Sigg – Thermo Bottle

The 1L bottle is a tall, thin affair which is quite elegant and sits nicely inside a 25L backpack. It has a cup which it snugly ne..

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Sigg – Thermo Bottle

04/11/2014 07:19:11 AM

The 1L bottle is a tall, thin affair which is quite elegant and sits nicely inside a 25L backpack. It has a cup which it snugly nestles inside, and both the cup and the bottle have a rubber patch on the bottom so they don't slide off a car dashboard

Airbac – AirTech Backpack (32L)

03/24/2014 09:50:11 AM

The amount of padding in the AirTech Backpack is insane. They've turned up the padding dials to 11 and it's foam o'clock in the shoulderstraps. The bag oozes comfort from every pore. But it's that enormous air bladder which is the party piece. Its ov

Sprayway – Grendel Windstopper Jacket

03/21/2014 08:20:40 AM

It is sold as a windproof jacket, and uses mostly Gore Windstopper fabric, with panels of stretchy softshell in the sides and underarm to aid ventilation and movement. But the thing about Windstopper is that it's actually pretty much the same stuff a

Cyba-Lite – Vega lantern

03/18/2014 08:00:50 AM

The Vega lantern is said to chuck out 300 lumen from its 3 LEDs, which in real-world terms is enough to light a tent or room bright enough to read by, but probably not to do open heart surgery. We're currently renovating an old house, and the Vega ha

Edelrid – Make your own rope mat

03/18/2014 06:13:25 AM

Making your own rope mat is a great activity for wet weekends when bad weather stops you going to the crag, and it’s easy to get the kids involved as well. Though obviously we would recommend an adult deals with the nails and the hot knife or light

Sole – Loft women’s boots

03/17/2014 09:55:32 AM

When I first put these boots on I was surprised at how comfortable they were. The flannel-lined inside made them as comfy as putting on a pair of well-worn slippers. And with the inner-calf circumference measuring a generous 34.5cm, it made them even

T-Reign – ProLink Smartphone Holster/Tether

03/05/2014 03:36:26 AM

What you get is a tough bumper case for your phone (iPhone 4 or 5 models available) which clips around it in two parts and holds together securely. In case you are ham-fisted, the case and holster are connected with a retractable tether. The cord tet

Didriksons – Malte Jacket

03/03/2014 03:15:49 AM

All in all, the Didriksons Malte has been my go-to coat this winter. Nothing has come close to its combination of waterproofing, warmth and practicality, and suitability for all activities. As Didriksons are about to re-launch their UK sales efforts

Sub Zero – Factor 2 inner gloves

02/24/2014 07:10:56 AM

We’ve had a surprisingly mild winter this year, but I still find it a little chilly on the hands during those early morning dog-walks, and up on the hills. But I’m not keen on big bulky gloves unless the conditions […] Read more...

Nikwax – Waterproofing technology for brands

02/13/2014 06:21:49 AM

In an interesting turn-up for the books, British brand Nikwax – the aftermarket waterproofing specialists – has started selling treated fabrics and fills to clothing brands. At launch, they had tied up with Rab to supply a hydrophobic dow

Therm-a-rest Antares Down Sleeping Bag

02/12/2014 03:00:20 AM

It’s designed with straps on the underside that fit a specific Therm-a-rest sleeping mat. As such, there’s no down in that area. At all. The theory is that the marvellous Therm-a-rest mat you will buy fits this space perfectly, and thus provides

Powertraveller – Powermonkey Expedition

01/27/2014 10:11:18 AM

Brand new, launched to industry today, the Powermonkey Expedition could be the world’s first device which allows you to charge your devices 24-hours a day.

Powertraveller – Powermonkey Expedition

01/27/2014 09:57:46 AM

Brand new, launched to industry today, the Powermonkey Expedition could be the world’s first device which allows you to charge your devices 24-hours a day. The Powermonkey Expedition is a game changer. Make no mistake that this is a product [&#

Elliot Brown – impact resistant watches

01/14/2014 10:26:17 AM

This is pretty neat. The founder of Animal and a business partner have a new venture in higher-end watches for the discerning, fashion conscious outdoorsmith. The party-piece for these watches is that, although they look like dress pieces, the workin

Mammut – Biwak Light Jacket with Polartec Alpha

01/14/2014 09:43:11 AM

A very pretty insulated jacket with full-length zipper and stretchy panels in the sides and underarm. A fleecy- lined Polartec Power Stretch material goes up the whole sides and makes for a jacket which won’t restrict you as you do […] Re

Kora – ShoLa 230 Zip Baselayer

01/13/2014 10:29:59 AM

The Kora ShoLa is an expensive piece of kit. But, based on my own use, I'd be happy to take it as my only baselayer on an extended trip. So maybe it's a case of buy once, buy well, and make a sound investment. Read more...

Rab – Xenon Pull-on Smock

01/09/2014 07:35:28 AM

I've been wearing it almost every day as an outer layer, and occasionally as a mid-layer, during activities from hill-walking through to working in an unheated office. It's a warm, windproof and drizzle-friendly pull-on which has some badass combinat

Powertraveller – Powergorilla

01/06/2014 16:37:32 PM

I've managed to flatten my car battery using an inverter, and have had a laptop jerry-rigged to run off a jump-starter pack before now, which filled me with dread. The Powergorilla just gives a more professional and dependable solution. And so long a

Sole – Insulated Ultra Footbeds

01/03/2014 10:03:59 AM

The boots I have them in feature a steel protective plate in their sole, so you'd think that they'd suck all the heat out of your feet. Not so, I've only ever had cold feet on the occasions when I've been sat still for a while rather than when standi

X-Bionic – Energizer MK2 Women’s Top

12/13/2013 07:51:13 AM

The only time I've over-heated in it was because I wasn’t sure how well it would work so I put fleece over top of it. And after bouts of intense exercise I didn't turn into a shivering mess immediately afterwards so it seems to do the regulation th

Aquaviz – Pro Swim Mask

11/18/2013 05:35:47 AM

With a lightweight twin lens design, the new UV-protected and scratch resistant mask can adapt to any water environment. Lens options include polarized sun or ophthalmic lenses including Single Vision, Bifocals and Varifocals. Read more...

Caribee – Adriatic 27L Daypack School Bag

11/18/2013 05:17:31 AM

Caribee is an Aussie company, and their choice of colours for the Adriatic shows their southern Hemisphere heritage. The sample bag we have has been made from Joseph's Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, and would be impossible to lose anywhere except fo

Kora – Yak Wool Shola Zip Baselayer

10/28/2013 06:40:58 AM

I guess if you had to look to nature for inspiration in finding the very best insulating materials, it makes perfect sense that you look for those creatures which live in the worst, in the harshest, the coldest environments in […] Read more...

Caribee – Adriatic 27L Daypack

10/28/2013 06:29:22 AM

There’s nothing much to talk about in technical terms here. In fact, I was in two minds whether or not we should review this bag at all. But then I remembered that the bag which the wife uses more than […] Read more...

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