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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...

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...

Wild Swimming France Cover 24th Jul 2018 Wild Swimming - France

UPDATE Wild Things Publishing have now made most of their books available as interactive apps via Itunes and Google Play. The apps work pretty nicely featuring a navigable map, as well as...

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