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.
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
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...
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...
10/28/2013 06:12:55 AM
Described by Keen as lightweight and low profile outdoor shoes, The Depart boot at £110 are styled with a curved heel and thin sole unit to help you feel more in touch with the ground as you walk. The samples […] Read more...
10/25/2013 08:26:39 AM
Equip Outdoor Technologies Ltd (owners of Rab® and Lowe Alpine) has reached an agreement to sell the Podsacs brand to Planet X Limited in a deal that was concluded on 23rd October 2013. Equip acquired the Podsacs brand in 2007 […] Read more...
10/25/2013 07:38:46 AM
These feel LUSH! They're really thick and close-woven, and probably the nearest equivalent I can think of is SmartWool's PhD range in terms of support.
10/25/2013 07:10:52 AM
I've met a few die-hard fans of X-Bionic in the past, and they've described the slightly odd feeling of coolness and warmth at the same time.
Apparently this is due to a mix of thermal fibres and cooling air channels, which combined will allow yo
10/25/2013 07:07:16 AM
The Fastalpina feels pretty bouncy and soft compared to a hiking boot, when subjected to the old twist-and-bend test straight from the box. But it's a little stiffer in the sole than a trainer or running shoe, and AKU's press release says it has a tr
10/24/2013 13:12:11 PM
Ridgemont Adventure Outfitters has selected Spring PR as its marketing partner to launch its brand of urban outdoor footwear this March 2014. Based in Long Beach, California, Ridgemont has put together a range of shoes using waxed canvas, high-grade
10/24/2013 12:55:24 PM
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10/22/2013 13:02:15 PM
Just in for review is the lightweight Xenon Pull-On (half-zip, goes over your head) from UK company Rab. Made with a Pertex Quantum shell material which is super-thin at 20D, it’s like a lightweight, technical sleeping bag. Filled with 60g [
10/15/2013 10:47:32 AM
Our first day in Spain was very, very wet. But when we arrived at our campsite in the Picos the contents of our AquaPac bags were reassuringly dry. Only when you have been wet through, cold and miserable can you truly appreciate the pleasure of dry s
09/03/2013 07:14:16 AM
if youre going walking over rough ground for a day or more, wear walking boots. If youre climbing anything vaguely technical for anything longer than 20 minutes, wear rock shoes. If youre doing a bit of either of the above, and / or general
07/18/2013 03:25:23 AM
The outer shorts that are traditional shorts are made of material so light it's like wearing spider webs. The secret pants are so soft and gentle, you barely notice them. The seamless elasticated waist is very, very comfortable. So the overall effect
07/18/2013 03:17:47 AM
I was pleasantly surprised. The t-shirt is very lightweight, so it doesn't feel like something you have to drag around. It keeps the chill off in really cold weather, and wicks sweat away so you don't get too clammy. The neckline isnt too high, wh
07/18/2013 03:08:12 AM
It holds one litre, fills easily, will stand up on its base, and importantly, has strong seams. Ive sat on it, dropped rucksacks onto it, even stood on it, and theres not even a hint that it might burst. Thems strong seams. Read more...
07/18/2013 03:00:20 AM
Its designed with straps on the underside that fit a specific Therm-a-rest sleeping mat. As such, theres 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
06/01/2013 02:00:56 AM
There's a couple of really nice touches to the Montana 2 sleeping bag. The main zipper pull has a little message on it which says "Sleep Well" (the dog certainly did) and the water-resistant (read "splash proof") carrying bag has a sort of mountainee
05/16/2013 04:05:38 AM
We were won over by these poles and my wife especially is looking forward to using them in her upcoming climbing attempt of Mt Snowdon where they will undoubtedly be an invaluable aid, particularly knowing her dislikes of ups.
05/15/2013 04:02:53 AM
I went out on a short(ish) walk and loaded myself up with a local OS Map, Food For Free guide book, Photography guide book, Camera accessory pack, torch, pen, sunglasses, phone, knife, binoculars and small drink bottle but after that I ran out of thi
05/13/2013 04:33:58 AM
It takes some going over and will sit on your bedside table for ages and keep you thinking but its well worth it, even if you get a few golden nuggets which will make your camping trip more comfy and tastier. A great gift for difficult 'i do o
05/02/2013 07:22:36 AM
The Wife is a particularly bad user of bottled water. We must have 10 perfectly good reusable bottles in our cupboard, but she still feels the need to purchase a litre of some posh french water whenever she drives anywhere. It drives me potty, so I a
05/02/2013 06:43:52 AM
A Russian Dolls affair comprising a hard-anodised Aluminium 2-litre pan which has been coated in a non-stick ceramic and works a treat for cooking up everything from water for your tea to beans for your belly. I'm a particular fan of the MSR pans, wi
04/30/2013 05:38:14 AM
Merrell categorise these as a high-speed backpacking shoe. Inside they boast a Gore-Tex membrane and a support insole described as suitable for carrying a light pack. Outside theyve got tough laces, a sturdy outer construction with bre
04/26/2013 12:39:22 PM
It's touted as water-resistant, but has a micro-USB port in the open end, so I'm not totally convinced by that statement. The male port (which goes in to your phone) is protected by a sliding cover, so at least that will stay dry and mud-free. Read m
04/26/2013 11:45:21 AM
This boot isn't for the type of person who questions why you'd need a boot for mooching around the campsite. This boot is for the type of person who hates wet socks, cold feet and discomfort on holiday. Read more...
04/22/2013 10:36:35 AM
News just in from Asolo that they've teamed up with those rubber fetishists at Vibram to design a boot which fits like a latex bodysuit and moves like it's dirty-dancing with your toes. Natural Shape - they call the new sole design - sounds like a pr
04/22/2013 09:22:36 AM
Being 59 the 20 M/L backpack was a perfect fit, resting snuggly on my hips, and the combination of back padding and internal frame was enough to cushion the pack against my back without over insulating it. The Sprinter is available in two to
04/04/2013 06:17:05 AM
They can, of course, be worn by those of us with 20-20 vision as a normal mask, but with the addition of the interchangeable prescription lenses it opens up a whole new world of sight to anyone in the water who needs to wear glasses.
04/03/2013 09:18:57 AM
At £100 for the leather boot, Berghaus seems to be targetting the novice to intermediate outdoorsman really aggressively. Their choice to eschew expensive membranes from GORE or EVENT has resulted in a really functional and stylish boot at a pretty
04/02/2013 07:57:31 AM
I've been testing one in a less garish all-black, but the yellow shows up better in photos. The idea is that you get a full-zip long-sleeved midlayer which has the benefit of keeping your chest (and therefore your core) warm when you're running in to
03/26/2013 06:42:44 AM
Now, there's something to be said for a shoe which doesn't provide a huge amount of support. Teva say that they've integrated a Mush insole (moulded for comfort) but the feel of the Crank is minimalist in terms of snugging your foot and the result is
03/25/2013 09:30:40 AM
Understanding those things which are a bit alien to other walks of life is made easier by this book's thorough work-through of the how's and why's of each of the essential items in a climber's kit. Knowing which kit I will, and more importantly won't
03/24/2013 10:43:40 AM
I must admit that I wasn't one of those who immediately saw a need for them when I first got the information through, but since they've arrived I've worn them almost every evening. Exhale. A strange name for some shoes. Until, that is, you come back
03/13/2013 08:31:38 AM
The Grilliput has the advantage over those throw-away barbeques in that it will last forever, and it's a great talking point too. At £30 it's a bit of a bargain for those of you who love to barbeque, and it would fit in to any situation from festiva
02/28/2013 10:43:32 AM
KitTags (aka GearTags in the US) are new to the UK market and have come in via demand through military channels. If you think we have problems identifying our bags on an airport carousel, imagine what it must be like
02/27/2013 07:28:15 AM
What's noticeable about running a garment treated with Polar Proof under a tap is the lack of small drops which grab on to the pile, and of course the way that the stream of water flows off like it is being repelled somehow. I compared this to an old
02/26/2013 07:06:23 AM
According to the manufacturers of this new British safety device (and backed up by a quick Google search), there are a significant number of avalanches which happen on or across ski pistes each year, and it's not just those who stray off-piste or int
02/25/2013 06:57:12 AM
I've very much enjoyed (and am continuing to enjoy) wearing the Bask Pants. They serve well in almost all conditions from searching through to more formal gatherings. However, I have found one down-side, and that is that curiously, they're a total so
02/06/2013 01:50:56 AM
This little pink coat packs a serious heavyweight punch of warmth. It’s like wrapping a duvet or sleeping around you. I half expected to see a tog rating when looking at the label, such is the enveloping comfort. The past
02/05/2013 08:27:36 AM
We’re at the ISPO trade show – this is part 2 of our show highlights. Part 1 is here. Trekmates are lifting their game with a range of gloves and gaiters with top end fabrics. And here’s a nifty gaiter
02/05/2013 07:51:38 AM
ISPO is a huge annual trade show where most of the brands in the outdoor industry show off what they’ll be launching later in the year. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the gear which caught our eye. Osprey’s
02/01/2013 02:43:32 AM
This is a really lightweight jacket (it weighs about the same as an xBox controller) that performs impressively in strong winds and rain. I like the hood features and the extra layers of protection at the weak points. It kept me dry and warm at the t
01/31/2013 03:06:40 AM
I first saw one of these torches at a trade show last year and coveted it. Lifesystems finally sent one over for test a couple of weeks ago and this is an interim review. 560 Lumens. That’s damn bright by
01/28/2013 02:57:30 AM
In the recent snowy January we've been having, the gaiters have done their duties well, leaving our poor dog to be the one who gathers snowballs round his ankles! Read more...
01/25/2013 07:59:37 AM
I've used Gore's WINDSTOPPER fabric for many years on the motorbike, where you're subjected to constant cold blasts whilst not doing much physical activity. I don't think I've ever been as cold as on a few winter rides I can remember, and I can attes
01/22/2013 10:33:56 AM
The 1.8L capacity of the Challenger is enough for a day's worth of hot chocolate for one, or if you are a couple and want to utilise the two cups which screw on to the top of the flask, there's a secret compartment in the bottom so you can store your
01/21/2013 10:21:55 AM
Key rings must be one of the most useful inventions ever devised. So simple that we take them completely for granted, but useful for keeping keys together, replacing broken zipper pulls and for breaking your fingernails. And it’s that last
01/21/2013 05:09:05 AM
The potential problem with the Peli U100 Urban Elite - aside from the slightly strange name - is that it's a bag which will appeal to a tiny number of people. It's very heavy, so won't be ideal for commuter cyclists, and it's certainly no outdoor/bac
01/15/2013 07:37:40 AM
Lined with 200g KEEN.Warm insulation which so far has kept my feet toasty in sub-zero conditions. Underneath your foot, where cold can creep up from the ground, Keen have built in a 3-layer system of wool, air pockets and a reflective heat-shield to
01/12/2013 12:29:07 PM
I've been comparing the HP7 to various competitors and whilst it seems a little less bright than LED LENSER P7, which it's clearly a direct competitor to, and there's not much to choose between them for my use. Definitely worth a look if you're in th
01/11/2013 07:05:33 AM
So far the Ilam has been tested in prolonged drizzle, low cloud and a short-sharp shower. The DWR (waterproofing) treatment has done a good job of shedding most of the damp, and there hasn't been any noticeable loss of warmth when it's been really mo
01/07/2013 10:55:18 AM
A little inner bootie is rather cool and if removed it doubles as a great slipper for those unheated laminate or stone floors we seem to have everywhere now. Due to it having its own rubber sole you can also nip outside to take the bin out Read mor
12/15/2012 09:48:30 AM
I was first introduced to Hi-Tec’s Para Boot back in the summer at a trade show. They had a big display of them which was certainly eye-catching, but I walked away (having completely failed to get the attention of anyone
12/05/2012 03:35:54 AM
It's the first day of snow down here in GWAville, and the I-Socks have coped admirably on the light dusting of slippery snow. RUD themselves say that the I-Sock is best on ice, where it really does excel over the competition. As soon as we have some
11/29/2012 02:45:22 AM
I work in the media, and this container looked perfectly at home with the de-rigeur meeja uniform of Converse, jeans and trendy spectacles. It also looked equally at home when parked for the morning next to my iMac. The Bento has won 3 design a
11/28/2012 10:11:51 AM
Weighing in at 22g (without battery) it would be ideal for slinging in to a pocket and forgetting about until you need it. With no bells or whistles, it comes supplied with an elasticated headband with a sliding toggle for fit. Read more...
11/28/2012 02:40:52 AM
On a recent trip around Europe I was often found to be singing Last night a DJ saved my life (try and get that tune of your head now!) but I was supplementing the words to Last night a Wild Stripe saved my life from a frozen death. Read m
11/26/2012 05:22:17 AM
It’s that time of year again, when we take a look back at all the gear which we’ve reviewed and pick the best of the best. With gear ranging from £320 to £0, there may be something for everyone in
11/22/2012 10:39:36 AM
As with all of the Osprey packs we've tested, the build quality, materials and finish of this pack are excellent. It's very clear to see why Osprey sell so many packs worldwide even if their pricing looks, on paper, to be a lot higher than entry-leve
11/21/2012 17:34:40 PM
Brasher has managed to justify the name Supalite by shaving off enough of the boot to bring them down to 1122g a pair. Meaningless to most of us, but a real-world comparison would be that they're 430g less heavy than my vaguely similarly targetted An
11/19/2012 16:22:31 PM
A couple of months ago I was asked if I would like to attend the launch of the new GORE-TEX® Pro membrane under the auspices of producing a guide to the new technology for GearWeAre. Being a happy, go-lucky sort
11/19/2012 10:33:01 AM
I am a big fan of airbeds - double airbeds to be precise. They aren't always the most reliable things, but when they work, they work well! We've tried various versions over the years, including offerings from Coleman and Outwell, and always end up re
11/15/2012 03:38:33 AM
The Cougar T-shirt is a semi-fitted design with a front and rear panel, and a separate sculpted shoulder panel which causes it to sit squarely on your shoulders and make you look rather... buff. It also means that there are no seams up on your should
11/14/2012 04:29:34 AM
Working at home last week in a cold kitchen where even the dog was unwilling to set foot on the chilly laminate floor, a parcel arrived which looked somewhat like a pizza box. Unexpected, it wasn’t actually a pizza, but
11/08/2012 11:27:17 AM
The double layer of the Lined Kiwis makes it feel like you're wearing your PJs under your trousers. It's a cosy and snug feeling which seals in the warmth even on windy days and despite the temperatures having hovered around 2-3C for the last week of
11/05/2012 11:08:06 AM
You’re stuck. Your phone battery has died and you need help. The SpareOne mobile phone is as simple as they come, and it runs on a single AA battery that lasts… 15 years! Once you start using the phone you
10/30/2012 07:26:23 AM
It makes me feel like I should be shooting things and surveying my land. It makes me want to keep a pack of hounds in the outhouse and carry a hip flask. It's refreshingly different from most of the other Gore Tex jackets on the market at the moment Read more...
10/26/2012 06:59:32 AM
What makes the Satmap special is the ease of use of the mapping. OS maps are phenomenal things, and a satnav whereby you can use them and manipulate them with points-of-interest, routes, tracks and then swap to satellite imagery or road maps is just mind-bogglingly clever. Read more...
10/24/2012 10:41:32 AM
Published by Cicerone and authored by Kev Reynolds - who has penned over 50 guidebooks and knows a thing or two about walking - the book is a small affair and can easily be slipped in to a pocket to accompany you on a jaunt down any part of the Way where it is useful for pointing out those things around you which might otherwise be dismissed.
10/19/2012 12:02:16 PM
It's like a classic metal SIGG bottle with all the advantages of ruggedness and longevity, but with a non-drip bite valve to make drinking on the go easier. The top is removable for cleaning and very simple to re-assemble. Read more...
10/18/2012 05:58:03 AM
This was the exact same model of swiss army knife that I'd had all those years ago and coveted until the red bits fell off, the toothpick was lost and the mechanism was so full crud that it probably formed a home for several species of bacteria unknown to science. Read more...
10/16/2012 07:40:43 AM
My pair of Bryce got a rude introduction to the outdoors this weekend in Yorkshire. We decided to go for a walk with the dogs before heading for a pub lunch and found ourselves shepherded on to a longer-than-planned route by a very aggressive herd of cows. The route looped down through a forest and across open fields where the Bryce were phenomenally good at coping with everything from loose leaves on rocky stream beds, right through to deep, stinking cow crap. After 3 hours of walking through m [..]
10/16/2012 06:57:43 AM
Just in for winter review by our new snow-focussed reviewer: Black Diamond Compactor ski poles.
First impressions are good, they're shiny which is always a plus point, and relatively intuitive (manly disregard for the supplied instructions notwithstanding).
10/11/2012 05:56:15 AM
The Harmony-Mid WP is a waterproof, lightweight boot for well-made trails and very gentle off-roading. It offers more support than a shoe, but isn't designed to cope with anything too gnarly. The styling is pleasant and the boot is super-comfy. The price, for a waterproof boot, is pretty good and they've stood up very well to abuse. Read more...
10/09/2012 06:05:53 AM
Wisepilot features a rich assortment of ways to find interesting destinations, which could suit the wanderers amongst us. This is also particularly useful when your destination is a bit random, like a particular junction or carpark without its own postcode. And of course for when you don't actually have any familiarity with where you're going - like trying to find the nearest petrol station. Read more...
10/08/2012 09:53:21 AM
It's lightweight at 38 grams, weighing approximately the same amount as one of those really small Post-It note blocks and has truly marvellous insulation properties. It also keeps the wind out well thanks to the double layer. Read more...
10/04/2012 03:48:57 AM
The Lynx Softshell Jacket is a clever piece of design at a good price. The ability to both batten down the hatches and expand for more ventilation allows this to cater for more unpredictable weather than a plain softshell. The material is excellent and the styling is smart. Quality of finish with a few loose threads here and there is the only negative of note. Read more...
09/28/2012 06:04:44 AM
Coming home after an extended period of being away is when that ‘doggy’ smell hits you. Normally you don’t really notice it unless your hairy friend is damp or has rolled in something unspeakable, but it’s definitely there and most
09/28/2012 05:25:36 AM
The Solarmonkey isn't just a direct solar charger. It contains a built-in battery which stores all those absorbed rays so you can use them when you need them. I found this an excellent combination for charging up during the day and then attaching my phone overnight. There's a little red light which comes on to indicate when the Solarmonkey is getting enough light to charge, and this comes on enthusiastically even indoors on overcast days. Read more...
09/27/2012 05:59:08 AM
The sales point of the Biker sleeping bag is its drybag pouch. This is a nice little bonus and it's easy to get the bag in to. With a couple of rolls this seals out any rain (and seals in any smells!) and then a purge valve allows you to sit on the bag, squeeze out any air and minimize the size of the pouch for packing on the bike - brilliant. Read more...
09/26/2012 02:00:02 AM
Camping pillows are generally terrible. The options are almost all inflatable, which means youre either sliding off them as they ping around the tent, or trying to get the right level of softness so that your head can stay fixedly in one position all night... Read more...
09/25/2012 02:00:27 AM
I packed wholly inadequately for the motorbike tour and ended up sleeping several nights fully-clothed where cold breezes from every direction stole my warmth with the exception of the NeoAir which always remained warm underneath me. I have no doubt that without it I would have been too uncomfortable to sleep. Read more...
09/24/2012 02:00:39 AM
Designed for outdoorsy types, for a variety of activities including walking, cycling and motorised two-wheeling, I tested its effectiveness on my motorcycle. Its hard to get excited over a neck gaiter (a peculiar breed of outdoor clothing made most famous by Buff);
09/07/2012 05:28:43 AM
GWA is away on vacation at the moment, hence the lack on new posts.
Back on 21st September with gear from MSR, Thermarest, Coleman, Campingaz, Regatta, Anatom, Smartwool, Keela and much more.
08/28/2012 06:35:20 AM
We've put a few solar chargers through their paces at GearWeAre, but we've never been completely convinced about their practicality versus their cost. Until now. The Goal Zero Guide 10+ Adventure Kit is actually a conglomeration of their Nomad 7 Solar Panel and a Guide 10+ battery pack, and we've been testing the whole thing out over the last months. Read more...
08/23/2012 06:12:53 AM
The Kento Jacket is beautifully designed and made, and at 365g is certainly a great jacket to stuff away until you need it. It's very waterproof and protective from wind, and seems very breathable too. On those days when it's been just cool enough to wear it, it's never seemed particularly sweaty. Read more...
08/17/2012 07:54:01 AM
Fairly new from Paramo is the Mirada Ladies Jacket, which is designed for hill walking and general outdoor activity. With Paramo’s waterproof, breathable Analogy fabric which actively pumps moisture out from your base and mid-layers, it has a flattering cut
08/16/2012 02:00:26 AM
The Kelly Kettle is a phenomenal piece of kit - rugged and robust, virtually maintenance-free and not that expensive at under £70. When you factor in that, if this is your cooker of choice you never need to pay for fuel, the savings can be understood. For these reasons the Kettle is a favourite for bushcraft and survival lovers, and we can see why.
08/15/2012 04:22:31 AM
We all have different feet and the comfort of any shoe is a wholly subjective thing. Custom made footbeds can transform the fit of a good-quality, but badly-fitting shoe and make for a truly bespoke feeling. It isn't a cheap process, but then what price for proper support on feet which work hard in so many conditions. Read more...
08/14/2012 02:00:24 AM
a great little tent for either one person with a load of other gear, or two travelling minimally, but on paper it's not really a mountain tent. The lack of guylines, fairly high flysheet and 1000mm rating make this a tent which is suited to its name and would be more at home in a protected nook than on an open hillside. Read more...
08/13/2012 02:00:44 AM
The wheels on the Ozone are large and spin easily on sealed bearings and the bag slides along the floor with ease. Its wide stance means that it's very stable over bumps and a test over a gravelled car park and grassy field confirm that it is a very easy bag to pull along.
08/10/2012 07:51:16 AM
The Roam GTX is a waterproof, hard-wearing fabric shoe which breathes well and is very comfortable straight out of the box. Lots of padding around the ankle and tongue, a decent lacing system and nice snug heel cup with wide forefoot help. Read more...
08/09/2012 08:54:50 AM
Gridpoint GB is an app for the iPhone, available from Apple Store, which very simply displays your current location as an Ordnance Survey 10-digit grid reference.
Because the iPhone has a built-in GPS, it can do this even when there is no phone signal. Read more...
08/07/2012 07:35:33 AM
Priced at £79, coming next February, this roughty toughty boot from Anatom is squarely aimed at DofE and occassional hikers wanting a lot of boot for not much money. Should be a winner. More soon. Read more...
08/07/2012 06:49:14 AM
I’m not actually sure what the Zuuk from Hi-Tec is for specifically, but that may be the point. They’re designed as chilling out shoes for post-activity, camping, pubbing and schlepping around on holiday. Kinda weird looking, they’re formed over a
08/02/2012 23:57:19 PM
This is unreal. Seriously, nothing I write here can do this justice. It’s a clip-on lens for an iPhone 4 which allows you to video a 360 degree panorama and then play back a video through which you can view
07/30/2012 13:08:32 PM
At a similar size to a Pot Noodle, the Rock Out Speaker is a bit of a strange looking thing. It's been styled in a spacer fabric and mesh so that it's reminiscent of a sporty backpack crossed with a 1980's HiFi speaker grille. And despite the fact that it looks soft and squishy it isn't. It's comprised of a hard box covered in a thin layer of protective foam (to absorb impacts) in order that the 2 x 40mm speakers can conjour up a sound that is remarkably clear, loud and of decent quality. Read m [..]
07/30/2012 02:26:21 AM
The genius part of the Keyhole's design is in how easy it is to get your camera from harnessed to usable position. And also that you can still use the camera's own strap in case you drop the camera from your hand. It's a neat idea which to see come from a small company is heartwarming. Read more...