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Didriksons – Angelina Parka

02/23/2015 14:11:02 PM

This parka has all the pedigree and detailing that you need to withstand the white stuff and all the other elements that mother nature likes to throw at you. It's a tad too chunky to appeal to the hardcore mountain types, but it looks right at home o > read more

Bright Products – Sunbell Solar Lamp

02/23/2015 02:00:16 AM

It's a solar-charged (or wall charged) LED light, which can be used as a spotlight, torch, room-light, phone charger, amplifier and centre-piece! It might be easier to watch the video... Read more... > read more

Lifesystems – Emergency Strobe Light

02/19/2015 04:34:06 AM

Lifesystems say that it can be seen from a mile off. On a clear night, with good visibility, that may be true. On a more realistic night you'll be easy to spot for around half a mile, and detectable from a little further. That's usually close enough > read more

Sigg – Launch Brushed Steel Hot & Cold Range

02/18/2015 06:06:23 AM

As you may recall whilst at the OTS show last year, GWA HQ were given a sneaky peek preview of Sigg’s new colours for 2015. And it’s probably fair to say that we were rather wowed by the new colours […] Read more... > read more

Sprayway – Zeus jacket

02/18/2015 03:56:58 AM

There's no fuss, no drama, no offensive styling, and nothing to go wrong with it. It goes without saying that it's entirely windproof. It weighs next to nothing and packs down very small. I can't think of any reason why you'd not have it at the top o > read more

Coleman – Instant 5 tent

02/16/2015 09:56:14 AM

Size wise, it's a 5-man tent - which is to say that 5 men could lay shoulder to shoulder inside. In practical terms we had a double airbed in there, and there was loads of space around the edges for bags, a dog bed, socks, empty bottle of tonic water > read more

Anatom – Explorer Trekking Poles

02/13/2015 02:48:07 AM

You can pull the sections apart. This is handy because it allows you to dry your poles out if you need to. Anatom have capped the sections, which means that no water or humidity gets into the poles and eats them from the inside out. They also use bra > read more

5 Common Navigational Mistakes

02/12/2015 10:51:00 AM

On behalf Brunton the folk over at Strong Roots Training asked a team of outdoor professionals ‘What are the most common mistakes they have made whilst navigating?’ Their top 5 responses were: Having the map 180 degrees incorrect whe > read more

Berghaus – Lawers Polartec Fleece Jacket

02/10/2015 12:39:50 PM

It has passed the 'keep me warm' test under extreme wind conditions atop of a Shropshire Hill where the dog was almost blown off his feet, and cooled me down when the sun came out so I didn't have to take it off while walking. It has also been worn i > read more

5 most common mistakes made with outdoor stoves

02/10/2015 10:39:59 AM

Swedish stove manufacturer Primus has commissioned a study by Strong Roots Training into the most common mistakes made when using an outdoor stove.  This research will form the basis of the stove demonstrations that will take place on the Primus st > read more

Happy Camper – Happy Taste

02/08/2015 12:15:17 PM

I was initially surprised that the salt and pepper shakers aren’t designed to separate, but I did find it quite easy to pop open each side separately, making them easy enough to fill. You’ll have to wait your turn if somebody wants salt while you > read more

Raidlight – LED Running Vest

02/03/2015 15:18:35 PM

The top, a cross between a tabard and a vest, is described by RaidLight as being “ultralight”. And with a weight of only 140g and its material efficient design it’s surprisingly easy to forget you are wearing it. The top, made from 20% polyeste > read more

Kickstart the FireDragon and fuel a world first.

02/02/2015 13:46:40 PM

160 years old Cardiff-based company, BCB International Ltd, have developed a groundbreaking environmentally-friendly solid cooking fuel called ‘FireDragon’.  It can be used to light fires, cook food and warm drinks in all weather conditions. > read more

Keela – Ladies SDP ProSport Jacket

02/02/2015 12:55:32 PM

I’d far rather manufacturers concentrated on actually fitting the female form, rather than decorating it. So, my first box is well and truly ticked. My second, fit, is also a rousing success. The Keela Ladies ProSport jacket is designed well – it > read more

Therm-a-Rest – Compressible Pillow (large)

01/29/2015 03:16:00 AM

In conclusion, sizable pillow comfort, absolutely worth it for a good night’s sleep, and takes up less space than grabbing the ones off your bed. Not so great if packing space is at a premium though. If space is an issue, you can shave off a few c > read more

Jottnar – Bergelmir Jacket

01/26/2015 02:30:48 AM

I was discussing the jacket yesterday with a friend who bought one for use in all-weather climbing (his job). He's the kind of bloke who can spend all day outdoors in bitter wind without donning a pair of gloves whilst I'm stood next to him watching > read more

Zamberlan – Vioz 996 GT boots

01/22/2015 12:03:47 PM

These boots are excellent. I haven't had a single blister or a rub. I've been kicking them into snowy mountains and scrambling around on rocky slopes happily for a few months now and they really aren't showing a mark, they are clearly better boots th > read more

Mountain Craftsman – Custom made Jacket

01/20/2015 13:18:53 PM

Paul makes all kinds of things from fleeces to tents and even repairs damaged kit. Where Mountain Craftsman stands out from so many other manufacturers though, is that he will make made-­to­-measure clothing that fits beautifully... Read more... > read more

Darn Tough – Boot Sock Cushion

01/19/2015 06:19:18 AM

Put these socks on your wish list. They are outstanding. Not only for cushiony-comfort, but for the company who makes them who have got their marketing spot on, and for them being in all the right colours, with clear sizing and affordable price point > read more

Regatta – Women’s Breaktrail Fleece

01/15/2015 07:04:00 AM

check it out to ensure it’s not too short for your personal preference – and if it’s not, then buy it. I honestly don’t think you will find a better fleece on the market considering practicality, function, style and price. Read more... > read more

SealSkinz – Dragon Eye Glove

01/14/2015 04:34:33 AM

During Bushcraft sessions I am cutting wood, building shelters, lighting fires etc. so need a pair of gloves that will sometimes take a bit of a battering. But, whilst I do my Lowland Rescue role I need a pair of gloves that will keep my hands warm a > read more

Hoka One One – Tor Speed WP

01/12/2015 15:28:58 PM

The enormous soles which are Hoka's trademark serve a purpose. There's about 2.5x the depth of sole on a normal trail-running shoe, and it's a very, very squishy material that is a little like stepping on a molehill. It's incredibly disconcerting at > read more

dhb – Active Waterproof Cycle Jacket

01/08/2015 15:12:36 PM

I found the wind-stop qualities first class as well, doing an excellent job of keeping those chilly winter blasts at bay. Whilst not being 'hi viz', the jacket does have reflective piping on the front and back, and another useful element is that it > read more

Regatta – Carrington 3-in-1 jacket

01/06/2015 12:38:12 PM

I really like this jacket. It's warm, versatile, strong, and scuff-proof. It’s an absolute bargain, and Regatta have made huge leaps forward in quality. Read more... > read more

Sealskinz – Thin Socklet With Merino Wool

01/05/2015 00:30:18 AM

one thing I would like to warn you about is the fact that when wearing these Sealskinz socks they do tend to grip your feet very firmly…I imagine it’s a little like wearing a condom on your feet (never tried it)… Read more... > read more

Wild Stripes launch a shorty

12/21/2014 12:22:38 PM

If boring, dull, dark, ninja black base layers are not your thing then you should take a peek at Wild Stripes Base Layers. They are they tell us  “on a mission to put the fun back into thermals with their […] Read more... > read more

Jottnar – Alfar Mid Layer

12/17/2014 13:17:43 PM

I simply love it. It's warm, waterproof, shower-resistant and is super lightweight and not once has it let me down, and you know what that tagline it's not just spurious marketing shizzniz, you really do feel like you can tackle a bigger challenge wh > read more

Mindshift Gear – r180 Trail Backpack

12/16/2014 01:21:21 AM

The design has been influenced by people who like to take their photography outside. I know that I have missed images because I have needed to take off my pack and get something out. This bag won’t help me take better photographs, but it will certa > read more

Ohyo – 1000 Collapsible Drinking Bottle

12/14/2014 14:37:45 PM

The main benefit, though, and the reason for the inclusion in my ZASP is the tiny size that the bottles will pack down to. The 500ml collapses down to the size of a badly crushed drinks can, and the new 1000ml Sport version is not much larger. Read m > read more

Christmas Gift Guide

12/11/2014 16:05:45 PM

Gifts for under £20, which is 4 pints of lager at one of those Gastropub places. Make someone's Christmas with a funny shaped bulge in their stocking this year. Read more... > read more

Sigg – Outdoor Cutlery

12/10/2014 12:49:48 PM

The SIGGs fold down into a fairly compact size, similar to a Swiss Army Knife, and come with a neat nylon carrying pouch. They look pleasingly well engineered, and the three parts - knife, fork and spoon - fold out and then pull apart for use, and sl > read more

Spotty Otter – Breeze Suit

12/09/2014 02:35:12 AM

While walking we noticed the cagoule and trousers made quite a loud rustling sound but that wouldn’t deter us from recommending these garments. After all, the giggling we did while splashing in the puddles drowned out any other noise. Read more... > read more

Osprey – PackSizer App

12/02/2014 12:02:31 PM

Osprey PackSizer, the world’s first digital pack fitting tool has added another award to it’s stash – the 2014 Highly Commended award for Innovation of the year from The Great Outdoors (TGO) magazine, this joins the ISPO 2015 Communicat > read more

Ridgemont – Outback Boots

12/02/2014 06:00:49 AM

If you think about these boots as being a sort of Skoda Yeti to the classic hiking boot’s Land Rover, you’re on the right track as to what their outdoor pedigree is, and who they’re aimed at. They’re a boot […] Read more > read more

Varta – Indestructible Torch

12/01/2014 14:48:49 PM

This is a simple torch and unashamedly uncomplicated. It's a manly man’s torch. It should sport a neckbeard and smell of old beer. At 25cm it’s a mid-range unit in terms of length but it weighs almost as much as SausageTheCat. He’s our cat. If > read more

Nite Ize – ShoeLit

11/28/2014 07:56:13 AM

Initially I was sceptical that lights on shoes would catch anyone’s attention when running. However, on the first trip out with them I was stopped three times by people either quizzing me on the lights or moving into my path to stare at them goggle > read more

LifeEdge – Waterproof case for iPhone 5/5s

11/27/2014 04:34:49 AM

...After this I did what any man would do and jump to the next logical test. Strapping it to the winch of a Landrover Defender and going off roading in deep muddy puddles! At this point I wimped out a little and decided to keep the phone with me in t > read more

Therm-A-Rest – Treo Chair

11/24/2014 14:19:49 PM

If my experience on this test is anything to go by, once you’ve pulled the chair fabric over the frame and secured it using the tough corner pockets you’ll instantly find it occupied by someone who is not you, telling you what they think of it. T > read more

Leatherman – Micra

11/21/2014 06:08:05 AM

It's a neat set, designed to attach to a keyring. These aren't the tools you'd want to grab if you needed to fix something technical, but they are the kind of tools you might use on a daily basis, making this a neat and practical additional to any po > read more

Sub Zero – Womens Factor+1 Base Layers

11/18/2014 12:41:03 PM

Having wriggled into the top and bottoms, I was particularly impressed at the leg length – these are not going to give you that horrible chilly strip around the top of your ankles, there’s plenty of material to keep you snug. Read more... > read more

Aquapac – Announces Outdoor Champion

11/17/2014 14:34:25 PM

Each year the folk over at Aquapac pick an individual who they feel deserves a lot more public recognition. Somebody – anywhere in the world – who has devoted their life to making the world a better place for others. […] Read more.. > read more

Berghaus – Rannoch Insulated Hydroloft Jacket

11/17/2014 02:36:03 AM

What I'd use the Rannoch for is as a ready-packed warm layer in my bag. Something that doesn't suffer from being crushed in to a compression sack, and which will be ready when you get to the summit and sit down for a sarnie, or if the sun dips behind > read more

Ecco – Ladies Biom Terrain

11/13/2014 15:40:40 PM

I popped them on my feet and I'm pretty sure that my feet breathed an audible sigh of relief. After a summer of knocking about in flip flops and Converse, my feet actually ached -in a good, 'oh lordy I'm super supported, this is amazing' small way wh > read more

Nikwax -Floats Man Across Lake

11/12/2014 09:23:28 AM

Luis Brown, Environmental Consultant at Nikwax Ltd, recently took to a lake in East Sussex in a sleeping bag filled with Nikwax Hydrophobic Down. He floated from one side to the other before emerging, warm and (nearly completely) dry with […] R > read more

Sigg – Grows a Mo

11/12/2014 08:53:21 AM

This month sees chaps growing facial hair above their lips in support of Movember – a global effort to raise awareness of the health issues affecting men, by becoming Mo Bro’s supported by their Mo Sista’s who not only tolerate the > read more

Craghoppers – Madigan Long Jacket

11/12/2014 03:04:23 AM

A fully waterproof coat for dog-walkers, about-towners and school-runs… Something to batten down those hatches for the less technically inclined amongst us. Read more... > read more

Sherpa – Nangpala Down Jacket

11/10/2014 03:44:24 AM

Today's gales were also no match for the Nangpala, which proved to be windproof even in gusts strong enough to hold me up as I leant in to them. I was impressed by that because it's also not sold as a "Windproof". In fact, the outer fabric is much to > read more

LuminAID – Emergency light

11/07/2014 04:25:00 AM

We've been living without any electric lights for the last 6 months, so we've had ample chance to try out different lamps and torches here at GWA. The LuminAID has proven itself to be a really useful night-light, with a constant glow that last up to > read more

Aldi – Outdoor Special Buys

11/04/2014 12:55:53 PM

We've tested four of Aldi's Outdoor Gear products - Softshell Trousers, Gaiters and Bamboo base layers - and, if you can get yourself to a store whilst they still have stock, they may well be a chance to grab yourself a bargain... Read more... > read more

Aquapac – TrailProof Duffel

11/02/2014 13:46:57 PM

At £45 for the duffel bag this presents great value for money, particularly when compared with some of the pricier similar bags available. And on reflection, as I write this, the lack of zip on the duffel means that there is less to go wrong with th > read more

Keen – Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot

10/31/2014 05:11:22 AM

Styling-wise, they're definitely on the contemporary end of the scale, with Keen's trademark big rubber toe rand, and that chunky sole with red flash down the side. The uppers are fairly complex affairs with a lot of stitching that may put some peopl > read more

Montane – Axion Neo Alpha Jacket

10/29/2014 03:53:49 AM

I think that one of our Judges summed up the Axion almost perfectly when he said "It's just a nice place to be". It is. It envelopes you in comfortable warmth, and you feel protected and almost invincible against the elements. It's a 'bring it on' ja > read more

Merrell – Moab Gore-Tex Beluga

10/27/2014 03:35:33 AM

Like a moggy drooling over catnip, there are four smells that I just can’t get enough of: freshly-struck matches, petrol (not at the same time, m’lud), new cars and brand new trainers. Knowing this already, it still came as something of a surpris > read more

Craghoppers – Kiwi Pro Trousers

10/23/2014 15:03:17 PM

The trousers are nicely put together with well thought out design touches such as 3 zipped pockets - although I could probably live without the one on the butt. The hems have been finished with heel tape meaning they won't get rubbed and tatty quite > read more

UST – 10-day Lantern

10/21/2014 13:05:39 PM

Sometimes a piece of gear boasts a claim that is so definitive, that the only way to test it is to call them out on that claim. So we stuck some batteries - an honourable mention must go to Varta's High Energy Alkaline AAs - in UST's 10-day lantern a > read more

Brunton – Hydrogen Reactor

10/19/2014 13:11:16 PM

The device itself converts little cartridges of Hydrogen in to electricity, which in turn powers you USB-compatible device. There are no batteries. No wall chargers. No solar panels and no winding anything up. It's really bloody clever stuff. Read > read more

Aclima – Warmwool Hooded Sweater

10/19/2014 12:10:06 PM

There's a hood (as the name probably gives away), but it converts from completely folded away, leaving you with a round-neck, to neck gaiter, to full balaclava when the weather is absolutely bracing. Read more... > read more

Spotty Otter – Adventure Waterproof Splashsuit

10/15/2014 13:39:18 PM

I let him have a splash in some puddles, then he decided a sit on the path to contemplate some stones was in order - all the better to see if any water would seep through. On getting back indoors, the only water seepage was wet socks and this was thr > read more

Osprey – Questa 27 Pack

10/13/2014 15:54:57 PM

So as I mentioned the Questa 27 is a female specific commuter pack, what does that mean though? Well the first and most visible feature is that the shoulder straps are close together, which for me made a huge difference - especially on the days I rea > read more

Merrell – Annex GTX Casual Hiking Shoes

10/10/2014 02:57:17 AM

The Annex-es are pretty solid with good support, the ‘Remember Me’ foam footbed started out with some short term amnesia, but they are settling in, the nylon arch shank certainly makes it’s presence felt, which I got used to, and the Vibram sol > read more

Haglofs gains a century

10/08/2014 12:10:48 PM

Haglofs was started in a little cottage in Torsang, Sweden by Wiktor Haglof, who stitched up a load of backpacks, attached them to his bicycle and hoped to sell them to local farmers and foresters. The rest, as they say, […] Read more... > read more

Camping climbs as holiday of choice

10/08/2014 11:44:09 AM

A recent survey of 2,831 campers by Go Outdoors  found that 38% had been camping in the last month, but an epic 80% had been in the last year. A impressive 58% said they head out for a night under […] Read more... > read more

Patagonia – to open a London showroom

10/08/2014 11:27:08 AM

According to Outdoor i magazine, Patagonia is to open a new Central London showroom this month. The move is part of a decentralisation plan by European MD Stefan Whalen. He is quoted in the magazine as saying “Patagonia’s aim is […] > read more

Mammut – Ridge Low GTX Trail Shoe

10/07/2014 13:20:45 PM

What struck me the most when I put the shoe on was the stiffness of the sole as I am used to a more flexible walking shoe. The ‘Gripex Iron Grip’ concept is designed for the via ferrata (iron road in Italian) style of hiking that involves trails > read more

Happy Camper – Happy Going

10/05/2014 13:55:38 PM

Not only does the Happy Going glow in your general direction while you meditate, if you press the power button again the lights… well, obviously, they flash. They even flash at two different rates of urgency. Perfect for those speed poo scenarios w > read more

Keen – Newport H2 Toddler shoes

10/01/2014 13:17:17 PM

The thickness and height of the rubber toe rand means that your child will never be able to kick enough stones or crawl around sufficient quantities of rough ground to penetrate the shoe or even damage it sufficiently to make it look tatty. In fact, > read more

Sealskinz seeks brand ambassadors

09/29/2014 13:46:44 PM

Sealskinz, the British endurance accessories manufacturer, is on the lookout for new ambassadors to represent their brand. The company has built up an impressive portfolio of cycling specialists and wants to expand the programme to the outdoors mark > read more

Nite Ize – DoohicKey Key Tool

09/29/2014 12:06:39 PM

Made of durable stainless steel, the Nite Ize DoohicKey features half-dozen tools that do everything from tighten bolts and screws to open a bottle of refreshment, all in a simple key tool that fits in the palm of your hand. On one end of the Doohick > read more

Edelrid – Guide To Climbing Ropes

09/25/2014 14:28:20 PM

For new climbers and the experienced alike, ropes are often one of the most confusing pieces of gear. Whilst safety critical there are certain aspects of rope selection, maintenance and usage that remain poorly understood. This can have a negative [& > read more

Zamberlan – 230 SH Crosser Plus GTX RR

09/25/2014 12:59:32 PM

I did get quite excited when I read that these boots are made from Kevlar. I’m pretty sure that there isn’t enough Kevlar to make these boots bullet proof, but does mean that there are certain points which are super strong. The Kevlar is actually > read more

Nigor – Wickiup Tipis

09/17/2014 06:28:44 AM

Nigor is sister brand of Eureka, and is the company’s no-compromise offering for high-end camping. We love their range of Wickiup Tipis, which are super-lightweight for their size and made from some of the finest components in the world. The [& > read more

Eureka! – Sphinx 3 Plus

09/17/2014 06:19:49 AM

Eureka is a Dutch brand of high-quality tents which are available in the UK. Their Sphinx 3 Plus tent caught our eye because of some really neat attention-t0-detail features. The one shown above, in particular, we liked a lot. There’s […] > read more

Coleman – Cortes 8 Plus

09/17/2014 06:12:01 AM

This big old thing from Coleman’s next-year range features a cool hinged door which we liked. It’s made from a thin tent material, but it has a flexible rib running around its edge that keeps it taut and acting like a […] Read more > read more

True Mountain – Windproof

09/17/2014 02:37:44 AM

We here at GWA have a bit of a soft spot for British start-ups, and it always layers on the fuzzy feeling of well-being when those start-ups produce good kit. True Mountain fit that mould. Started by a chap called […] Read more... > read more

PureLime – Compression Bra

09/16/2014 16:51:53 PM

It’s obviously been developed for women with actual breasts who actually do real exercise, and that’s great. It kept everything strapped down right where it was supposed to be. No black eyes or escapees to frighten the farmers. I have no complain > read more

Ilumi – Nut, Gluten & Milk free packaged meals

09/14/2014 15:58:22 PM

Not made specifically for camping, but they work brilliantly as an alternative to a lot of other pre-packed food for people with food intolerances. The easy to open pouches can be boiled in water or poured into a saucepan. There's curry, middle easte > read more

Horizon – Primaloft Socks

09/14/2014 03:51:21 AM

Horizon have been making technical socks since 1999, but you’ll be forgiven for not having heard the name Horizon. However it’s highly likely that you’ll own a pair of them without knowing it, because they make socks for a large [&# > read more

Coleman – Magnetic Torch

09/13/2014 02:52:34 AM

Apparently Coleman are the world’s biggest manufacturer of LED lights and with a claim like that you’d think they’ve learnt a thing or two about making innovative and useful torches. This year they are launching 5 new torches, and a > read more

Kleen Kanteen – Growler

09/12/2014 12:16:54 PM

Now some stuff just doesn’t translate very well does it? A marketing bod, sat in the (no doubt) lovely offices at Kleen Kanteen HQ, California, USA looked at this shiny stainless steel 40 ounce / 1182ml bottle and went, yup we’ll [… > read more

Sigg – New Designs

09/11/2014 13:20:52 PM

A trip to this years Sigg stand at OTS was a feast for the eyes, a wall of colour and texture was on display from the well known, and loved bottle. Next year see’s the iconic shaped bottle play dress […] Read more... > read more

Paramo – Fleece + Windproof = Waterproof Combination

09/11/2014 12:37:16 PM

The clever tech bods over at Paramo have come up with a rather simple looking, but innovative layering system involving a stretchy warm soft fleece and a lightweight windproof, that when worn together will provide you with full waterproof protection. > read more

Didriksons’ – Slaskeman Children’s Waterproof Jacket and Dungaree Set

09/11/2014 03:11:33 AM

I deduced that the clothing I’d be in receipt of would be pretty perfectly manufactured for extremes of weather. And Didriksons has a company tagline which I really like: “You can never change the weather or nature. So you better be well prepared > read more

Keen – Asks Fans Where a Million Steps Might Take Them

09/08/2014 02:49:37 AM

KEEN have announced an exciting hiking sweepstake that inspires fans to imagine the unique adventures they might find by taking one million steps. This competition has been launched to emphasise the long-lasting comfort of Keen’s new Durand WP > read more

Anatom – V1 Trail Shoe Ex-Ventia

09/07/2014 14:36:59 PM

If you suffer from from warm feet or have an aversion to waterproof membranes, then check out these well aerated trail shoes from Anatom. Read more... > read more

Opinel – Mushroom Knife No8

09/03/2014 13:48:37 PM

If you haven't encountered one before, you are probably now quite keen to know what differentiates fungi knives from other less esoteric chibs. Mushrooms, after all, aren't the most demanding things to cut - though they are composed of chitin, the sa > read more

VARTA – to supply free torches to MREW

09/01/2014 11:29:26 AM

Battery & torch brand VARTA have signed up to supply  Mountain Rescue England & Wales (MREW) volunteers with batteries and Indestructible Torches, free of charge. MREW currently has approximately 3500 volunteers, so that’s a whole mountain of > read more

Lifeventure – Expedition Wheelie Duffle

09/01/2014 04:52:51 AM

When unfurled it holds a seriously impressive 120litres, this means it has ample space for not only a couple of weeks clothes, and it's highly likely you'll also be able to bung in your activity gear minimising the amount of bags you'll have to take. > read more

Silva – Trail Runner II USB Head Lamp

08/27/2014 13:57:35 PM

Afraid of the dark? If you are, that’s a particularly tricky situation if you want to keep up running through a UK winter. Silva’s Trail Runner II headlamp could definitely come in handy for those darker months. Read more... > read more

FIT Top – Water Bottle

08/21/2014 13:11:20 PM

I like to glugg; sipping just doesn't do it for me, and I get frustrated with the 'sports' tops with pushes or straws that you don't tilt to drink, so I immediately warmed to this bit of kit. Read more... > read more

Mammut – Ridge High GTX Boots

08/20/2014 00:30:19 AM

In an unusual move for GWA, our reviewer has decided that the only way to give an honest appraisal of these boots is by embarking on a long-term test of their build-quality... read our initial review to find out why. Read more... > read more

Spare Keela 5 minutes & it could save your life

08/17/2014 13:17:15 PM

Keela has produced a leaflet, in association with Scottish Mountain Rescue and Mountain Rescue England & Wales, called Spare Five Minutes; It Could Save Your Life (pictured below) and it contains invaluable safety advice for people planning to get ou > read more

Tenn – Cycling Jersey

08/17/2014 12:45:18 PM

So with the mercury nudging the mid-twenties, I donned the skin tight top and headed out for a pre-Prudential Ride London 100, 35 mile training ride, making sure that the three rear pockets were stuffed with the usual spare innertubes, tyre levers, p > read more

Boli – 5 Litre Collapsible Water Container

08/13/2014 00:17:20 AM

When you're travelling by bike (motorised or not), you don't want to be carrying anything excessive or unneccessary. But at the campsite you also don't want to be going back and forth to the tap for every cup of tea! Boli's collapsible water bottle > read more

Tentsile -Tree Tents

08/12/2014 15:22:09 PM

It is an interesting design, and one that requires no pegs or even a pump, but for the Stingray you will need three trees. For suspension this three-person tent relies on ratchets and straps to keep you off the ground. However if you do find yourself > read more

KoziKidz – Vind Fleece Jacket

08/11/2014 01:00:46 AM

Living in the UK it’s so easy to get it wrong when it comes to choosing clothes for the day’s potential weather conditions. As an adult we have to take any wrong decisions on the chin – which can mean […] Read more... > read more

Trekmates – Deluxe Pillow

08/08/2014 00:39:21 AM

Having had enough of my self-deflating, plastic flock coated camping pillow from a dubious source I took one of Trekmates Deluxe Pillows for my recent camping sojourn in the South West.  And what a good choice it was too! Although […] Read mor > read more

LittleLife – Ranger Child Carrier

08/06/2014 10:41:42 AM

Wanting to put the carrier fully to the test, what better way than to hike up a mountain in Wales on a drizzly morning. If you’re not used to carrying your child in this way, it feels a little top heavy at first. But after a few adjustments to the > read more

Keela becomes Scotland’s first SCAP member

08/04/2014 11:48:08 AM

Keela has sent us a little message to  announce that it has become the first manufacturer in Scotland to become a full member of the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP). > read more

Teko – Merino Womens’ Midweight Hiking Socks

07/30/2014 00:30:39 AM

You might not know it, but not all socks are made equal… and these Teko Merino wool hiking socks, designed specifically for womens’ feet prove my point perfectly. Whilst obviously all socks are designed for the same purpose, (to put […] Rea > read more

Opinel – No.18 Saw

07/29/2014 05:52:27 AM

I mean, just look at that beautiful curvy wooden handle and the finish on the stainless steel locking mechanism. It's a thing of craft, and you get the feeling that an old man, smoking Gitanes and drinking a small table glass of red wine, spent an ho > read more

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