and foremost it needs to be warm and waterproof; it...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Zamberlan Crosser 188 11th Sep 2013 Zamberlan Crosser Approach Shoe

Many moons ago my first ever pair of proper walking boots were a par of Zamberlans. I can't recall the actual model, but the brand name has stuck in my memory for nearly three decades! I remember...

Scarpa Curx Approach Shoe 188 12th Apr 2013 Scarpa Crux Approach Shoe

Retailing at £99.99 the Crux are amongst my favourite approach shoes that I’ve worn in recent years. They’re reasonably lightweight (394g) but sturdy workhorses at the same time. I’m a big...

Black Diamond EXL 188 14th Mar 2013 Black Diamond EXL Rucsack

I’ve had this bag a while now and it’s proved to be a favourite on many fronts let down only by its volume. At 20 litres it’s really no more than a day pack with room only for your...

Day Walks In Snowdonia 14th Sep 2012 Day Walks In Snowdonia

Day Walks In Snowdonia 20 Circular Routes In North Wales   Vertebrate Publishing I was born and grew up in Snowdonia so know the area pretty well indeed. My folks were avid mountain people so we...

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...

FizanCompact Walking Pole 22nd Mar 2012 Fizan Compact Walking Poles

I guess it’s a sign of getting older, but I’m finding that I am using poles more and more often when out in the hills. I’m running a lot which means my knees are taking a hammering so the...

Mountain Hardwear Mesa 14th Feb 2012 Mountain Hardwear Mesa Pant

A simple, but effective pair of trousers which have stood up to everything I have thrown at them here in the UK, but sound as if they are made for jungle trekking! Comfortable and quick drying,...

Karrimor KSB Trek-Lite II eVent 26th Nov 2011 Karrimor KSB Trek-Lite II eVent

I wanted boots that would be lightweight but up to the job of uneven terrain, soggy conditions and long days walking and that is what I got from the Karrimor KSB TrekLite II eVent. They provided...

TNF Vindicator GTX 25th Mar 2011 Approach Shoes - TNF Vindicators GTX

Another well engineered shoe from The North Face range, this extremely robust shoe feels like it should last several years of use and abuse. It isn’t super lightweight but, for its weight, it...

Scarpa Voretex GTX 14th Mar 2011 Approach Shoes: Scarpa Vortex GTX

Retailing at £99.99 these are the priciest approach shoes I've tried to date. My last pair of Scarpa's were the trusty Zen's, reviewed nearly 2 years ago. Given that these shoes are still on my...