On test: Montane Anti-Freeze XT Hoodie reviewed

Is there still a place for a down jacket in your rucksack? We took to the wintry hills to find out...

12 April 2024

On test: winter waterproof jackets reviewed

Along with a good pair of walking boots, I rate a waterproof jacket as one of the two essentials if you’re heading for the hills in the UK.

29 February 2024

What to buy your outdoors fan for Christmas? Here's grough's stocking-filler guide

Christmas is fast approaching, and with it the panic of what to buy your favourite outdoor enthusiast to fill their festive stocking.

05 December 2023

On test: camping accessories reviewed

There has been a marked increase in the number of people taking camping breaks and enjoying the countryside since the Covid-19 lockdown restricted the potential for overseas holidays.

25 August 2023

On test: Danner Mountain 600 boots reviewed

Price: £230 Weight: 1,098g/pair Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sizes: men’s 6½-12½; women’s 3½-8 Uppers: full-grain leather Waterproofing: Danner Dry Sole stiffness: 6/10 There’s a definite retro look to these boots from the Oregon-based brand.

18 February 2023

On test: lightweight walking boots reviewed

Not everyone wants or indeed needs a pir of full-on mountain boots, which tend to be heavy, not always comfortable and quite pricey.

24 October 2022

On test: Rab Cirrus Hut Slipper reviewed

Price: £40 Weight: 242g a pair (size large) Colour: black Sizes: XS-XL (equivalent to shoe sizes 3-10+) Country of manufacture: Indonesia No matter how comfortable your boots, it’s always a nice feeling after a long walk to unlace them and free your feet from their confines.

06 June 2022

On test: winter waterproof jackets reviewed

A good waterproof jacket is one of the essential pieces of kit if you’re heading for the hills in winter.

07 February 2022

On test: three- to four-season walking boots reviewed

First, it’s useful to explain what we mean by a three- to four-season boot. We’ve seen from time to time this term used to mean a boot that suitab...

07 November 2021

On test: Danner Cascade Crest boots reviewed

Price: £340 Weight: 1,724g/pair Country of manufacture: USA Sizes: men’s 6-14; women’s 3-9 Uppers: full-grain leather Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Sole stiffness: 6/10 These boots from the Oregon-based brand have a decidedly retro look and design.

03 March 2024

On test: trail-walking shoes reviewed

Boots have traditionally been the footwear of choice when heading out onto the hills and moors of the UK.

19 December 2023

H&M reveals £140 technical waterproof: 'the outdoors is for everyone'

Multinational fashion brand H&M is looking to stir up the outdoors clothing market with the development of its Move collection.

21 September 2023

On test: Keen WK400 shoes reviewed

Price: £135 Weight: 774g a pair Country of manufacture: Cambodia Uppers: synthetic fabric Waterproofing: none Women’s version: yes Sizes: men’s ; women’s Sole stiffness: 6/10 The WK400 is, Keen says, the brand’s revolutionary shoe designed to make walking more enjoyable and fun.

28 February 2023

On test: insulated jackets reviewed

A good insulated jacket will help keep out the chill on those cold days when the wind whips up and the temperature drops.

17 February 2023

On test: Danner Trail 2650 Campo GTX shoes reviewed

Price: £210 Colour: black/grey/red Weight: 688g a pair (size 9½) Construction: leather with textile panels Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sole stiffness: 4/10 Heel-to-toe drop: 8mm Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Invisible Fit Women’s version: yes Sizes: men’s 6-13 medium or wide; women’s 3-9 medium I’ve put the Danner Trail 2650 Campo GTX shoes to an extended test over a period of four months in conditions ranging from cool and wet days to hot summer outings on the hills.

26 July 2022

On test: Rab Infinity Microlight Jacket reviewed

Price: £240 Colour: blue Weight: 432g including stuffsack Material: Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper Insulating material: Nikwax hydrophobic recycled down Country of manufacture: Indonesia Women’s version: yes Sizes: men’s S-XXL; women’s 8-16 Rab’s Infinity version of its Microlight insulated jacket combines recycled down filling with a Gore-Tex Infinium Windstopper shell.

17 March 2022

Last-minute Christmas gifts guide: stocking fillers for the outdoor enthusiast

With Christmas looming on the wintry horizon, we’ve had a sneak preview of goodies in Santa’s cave to help you with suggestions for last-minute festive gifts.

07 December 2021

On test: midlayer tops reviewed

A midlayer top can either be used, as the name suggests, between a baselayer and an outer waterproof shell or, on dry cool days, as the outer of two layers.

25 August 2021


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