Mountain Equipment – Kinesis Women’s Windproof Jacket

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The Kinesis has been a firm favourite for everything from hiking to hanging out. It’s rarely too warm or too cool to be worn comfortably, and looks as good on men and women, at the shops or on the hill. Read more…



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Berghaus – Women’s Explorer Eco long-sleeve shirt

The material isn’t as light as a lot of wicking-style tops are, so it holds up better when confronted with brambles and similar. It will snag eventually of course, it’s not utterly immune, but not quite as easily as a lot of its contemporaries. The finished fabric is soft and comfortable too, so you aren’t sacrificing comfort for durability. Read more…

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Campingaz – Party Grill 600

In terms of cooking, the griddle is ace. It’s flat on one side and ribbed on the other, and quite easy to clean (although you need a big kitchen sink!). The heat is pretty even, with sausages at the edge browning slightly slower than the middle, but with minimal shifting needed to keep things even. Read more…

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Falke – TK5 Invisible Socks

I really rate these socks. They keep my feet comfortable, dry, safe, protected and rub-spot-free no matter what activity I undertake in them. And I have to say they are my preferred choice every time I look for a pair of socks to wear.
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Outdoor Show 2016

Here are some news and quickies from this years Outdoor Show 2016, Europe’s largest outdoor industry trade show… Leki bring something new to the table…   Polartec keep their cool..   AKU get into their stride… Ready, steady, cook with […] Read more…

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Mammut – Women’s MTR 141 Pro Low GTX

You’ll remark, as you retrieve them from their box, on how lightweight they are – not as light as some trail running shoes (which these are also suitable for) but it is considerably lighter than any outdoor shoes I’ve previously worn. Read more…

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Keen – Wanderer Hiking Boots

All in all the wanderer boots are a great piece of footwear. They give a little more insurance than a standard pair of walking shoes, and come in at about the low end for a pair of boots pricewise.
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Osprey – Kestrel 38 Backpack

Bounding along the trail is comfortable in the Kestrel. The AirScape feature keeps a gap between your spine and the pack, allowing airflow and less sweatiness. And the fantastic shoulderstraps, and pack-compression straps mean that the whole thing can be snugged to you, with your kit battened down so it doesn’t bounce around.
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AKU – Superalp NBK GTX Boots

These boots are quite simply superb in every possible way. As you take them out of the box and feel, smell and look at them for the first time quality oozes from the beautiful hand stitched nubuk (NBK) leather Read more…

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Sherpa – Tharkey Zip Tee

I was hoping to be able to ridicule it a bit, because the marketing blurb about it makes so many proclamations for its wonderfulness. But you know what? Everything written about this top is true.

It is THAT good.
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Merrell – Capra Bolt Mid

They’ve been caked in mud, dragged through long grass and splashed through puddles after the dog and my feet have yet to get wet – including unpleasantly from sweat! Read more…

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Varta – Indestructible Powerpack 6000 mAh

On one end of the sturdy-feeling unit, beneath a pop-off rubberised cap, are two USB ports, a mini USB port and the power button which lights up to four tiny blue LEDs on the front when switched on.
Which brings me to the point of the Varta Indestructible Powerpack – its ability to charge stuff…
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Teva – Womens Kimtah Boots

If I’m honest I had big expectations based on my previous experience of Teva boots. I haven’t been disappointed. Comfortable straight out of the box, and size wise they have been just great on my wide fitting feet. Read more…

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Didriksons – Lush Women’s Parka

I’ve mentioned previously that I have a habit of buying men’s walking jackets as I find most women’s too short, so this is a really pleasant change – it’s 178cm, which means it’s long enough to sit down in and be able to sit on the material, rather than the more usual approach where whatever soggy bit of wood you’ve found to perch on wicks water slowly up through your trousers towards your nether regions. Read more…

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Merrell – Phoenix Bluff Gore-Tex Shoes

All in all my experience of the Phoenix shoes is exactly what I would have expected from a pair of Merrell footwear. It’s still as dependable and reliable, and all day comfortable as the Merrell shoes which I initially bought when I was getting into the outdoors many years ago. Like those shoes then, these Phoenix shoes are a great option for anyone who spends their day outdoors but doesn’t get into any kind of technical hiking Read more…

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Polygeine – Anti-stink materials

There are materials out there which can manage your sweat (by wicking), and contain ingredients which make the party atmosphere for bacteria much less inviting. In the case of Polygeine, that is a coating of silver chloride (aka Silver Salt). Read more…

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Keela – Sherpa Jacket

Warmth is not an issue with the Primaloft insulation under the windproof outer shell, it kept me comfortably warm on some chilly ambles with the dog. With a bit more exertion I think the breathability of the materials should keep the sweat levels down. Should you get too hot with it on it shouldn’t be a problem to stuff it into your rucksack with it adding very little weight. Read more…

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