Gear

PrimaLoft's new ThermoPlume insulation 'mimics natural down' in outdoor jackets

The US insulation company says its latest product is groundbreaking in allowing clothing firms to use traditional down-manufacturing techniques with synthetic filling.

16 January 2017

The great big grough guide to Christmas gifts for your outdoor fan

Christmas is fast approaching, and the search for last-minute prezzies for the outdoor person in your life can be fraught.

07 December 2016

On test: winter gloves reviewed

Gloves are an essential piece of kit for anyone venturing out on to the hills in winter, or even taking a stroll in the countryside during the cooler seasons.

03 December 2016

On test: sleeping bags reviewed

A good, comfortable sleeping bag is essential for getting a sound night’s sleep in your tent, whether it’s on the campsite or the mountainside.

02 November 2016

Páramo offers new Ostro fleece and windproof jacket combo for active outdoors users

Páramo has built a large loyal band of users who love its different approach to keeping dry on the hills.

21 September 2016

New headtorches and a brand new belay device unveiled for 2017 by Black Diamond

Outdoor brand Black Diamond has revamped its range of headtorches for 2017. The new Iota is a lightweight, small unit aimed at night-time runners a...

10 September 2016

PHD says its new Sleep Systems gear will help you get the right warmth with less weight

A British brand noted for its high-end insulated products has introduced a system it says will enable outdoors enthusiasts to enjoy warmth without weight.

31 August 2016

On test: Hoka One One Tor Speed 2 WP boots reviewed

Price: £130 Colour: black/grey/green Weight: 716g/pair (size 9½) Construction: fabric uppers/Vibram MegaGrip outsole Waterproofing: eVent membrane Country of manufacture: Vietnam Crampon rating: B0 (not crampon compatible) Sole stiffness: 2/10 Sizes: men’s 6½-12 (40-47⅓); women’s 4½-7½ (37⅓-41⅓) These super lightweight boots from the running-shoe experts Hoka One One are designed, the company says, for fast-moving walkers.

20 August 2016

Edelrid reveals its climbing harness that weighs less than a bar of chocolate

Who can resist the offer of free chocolate? We certainly can’t so when German brand Edelrid kindly tempted grough with an 80g bar of the stuff, we g...

19 August 2016

On test: Hoka One One Speedgoat shoes reviewed

Price: £120 Colour: black/green Weight: 582g/pair (size 9) Construction: fabric/synthetic uppers/Vibram outsole Waterproofing: none Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sole stiffness: 2/10 Sizes: men’s 6½-13½ (40-49⅓); women’s 3½-9½ (36-44) The curious name of these trailrunning shoes comes from the Utah skyrunning race organised by Karl Meltzer and his input is also central to the design of this footwear.

22 December 2016

Nordic children's outdoors brand Reima takes over Finnish Baby Box company

A Nordic brand that has recently launched its children’s outdoor clothing range in the UK has expanded with the acquisition of a specialist baby goods supplier.

13 December 2016

On test: HJ Hall Extreme ProTrek socks reviewed

Price: £13.75 Country of manufacture: UK Weight: 108g/pair Colour: green/blue/grey Material: 42 per cent merino wool; 42 per cent acrylic; 11 per cent polyamide; 5 per cent Elastane Sizes: S-XXL, for shoe sizes from 3-15 Wash: 30C These British-made walking socks from Leicestershire-based company HJ Hall are part of the ProTrek range and have a high merino wool content which helped keep down odour during our prolonged tests.

12 November 2016

On test: Teva Arrowood Lux shoes reviewed

Price: £100 Country of manufacture: Vietnam Weight: 732g/pair Colour: brown Sizes: men’s 6-13; women’s 3-9 The Arrowood Lux shoes are the latest development from Teva based on its Float-Lite midsole and outsole combination.

24 September 2016

New Primus stoves and bottles cater for trekking campers

Swedish brand Primus, a byword for stove technology, is introducing two new models to its range for 2017.

17 September 2016

On test: lightweight tents reviewed

Camping is one of our favourite ways of enjoying the great outdoors. Sleeping in a tent and waking to a beautiful countryside or mountain scene is ...

04 September 2016

Vango unveils new innovations as the brand celebrates 50 years

Fifty years ago, one of the UK’s best known outdoor brands was born. Vango came about because it was viewed by its founder Alastair Moodie that i...

28 August 2016

On test: Norrøna Falketind PrimaLoft 100 Vest reviewed

Price: £139 Colour: blue/grey Weight: 232g Material: shell, polyamide; stretch panels, 53 per cent polyester, 38 per cent polyamide, 9 per cent Elastane; lining, recycled polyester Insulation: PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Active Country of manufacture: Vietnam Wash: 40C Sizes: men’s S-XL; women’s XS-L It’s easy to think only of winter when considering insulated clothing, but anyone who has stood on a windy mountain top in the height of summer and felt the chill will appreciate there’s a year-round place for some warmth in the hill-goer’s pack.

20 August 2016

Bridgedale makes the grade for Duke of Edinburgh's Award list for eighth year

A UK sock brand has received a seal of approval from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for the eighth year on the trot.

18 August 2016

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