Gear Reviews

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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My Seven Carry-on Essentials

At the moment I’m doing a lot of travelling for work and, while I actually enjoy travelling and don’t even hate airports all that much, multiple 10+ hour flights a month takes a toll and requires a finely honed strategy for survival. Moving fast and light is preferrable to lugging huge bags across the airport concourse, and I thought you …

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PCT Section J – an alternate kit list

If you’ve read Jake’s trip report, and his PCT section J kit list, you might be interested to see what a mildly alternative hiking philosophy looks like. The same disclaimers apply – I don’t claim to be a perfect packer, or that this kit list is complete (I may have forgotten some things). However, it’s been developed through the experiences …

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Camping food reviews: Eat well, hike easy

A regularly updated post containing reviews of different camping meals. For a general overview of the different types of meals out there, and the pros and cons of each, read this article. Adventure Food Pasta Carbonara Like most of the meals covered here, this is a dehydrated meal to which you add water. This makes it fairly lightweight, and works …

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Guest Review: Outdoor Research Transcendent Hoody

I’ll start this review by saying that I have jackets that are quite a lot warmer than this one and I also have jackets that are lighter but I reach for this jacket much more often, so I feel that this says a lot about it’s usefulness! It’s a pretty simple jacket, mine weighs approx 400g and is filled with …

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How to repair a down jacket

A minor disaster occurred yesterday as I took a corner too sharply going through a door and caught my lovely Rab down jacket on a sharp piece of metal, tearing it slightly. An untreated tear in a down jacket is a disaster, as all the down within that section will pretty rapidly come out, and create an un-insulated spot. Rab, …

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Rab 50l Kit Bag Review: The ideal travel and carry-on bag

I’ve started to do a lot of travelling for work and am regularly away from home Monday – Friday, sometimes staying in a couple of different places during the week. I needed a bag that could comfortably contain everything I needed for the week, including trainers and at least five sets of gym/running kit. I had previously been using a …

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Review: Vango Contour 60+10

For my recent trip to Scotland I really needed a new backpack. My smaller 30L bag was far too small for everything I needed to take, and my larger bag is around as old as I am and falling apart to the point where I didn’t really think I could rely on it any more. So obviously I needed a …

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SOFREP Crate Club – August Crate Review

A couple of weeks ago I received my ‘August’ crate from SOFREP. I’m not sure exactly when it came as I was in Scotland, but it definitely wasn’t before the 24th of August and, based on some people I’ve spoken to on social media, most crates seem to have arrived in the first few days of September. So, once again, …

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