Gear Reviews

Osprey Atmos 65 Review

Introducing the Osprey Atmos 65 My Atmos 65 was both a very last-minute and, as it turned out, a very fortunate purchase.  Back in 2018 when I went to Seattle to spend a few days hiking Section J of the Pacific Crest Trail, the rucksack I had taken with me was a Vango Contour 60+10; a decent but by no …

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Garmin Instinct Review: The Ultimate GPS Watch?

Introduction: A Huge Garmin Instinct Review I’ve now had the Garmin Instinct for over six months, so I finally feel in a position to write a reasonably thorough review of it. I’m going to start off with quickly explaining why I bought it, on the basis that since almost all Garmin products are essentially pretty good, the question here isn’t …

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Hiking Boots vs Trail Runners: Which are Best for You?

Your plans are set, gear packed and all that’s left is to choose the right footwear for you hike. The age old battle of hiking boots vs trail runners keeps on coming round. What I’d like to do today is make a few suggestions for you to consider. First though, trail runners have come a long way since I first …

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Garmin Vivosmart HR+ Review: An 8/10 Hiking Watch

General: a small, but very capable sports watch. Rugged and reliable, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is a great option for outdoor enthusiasts looking for a relatively low cost GPS-enabled fitness tracker that’s ideal for more than just hiking or running. The Vivosmart HR+: General Information One of a long line of capable devices, the Vivosmart HR+ has been around for …

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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Review: Initial Thoughts

Although I’ve had it a while, I’ve finally decided to write this Garmin Vivoactive 3 review. Okay, let’s see how this sports and fitness watch stacks up. Before we move on, take a look at what we think are the best hiking watches of 2020. I realised (after buying the Vivoactive…) that it’s only been two years since I last …

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History of Down Jackets: From Innuit to Catwalk

The Innuit beat Berghaus to the punch by about 1,000 years Continuing our ‘what is a down jacket‘ series, it’s time to explore the history of down clothing. The 1922 summit of Mount Everest by an Australian team is the first acknowledged use of a down jacket. But the evolution of down jackets, and their predecessors, is rooted deep in …

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What Is A Down Jacket? The Complete Guide

Carinthia down jacket, an essential piece of outdoor gear for expeditions such as a crossing of Greenland. When Jack Frost decides to pay us a visit it’s time to wrap up and beat the chill. For most of us that means ditching t-shirts in favour of something a little warmer – usually a down jacket. But what is a down …

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Petzl Tikka Headlamp Review: Lumen Overload

The Petzl Tikka headlamp – note the red light lens that can be used for emergency signalling. Can you ever recall a time when someone asked to name a decent brand of headlamp and your mind didn’t go to Petzl? Nor me. Over the years I’ve used a number of models, all of which performed admirably (which is why I’m …

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Sealskinz Cold Weather Sock Review: The Perfect Gift for Hikers?

The Sealskinz cold weather sock review – photo taken after crossing Lake Baikal as the socks were a little smelly and dirty! Note: this Seakskinz cold weather sock review is based on my own experiences during a recent hike/run along the length of Lake Baikal, Russia. Constructed from a mix of merino wool and Gore-Tex, the socks have been designed …

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Spot vs Garmin InReach: The Best Satellite Communicator

Intro Today we’re going to do something different. Instead of a simple GPS review (such as the eTrex 10), I’m going to put two of satellite messengers side by side. Ladies and gents, here’s an in-depth guide on the Spot vs Garmin InReach. Garmin has been building quality GPS and Satnav since as far back as I can remember. My …

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