Keen – Liberty Ridge Boots

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The Liberty Ridges have done themselves proud. Not once have the chunky multi-coloured Keen-branded soles slipped, not once have I thought about wet feet and not once have I grumbled. The thick external shank running from the top of the foot to the heel has even done its job Read more…



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Spotty Otter Drift Down II Dungarees

Quite simply, there is not a single thing I can say that’s negative about these dungarees. They are absolutely ideal for keeping your little one warm and dry.
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HJ Hall – ProTrek Explorer Socks

These weren’t just any old socks. These were ProTrek Explorer socks – technical socks in other words. That doesn’t mean socks that can tune in your TV and mend your Mac – it means socks that have certain features to support your love of outdoor pursuits. Read more…

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Black Diamond – Distance Carbon FLZ Trekking Poles

The beauty of these poles is that they are extremely lightweight but also very strong, they are very easy to deploy and collapse, they fold down to a very small size and look the business Read more…

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Luci – Outdoor inflatable lantern

WAIT RIGHT THERE! This solar-powered inflatable Luci light is actually pretty nifty, and even though the valve on ours has become somewhat troublesome and Mrs Muz has managed to burst it* I’m recommending that everyone orders one immediately. And I’m not even joking. Read more…

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True Utility – FIXR

Made from stainless steel, coated in Titanium and marked up with useful notations and measurements, the FIXR isn’t going to be able to do every repair job, but it’ll do enough of a helping hand that it’s worth carrying around.
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Outdoor Research – Men’s Deviator Hoody

The Polartec Power Grid wicking and general non sweat properties are amazing, you will of course perspire under a heavy rucksack when walking uphill but once you stop the wicking begins and the garment dries out. Of course the most amazing feature of all being that the jacket does not smell, even after a few days of continuous use.
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Icebreaker – Oasis Short Sleeved Crewe

As said before everyone knows how good Merino is, the only question is would you be convinced to spend the extra money above and beyond other base layer products. If you are likely to lose it after two days don’t, otherwise I can’t fault it and would highly recommend it.
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VSSL Supplies – Emergency kit

The VSSL is a bit of a jack of all trades, and is only as useful as you know how to use it – so it’s worth taking time to read the little instructions book. It’s also worth noting that there are other flavours of VSSL – a 1st-aid version and an emergency shelter version – for more specific needs. And perhaps most useful of all for people who DO know what they’re doing, they sell an empty version which still has the torch and compass at each end, and is waterproof and drop resistant.
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DD hammocks – Frontline Hammock

Getting used to being in the hammock comes quickly. It’s easy to adjust your position and raise/lower your legs a bit to get comfy, and you can shuffle back and forth to let the material give you support where you want it. And if you’re sat up and want to read at night, there’re little hanging loops for your light. I got used to it after an hour or so of playing and I’ve fallen asleep in it many a time now – some intentionally! The swinging cocoon feeling just makes me nod off!
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Klecker/CRKT Nathan’s Knife Kit

Minnie, aged eight, made short work of putting it together and, interestingly, treated it naturally with respect as though it was a real knife. Neat psychology. She needed a little help in pushing through the wooden dowels as they were so tight but she made the point they had to be, “Or else the knife would fall apart”. Good job the ‘helpful’ adult didn’t start sanding parts. Read more…

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Mammut – Nova Advanced High II GTX Boots

They’re Gore-Tex Performance Comfort lined, so the boots are that lovely combination of breathable and waterproof that British weather demands. This particular flavour of Gore is designed to give good breathability for longer-term wear (i.e. all-day boots), and it works pretty well. The high ankle of the boot will cause a little more heat than a low- or mid-boot though. Read more…

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Aclima – WoolNet T-Shirt

Nipples! There, I’ve said it and gotten it out of the way now. Let’s dwell no more on them and move right along to what makes this innovative Scandinavian undergarment so good…
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Gregory – Maya 32 Backpack

The Maya 32 is from Gregory’s Active Trail category and is designed specifically for women and not just by making it pink (other colours are available) which would have been the easy option, and I have to say the option taken by a quite few other manufacturers out there – ‘Shrink & Pink’ being the norm for some!
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Suunto – Core Watch with Compass

Firstly, and perhaps most-often used by me, it has a digital compass. You simply align the bottom and top lines with something on the horizon and it shows you that bearing. Simple and effective. It’s absolutely not a replacement for a compass because it has a deviation of 5-degrees, but it is really useful for guesstimating and making sure you’re still heading in vaguely the right direction. Read more…

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Teko – Runfit Evapor8 Socks

More surprises came when I came to peel the socks off. Normally, when clad in bog-standard black office-wear numbers, socks end up a rather soggy affair. But, when I shed my shoes I found my feet were comfortably dry – and cooler than I’d expect after an hour’s run.
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Snugpak – TS1 Smock

The first thing you notice when you put on the TS1 is the arrangement of pockets and velcro on the belly. It feels odd – unlike many other jackets – but makes absolutely perfect sense when you put a backpack on. There’s a large zippered pocket across the whole belly which is plenty big enough for maps, notebooks and the like. And underneath that is a dual pocket for phone and other small items which is secured by a simple, glove-friendly, Velcro strap. The larger of these 2 pockets easily takes my Samsung Note, and the smaller is perfect for an emergency flapjack!
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