You might not know it, but not all socks are made equal… and these Teko Merino wool hiking socks, designedRead more
I mean, just look at that beautiful curvy wooden handle and the finish on the stainless steel locking mechanism. It’s a thing of craft, and you get the feeling that an old man, smoking Gitanes and drinking a small table glass of red wine, spent an hour hand-sanding the handle to make it just-so.Read more
I don’t think I’ve ever described anything as being a bit penisy before, but thanks to quite a stiff zipper and a generously lengthy crotch, the Action Pants certainly do make you look like you’re ready for action. Flying the flag. Waving Houdini’s magic wand. A little bit too excited about life.Read more
The folk over at Boreas (sister company of Alite) have come up with, what we think is, a rather niftyRead more
Configuring the BASE tarp is a task to bring joy to the heart of any knot afficionado. The bag it comes in has a couple of handy ideas for ways that you can use the guylines, trees or even your walking poles to create a shelter. I prefer the old mucking-around until you’ve got bored approach myself.Read more
Sometimes you see something, that quite literally stops you in your tracks, and in this instance made me go ‘wow,Read more
The nifty bit of Therm-a-Rest’s design is that the chairs tripod legs also doubles up as the case once it is packed down, and because it needs to be strong enough to take your weight , it is super sturdy meaning that it should be fairly bombproof when being carted around. Going back to my notes… the chair can support up to 113kg, which in English money is knocking on for 18 stone.Read more
The new WindBoiler stove from MSR (Mountain Safety Research) gives outdoor enthusiasts the excellent wind protection of the alpinist Reactor Stove System with the user friendliness of a convenient, compact system for weekend backpackers. The result is a stove that offers easy use, super speedy boil times, and impressive fuel efficiency.Read more
The knife has good serrations on it but it makes hard work of fine slicing due to its thickness; the fork similarly is sharp enough at the pointy end but it too feels clumsy when stabbing your errant cherry tomatoes; and the spoon feels big in the mouth somewhat like an enlarged baby spoon.
Nevertheless they seem to be strong enough to do the job and you don’t feel at risk of breaking or bending them on a particularly well done sausage or resilient lump of cheddar.
True Mountain is the result of reaching that stage in life where you move away from the big smoke and big bucks and start a project for the sake of love rather than necessity.Read more
Therm-a-Rest has won a 2014 OutDoor Industry Award for the EvoLite mattress – a two season sleeping pad that blendsRead more
have a theory that these shoes are going to garner a similar reaction to Marmite, you’ll ether love them or hate them. From the moment I stepped onto Keen’s stand at last weeks Outdoor show, I was most definitely the former – I think they are awesome.Read more
Get back to nature, make a difference in the mountains and get treated to a hearty lunch and fun afternoonRead more
A new standard for water repellent climbing ropes has been approved by the UIAA Safety Commission for 2015, after almost 10 years of research and testing. In many instances the UIAA standards are more stringent than the Euro ones and all Mammut ropes fulfil the most recent UIAA requirements.Read more
In practice, the Yu charges pretty well for its size. It’s certainly more efficient than many solar chargers from a couple of years ago – technology moves on – and if you had a less intense device or demand, then it would work well as a top-up charger. It will certainly allow you a couple more facebook updates and instagram sessions than you would normally be able to get after a day’s normal British hiking. It isn’t, however, a “my only source of power” option for longer trips or less clement weather. That would be more suited to its big brother, the Lava Charger, which we’ll be reviewing shortly.Read more