Gear Reviews

Hoka Challenger ATR 6 review: epic running shoes, or not?

dirty Hoka Challenger ATR 6s

The claim: the Hoka Challenger ATR 6 running shoes are light, adaptable, and apparently defy convention. Rugged and well-cushioned, they are designed for optimal grip no matter what terrain you’re running on. And they’re environmentally friendly. At least to a degree – the yarn used in the ATR 6’s construction is manufactured from recyled material. So, how good are they? …

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Rab Skyline Cap Review

Note – TrekSumo’s first ever video is a video review of the Rab Skyline Cap. If you’re interested in this product, please do go watch the review video and of course we’d love it if you could give it a ‘like’ and maybe even subscribe to the channel. This text version of the review of the Skyline cap will cover …

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Rab Phantom lightweight waterproof review

A video version of this review is available on our YouTube channel, and below. It covers most of the same ground as the text review but they are not word-for-word identical. If you’re a fan of the blog, it would really help us if you could like the video and maybe even subscribe to the channel. One of my principles …

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Rab Kinetic Alpine 2.0 Review

I find it a little hard to get really excited about waterproof jackets – I’ve had many from different brands in the past; some have been good and some haven’t but, ultimately, they do a job and every so often I buy a new one and that’s it. The new Kinetic Alpine 2.0 Jacket from Rab is an exception though …

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Best Walking Boots of 2021

merrell moab 2 hiking boots

Ever heard the myth that choosing hiking boots is a minefield that could result in nightmare injuries that will ruin your hikes and hillwalks? Well, they are myths. The best walking boots for you are the ones you feel most comfortable in. Let me explain… 20+ years ago your choice of hiking boots consisted of heavy, inflexible chunks of leather …

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Garmin Fenix 6 vs Tactix Delta

Garmin Tactix Delta mulitsport watch

Finding it difficult to choose between the Garmin Fenix 6 and the Tactix Delta? We’ve got you. Jake and I own the Tactix Delta and Fenix 6, respectively. We’ve trialled both watches in the wild and over numerous hikes and runs. We know what we’re talking about which means you get an unbiased view of two of Garmin’s best multisport …

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Therm-a-Rest Corus 20 Review

As I discussed in detail in my post about the pros and cons of using a camping quilt instead of a sleeping bag, I’ve been wanting to make the switch to a camping quilt for most of my adventures. For both reasons of weight and comfort, I’m a huge fan of quilts and I’ve never much enjoyed sleeping in a …

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Garmin Connect Review (the 2021 edition)

garmin connect home screen

Another Garmin Connect Review? Yeah, but this one is good! What is Garmin Connect and why the review? First, let me say this: if you own a Garmin watch and you haven’t installed Garmin Connect on your smartphone you need to do it now! Done? Excellent, let’s continue. Let’s cover off both these questions fast and move on. Garmin Connect …

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Garmin inReach Mini Review

In my pre-Christmas post about gift ideas for hikers, I featured the Garmin inReach Mini. While it may initially seem less exciting than one of Garmin’s activity watches, or a new down jacket, it’s the perfect thing to buy for anyone who likes going on adventures and needs a way that they can both summon help and communicate with people …

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Softshell Jackets: OEX Stratosphere Review

oex stratsphere softshell jacket

The OEX Stratoshpere: big name softshell quality at a price you’ll like. Hi, today we’re going run through an OEX Stratosphere review. Softshell jackets became a fetish of mine after I tried on a North Face during a ski to the North Pole. I was hooked. The fit and flexibility were like a second skin, unlike some of the hardshells …

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