Edelrid – Typhoon Climbing Shoe

Edelrid Typhoon

The toe of the shoe felt very positive from the very first wear which enabled me to climb with confidence, particularly important whilst slab climbing. The slightly stiff sole was great for edging outside and gave support on pocket and slab climbing. Read more…


Yellowstone – Standard Festival Pack

The thing about music festivals is that, in reality, you only need two things: a steady supply of intoxicants and a strong stomach to survive the Toilets. Nevertheless, Yellowstone has come up with a bunch of items that can occassionally come in handy. You know… a tent, sleeping bag and that sort of stuff.
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Scruffs – Womens Executive Jacket

I really love the length of this jacket as I have quite a short body and coats tend to look either massive or simply much too long on me but this one sits nicely just above my butt. My top half is size 14 and it fits nicely round my DD’s without being restrictive or too tight.
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Montane – Allez Micro Hoodie

Now the boffins at Polartec know how to do some seriously clever things with fabric, and this particular bit of fabric technology is what allows this top to be so incredibly lightweight – just 185grams, yet it also keeps you warm – it’s all down to those grid channels. Simple, but oh so clever.
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Mammut – Comfort High GTX Surround

Gore Surround places a layer of spacer-mesh UNDER your foot as part of the sole, which creates a space for the sweat that comes from the bottom of your foot to escape to and then evaporate out of the shoe. The theory is that this allows 30% more area for sweat to evaporate from, and thus better breathability. Read more…


Fjallraven – Keb Fleece

Is it worth it? Actually, given the abuse its had and the amount I’ve chosen to wear it instead of other tops, I think it is. Would I have paid for it? No, but that’s because I’m not the kind of bloke who saves up for investment-pieces like the Keb. Read more…

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Salomon – X-Scream 3D

At first look, these thin little laces seemed out of place on such a tough-looking shoe. I was sure they’d snap super-fast meaning a tricky replacement job. However, the firm confirmed the laces are made partly from Kevlar – a material more commonly used in body armour (told you these shoes were tough). Read more…

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Keen – Uneek Sandals

I’ve nicknamed them the ‘Marmite shoes’ as they seem to divide opinion – even a quick poll on our Facebook poll had people split evenly down the middle in the love/hate camps.
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Horizon – Expedition Sock

To the best of my knowledge this heavy weight sock from sock guru’s Horizon is the first to feature PrimaLoft’s Silver Performance Yarn Merino Wool Blend, this innovation gives you additional softness and warmth, but also means that they are faster drying than a basic merino sock. Read more…


Didriksons – Womens Ida Parka

Despite being a Scandinavian brand some of the styling and finish reminds me of a classic British brand – for example there are 2 good sized pockets on the hips which close with a buttoned flap. The buttonholes and underside of the flap have been finished in a corduroy, as has the hem of the Ida parka. Read more…


Salomon – X Ultra 2 GTX

I’ve had many a conversation with my other half about shoes. She is all about the looks, and I’m all about the practicality and comfort. But I think that Salomon have made a shoe in the X Ultra 2 GTX […] Read more…


Varta – 5W LED 3D Indestructable Lantern

I have – due to its weight and chunkiness – inadvertently chucked it around. Indeed it has survived a one story bounce down a flight of wooden stairs and landed onto flagstone flooring and not even flickered in the process. Read more…

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Royal Robbins – Backcountry Convertible Pants

I often feel that Trousers are a neglected part of the outdoorsman’s wardrobe. They’re always second fiddle to the sexy jackets and are always squirrelled away in the darker recesses of stores. So I appreciate it when I find a pair into which a lot of thought has obviously gone. Let’s run through the features of these Pan… no, I have to call them Trousers, sorry.
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Coleman Event Shelter Pro – 15×15

In all, taking in to account that I am a man and therefore incapable of reading or following instructions, it took us about 25 minutes to set up the Coleman Event Shelter Pro for the first time. But what that gave us was a truly enormous sheltered area that photographs don’t do justice to. I can imagine this being perfect on a car camping trip for a small family or for a bunch of mates on a fishing weekend Read more…

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Scruffs – Over the Head Jacket

The cuffs and waist batten down nicely with velcro and a drawstring respectively, and for those of us who like a Full English with Extra Tea for breakfast and lunch, there’s a handy zipper which stretches 6 inches up one side and allows the jacket to be taken on and off more easily.
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SIGG Hello Kitty on the Farm 0.3L Kid’s Drink Bottle

Interestingly, this is the only container I have that doesn’t leak – not even a tiny bit. And for that reason alone I recommend this SIGG bottle highly.

A lot of design and cleverness has gone in to the construction of the top to ensure it doesn’t leak.
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Osprey – Aura AG65 Backpack

The wide waist-belt/load lifter bar sits very comfortably and something magical happens with the weight distribution. The ‘anti-gravity’ technology does indeed work. Initially, I struggled with hoisting on and off but once I’d nailed my technique, had no difficulty. The harness is super comfy and adjusts quickly and easily. And the mesh also does its job – no sweaty back for me. Thankfully I didn’t need the rain-cover, neatly stowed in the top or an ice-pick (loops on side) during this trip.
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