Gear Reviews

Apricoat EcoDown Jacket Review

A few years back, I wrote an article about the kickstarter campaign by a company called Apricoat, making a waterproof jacket that they described as the ‘ultimate adventure jacket’. Although not a review, my article (which was not very complimentary, to be honest) attracted a bit of attention. I stand by everything I said in it, although I do think …

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Merrell Accentor Sport GORE-TEX mid-boot review

Merrell Accentor

Background: Why I Wrote this Accentor Sport Mid GTX Boots It was a particularly damning Hebridean downpour in November, the kind that you just accept will set in for ‘weeks’ rather than ‘hours’, I clenched my fists to wring out my gloves but there was nothing I could do about my wet feet until I got back to base.  My …

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Rab Generator Alpine Jacket Review

The Generator Alpine Jacket is Rab’s brand new, highest-specification, synthetic insulation belay jacket specifically designed for ‘gnarly Scottish winters’. There are a few things in there that made it appealing to me, not least that I’m about to move to Scotland, but that description can also be unpacked to tell you a fair bit about what this jacket is and …

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Amazfit T-Rex Pro GPS watch review

t-rex pro default watch face

Intro Yeah, that headline was a bit a mouthful, in part because I don’t know how to pronounce the manufacturer’s name. Is it ‘amaze’, or ‘ama’, like the Amazon river (and that sizeable retailer birthed by Bezos)? I guess that’s less important than an actual review. Let’s take a look at the Amazfit T-Rex Pro and see if the hype …

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Montane Icarus Jacket Review: Worth the money?

montane icarus insulated jacket

Intro Hi, today I’m going to review the Montane Icarus jacket which I bought a few weeks back. First, a little story of how we came to meet… It’s not often I buy a new lightweight insulated jacket – they tend to be worn until they disintegrate or are lost on one my expeds (farewell Rab microlight, I will miss …

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Apricoat Adventure 2.0 Review

Some time ago, Jake wrote an in-depth review of the Apricoat Adventure jacket. All I can say is that he wasn’t impressed! Recently, the manufacturers approached us to carry out a follow up review of their latest offering: the Apricoat Adventure 2.0 (a review Jake declined to wite!) The task was left to me. And I decided to unleash the …

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Gossamer Gear G4-20 Review

As part of my effort to reduce the weight and bulk of my hiking kit, I recently invested in the Gossamer Gear G4-20. It’s one of the lightest hiking packs available at that capacity, and very different in style and construction to the likes of the Osprey Atmos 65 (see review here), and Deuter Guide 35+ (reviewed here), that I’m …

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Deuter Guide 35+ review | An awesome Alpine and hiking rucksack

deuter guide 35+ rucksacke

Introduction This week we’re going to review the Deuter Guide 35+ rucksack, one of my ‘go to’ pieces of gear for hiking and expeditions. Before we delve into the ins and outs of this pack, let’s take a quick look at the company to understand why they get their outdoor gear manufacturing process right. Born in 1898, the company was …

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The Big Garmin Earthmate app review

screen capture of the garmin earthmate app

What is the Garmin Earthmate? It’s a pretty awesome and very free Garmin hiking app. But, before we get into the nuts and bolts of this Garmin Earthmate review, let’s get a high-level view of this app is all about. And an idea of why I love it. Oh! I think a little bias has shown through… comments like that …

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