Marmot – Women’s Nabu Neo Shell Jacket

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The Marmot women’s Nabu jacket needs absolutely no spin, no BS and no marketing huff and puff. It is an extremely brilliant jacket. However, it does need technical explanation – because it looks so basic you’d never believe what this jacket can do. Read more…



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Didriksons – Angelina Parka

This parka has all the pedigree and detailing that you need to withstand the white stuff and all the other elements that mother nature likes to throw at you. It’s a tad too chunky to appeal to the hardcore mountain types, but it looks right at home on the gentler slopes, and for a bit of Apres ski, shopping, dog-walking and general winter living.
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Bright Products – Sunbell Solar Lamp

It’s a solar-charged (or wall charged) LED light, which can be used as a spotlight, torch, room-light, phone charger, amplifier and centre-piece! It might be easier to watch the video…
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Lifesystems – Emergency Strobe Light

Lifesystems say that it can be seen from a mile off. On a clear night, with good visibility, that may be true. On a more realistic night you’ll be easy to spot for around half a mile, and detectable from a little further. That’s usually close enough if someone’s actively searching for you.
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Sprayway – Zeus jacket

There’s no fuss, no drama, no offensive styling, and nothing to go wrong with it. It goes without saying that it’s entirely windproof. It weighs next to nothing and packs down very small. I can’t think of any reason why you’d not have it at the top of your bag in the mountains, to pull out whenever the rain arrives. It’s simply brilliant. Read more…

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Coleman – Instant 5 tent

Size wise, it’s a 5-man tent – which is to say that 5 men could lay shoulder to shoulder inside. In practical terms we had a double airbed in there, and there was loads of space around the edges for bags, a dog bed, socks, empty bottle of tonic water and grass that we’d trodden in from the field outside. It would be suitable for a 1-child family comfortably, or 2 young ones at a push.
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Anatom – Explorer Trekking Poles

You can pull the sections apart. This is handy because it allows you to dry your poles out if you need to. Anatom have capped the sections, which means that no water or humidity gets into the poles and eats them from the inside out. They also use brass screws to stop them corroding over time. Which is good, because no one likes a broken pole whilst out walking. Read more…

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Berghaus – Lawers Polartec Fleece Jacket

It has passed the ‘keep me warm’ test under extreme wind conditions atop of a Shropshire Hill where the dog was almost blown off his feet, and cooled me down when the sun came out so I didn’t have to take it off while walking. It has also been worn indoors during my no-central heating experiment and kept me toasty. Read more…

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Happy Camper – Happy Taste

I was initially surprised that the salt and pepper shakers aren’t designed to separate, but I did find it quite easy to pop open each side separately, making them easy enough to fill. You’ll have to wait your turn if somebody wants salt while you’re busy with the pepper though. Read more…

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Raidlight – LED Running Vest

The top, a cross between a tabard and a vest, is described by RaidLight as being “ultralight”. And with a weight of only 140g and its material efficient design it’s surprisingly easy to forget you are wearing it. The top, made from 20% polyester and 80% polyamide, is pretty versatile too. Designed to fit over a coat when trail running it works just as well over just a T-shirt. Read more…

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Keela – Ladies SDP ProSport Jacket

I’d far rather manufacturers concentrated on actually fitting the female form, rather than decorating it. So, my first box is well and truly ticked. My second, fit, is also a rousing success. The Keela Ladies ProSport jacket is designed well – it fits as though it was designed for women Read more…

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Therm-a-Rest – Compressible Pillow (large)

In conclusion, sizable pillow comfort, absolutely worth it for a good night’s sleep, and takes up less space than grabbing the ones off your bed. Not so great if packing space is at a premium though. If space is an issue, you can shave off a few cms, and go for the small or medium ones instead.
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Jottnar – Bergelmir Jacket

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 the tips of my fingers fall off. I was bemoaning the one small point that I don’t like about the Bergelmir – the lack of hand-warmer pockets – and my friend reminded me that if you do indeed spend all day outdoors, or you’re a seasoned mountaineer, then you don’t use hand-warmers as much as a soft desk-dwelling weekend-warrior like me. Fair point.
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Zamberlan – Vioz 996 GT boots

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 than I’ve ever owned before, and my feet and snuggly and dry. I love them. If you’re after a quality B1 boot, and these fit the shape of your feet you really should give them a try. Read more…

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Mountain Craftsman – Custom made Jacket

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…

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Darn Tough – Boot Sock Cushion

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 points, and for the cherry on the top lifetime guarantee. Read more…

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Regatta – Women’s Breaktrail Fleece

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…

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