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.Read more
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.Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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