Gear

On test: Leatherman Free P2 multitool reviewed

A top quality multitool with some innovative designs elements, but it comes at a price...

25 August 2019

On test: Osprey Katari 7 backpack reviewed

Price: £70 Weight: 534g Colour: grey/green Rated capacity: 7 litres Country of manufacture: Vietnam The Katari 7 is a slimline pack aimed at mountain bikers, cyclists and runners.

04 July 2019

On test: headtorches reviewed

A headtorch should be in every outdoor enthusiast’s kit. The ability to light your way when it gets dark could mean the difference between gettin...

02 April 2019

Bridgedale launches Polarity Fusion science to end mystery of socks lost in wash

Leading brand Bridgedale has come up with a technical solution to that age-old problem faced by walkers: losing a sock in the wash.

01 April 2019

On test: Danner Mountain 600 Weatherized insulated boot reviewed

Price: £178.89 Weight: 1,208g/pair Construction: full-grain leather uppers Country of manufacture: Vietnam Waterproofing: Danner Dry Insulation: PrimaLoft Gold 200g Sole stiffness: 5/10 Women’s version: yes, one width only Sizes: men’s medium width 7-14; wide 7-13; women’s medium width 3-8½ When we tested the version of Danner’s 600 boot without insulation, we were impressed by the performance of footwear that doesn’t look that technical but actually worked really well on the hill.

07 February 2019

New Houdini fleece is first to use Polartec's biodegradable Power Air fabric

Swedish outdoors brand Houdini has revealed its first garment using the innovative Polartec insulation.

31 January 2019

PrimaLoft unveils first outdoor brands to use its innovative biodegradable insulation

Insulation manufacturer PrimaLoft has announced five outdoor brands that will begin using its innovative biodegradable material.

28 January 2019

On test: Lowa Locarno GTX Lo shoe reviewed

Price: £140 Country of manufacture: Slovakia Weight: 990g/pair Colour: brown Sizes: men’s 7-13; women’s 4-8 The Locarno GTX Lo is, in Lowa’s words, where lifestyle meets outdoor.

23 December 2018

Grough's great big Christmas gift guide to goodies for the outdoor fan

December is now upon us, so we think it’s safe to mention the c-word now. What to buy the outdoor fanatic who already has a cupboard full of clot...

04 December 2018

On test: lightweight backpacking tents reviewed

Our tent test was for lightweight models capable of being carried on a backpacking or multi-day trekking trip.

22 August 2019

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

The boots we’ve put to the test for this review are suitable for use outside of the winter months, in more benign weather.

12 May 2019

Kathmandu's Gore-Tex wedding dress takes away the worry from outdoor brides' big day

Brides who want to celebrate in the great outdoors on their big day can now keep dry if the weather turns, with the launch of a wedding gown featuring waterproof Gore-Tex fabric.

01 April 2019

Bird charity benefits from sales of Country Innovation Avocet jacket

The founder of a West Country brand has pledged to donate £10 to a bird conservation charity from each sale of a jacket aimed at birdwatchers and photographers.

22 February 2019

On test: Teva Arrowood 2 Mid WP boots reviewed

Price: £130 Colour: blue/tan Weight: 764g/pair Construction: leather and suede uppers with fabric ankle cuffs Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sole stiffness: 2/10 Women’s version: yes Sizes: men’s 6-13; women’s 3-9 The Arrowood 2 Mid WP is the mid-height boot version of Teva’s lightweight shoe of the same name.

01 February 2019

On test: Hanwag Tatra II GTX boots reviewed

Price: £230 Colour: grey Weight: 1,664g/pair (size 9½) Construction: Nubuck leather uppers Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Country of manufacture: Croatia Sole stiffness: 7/10 Women’s version: yes Sizes: men’s 6-13 (half sizes); women’s 3½-9 (half sizes) The Tatra II GTX is the updated version of the Bavarian boot brand’s best-selling model.

28 December 2018

On test: AKU Superalp GTX boots reviewed

Price: £229.95 Country of manufacture: Italy Weight: 1,630g a pair Colour: black/grey Construction: suede and Air 8000 synthetic uppers Waterproofing: Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Sole stiffness: 7/10 Women’s version: yes Sizes: men’s 6-13; women’s 3-8 This Italian-made boot from AKU has been designed, the company says, for use over long distances, particularly backpacking trips when carrying heavier loads.

08 January 2019

On test: walking poles reviewed

Walking poles are useful in spreading the load and aiding stability when walking. A well adjusted pair of poles can be used to take some of the strain...

16 December 2018

Polartec's new Power Air fabric sheds five times fewer fibres than similar material

Outdoors textile company Polartec has unveiled a new fabric it says will cut down on the shedding of fibres.

29 November 2018

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