Gear Reviews

The Happy Hikers Packing List

There are countless backpacking and camping guides out there that will teach you exactly which equipment you need to cram into your backpack. Numerous websites will tell you about the  best shell jacket you need to take for a long-distance trek, or the lightweight camping stove that you really need to buy. Rather than revisit what I consider to be well explored territory …

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Brynje Super Thermo Review: Awesome Underwear

Base layer clothing is meant to keep you cool and dry. How often have you peeled off your fleece, or mid-layer, only to find yourself cold and slicked in sweat? Help is at hand. For anyone who hasn’t experienced the joy of the Brynje Super Thermo base layer system, this is the review for you. First a story… Brynje are …

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How To Choose A Winter Shell Jacket

Today we’re going to look at the most important factors to consider when choosing a winter shell jacket for your hikes and expeditions. Shell jackets come in two types: winter and summer. For now, let’s forget summer jackets as in most cases you’re probably be using the softshell or walking around in your T-shirt. For anyone looking for advice and …

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How To Choose An Emergency Hiking Shelter

The headline is a little provocative, but I have an admission to make. On two occasions I’ve come close to death whilst hiking or trekking, the second time was within a hair’s breadth. The reasons why are numerous, but the most obvious failure was not learning from my first mistake. The second was not having an emergency hiking shelter to …

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Lightweight Camping Stove Types (Which is Best for You?)

Choosing a lightweight camping stove should be an easy task, but is it? Many factors will affect your decision and some of the considerations you’ll need to think about include: The environment in you’ll be hiking and camping inBurn timeSize and weight of fuel cannisters/duration of you tripEase of maintenance and repair. This list is small and is based on …

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Garmin InReach vs Iridium GO! Which is the Best?

Garmin InReach Explorer+. Used during my ski across Greenland. The Garmin InReach vs Iridium GO debate has been circling for quite some time now. As satellite communications devices go, they both similar and vastly different. I’ve used both the Iridium GO! and the Garmin InReach Explorer+ on a number of expeditions and hikes ranging from the North Pole to the …

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Review: Rab Alpine Microlight Jacket

Last year, when I was doing a bunch of travelling to the chilly Pacific Northwest, I decided to buy a fairly serious insulated jacket that would mainly be worn casually rather than necessarily for hiking. The Rab Alpine Microlight is one of Rab’s lightest down jackets, with around 125g (depending on size) or 750 fill power hydrophobic down, contained in …

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Review: Bose SoundSport Wireless

I’ve been hunting for ages for a pair of really good running headphones. I like listening to music, audiobooks and podcasts while I’m running, but it’s essential to find a really comfortable, reliable pair of headphones that won’t get in the way or fall out. I’ve not had much luck with that, and have gone through a couple of cheap …

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What’s in my foot-care kit, and why

foot care kit

One of my ‘must-carry’ hiking items that probably owes a lot to my military training is my foot-care kit. Although it could be seen as unnecessary weight, and probably is by many ultra-light hikers, for me it’s a crucial way to make sure I stay reasonably comfortable and healthy for day after day of hiking, potentially in pouring rain or …

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Review: Rab Ascent 700 Sleeping Bag

I’ve now taken my new sleeping bag, the Rab Ascent 700, on a few adventures including several night of wild camping in both Scotland and Washington State, so I thought it’s time to give it a bit of a review. Overview of the Rab Ascent 700 First off, I think it’s helpful to understand the sleeping bag ‘on paper’ before …

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