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

We've been out evaluating lots of festive goodies that we think will make ideal gifts for the outdoors fan in your life.

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: Unibank powerbank reviewed

Price: £89.95 (powerbank) £24.95 ambient light accessory 461g with USB lead (481g with ambient light attached) Battery capacity: 5,000mAh Input: 5V 2A Output: 5V 2a Size: 18.2cm x 8.4cm x 4.5cm Operating ambient temperature: -5C to 45C Country of manufacture: Great Britain The Unibank is an innovative powerbank that allows additional recharging of its internal 3.7V lithium-ion battery without plugging into an electricity source.

09 August 2021

On test: 30-45 litre rucksacks reviewed

A rucksack with a capacity of between 30 and 45 litres should be able to serve as your sole pack for use in most circumstances, unless you’re planning a big multi-day trip.

28 June 2021

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

On test: Keela ADS Long Sleeve Zip Top reviewed

Price: £24.95 Colour: yellow/grey Weight: 222g Material: polyester Country of manufacture: not stated Recommended wash: 40C This top is part of Keela’s range aimed at active pursuits.

28 July 2021

On test: Keela Saxon lightweight waterproof jacket reviewed

Price: £104.95 Colour: black Weight: 251g Material: 54 per cent nylon; 46 per cent polyurethane coating Waterproofing: Flylite Aqua Country of manufacture: not stated Sizes: men’s XS-3XL; women’s 8-20 Women’s version: yes, Storm Jacket Recommended wash: 30C in pure soap The Saxon has been designed with runners and cyclists in mind, with features such as reflective piping on its back and sleeves, plus a zipped rear pocket.

21 June 2021


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