Published on 2013-05-16 04:05:38
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’.
Published on 2013-05-15 04:02:53
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
Published on 2013-05-13 04:33:58
It takes some going over and will sit on your bedside table for ages and keep you thinking – but it’s 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
Published on 2013-05-02 07:22:36
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
Published on 2013-05-02 06:43:52
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
Published on 2013-04-30 05:38:14
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 they’ve got tough laces, a sturdy outer construction with bre
Published on 2013-04-26 12:39:22
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
Published on 2013-04-26 11:45:21
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...
Published on 2013-04-22 10:36:35
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
Published on 2013-04-22 09:22:36
Being 5’9” 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
Published on 2013-04-04 06:17:05
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.
Published on 2013-04-03 09:18:57
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
Published on 2013-04-02 07:57:31
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
Published on 2013-03-26 06:42:44
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
Published on 2013-03-25 09:30:40
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
Published on 2013-03-24 10:43:40
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
Published on 2013-03-13 08:31:38
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
Published on 2013-02-28 10:43:32
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… Read more...
Published on 2013-02-27 07:28:15
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
Published on 2013-02-26 07:06:23
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
Published on 2013-02-25 06:57:12
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
Published on 2013-02-06 01:50:56
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… Read more...
Published on 2013-02-05 08:27:36
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… Read more...
Published on 2013-02-05 07:51:38
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… Read more...
Published on 2013-02-01 02:43:32
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
Published on 2013-01-31 03:06:40
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… Read more...
Published on 2013-01-28 02:57:30
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...
Published on 2013-01-25 07:59:37
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
Published on 2013-01-22 10:33:56
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
Published on 2013-01-21 10:21:55
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… R
Published on 2013-01-21 05:09:05
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
Published on 2013-01-15 07:37:40
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
Published on 2013-01-12 12:29:07
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
Published on 2013-01-11 07:05:33
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
Published on 2013-01-07 10:55:18
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
Published on 2012-12-15 09:48:30
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… Read more...
Published on 2012-12-05 03:35:54
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
Published on 2012-11-29 02:45:22
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
Published on 2012-11-28 10:11:51
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...
Published on 2012-11-28 02:40:52
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
Published on 2012-11-26 05:22:17
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… Read more...
Published on 2012-11-22 10:39:36
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
Published on 2012-11-21 17:34:40
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
Published on 2012-11-19 16:22:31
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… Read more...
Published on 2012-11-19 10:33:01
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
Published on 2012-11-15 03:38:33
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
Published on 2012-11-14 04:29:34
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… Read more...
Published on 2012-11-08 11:27:17
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
Published on 2012-11-05 11:08:06
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… Read more...
Published on 2012-10-30 07:26:23
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...
Published on 2012-10-26 06:59:32
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...
Published on 2012-10-24 10:41:32
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.
Published on 2012-10-19 12:02:16
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...
Published on 2012-10-18 05:58:03
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...
Published on 2012-10-16 07:40:43
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 [..]
Published on 2012-10-16 06:57:43
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).
Published on 2012-10-11 05:56:15
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...
Published on 2012-10-09 06:05:53
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...
Published on 2012-10-08 09:53:21
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...
Published on 2012-10-04 03:48:57
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...
Published on 2012-09-28 06:04:44
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… Read more...
Published on 2012-09-28 05:25:36
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...
Published on 2012-09-27 05:59:08
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...
Published on 2012-09-26 02:00:02
Camping pillows are generally terrible. The options are almost all inflatable, which means you’re 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...
Published on 2012-09-25 02:00:27
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...
Published on 2012-09-24 02:00:39
Designed for outdoorsy types, for a variety of activities including walking, cycling and motorised two-wheeling, I tested its effectiveness on my motorcycle. It’s hard to get excited over a neck gaiter (a peculiar breed of outdoor clothing made most famous by Buff);… Read more...
Published on 2012-09-07 05:28:43
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.
Published on 2012-08-28 06:35:20
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...
Published on 2012-08-23 06:12:53
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...
Published on 2012-08-17 07:54:01
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… Read more...
Published on 2012-08-16 02:00:26
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.
Published on 2012-08-15 04:22:31
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...
Published on 2012-08-14 02:00:24
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...
Published on 2012-08-13 02:00:44
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.
Published on 2012-08-10 07:51:16
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...
Published on 2012-08-09 08:54:50
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...
Published on 2012-08-07 07:35:33
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...
Published on 2012-08-07 06:49:14
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… Read more...
Published on 2012-08-02 23:57:19
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… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-30 13:08:32
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 [..]
Published on 2012-07-30 02:26:21
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...
Published on 2012-07-27 04:44:23
The long-standing king of the repellents is DEET, which is a very nasty thing indeed. Some people are allergic to it, it can eat in to plastic-based clothing and it can counteract your sunscreen. I'm more a fan of alternatives to DEET and the SkitoStop falls in to that group. Read more...
Published on 2012-07-24 13:48:59
These are marketed as Travel trousers. And they appear to have been designed by somebody who has actually left the confines of their office recently. The fit is what Paramo call generous. I'd call it baggy, but that's a good thing for travel because it both leaves a load of air circulation by your legs and helps disguise the valuables in your pockets. Read more...
Published on 2012-07-24 13:02:01
When you’ve just conquered the peaks and you’re too weak to unscrew the cap of your trusty Sigg bottle without letting out a whimper, you’ll appreciate their new Active Top for lidless drinking access. We’ll have three sizes reviewed very… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-24 12:58:24
Goal Zero are becoming well known for their batteries and Solar chargers, and this self-contained battery and speaker is sort of an offshoot for the festival, garden or picnic crowd. Made as a padded zipper case, somewhat like a large… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-20 10:21:00
So, we’re sat waiting for the Olympic Flame to parade through the village and it seems the perfect time to break out the GSI Outdoor Wine Glass Kit. Comprising a welded plastic pouch ”bottle” you decant some wine in to,… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-20 07:52:23
1.81kg. That’s not an awful lot at all. And it’s even less when it comprises a 36L wheeled carry-on bag. How Osprey have done it I’m not sure yet, because there doesn’t seem to be anything missing or compromised on… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-20 07:37:35
This is the new version of the V3, which is a light fabric and leather boot with a fairly high ankle support for rough trail use. With sticky Vibram Grivola sole and generous toe and heel cups the boot looks… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-19 09:08:50
A very rugged, waterproof battery pack for your iPhone or iPad. Kicking out 6000mAh this thing will charge an iPhone 3 times in the field. Rather heavy, made of metal and clad in a rubber bumper, it looks bombproof and… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-19 08:14:44
Got no water on hand and smell like a tramp's pocket? Covered in god-knows-what and got beer in your hair? Have a look at Nilaqua's shampoo and body wash which is a pretty good stopgap between you and the nearest shower, and priced nice and low too. Read more...
Published on 2012-07-17 09:22:45
Aimed at kids, the Bot headlamp is bright enough to play ‘forts’ in a tent, find your way to the loo or read a comic. You can’t really compare it to a proper adult headlamp for brightness, but it chucks… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-17 09:17:42
NiteIze make some awesome gadgets, but the Bio Case is an effort to appeal to those of you who don’t want to leave a lasting legacy in a landfill, but still enjoy your tech. The iPhone 4 compatible Bio Case… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-17 09:14:10
Quickpitch is the tent which pings out of its bag like a jack-in-the-box and has been a festival favourite for the last couple of years. This is the big, tall offspring which allows people of average height (me at 5ft9… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-17 09:08:07
We’re big, big fans of Alite Designs’ Monarch chair, which is a tiny little camping chair we’ve used for 3 years now. It’s big brother is the Mantis, with Aluminium construction and 4 sturdy legs. This is a very comfy… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-17 08:25:56
Nemo think you shouldn’t need to be constricted by a mummy bag when you’re the type of person who lays on their side to sleep. The Rhapsody sleeping bags allow you to sit up cross-legged and then snuggle down in… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-17 08:21:02
Adidas are better known for their sports shoes, but are making strong efforts in the outdoor and hiking market this year. The Trans X Mid GTX Women’s boot is a good looking contemporary boot with nubuck upper and a fairly… Read more...
Published on 2012-07-11 10:23:54
We have meetings with SIGG, Eider, Mammut, Black Diamond, Regatta, Nikwax, Aclima, Lomer, Edelrid, La Sportiva, Vibram, Brunton/Primus, Smartwool, MSR/Seal Line/ Thermarest, Kozikidz, Polartec, Osprey, Sprayway and a host of other brands, so expect a load more reviews coming soon.
Published on 2012-07-04 02:29:26
The Talon's distinguishing feature is the dual 0.5L bottle holsters which, if you are so inclined, can be handy to balance out the weight distribution around the pack. The bottle pockets have a brilliantly simple bungee cord which holds even fully-loaded bottles in place when you're running or jumping.
Published on 2012-07-03 08:01:18
Brasher have tried to carve out a new niche here and I hope it goes well for them. I've very much enjoyed wearing the Tour GTX, and will continue to use them as day-to-day shoes. I'd recommend them for anyone going on an active vacation or travelling, or just who want a low-level catch-all shoe for the UK weather.
Published on 2012-06-29 02:15:04
I instantly assumed that they were just a trainer with a facelift looking to be outdoorsy. Not that that wouldn't appeal to a previous owner of a VW Polo Dune, but after testing I was proven wrong - they're more than just a trainer with a fancy bumper. Read more...
Published on 2012-06-28 03:13:39
The Flash is supplied with a bunch of components which all nestle inside the 1L pot when not in use. This is a great space-saving design and even more clever when you realise that you can also fit a 100g gas canister in there too. Read more...
Published on 2012-06-27 03:21:40
Sticking movies and music on to an iPad can make long cold camping nights seem that little bit shorter and cosier, but holding an iPad at an angle you can see it makes for tired arms, and when you want to hide under a blanket you need a device which can pose it for you.
Published on 2012-06-26 02:09:55
Lifeventure state that it will absorb 6 times it's weight in water. It weights 180g, so that's (quick sum...) around a kilo of water sucked off you. That should be enough to dry all but the hairiest of bodies and thickest of manes enough to pass muster. Read more...
Published on 2012-06-25 02:00:00
What you notice about the sole when you slip the Sierra on your foot is that it's thin for a walking boot. You don't get that extra inch of height that short blokes like me enjoy, and it feels quite secure and steady on the ground. I would have expected to have felt a lot of foot fatigue from more ground feedback (stones and ruts) but in practice didn't notice much. The Sierras feel like wearing a sturdy trainer rather than a traditional walking boot. Read more...
Published on 2012-06-14 05:56:34
True Utility make loads of keyring gadgets, but by far their most useful to me so far is the Telepen. Do you remember when car stereos had manual aerials that you used to pull up? We'll, it's made of that - a sort of thin steel tubing which collapses in on itself to be stored at only 5cm long, and yet extend out to a pen which you don't need to scrunch your hand up to use.
Published on 2012-06-13 03:54:05
Whilst some outdoor gear is minimalist, functional and practical and you have to make certain concessions because of it, at the other end of the scale lies a type of gear that is as good as taking your home kitchen… Read more...
Published on 2012-06-11 02:00:00
The difference between cheap and quality products: It’s unlikely that a plastic bodied, simply engineered water bottle will last you a lifetime, but, come the zombie apocalypse, my Sigg will quite definitely be in the side pocket of my shoulder bag. If nothing else, filled with water it’ll make a decent cudgel! Read more...
Published on 2012-06-08 02:00:00
I really do like the Zilchs, they’re funky and comfortable and supportive enough for a stroll to the bar after your hard days adventuring, and with the minimal weight and size they can be stuffed into a pack almost as an afterthought. Read more...
Published on 2012-06-07 02:00:00
First you'll notice that they're yellow. In reality they're so yellow that a blind person could see them from several miles away. This is not a pair of shoes for those who are self-conscious or like the subtle things in life. Not a problem for me because if I'm ever out running people tend to stare at my bright red face and get distracted by my wheezing. Read more...
Published on 2012-06-06 02:00:01
The book starts with a refresh of how GPS works, contours, bearings and compass work. The contour section goes to real efforts to help those who may never have come across them before using 3D mapping to demonstrate. The book then goes into great details on the use of GPS to compliment map reading. Read more...
Published on 2012-06-04 02:00:00
What I like about the GearPods is that I can stuff them full and then pretty much forget about them. They contain the things I'll only need when things go wrong and, being so tough and waterproof, I know that the gear inside them will be OK when I do need it.
Published on 2012-06-01 02:00:00
The thing about camping stoves is that quite a lot of the energy from that little gas canister you’ve carried up the hill is blown away by any breeze, or licks up the side of the pan instead of heating… Read more...
Published on 2012-05-31 02:00:31
If you have a large tent, or need a lot of light to see what you're doing, then give this lantern a look. It's a beast of a thing, but would suit some people's needs as a catch-all solution. It's not for those of you who like a bit of mood lighting or romance though - it's strictly a big, brash beast of a light. Read more...
Published on 2012-05-30 03:12:28
The TickCard has two slots in its corners which you feed around the protruding body of the tick and simply gently lift to extract from your skin. The slots taper to very thin grooves so they're good at gripping on to ticks of all sizes - freshly attached and completely engorged. Read more...
Published on 2012-05-29 07:05:59
At 73g the MicroRocket is a lightweight stove by any standard. Coupled with the piezo-ignition pen it negates to need for carrying any other lighter unless you smoke and the whole kit comes in at 120g. It is thirstier on gas than some of its big brothers, and produces a smaller burn pattern, but these things are a balance. Read more...
Published on 2012-05-25 02:31:15
The GX3 has a dozen guy lines which are reflective (ours were blue, unlike the photo above) and really hunker down the whole structure very well. Even if you don't know anything about tents you can tell that the GX3 isn't going to blow away easily. You also get plenty of vents (6 according to the blurb) which make for a more pleasant time when it's warm, or your partner stinks like an old sock. Read more...
Published on 2012-05-24 03:00:00
All in all, the Altai 65 is one of the best traveller's backpacks I've ever encountered. I think 65L is the perfect size for travel, being manageable and not anti-socially large. The build quality and materials are excellent, and the comfort and practicality are both spot-on. If I were going travelling again, this would be the bag I'd take. Read more...
Published on 2012-05-23 02:00:00
I've been using Nikwax Techwash on my often worn Keela, Paramo and Marmot gear and although they all go into the washine machine muddy and manky, they invariably come up clean and don't seem to have lost any of their waterproofing qualities, even without full re-proofing with Techwash's partner in crime TXDirect. Read more...
Published on 2012-05-22 02:00:52
The Njord packs down to about 475mm long by 210mm, so think something along the lines of half a skateboard. It is pretty lightweight and I'd say ideal for any trip where you'll need lots of cooking ability but minimal weight - a festival perhaps. Read more...
Published on 2012-05-21 09:32:26
The Easy Camp Daytona is a great first or small awning for a campervan. It's a standalone dome tent with sewn-in groundsheet and rainproof doors on all sides. It attaches to your van in a number of ways and is straightforward and easy to use. We didn't find anything to criticise it on after 4 days of heavy use by 4 people. Read more...
Published on 2012-05-15 04:52:50
I’m a bit of a Camelback fan and am a long-time owner and advocate of one of their bladder systems. So I was rather excited to receive one of their new drinking bottles and had some high expectations. First impressions… Read more...
Published on 2012-05-14 01:47:05
And the best bit? - a 'wide mouth'. My cleaning problem is solved. It has a dual screw top. The larger for filling and therefore supremely easy cleaning. The smaller, 'sports cap' screws into that. It also has a lock, easy to open and close with teeth and mouth (when in car for example). Daily rinses and a weekly run through the dishwasher make me very happy.
Published on 2012-05-11 02:48:20
It has a widely spaced screw thread and O-ring combination top which seal very easily and don't require He-Man proportions of muscle to open or close successfully. A vigorous shaking, rolling and chucking around the garden proved to me that once shut only the desire to open it would reveal its contents and my clothes in my pack would be safe from the odour of chicken soup. Read more...
Published on 2012-05-10 02:00:49
The Lomer ladies walking boots which have a one piece 2mm leather upper really do offer an all round, good, comfy boot, whether for short or long walks or on flat or hilly conditions. And what better weather to be testing them in with lots of wet and slippy conditions around. The advantage of Lomer's one-piece leather construction is that there are no seams and sewing to clog with mud and dirt or let in water, and the result is a boot which is (with careful treatment) going to last you a long ti [..]
Published on 2012-05-09 03:47:54
The Instant 4 is a big bugger. Packed down it is 1.25m long (4ft) and too large to go in the boot of a smaller car. It's also extremely heavy for a 4-man tent, and because everything is attached, you can't separate it in to more manageable packages. So, whilst I'd say that the Instant nature of the pitching would make this absolutely ideal for family camping where you don't want to spend too long playing with the tent, there is a consideration to make that a less-strong single parent could well [..]
Published on 2012-05-04 03:54:24
Platypus have made the Origin pack in waterproof materials and it's sold with a "waterproof" sales label. My test pack would certainly hold off hard rain for a few hours, but unfortunately was supplied with a tear through the pack material at the upper lashtab, so did leak somewhat through there. It looks to be damage caused when they applied the Waterproof label, which is sort of ironic... Read more...
Published on 2012-05-02 02:00:38
It's a bit bonkers. It's not to everyone's taste. But, there's no denying that the Torres Core and Sleeve combo is a brilliantly performing insulator and an innovative idea. More adaptable than a plain jacket for no extra cost, I can see this combo developing a small cult following. It's rainproof and works well when wet. It's grown on me a lot and I can't find fault. Read more...
Published on 2012-05-02 02:00:12
The Lifesystems pack contains one lump of Wetfire and the Sparkie, which together weigh little little more than a couple of keys. They're ideal for popping in to a pack, and can be safely carried because the spark stick retracts and locks in to the body of the Sparkie until it's ready to be used. Read more...
Published on 2012-04-30 04:12:10
The thick sole is part of the styling of the boot, which is a chunky affair with a very large rubber toe bumper to keep any aforementioned sharp scree from damaging your digits. The rest of the boot is a contrasting brown suede which sheds water and mud very impressively when new and hasn't started wetting-out yet after a good few hours of walking in torrential rain and boggy ground.
Published on 2012-04-27 03:48:28
Gore has done wonders with the fabric. It feels soft and matt, with none of the plasticcy feel you get with some hard shells. The Active Shell fabric is a 3-layer fabric, which is to say that the waterproof membrane is trapped between the outer black fabric and an inner, soft-feel fabric. Essentially it's a single thin skin, which makes the jacket very lightweight (Eider claim 400g) and easily packed down into a bag. And it's very, very waterproof too. Gore's statistics say it has a 28,000mm hyd [..]
Published on 2012-04-24 14:00:00
I’ve had this torch sitting around in the kitchen now for a couple of months. It sits next to the Duralit kettle and the statement enamel bread-bin as something which I often just stand back and admire whilst eating buttered… Read more...
Published on 2012-04-23 14:47:46
Interestingly one of the selling points on their site is that they have specifically built these boots with women's feet in mind, i.e. they are not simply scaled down men's boots. So I think its important to say try before you buy as what doesn't work for me might be perfect for you. The eVent waterproofing is very good - the boots have stood up to some pretty horrid downpours and if that wasn't enough I also stuck them in a puddle to make doubly sure. Somehow in my wee brain a boot made of most [..]
Published on 2012-04-19 14:31:51
I have NO idea what molten globulars are, but they sound awesome and dangerous and I want to send showers of them all over flammable woodstuffs to see what happens. I may come over all manly and whittle a spiky stick, open beers with my teeth and eat vastly undercooked meatstuffs whilst I marvel at my molten globulars. Read more...
Published on 2012-04-18 04:37:47
Lomer's entry into the UK's biggest outdoor retailer is heralded by this very lightweight nubuck waterproof boot. It's a subtle style, with solid craftsmanship behind it that will appeal to those of us who like simple, working gear. A decent membrane and lots of padding make for an all-day comfortable boot that is grippy on trails and decent in the wet. Read more...
Published on 2012-04-17 02:00:00
The jacket is made with a Gore-Tex Performance Shell. Gore, in our house when I was growing up, was always the watch-word of waterproof quality and in the aforementioned hailstorm it more than lived-up to its revered status with the water just sitting on the surface as pretty little beads and no uncomfortable sweaty build-up when I was walking hard. It’s been great in the wind and recent early morning cold snaps, and on a walk just now where it was perhaps just a bit too hot it’s not too hea [..]
Published on 2012-04-16 03:24:26
The packaging blurb informs me that they are made with Ortholite insoles/footbeds which is an open-cell foam that allows air to circulate around the shoe keeping your foot cool whilst walking. This sounds great for walking as the weather warms up but I also suspect it’s this that also helps reduce pong. Read more...
Published on 2012-04-13 03:39:38
The pouches are £1.99 a piece (£2.49 for the casserole and £2.99 for the Beef in Black Velvet Ale) and have a shelf-life of a year. They're pre-cooked in their pouches, so you can eat them without heating if you need to. Otherwise they pour neatly into a 1-litre pot for warming.
I'm a big fan of the ethos of LWWF's pouches. I love the way that they source from 'farmer friends' and package in an interesting way. It helps a lot that each pouch is absolutely tasty and delicious and I find my [..]
Published on 2012-04-12 04:05:01
The main pot has a capacity of a litre (plus boiling room) and is fitted with a pair of fold-away rubber-coated handles which are very sturdy and pretty comfortable to use. The 'lid' of the Pot is actually a second pan which could be used for making scrambled eggs for one, or heating a portion of beans. It also works remarkably well as a lid, keeping that heating efficiency to a maximum. Read more...
Published on 2012-04-04 03:30:24
GearWeAre is skipping a couple of days’ reviews while we sort out a few issues with the back-end of the site. As our readership has grown to over 15,000 people per month, and our scope of reviews has grown too,… Read more...
Published on 2012-04-02 02:08:41
The materials are lightweight and yet very waterproof (10,000mm) which means that the contents of your bag will remain dry in the heaviest of rain. The zippers used are rainproof too, and have a nice positive closing action which instills confidence. Any zipper will eventually give in to rain, but these feel like they'd last a while before any ingress occurs. Read more...
Published on 2012-03-30 02:00:33
GearWeAre's real-world explanation of what the packaging means is:
Waterproof in heavy rain, but don't lean on things or carry a pack because the pressure may cause leaks.
Breathable until you do serious exercise and then you'll get wet inside, use the main zip to keep dry and cool.
Published on 2012-03-29 03:39:02
I like the look of the Fuse-ions. They've grown on me and I really do happily wear them to the pub, even when that pub is 3 miles away across a damp field. They're a nice break from more structured and rigid 'outdoor' footwear that I wear most of the time, and I feel like my feet are taking a break when I wear them. Read more...
Published on 2012-03-27 02:00:00
The slightly fitted look is great as it gives shape to the upper body - it's a girl thing! It's not so snugly fitted that you'll regret having an extra slice of toast for breakfast though. It's flattering, rather than skin tight. Read more...
Published on 2012-03-26 05:29:17
The V1 certainly doesn't disappoint on the actual trail, with a chunky, deeply grooved sole that grips brilliantly in mud and stony ground, never doing that disconcerting slip that takes away some of the trust between man and shoe. Read more...
Published on 2012-03-23 03:00:00
If you are out and about far from civilisation, without access to one of those ubiquitous chain outlet
coffee houses, and have an urge for freshly brewed coffee, and you really like gimmicky gadgets, then
perhaps this is for you. Read more...
Published on 2012-03-22 04:14:22
This is a bit of a weird one for GearWeAre, but useful nonetheless if you’re a tightwad skinflint like me and flatly refuse to pay for a SatNav. NavFree is a completely free App for iPhone [*and Android, see below]… Read more...
Published on 2012-03-21 03:00:00
The Brewzer is dulled stainless steel, a little less than 2.5” long and about the weight of two keys. It’s pretty invisible as a result, which is ideal for camouflaging itself among your keys, and is there for whenever you need it. Read more...
Published on 2012-03-19 04:22:43
The technical bumf accompanying the Na-Kds reckons they’re akin to running in bare feet because they’re 40% mesh and mega breathable, but because I never run in bare feet – in fact I never run, I can’t really say how true that is.
Published on 2012-03-15 03:00:00
If you need to carry batteries, and don't want them hanging around loose in your pack, then have a look at this cheap solution to storage and carrying them securely. It's not for everyone, but for those who do 'get it', it's well made and tough. Read more...
Published on 2012-03-14 03:00:00
In number terms, it kicks out 1030 Lumen, which is enough to stop most 'my torch is bigger than your torch' conversations, but what it does with those Lumen is more impressive. A central extremely intense LED throws out a spot of light bright enough to run, cycle or pinpoint your lost keys with at 30 metres away. Four smaller LEDs then add a wide angle of light so that you get an excellent sense of depth. You don't need to move your head around in order to see things off to the sides of the trai [..]
Published on 2012-03-13 03:00:00
The thing about these so-called Survival kits is that, unless you're an 8-year old boy or genuinely in mortal fear of somehow becoming stranded miles from civilisation, they're largely unnecessary.
Of course, there will be people reading this who will, at some point, have to resort to making a wire snare to catch rabbits in order to survive... but I'll wager that they're few and far between.
Published on 2012-03-12 03:00:00
The lovely orange anodised valve on the unit unscrews from the lantern itself and threads on to the gas, nice and snug. Making sure the piezo ignition bit is lined up properly on the lantern, this whole unit then screws on to valve you’ve just fitted.
A clear plastic surround then pops over and around the burner (mine was cracked out of the box – design flaw or clumsy handlers?) and a small metal lid clips over the top of everything and locks underneath. Read more...
Published on 2012-03-08 04:45:05
The Velez smock is styled with a single large pocket across your belly, which can make you look as if you're pregnant with a peculiarly-shaped baby, but is actually a very comfortable way of carrying everything from keys to maps to lunch. It doesn't get in the way of backpack straps or waistbags, and is cavernous enough for a good hike's essentials. Read more...
Published on 2012-03-07 02:00:00
The wife has a small hobby business making craftwares which keeps her busy enough that my running of GearWeAre doesn’t cause a major rift. She can sit for hours cutting and shaping fabrics and time just seems to fly by.… Read more...
Published on 2012-03-05 02:00:00
It would be virtually impossible for any reviewer to rival Kev Reynolds’ in-depth and encyclopaedic knowledge of the Swiss Alps, and so I took the honest decision to base this assessment on the author’s account of two areas (the Lauterbrunnen Valley and Grindelwald/Lütschental) that I know intimately, having walked and climbed there annually for almost 15 years. Read more...
Published on 2012-03-02 02:00:00
Praise be to Outwell who have obviously employed some proper blokes to design this stove, and proportioned it with a 70/30 ratio of sausage-cooking grill space to lentil warming pan space. This is a proper blokey gas stove for those occasions when you find yourself in a camp site that doesn't allow a real fire (I know, it's weird but they do exist). Read more...
Published on 2012-03-01 02:00:00
Robens Mythos Solo is a 1-man tent with just enough room for a little gear alongside yourself. The advantage of such a small tent is that, when packed down, it's roughly the size of a 2 litre coke bottle, and just a little over half the weight (1.35kg). This is obviously a very good thing if you’re travelling alone and especially where weight-saving is a major issue. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-29 03:13:59
It certainly helps with waterproofing; taking far longer for a treated boot to show signs of soaking in water than an untreated boot. And the condition of the leather on the Q2's after so much abuse is surprisingly good. They're still soft and flexible with plenty of nicks and scratches but no sign of cracks. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-28 04:15:54
The softshell backing of the gloves is teamed with a fully-lined leather palm, which works brilliantly in aiding grip, and in creating a rugged surface. My gloves are still fairly new, but the leather palm and fingers feel like they'd last quite well. The thumb has a soft, absorbent section of what feels like suede. This works admirably for wiping glasses and gooey eyes.
Published on 2012-02-27 02:00:00
Viewranger for iPhone is a mind-bogglingly good piece of kit for the price. For under £2 you turn your iPhone into a good GPS when there's no phone reception. Pay for the OS Map package (£15) and you have a brilliant, detailed off-road GPS. Stunning value. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-23 02:00:00
Often it’s the small things that really round off a good product. And in this case it’s the laces. The shoes boast conventional rather than “asymmetrical lacing” and while I have trouble telling my right from my left what I do know is that they rarely came undone while out for a jog – something that gave me more happiness than is probably healthy. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-22 02:00:00
It's expensive, but it's comfortable, feels lightweight and un-restrictive and the fit will suit a range of activities from climbing to cycling. The features all work like they should, and it's not let me down or left me wanting for anything else on hikes and trips into town. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-21 02:00:00
At £84.99 these boots are a serious investment and would not normally feature in the price range that I would shop for a wellington boot. My initial impulse is to mark them down on that fact. However you are getting a great deal of boot for your money and design/feature wise the are more spec'd up and I think they look way cooler than a Hunter which retails at a similar price. Thus I am awarding them...
Published on 2012-02-20 04:48:58
I'm no expert at reading maps, but I can generally get by if I know where I've started and where I need to get to. Pete's guide goes way beyond my level of knowledge and has been a genuine learning experience reading it. What I like is that he explains what can go wrong, and why, rather than just saying "this is how you do it". Read more...
Published on 2012-02-17 02:00:00
I have worn them on quite a few 3-4 mile runs on local roads and I have found them a really comfortable shoe, more so in fact than my usual Brooks trainers. The look has grown on me since they arrived and I would wear them out and about as well as for running - although that's obviously not their intended use. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-16 02:00:00
Putting them on was a delight as they were certainly warm and comfortable – none of that scratchy feeling of old fashioned woollen socks, here the Merino wool feeling softer against the skin. I was so impressed that I showed them off to everyone in the house and from their raised eyebrows and non-committal responses I guess they could not quite appreciate my enthusiasm. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-15 02:00:00
The main benefit of the Grab-it pack is that you have enough carrying capacity for the essentials in an easy to pick up and put on package. Rather than having my jeans falling down from the weight of things in my pockets, the weight is carried on my hips comfortably and with no danger of exposing my unfashionably high waisted undies to the ladies. Again. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-14 02:00:00
Their second run, two days later, of 3.25 miles in an 8.35 min/mile average pace was a touch warmer, around 5-6 degrees. My notes were; "The sole grip was much better, and they are fast becoming my favourite shoes. My only minor gripe so far is they don't seem as to offer as much support as my Nikes especially under the arch but then they don't claim too, and give ample stability and are VERY comfy." Read more...
Published on 2012-02-10 18:00:00
We’re celebrating our 1 Millionth page view at GearWeAre.com We have a free, easy competition and we’re giving away everything pictured below. For more details, click here to go to the competition page. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-10 02:00:00
As a Thermal Mug Jacket it keeps your already roasting-hot drink hotter for longer. And as a pouch for glasses it works just as well. Bloody tough construction, cast-iron attachment system and a great styling. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-09 02:00:00
Cheap and effective teabags of heat for occasional sufferers of cold hands. Not the right thing for regular sufferers, but so small, light and cheap that a couple purchased and left at the bottom of your pack for 'just-in-case' use would be a cracking idea. Read more...
Published on 2012-02-08 02:00:00
The Icetrekker Diamond Grips are designed for ice and snow as well as providing extra grip on other slippery surfaces like mud and gravel. I wasn't sure about this so proceeded to try this in a gravelly car park (can you describe something as gravelly?) and am happy to report extra grip was noted. First gold star. The sole is made from hardened steel alloy and arranged in an array of spiked beads. They are firmly held onto the rubber with some nice looking heavy duty rivets. They self clear whic [..]
Published on 2011-07-05 02:00:33
Clarks offer organic and sintered varieties. Heaven knows what the organic are actually made from but the general rule seems to be that organic bite better better but wear out faster in the wet. I've worn out organic in two wet winter 30k rides. Sint
Published on 2011-07-04 02:00:00
Trekmates sent me this hat - which they call a Swamp Hat - that has a band of cooling crystals running across the forehead. On the instructions it says to soak the hat in cold water for 4 minutes and then pop it on to stay cool for days. So I did...
Published on 2011-07-01 02:00:00
Would I buy one... yes. These are the lower end of the GoPro video camera range now which means you can buy them for way less than £100. The replaceable batteries are a big hit for me, as lack of power usually stops play first. It’s not HD, but th
Published on 2011-06-30 02:00:00
We've recently become more interested in bird-spotting when we go out with the dog. There's an impressive number of Skylarks twittering away in the field above our house as I type this and we spotted a Red Kite last week. But walking with a smelly bo
Published on 2011-06-29 02:00:00
About 10 minutes ago I boiled up some Chicken Korma in the funky, ultra-light Minimalist cookset from GSI Outdoors. About 30 seconds ago I burnt my tongue on the sauce, so it's safe to say that the insulating neoprene jacket is working well. Anyone g
Published on 2011-06-28 02:00:16
Brilliant British made components. Fairly pricey, but built to last. I'm now the proud owner of two pairs and I wouldn't want to swap them for anything else. A reasonably light weight: Front 185g (QR) Rear 285g (QR) and convert to different axle size
Published on 2011-06-27 02:00:00
I absolutely love the danger and risk of using a stove that could remove my eyebrows when it's turned off. It's built well and packs down nice and small for backpacking, and the ability to use a variety of fuels is great for expeditions or travelling
Published on 2011-06-24 02:00:00
There's a large vertical zippered pocket on the front of the Freeflow 35+8. Inside it has a webbing retainer pocket. It's the shape of the black patch on front - the only thing I can think that would fit would be a Ukelele. read more...
Published on 2011-06-23 02:00:00
omfortable casual shoes which are a cut above trainers in terms of support and protection, but not hiking shoes proper. They look great and are as happy in the pub as on the trail. A full GoreTex membrane is a bonus. Recommended for those who want a
Published on 2011-06-22 02:00:00
I admit that my first thought on seeing the hybrid Buff was to question what the point of it was. It was neither here nor there. Not black nor white and sort of pointless seeing as their are two perfectly good designs available already. read more...
Published on 2011-06-21 02:00:00
The Sole Casual Flips are more than 'just' a flip flop. In the sole, Sole have built a whole host of orthotic features to support your feet properly as you walk. There is a toe-bar, deep heel-cup, metatarsal supports, arch supports... the whole sheba
Published on 2011-06-20 02:00:37
After a day out coating my bike in England’s finest topsoil I need something that helps restore it to something close to its former glory. I’ve tried a few different well known brands of bike cleaner but this one is… read more...
Published on 2011-06-17 02:00:00
Lightweight, packable and well-fitting jacket which is as happy shoved at the bottom of a daypack 'just-in-case' as it is being worn on a hike through a monsoon. A lot of work has gone into the fit and finish of this jacket and it shows. It looks gre
Published on 2011-06-16 02:00:00
As part of Gelert's new Beyond range - designed for more discerning outdoor active people than would necessarily purchase their cheap'n'cheerful camping goods - the Strider comes in with some serious specs.
Published on 2011-06-15 02:00:00
I want to start with this definitive statement: These are the most comfortable trail shoes I've ever worn.
I've not worn anything made by Carn before this month, so it was interesting when they contacted us and asked us to test something. We let the
Published on 2011-06-14 02:00:00
I opened it up, waiting for my single chocolate treat to fall out and instead revealed this diminutive keychain tool which I admit to sniggering at and deriding as a bit of a "girl's tool". Nevertheless, I stuck it on my house keys and now 10 weeks l
Published on 2011-06-13 02:00:00
Shimano MP66 MTB SPD shoes look like a cross between old-school skateboard shoes on the uppers and mountain bike SPD underneath. Generally speaking, things that try to look like something they’re not can be highly suspect (such as those ‘b
Published on 2011-06-10 02:00:00
1000 Mile socks use a double layer of material, so that it's these two surfaces that rub over each other during walking, and save your foot from rubbing on the shoe. The idea being that the sock becomes an artificial blister itself.
Published on 2011-06-09 02:00:00
There has been a sum total of one piece of outdoor apparel which Jodie has been willing to shell out my hard-earned money on, and the Velez Adventure Smock is it.
She's very picky, you see, and a jacket has to be really quite special to make it to h
Published on 2011-06-08 02:00:00
I had major problems with a rubbing strap on both feet, but I accept that that's a subjective problem and have not taken too harsh a line on the rating. Otherwise, they're the most comfortable and secure flip-flops I've ever tried. read more...
Published on 2011-06-07 02:00:00
This is one of those tools where once you’ve owned one, you never want to be without it. The
workstand gives you the ability to position the bike to the optimum for any job you need to do. read more...
Published on 2011-06-06 02:00:00
Let's put these trekking poles into context. They each weight 158g, which is the same as 10 McVities Digestive biscuits. That's sod all. My house keys weigh more than that. In fact, they claim to be the lightest 3-section (telescopic) trekking poles
Published on 2011-06-03 02:00:00
What HandiHikes have done is produce a small section of OS Explorer (25000:1 scale, so you can see footpaths and features easily) on a waterproof, fold-out map, and they've marked on it a selection of 3 or 4 pre-walked routes for you to follow. With
Published on 2011-06-02 02:00:00
After head-butting the opposite bank of a dry, slippery and sudden left turn I needed to replace my cycle helmet. Surprisingly I was feeling no ill effects except for a scuffed forehead which gave me confidence that Specialized can protect my valuabl
Published on 2011-06-01 02:00:00
I was impressed by how small and light the radio was. Before the iPod shuffle was invented, it would have been considered miniscule. I happen to think it's about as small as it should be. Any smaller and I'd lose it or be unable to find the buttons.
Published on 2011-05-31 02:00:57
I’ve noticed before when running along the canal in bright sunshine that the reflection from the water can be worse than the sun; the Polaroid sunnies made it much easier. read more...
Published on 2011-05-30 02:00:00
Wetfire is a hairy-chested, beer-drinking, knife-juggling kind of fire tinder (fire lighter) which comes is a box of 8 small sachets, each the size of a boiled sweet. read more...
Published on 2011-05-27 02:00:39
It’s very sturdy and feels like it’ll support much more than my athletic 13-stone frame. This is good because one of two things you don’t want the Shit Box to do is collapse at the moment of release. read more...
Published on 2011-05-26 02:00:00
We love our noodles because they're a real multi-tool of the Festival camping experience. You get a "meal", and then a handy pot in which you can make tea, store things or have a wee when it's late and you're too far from the toilets. Genius. read mo
Published on 2011-05-25 02:00:00
The Sleeping Pod is a novel idea for those of us who like to sleep on our sides, spread out, or like a dervish. There's ample room to air your smelliest parts. read more...
Published on 2011-05-24 02:00:00
At some point when you’re at a festival you’re going to want to sleep. If you’re one of the 40% of those festival goers who’s enjoyed their own body weight in fruity cider then you’ll probably be happy slumped over… re
Published on 2011-05-23 02:00:00
Like a scene from a low-rate zombie movie; six shuffling, barely coherent, smelly bodies emerged from tents and formed a spontaneous circle around me, shouting 'mine' and raising their arms in expectation. read more...
Published on 2011-05-20 02:00:39
I'm not sure if I'm supposed to love and cherish them or put them in one of the many places my car seems to have for such things. read more...
Published on 2011-05-19 02:00:00
I have supplemented my lunch on a number of days for one of these Trek Bars and they've been filling and delicious. I've tried both the Cherry Crunch and the Oat Crunch varieties and both have kept me going until late afternoon with no problem. They
Published on 2011-05-18 02:00:00
This is all about adaptability, and not having to carry more gear than you really need as you lug it all miles across muddy fields, past stinky toilets and over countless guy-ropes. Joby make the cunning little tripod called Gorillapod… read more..
Published on 2011-05-17 02:00:00
Whilst some of our readers might prefer to fashion some rain protection out of a bin-liner and old newspaper, those of us who like to go to festivals with the smallest possible, but most adaptable wardrobes could do with one of these Pak Ponchos from
Published on 2011-05-16 02:00:00
I'd like to be able to tell you exactly how fast, and I did start a stop-watch when I lit the stove. Unfortunately, three times in a row my smooth bottomed pan jumped off the Soto's three pan-rests before it got to boil. I managed to poach a section
Published on 2011-05-13 02:00:00
It was with a similar sort of delight as that moment when you find The Big Purple One hidden in a box of Quality Street that I opened the box from Easy Camp. Hidden at the bottom, under sleeping bags and fleeces was their version of The Big Purple On
Published on 2011-05-12 02:00:00
Deep in the bowels of a Welsh valley, 15 miles from the nearest town on a bank holiday weekend the hatchback boot-lid of a friend's car decided that it wanted to be an eagle and flatly refused to lock shut. Its efforts to reach for the sky instead of
Published on 2011-05-11 02:00:20
I found myself on an Ocean Kayak, a hundred metres off a Welsh beach and soaked from head to toe after capsizing over an embarrassingly small wave. What seemed to be a sunny and warm day was all-of-a-sudden chilly and breezy, and I was feeling distin
Published on 2011-05-10 02:00:00
These trousers from Paramo are a bit Marmitey. You'll either love or hate them, or convince yourself you hate them and then try them only to realise that they're pretty good and you quite like them. Or something like that. read more...
Published on 2011-05-09 02:00:11
In order to try these headphones out properly, I’ve been waiting, quite literally, for the perfect storm. Chance would be a fine thing, as it’s been bone dry for what seems like an eternity. So, in the absence of a decent downpour, I decided to r
Published on 2011-05-06 02:00:04
Even when being blasted with water, the touch-screen functionality of my iPod worked perfectly; in fact, on a couple of occasions, it skipped tracks because the water pressure was so great! Clearly, the biggest concern centres around the rain flap ar
Published on 2011-05-05 02:00:04
There are no sharp unfinished bits, no funny tasting metal when you stick your tongue between the fork tines and the lack of weight means you’re less likely to knock your teeth out in the midst of an animated conversation while nomming. read more..
Published on 2011-05-04 02:00:30
When my little Brasher 3-season socks appeared for testing I was somewhat taken aback. They are properly foot shaped, unlike my possum fur numbers which are more of a woolly tube. And this shaping squeezes the fabric in around the foot and ankle and
Published on 2011-05-03 02:00:08
The introduction to this book's 390 colour-packed pages does a great job of summing up what you should expect: "This book contains some quirky and unique places - if you want to share your porch with a llama or stay on Britain's most remote peninsula
Published on 2011-05-01 12:43:15
Even after leaving it to charge overnight through the USB cable it did absolutely nothing to my phone, Mrs Muz’s or those of two people at work. So it went back to the company and was replaced by one which did as it was supposed to. For a while. re
Published on 2011-04-27 02:42:38
When I was younger and stupider, I used to spend my weekends riding my bike along the Thames Path. I thought I knew it quite well, so it was with great interest that I delved into this book to see if I could find fault. I didn't.
Published on 2011-04-25 02:42:12
I've never been a brimmed-hat kind of guy. I think that they make me look like Woody from Toy Story and I try to avoid them, but I couldn't help put the Rogue Ranger on my head because of how good it felt in my hands. It's heavy, solid and serious. I
Published on 2011-04-22 02:41:37
You may well have never heard of Falke because they're German and known better for their lingerie than their Outdoor apparel. Indeed, it's possible to spend several long hours on their website before you find their outdoor socks. read more...
Published on 2011-04-20 02:50:08
Ah, April. One of my least favourite months because you never know quite what you're going to get. It could be rain, wind, searing heat or densely foggy and invariably I'm either too hot, too cold or too wet for most of the month. It's just so... Bri
Published on 2011-04-18 00:24:47
35 litres is around the point where backpacks need proper structure and support to help you carry a load all day. It's quite easy for a pack this size to weigh as much as a 4 year old child if you're stuffing it full of dense items, so it's important
Published on 2011-04-15 10:43:22
Aside from the fact that 95% of all multitools in existence will only ever open bottles of beer, they're undeniably cool little gadgets to have 'just in case'. And a 'just in case' reason became apparent to me two years ago when a friend crashed his
Published on 2011-04-15 01:39:51
Good God. What were Hi-Tec thinking when they Christened these boots? I'm not typing that title every time I want to make reference to the boots in this review, so henceforth the 'Hi-Tec V-Lite Altitude Ultra Luxe WPi Walking Boots' shall be known as
Published on 2011-04-13 13:07:47
This little combo are the toastiest thermals I’ve ever had in my possession and styling wise (because I’m a girly girl and that stuff's important to us) they also score rather highly. They're expensive, but worth every penny in my opinion.
Published on 2011-04-11 05:30:32
Temperature-wise it was okay. I’m a great big softie and hate cold showers, so I think I might have been on the cusp of screaming throughout, but I think I could have managed it. The sun was still out though. read more...
Published on 2011-04-10 14:37:05
As you slip the Altai boots onto your feet they feel much more like a piece of mountain equipment than your average walking boot. They hold you in a snug, comfortably-heavy embrace like being engulfed in the bosom of a school nurse after you scuff yo
Published on 2011-04-08 06:49:59
Squeezing it on, the first thing I noticed was how it actually improved the way I looked in the mirror. It lifted, tucked and redistributed years of "storage". It made me look defined and, although not quite chiselled, sort of sculpted in putty. read
Published on 2011-04-05 07:40:26
I've met the marketing team at Paramo. They're very pleasant. You wouldn't necessarily realise that they're masters of the dark arts, but behind their smiley exteriors must lie Hogwartian hearts. It's the only explanation I can come up with for how t
Published on 2011-04-04 04:35:51
If you're a ninja, burglar or suffer from stinky-finger, then these cheap and cheerful gloves will save you from a chilly morning or drizzle. If you look around, you'll get them for a tenner, which is less than 3 pints and a packet of posh crisps at
Published on 2011-04-03 14:40:28
I picked my spot (the roots of a fallen tree for those of you who are interested in that kind of thing), rearranged my clothing, positioned the Shewee and then... and then spent five minutes convincing my body that despite the fact that I was stood u
Published on 2011-04-01 03:01:15
They were great. Comfortable, more than adequate ankle support, waterproof (puddles found to substantiate this) and they coped with the gravel pathways and grassed areas very well. No sore feet on the way home via a well-deserved glass of vino at the
Published on 2011-03-30 02:21:12
Having placed camera and tripod a suitable distance away from the splash zone, it was time to pour water over the camera pouch, gently at first, then increasing to a torrential deluge. Inspecting inside after each go showed no leakage at all – quit
Published on 2011-03-28 14:58:27
Did you know, you can fit 6 whole months into a 65 Litre backpack?
Trust me on this one, I've done it. 6 months' worth of clothing and essentials which accompanied me around the world a couple of years ago on buses, planes, trains, boats and overc
Published on 2011-03-27 11:09:13
With the aggressively named ‘Blade’ (I reckon they named it after the Vampire-slaying character, since this torch is so bright it’s like the sun coming up), Joby have created the half-breed Octotorch and given the world something rather unique
Published on 2011-03-25 14:18:12
This coat went on immediately that it arrived, and didn’t come off even at bedtime. It had to be prised off her once she was in the land of nod. read more...
Published on 2011-03-24 10:37:23
Although I can't really discern a difference in temperature from my old M&S thermals, the real difference with Wild Stripes is that I've NEVER felt the urge to flash my long johns in my grey M&S ones... whereas most of the office has had a
Published on 2011-03-23 04:55:08
If you lead a moderately active lifestyle (or just live in an unusually damp or dusty house) buying this phone could be a good move. Why? Well, for a start, it’s the only smartphone that is waterproof and dustproof. read more...
Published on 2011-03-21 03:42:11
Cheap and cheerful trekking socks, which I forgot that I was wearing, which is about the biggest complement you can give to a sock. Top marks, and a little story involving beer, steak and a total fail in getting home. read more...
Published on 2011-03-18 03:51:12
Has there ever been a better name for anything than 'Power Monkey'? It opens the way for endless "Don't touch my monkey!" gags on any camping trip! This little Monkey is a portable gadget charger with solar panel and just about every socket imaginabl
Published on 2011-03-17 08:50:16
GearWeAre's reviews try to cut through the technical jargon which comes along with many outdoor products these days, and tell you in layman's terms what things do. So, in layman's terms, these socks make your feet hot. read more...
Published on 2011-03-15 15:55:03
The sound is meaty with good depth and there is excellent clarity with both music and speech. The actual volume of the volume is also very impressive, even at 75%, to the point where it can become uncomfortable if you’re mid-way through a half-hour
Published on 2011-03-14 11:54:23
5-season sleeping bags, merino wool base layers and silly Peruvian hats aside, the best way to keep warm and social when winter camping is with a good old campfire. And when there's a chance for a chap to pretend he's Bear Grylls or Ray Mears (depend
Published on 2011-03-12 06:01:22
Hot on the heels of our BikeLit review comes another thing of awesomeness from Niteize, and this time they appear to have been under the influence of a little Disco Fever. The SpokeLit is like the lovechild of Spokey-Dokeys and Tron... read more...
Published on 2011-03-11 02:52:38
Niteize is one of those companies which sells things that make you think "I wish I'd thought of that", like the Curvyman, which we reviewed previously. And with the BikeLit they've done it again. Less is indeed more in this case, and a very, very sim
Published on 2011-03-10 07:39:19
I've come to expect great things from Cicerone's guidebooks, and their new Mountain Biking in the Lake District lives up to that expectation. It is superb in detail and communication, covering 24 routes from short to full-day, medium to very hard in
Published on 2011-03-08 13:30:40
It's not often that a piece of gear has left me disappointed. Unimpressed, yes. Unconvinced, sometimes. But disappointed. . . That's a rarity. And I'm afraid that these Lorpen socks came with such a build-up that I was expecting Much, much more of th