Gear Reviews

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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All your Garmin Tactix Delta questions answered

Because it’s such a fully-featured watch and has so many settings and options, it was hard when writing my Garmin Tactix Delta review to cover all the questions people might have. To try to remedy that, and after a couple of months of wearing it myself and figuring out the answers to a lot of my own questions, here is …

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Garmin Tactix Delta Review

Reviewed: the Garmin Tactix Delta I made the decision to buy a Garmin Tactix Delta after borrowing a Fenix 6 earlier in the year for review purposes. Much as I love my Garmin Instinct, it was a little hard to go back to it after a few weeks with the Fenix’s big full-colour screen, detailed health-tracking functionality, weeks-long battery life, …

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Coros Apex Review: 46mm Of Serious Multisport Watch

Introduction COROS are a relatively new contender in the sports watch arena and they’re definitely worth considering if you’re in the market for a serious upgrade. Admitedly, the Apex is aimed squarely at triathletes with a claim of being, “The best watch a triathlete could ever own.” But don’t let that put you off – this COROS Apex review is …

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Hiking Boot Alternative: The Altra Lone Peak 4 Review

Treksumo was created with hiking and trekking in mind, but from time to time we step off the well-beaten hiking routes in order to explore and review gear we think should have a place in your packing list. A good example of this is the hiking boot alternative category as today we’re going to be walking through a quick Altra …

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Rab Cirrus Flex Hoody Review: Lightweight, Synthetically-insulated Jacket

The last few times I’ve bought insulated jackets I’ve tended to go for real down. It’s warm, compressible, and it just felt like the ‘superior’ option versus artificial insulation. Fleeces aside, my only synthetically insulated jacket prior to buying the Rab Cirrus Flex was the very lightweight Arc’teryx Atom LT. However, on a trip to the Cairngorms a couple of …

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Garmin Fenix 6 Review

Introduction The Garmin Fenix 6 is, essentially, Garmin’s top-of-the-range activity watch (with the debatable exception of the almost-identical Garmin Tactix Delta). It has ended up at the top of the food chain in almost every category: not only is it their most fully-featured hiking and navigation wearable but also one of their only watches with true multisport functionality for triathletes, …

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PreTents Ridgeline Review: a serious 2-person expedition tent

Introduction PreTents is a new arrival on the tent scene, but with some serious pedigree behind it. Though information is currently fairly sparse online, the brand is a new venture between Hong Kong-based cottage outdoor gear designed Tara Poky and well-established Chinese tent manufacturer The Free Spirits. In the UK, PreTents can be purchased from Valley and Peak, who kindly …

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Garmin InReach Explorer+ Review: A Deep Dive

garmin inreach explorer+ review

I’ve already carried out some side by side comparisons of satellite communicators and navigator devices, but finally decided to get a Garmin InReach Explorer+ review out there for our readers. Jake, the co-author of TrekSumo, and I have a huge amount of experience using GPS and navigation devices. I’m ex-military, with 10 years service in the British Army, and Jake …

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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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