Gear Reviews

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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Therm-a-rest NeoAir XTherm Review

Last Christmas, after having the opportunity to observe first hand how uncomfortable I occasionally was on the PCT with a pretty cheap and old inflatable camping mat, my brother kindly bought me what is generally considered the gold standard of inflatable mats; the Therm-a-rest NeoAir XTherm – probably the warmest and most comfortable option on the market for its size …

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Best Down Jacket For Men | Keeping You Toasty In 2020

Weaving your way through the web, searching for the best down jacket for men is no fun. I mean, where do you start? Are you really prepared to pay a premium price in order to save a few grammes in weight? Or does a high fill power tick the right boxes for you? Down jackets have many uses. Heavier, higher …

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Which Is The Best Hiking App? Here’s My Top 5.

You’re keen and diligent, you’re looking for the best hiking app that will keep you alive when the manure hits the whirling thing. But finding a decent app is, well, tedious. Can you really be bothered installing and comparing multiple apps on your smartphone? If not, then read on. A word of warning before we move on: never, ever come …

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Rab Vertex Pants Review: Hiking and Beyond

Hiking pants should be comfortable, breathable and weather resistant. As an added bonus, they’ll make you look amazing when you’re hiking! Over the years I’ve tested and worn many brands. My most recent purchase was a pair of Rab Vertex pants. I’ve been using them for about six months and to be honest I’m actually pretty pleased with them. But …

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Osprey Duro 1.5 hydration vest review

I don’t actually do a lot of really, really long runs, except when I’m in marathon training, but I’ve nevertheless been after an ultra-running vest for a while, and eventually bought myself an Osprey Duro 1.5. The thing is that around this time of year I often end up running with a hat, gloves, water, a snack, sometimes a lightweight …

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The Huge Hilleberg Keron 3 GT Review

Keron 3 GT somewhere near the North Pole. Are you looking for the best 2 – 3 person tent? One that can stand up to the fury of Mother Nature at her angriest? Then look no further – you have found the answer. Anyone who has heard the name Hilleberg will know that the tents they create are top-notch gear. …

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Montane Alpine Endurance Review: Worth The Money?

A few years ago, polar explorer and legend Conrad Dickson and I were discussing how to choose a winter shell jacket for expeditions and hiking. The conversation came off the back of my frugal approach to hikes and treks: having one option that works in all environments. We settled on one manufacturer – Montane, a UK outdoor gear company without …

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The Very Best Hiking Snacks For Energy

Have you ever wondered which Trail food will give you the best bang for buck on your hikes? This is a question that to be raised a few times by friends and colleagues of mine. There are many onflicting views about which food they should be taking on the hikes? I’ve done a bit of research and combined the findings …

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