Gear

On test: Danner Mountain 600 boots reviewed

These heritage-styled boots from US brand Danner are no urban loafers...

10 January 2018

On test: Montane Icarus insulated jacket reviewed

Price: £140 Weight: 580g (men’s large) Insulation: PrimaLoft ThermoPlume Shell fabric: Pertex Quantum Eco Country of manufacture: Vietnam Sizes: men’s Icarus S-XXL; women’s Phoenix XS-XL (8-16) Technology is moving quickly in the area of insulated outdoor wear, and Montane’s Icarus, with the women’s version the Phoenix jacket, is an interesting development in the synthetic direction.

16 December 2017

On test: MSR Trailshot water filter reviewed

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21 October 2017

On test: Primus PrimeTech Stove Set reviewed

Price: £115 Weight: 868g Fuel: propane/butane Country of manufacture: EU This set from the Swedish stove experts provides all you need, apart from a gas canister, to provide your cooking essentials for two or three people on the trail.

07 September 2017

On test: 25 to 40 litre rucksacks reviewed

A good, comfortable rucksack will enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor trips; an uncomfortable one will leave you possibly aching and desperate to take it off.

20 August 2017

Nikwax marks anniversary by announcing 40 years of carbon-neutral operations

In 1977, a young outdoors enthusiast who had just left university found himself in need of two particular things: a means of making a living; and dry, comfortable feet when he was backpacking in the mountains.

20 July 2017

On test: waterproof jackets reviewed

A good waterproof jacket is one of the essentials for any serious walker’s kit list. In the UK, even in the height of summer, those blue skies ca...

02 July 2017

Polartec looks to colder days as it unveils its new PowerFill insulation

June is probably not the time of year when your typical outdoor enthusiast is thinking of insulated clothing.

06 June 2017

On test: MSR Hubba Hubba NX two-person tent reviewed

Price: £370 Weight: 1,708g Colour: grey/red Packed size: 48cm x 19cm x 14cm Material: fly, 20D ripstop nylon; inner mesh, 15D nylon Poles: aluminium Country of manufacture: Taiwan The Hubba Hubba is the brand’s bestselling two-person tent and tips the scales at less than 2kg.

11 May 2017

On test: midlayer jackets reviewed

A good midlayer is a versatile addition to the outdoor enthusiast’s kit. On cool or windy days, it should provide enough warmth to be used as the...

27 December 2017

Gear firm Summiteer seeks crowdfunding for Cumbria rucksack factory

A gear company has launched a crowdfunding effort to kick-start its planned rucksack manufacturing operation in Cumbria.

29 November 2017

On test: three-season walking boots reviewed

Choosing the right pair of boots is arguably the most important decision for a walker. After all, if your feet aren’t comfortable or your footwea...

07 October 2017

High-performance PrimaLoft Gold Insulation goes green with recycled content

A high-performance outdoors insulation produced by PrimaLoft now consists of more than half recycled content, using material from plastic bottles.

07 September 2017

On test: Kärcher OC3 Portable Cleaner reviewed

Price: £129 Weight: 2,180g (excluding charger and lead, unfilled) 27cm x 22cm x 20.5cm (including handle) Country of manufacture: Germany Taking to the great outdoors in Britain inevitably means encountering mud at some point.

17 August 2017

On test: Sidas foot care products reviewed

Foot problems are never welcome for the seasoned outdoor enthusiast. Ill fitting boots and shoes, wrinkled socks or simply a long day on the hoof c...

03 July 2017

On test: Fjällräven Abisko trekking tights reviewed

Price: £130 Colour: dark grey Weight: 348g (size L) Material: 82 per cent polyamide, 18 per cent Elastane; 62 per cent polyamide, 16 per cent aramid, 12 per cent Elastane, 10 per cent polyester; 88 per cent polyamide, 12 per cent Elastane Country of manufacture: Lithuania Sizes: men’s XS-XXXL; women’s XXS-XXL Recommended wash: 40C We’re not big fans of having trousers flapping around in the wind when we’re on the mountains, so these trekking tights from the Swedish brand caught our eye when they were introduced earlier this year.

09 June 2017

On test: Columbia Trient Outdry Shoe reviewed

Price: £130 Colour: black/grey Weight: 852g/pair (size 9½) Construction: fabric/synthetic uppers/Vibram outsole Waterproofing: Outdry Country of manufacture: China Sole stiffness: 2/10 Sizes: men’s 6-14 (40-47); women’s 3-10 (36-43) The Columbia Trient Outdry is part of the brand’s Montrail collection, given a fresh push by the company this spring.

01 June 2017

Outdoors brand Berghaus steps up its sustainability stance with new ethical measures

Leading outdoors brand Berghaus is pledging to remove a controversial chemical treatment from its clothing by the year 2020 as part of a continuing move to reduce its manufacturing environmental and social impact.

19 April 2017

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