Gear Reviews

An introduction to layering

If you’ve read my various blog posts about hiking, and reviews of kit, you’ll no doubt have heard me talk a lot about layering systems and so on. Likewise, whenever you read any advice about staying warm and having outdoor-appropriate kit, people talk about ‘make sure to wear layers’. At it’s simplest, that makes sense; layers keep you warm by …

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Review: Arc’Teryx Atom LT Midlayer Jacket

Arc-Teryx Atom LT midlayer

To begin this Arc’Teryx Atom LT review it might help to make some sense of what this jacket is by unpacking where it fits into the Arc’Teryx range. First of all the fact it is an Atom means that it is a synthetically-insulated midlayer, as opposed to the Cerium/Thorium range that are insulated with down. Broadly speaking, all things being …

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Review: Jetboil Zip

If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts about kit, you’ll know that I frequently mention my jetboil. This is an absolute staple of any hiker/camper’s kit, so many of you will be familiar with them already, but I’ll explain the basics in case you aren’t. It’s worth noting that I bought the ‘entry level’ Jetboil system, the Jetboil …

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Review: Patagonia R1 Full Zip Jacket

Truly exceptional design often takes such a fundamental foothold in our lives that we lose appreciation for the revolutionary nature of the original product. Edison’s light bulbs, the Boeing 747, Converse sneakers; all now mimicked and genericized to the extent that their impact is diminished. But what have all these go to do with this Patagonia R1 review? Let’s find …

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Review: eGlove Sport

It’s got bloody cold over the last few days and, especially running along the coast where there’s a bit of a breeze, my hands really suffer. Everything else warms up but, on a cold day, it’s hard to keep your hands warm. A good pair of running gloves is vital, but getting the right product is hard. It has to keep …

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The SAM Splint

SAM Splints are available on amazon, in various sizes and types. The one I have is the 36″ rolled one.

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The 10 essentials – a systematic approach to hiking safely

In my two posts about hiking in the White Mountains I’ve unsurprisingly referenced safety a few times, and the importance of having the right kit; not only for the hike you plan to do, but for the hike you might have to do if things go wrong. Ten essentials How, though, do you assess what is necessary and avoid forgetting …

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Guest Post: Patagonia Nano Air Review

To understand what the Patagonia Nano Air represents, it’s important to understand the background and recent history of insulated clothing. To that end, here is a quick history lesson. Eddie Bauer wasn’t the first human being to use down feathers to keep warm, but he was the first to patent the concept of a quilted down jacket, back in 1939 (read more …

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Presidential Traverse – My kit list

If you saw Monday’s post you’ll know that over the weekend I did a fairly serious hike in the White Mountains; famously home to the worst weather in the United States. Welcome to the White Forest National Park. I thought I’d share the kit I took with me and some of the thinking behind it. I’m not suggesting that this …

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Winter Running Kit: Prepare For The Chill

Every time I think it’s going to start getting properly cold, we have another beautiful, mild, day. Winters in Southern England often aren’t all that cold to be honest, and as a runner I find that most of my winter running kit is only needed to get me out of the door and through the first chilly half-mile, and then …

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