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Jottnar – Bergelmir Jacket

01/26/2015 02:30:48 AM

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

Zamberlan – Vioz 996 GT boots

01/22/2015 12:03:47 PM

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

Mountain Craftsman – Custom made Jacket

01/20/2015 13:18:53 PM

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

Darn Tough – Boot Sock Cushion

01/19/2015 06:19:18 AM

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

Regatta – Women’s Breaktrail Fleece

01/15/2015 07:04:00 AM

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

SealSkinz – Dragon Eye Glove

01/14/2015 04:34:33 AM

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

Hoka One One – Tor Speed WP

01/12/2015 15:28:58 PM

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

dhb – Active Waterproof Cycle Jacket

01/08/2015 15:12:36 PM

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

Regatta – Carrington 3-in-1 jacket

01/06/2015 12:38:12 PM

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

Sealskinz – Thin Socklet With Merino Wool

01/05/2015 00:30:18 AM

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

Wild Stripes launch a shorty

12/21/2014 12:22:38 PM

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

Jottnar – Alfar Mid Layer

12/17/2014 13:17:43 PM

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

Mindshift Gear – r180 Trail Backpack

12/16/2014 01:21:21 AM

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

Ohyo – 1000 Collapsible Drinking Bottle

12/14/2014 14:37:45 PM

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

Christmas Gift Guide

12/11/2014 16:05:45 PM

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

Sigg – Outdoor Cutlery

12/10/2014 12:49:48 PM

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

Spotty Otter – Breeze Suit

12/09/2014 02:35:12 AM

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

Osprey – PackSizer App

12/02/2014 12:02:31 PM

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

Ridgemont – Outback Boots

12/02/2014 06:00:49 AM

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

Varta – Indestructible Torch

12/01/2014 14:48:49 PM

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

Nite Ize – ShoeLit

11/28/2014 07:56:13 AM

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

LifeEdge – Waterproof case for iPhone 5/5s

11/27/2014 04:34:49 AM

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

Therm-A-Rest – Treo Chair

11/24/2014 14:19:49 PM

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

Leatherman – Micra

11/21/2014 06:08:05 AM

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

Sub Zero – Womens Factor+1 Base Layers

11/18/2014 12:41:03 PM

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

Aquapac – Announces Outdoor Champion

11/17/2014 14:34:25 PM

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

Berghaus – Rannoch Insulated Hydroloft Jacket

11/17/2014 02:36:03 AM

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

Ecco – Ladies Biom Terrain

11/13/2014 15:40:40 PM

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

Nikwax -Floats Man Across Lake

11/12/2014 09:23:28 AM

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

Sigg – Grows a Mo

11/12/2014 08:53:21 AM

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

Craghoppers – Madigan Long Jacket

11/12/2014 03:04:23 AM

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

Sherpa – Nangpala Down Jacket

11/10/2014 03:44:24 AM

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

LuminAID – Emergency light

11/07/2014 04:25:00 AM

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

Aldi – Outdoor Special Buys

11/04/2014 12:55:53 PM

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

Aquapac – TrailProof Duffel

11/02/2014 13:46:57 PM

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

Keen – Durand Mid WP Hiking Boot

10/31/2014 05:11:22 AM

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

Montane – Axion Neo Alpha Jacket

10/29/2014 03:53:49 AM

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

Merrell – Moab Gore-Tex Beluga

10/27/2014 03:35:33 AM

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

Craghoppers – Kiwi Pro Trousers

10/23/2014 15:03:17 PM

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

UST – 10-day Lantern

10/21/2014 13:05:39 PM

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

Brunton – Hydrogen Reactor

10/19/2014 13:11:16 PM

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

Aclima – Warmwool Hooded Sweater

10/19/2014 12:10:06 PM

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

Spotty Otter – Adventure Waterproof Splashsuit

10/15/2014 13:39:18 PM

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

Osprey – Questa 27 Pack

10/13/2014 15:54:57 PM

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

Merrell – Annex GTX Casual Hiking Shoes

10/10/2014 02:57:17 AM

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

Haglofs gains a century

10/08/2014 12:10:48 PM

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

Camping climbs as holiday of choice

10/08/2014 11:44:09 AM

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

Patagonia – to open a London showroom

10/08/2014 11:27:08 AM

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

Mammut – Ridge Low GTX Trail Shoe

10/07/2014 13:20:45 PM

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

Happy Camper – Happy Going

10/05/2014 13:55:38 PM

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

Keen – Newport H2 Toddler shoes

10/01/2014 13:17:17 PM

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

Sealskinz seeks brand ambassadors

09/29/2014 13:46:44 PM

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

Nite Ize – DoohicKey Key Tool

09/29/2014 12:06:39 PM

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

Edelrid – Guide To Climbing Ropes

09/25/2014 14:28:20 PM

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

Zamberlan – 230 SH Crosser Plus GTX RR

09/25/2014 12:59:32 PM

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

Nigor – Wickiup Tipis

09/17/2014 06:28:44 AM

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

Eureka! – Sphinx 3 Plus

09/17/2014 06:19:49 AM

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

Coleman – Cortes 8 Plus

09/17/2014 06:12:01 AM

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

True Mountain – Windproof

09/17/2014 02:37:44 AM

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

PureLime – Compression Bra

09/16/2014 16:51:53 PM

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

Ilumi – Nut, Gluten & Milk free packaged meals

09/14/2014 15:58:22 PM

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

Horizon – Primaloft Socks

09/14/2014 03:51:21 AM

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

Coleman – Magnetic Torch

09/13/2014 02:52:34 AM

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

Kleen Kanteen – Growler

09/12/2014 12:16:54 PM

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

Sigg – New Designs

09/11/2014 13:20:52 PM

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

Paramo – Fleece + Windproof = Waterproof Combination

09/11/2014 12:37:16 PM

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

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

09/11/2014 03:11:33 AM

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

Keen – Asks Fans Where a Million Steps Might Take Them

09/08/2014 02:49:37 AM

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

Anatom – V1 Trail Shoe Ex-Ventia

09/07/2014 14:36:59 PM

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

Opinel – Mushroom Knife No8

09/03/2014 13:48:37 PM

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

VARTA – to supply free torches to MREW

09/01/2014 11:29:26 AM

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

Lifeventure – Expedition Wheelie Duffle

09/01/2014 04:52:51 AM

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

Silva – Trail Runner II USB Head Lamp

08/27/2014 13:57:35 PM

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

FIT Top – Water Bottle

08/21/2014 13:11:20 PM

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

Mammut – Ridge High GTX Boots

08/20/2014 00:30:19 AM

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

Spare Keela 5 minutes & it could save your life

08/17/2014 13:17:15 PM

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

Tenn – Cycling Jersey

08/17/2014 12:45:18 PM

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

Boli – 5 Litre Collapsible Water Container

08/13/2014 00:17:20 AM

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

Tentsile -Tree Tents

08/12/2014 15:22:09 PM

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

KoziKidz – Vind Fleece Jacket

08/11/2014 01:00:46 AM

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

Trekmates – Deluxe Pillow

08/08/2014 00:39:21 AM

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

LittleLife – Ranger Child Carrier

08/06/2014 10:41:42 AM

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

Keela becomes Scotland’s first SCAP member

08/04/2014 11:48:08 AM

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

Teko – Merino Womens’ Midweight Hiking Socks

07/30/2014 00:30:39 AM

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

Opinel – No.18 Saw

07/29/2014 05:52:27 AM

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

Houdini – Twill Action Pants

07/25/2014 02:10:47 AM

I don't think I've ever described anything as being a bit penisy before, but thanks to quite a stiff zipper and a generously lengthy crotch, the Action Pants certainly do make you look like you're ready for action. Flying the flag. Waving Houdini's m > read more

Boreas – Super-Tramp Backpack System

07/23/2014 12:13:38 PM

The folk over at Boreas (sister company of Alite) have come up with, what we think is, a rather nifty suspension system for their backpacks. They’ve called it the Super-Tramp and with a simple pull of a strap the back […] Read more... > read more

UST – BASE all-weather tarp

07/23/2014 11:26:45 AM

Configuring the BASE tarp is a task to bring joy to the heart of any knot afficionado. The bag it comes in has a couple of handy ideas for ways that you can use the guylines, trees or even your walking poles to create a shelter. I prefer the old muck > read more

Mamalila – baby wearing jackets

07/21/2014 06:06:50 AM

Sometimes you see something, that quite literally stops you in your tracks, and in this instance made me go ‘wow, that’s ruddy brilliant!’ This happened as I walked past the Mamalila stand at the Outdoor trade show in Frierichschaf > read more

Therm-a-Rest – Treo Chair

07/21/2014 02:15:56 AM

Regular readers of GWA will be forgiven for thinking that this chair from looks a bit familiar. Therm-a-Rest’s aim in bringing this compact chair to the market is to provide big chair comfort with small chair packaging and portability. Parking > read more

MSR launches award winning WindBoiler stove

07/17/2014 01:45:13 AM

The new WindBoiler stove from MSR (Mountain Safety Research) gives outdoor enthusiasts the excellent wind protection of the alpinist Reactor Stove System with the user friendliness of a convenient, compact system for weekend backpackers. The result > read more

Lifeventure – Ellipse plate and cutlery set

07/17/2014 01:30:16 AM

The knife has good serrations on it but it makes hard work of fine slicing due to its thickness; the fork similarly is sharp enough at the pointy end but it too feels clumsy when stabbing your errant cherry tomatoes; and the spoon feels big in the mo > read more

True Mountain – New UK brand launches

07/16/2014 08:45:05 AM

True Mountain is the result of reaching that stage in life where you move away from the big smoke and big bucks and start a project for the sake of love rather than necessity. Read more... > read more

Therm-a-Rest EvoLite scoops award

07/16/2014 06:48:10 AM

Therm-a-Rest has won a 2014 OutDoor Industry Award for the EvoLite mattress – a two season sleeping pad that blends award-winning NeoAir comfort with the convenience of self-inflation. The EvoLite mattress was one of three winners in the campin > read more

Keen – UNEEK shoes

07/16/2014 02:27:50 AM

have a theory that these shoes are going to garner a similar reaction to Marmite, you'll ether love them or hate them. From the moment I stepped onto Keen's stand at last weeks Outdoor show, I was most definitely the former - I think they are awesome > read more

Have a fun day out with Respect the Mountains Envirotrek Mountain Clean Up

07/16/2014 02:01:39 AM

Get back to nature, make a difference in the mountains and get treated to a hearty lunch and fun afternoon of activities in the great outdoors by joining the third UK annual Respect the Mountains Envirotrek Mountain Clean Up sponsored […] Read > read more

New rope standards on display at Mammut

07/15/2014 09:31:14 AM

A new standard for water repellent climbing ropes has been approved by the UIAA Safety Commission for 2015, after almost 10 years of research and testing. In many instances the UIAA standards are more stringent than the Euro ones and all Mammut ropes > read more

Smartwool – Ultralight Crew Sock

07/09/2014 00:24:24 AM

I must confess to not being much of a brand officianado, and really couldn't understand his love for this brand. However having been sent a set of his n' hers Ultralight Crew socks and having now worn my own pair 6/7 times I do rather get it. Read m > read more

MSR Debuts Minimalist Tent for Weight-Conscious Backpackers

07/08/2014 03:07:07 AM

It's a single wall design that uses two standard walking poles to save weight, thus it weights in at a skinny minny 710g (alb 9oz) and it'll sleep two people. Apparently it's the lightest full-protection shelter MSR has ever made. Read more... > read more

Coleman – Galileo 5 Tent

07/08/2014 02:14:07 AM

The remainder of the space is gargantuan for a 5-man tent. It's easily big enough for 6 camping chairs and a game of poker, or a proper table setup. In real world terms it's also plenty big enough for husbands to stay out of the way quite effectively > read more

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