Zamberlan – Vioz 996 GT boots

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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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SealSkinz – Dragon Eye Glove

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 and dry but also strong enough to keep out the brambles/stinging nettles etc. But these also need to allow me to use my iPad… Read more…

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Hoka One One – Tor Speed WP

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 first, but at the end of a long hike you realise that your feet are still nice and cosy. In my case I can certainly walk further in comfort in these than in a stiffer boot. Read more…

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dhb – Active Waterproof Cycle Jacket

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 folds down small enough to fit into a jersey pocket or saddle bag (it even has its own internal self-stowage pocket). Read more…

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Regatta – Carrington 3-in-1 jacket

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…

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Sealskinz – Thin Socklet With Merino Wool

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…

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Jottnar – Alfar Mid Layer

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 when wearing the right kit, I even found myself planning a Scottish hill walking trip with this on my back! Read more…

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Mindshift Gear – r180 Trail Backpack

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 certainly help me make the most of opportunities. Read more…

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Ohyo – 1000 Collapsible Drinking Bottle

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 more…

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Christmas Gift Guide

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…

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Sigg – Outdoor Cutlery

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 slot together solidly to stow away. At 195g they aren’t lightweight -they’re made from chunky stainless steel, so they feel reassuringly strong when in use. Read more…

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Spotty Otter – Breeze Suit

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…

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Varta – Indestructible Torch

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 he was also constructed out of hardened aircraft-grade aluminium this would be understandable, but no, he’s a proper fatty. Read more…

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Nite Ize – ShoeLit

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-eyed. I even earned the ire of one youngster who told her mum in my earshot that my lights beat the ones on her shoes.
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