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Outdoor Gear News and Reviews

Outdoor Gear News and Reviews

Outdoor clothing and equipment review articles, video and news items. We review the gear we use regularly, we review gear for other people like UKHillwalking.com, and we go and visit companies we like at their headquarters and at outdoor trade shows.

Review Policy

Our policy on outdoor gear reviews is simple – if we review an item and we think it’s good enough to recommend in some way then we will write a review. If it’s terrible we will just send it back to whoever sent it to us for review with some feedback. We have done this in the past!
We do receive some items for free, other items we buy ourselves or acquire in some way. If we have received an item as part of a collaboration with another company or website (for example, with UKHillwalking.com) then it will be mentioned somewhere in the review.


Outdoor Gear News and Reviews

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    REVIEW: First Tactical Tactix 1-Day Plus Bag
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    UKH Review – Fjallraven Kaipak 58 Rucksack
    September 8, 2017 by
    UKH Review – Fjallraven Kaipak 58 Rucksack Review During this summer I have been trying out the the Fjallraven Kaipak 58 rucksack in the mountains and forests here for our work with UKHillwalking.com There is enough padding on the waist and shoulders for them not to be...
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    UKH Review – Mammut Ayako High GTX Boot
    July 11, 2017 by
    Mammut Ayako High GTX Boot Review A hillwalking boot that performs well on the rocks I have been using the Mammut Ayako High GTX boots for a few months and they are sticking equally well to rock and to mud. The full review is on the UKHillwalking.com...
  • UKH Review - MSR TrailShot Microfilter
    UKH Review – MSR TrailShot Microfilter
    June 2, 2017 by
    MSR TrailShot MicroFilter Review Compact pump microfilter for fast-and-light travel It looks like a medical appliance and promises impressive performance – how does it hold up in the field? I reviewed it for UKHillwalking.com, and you can read the full review here....
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    UKH Review – MSR Access 2 Tent
    May 29, 2017 by
    MSR Access 2 Tent Review Lightweight 4-Season Backcountry tent The MSR Access 2 tent is lightweight, innovative and comes with a lot fo features – but is it worth that hefty pricetag? I reviewed it for UKHillwalking.com, and you can read the full review here. The video...
  • REVIEW: Helko Werk Black Forest Pack Axe
    REVIEW: Helko Werk Black Forest Pack Axe
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  • REVIEW: Snugpak ML6 Softie Smock
    REVIEW: Snugpak ML6 Softie Smock
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  • REVIEW: Fortis SAS Waterproof Smock
    REVIEW: Fortis SAS Waterproof Smock
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  • VIDEO: The new Paramo Velez Jacket
    VIDEO: The new Paramo Velez Jacket
    November 1, 2016 by
    Paramo Velez Jacket Having a closer look at OTS 2016 Last year I spent a bit of time speaking with Helen from Paramo at their stand at OTS 2016 about their Alta 3 jacket, and we were drawn back over their for this year. The new Paramo...
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    MindShift Gear Rotation 180
    October 25, 2016 by
    MindShift Gear Rotation 180 Innovative gear bag for outdoor photographers At the Outdoor Trade Show at Stoneleigh Park earlier this year we stopped and had a good look at the photographer bags and accessories that Snapperstuff.com had on offer. Helen from Snapperstuff was kind enough to give...
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    UKH REVIEW: Exped Scout Hammock Combi
    October 10, 2016 by
    Exped Scout Hammock Combi All in one hammock, tarp and bug net Our friends at UKHillwalking.com sent us the Exped Scout Hammock Combi to review – to find out what we thought you can read the full review HERE....
  • Aquaforno Outdoor Cooking Stoves
    Aquaforno Outdoor Cooking Stoves
    October 7, 2016 by
    Aquaforno Outdoor Cookers The ultimate in camping cooking systems? The rise of glamping and ‘posh camping’ has led to a rise in standards of campsite cookery. A lukewarm Pot Noodle and a bit of malt loaf will no longer do – elaborate meals, fresh handmade pizzas, smoked...
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    Snugpak Torrent Jacket and Travelpak Sleeping Bags
    September 26, 2016 by
    Snugpak Torrent Jacket and Travelpak Sleeping Bags We went back to the Outdoor trade Show at Stoneleigh Park to chat with a few of our favorite brands – and the first we bumped into were Snugpak. Snugpak are known for their sleeping bags and insulated clothing but...
  • BCB Dragon Cooker System 2016
    BCB Dragon Cooker System 2016
    September 12, 2016 by
    BCB Dragon Cooker System 2016 At OTS 2016 we once again booked some time with BCB Adventure to talk through some of their kit and George, star of the Dragon Fuel video last year, showed off the 2016 changes to the BCB Dragon Cooker System...
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    Visiting Fortis Clothing
    August 12, 2016 by
    Visiting Fortis Clothing Last month I was down in Cornwall and Devon doing some promotional work and foraging around on the beaches of the south coast – and I couldn’t resist diverting to Axminster on the way home to drop in on Fortis Clothing, a family-owned and...
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    Grisport Keeper Boot Review
    June 10, 2016 by
    Grisport Keeper Boot Review 2 years of use – the best boot for bushcraft? I need most of my kit to just ‘work’. If I am aware of how my footwear feels on my feet then they’re probably demanding too much of my attention. I purchased these...
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    UKH REVIEW: Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L Water Filter
    April 29, 2016 by
    Katadyn Gravity Camp Water Filter We were sent the Katadyn Gravity Camp water filter by our friends at UKHillwalking.com. To read the full review of the Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L water filter please follow this link....
  • Flint and Steel Firelighting Kit 4.2.2 Review
    Flint and Steel Firelighting Kit 4.2.2 Review
    April 27, 2016 by
    Flint and Steel Kit 4.2.2 Review Traditional firelighting kit in leather case Traditional firelighting techniques should be familiar to anybody interested in the development of our species and forms part of our cultural heritage. A small kit containing a piece of carbon steel, a flint or other...
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    Darkfin Black O P S Glove Review
    January 22, 2016 by
    Darkfin Black O P S Glove Review Tough and tactile waterproof glove I have a difficult relationship with gloves. If I feel the need to put them on then it is either: – damned cold OR – I want/need to protect my hands. Anybody who knows me...
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    Pedco Ultrapod 2 Review
    November 20, 2015 by
    Pedco Ultrapod 2 Review Lightweight travel tripod A lot of our work involves photography or video, either on one of our Nikon DSLRs or Fujifilm compacts, or via a smartphone. It has always been a big part of our trips in the UK and overseas, and we...
  • VIDEO: Superfeet at OTS 2015
    VIDEO: Superfeet at OTS 2015
    September 21, 2015 by
    VIDEO: Superfeet saved my feet James from Superfeet gave us some time to talk about their product range and their new items at the 2015 Outdoor Trade Show: A pair of Superfeet helped me get back on my feet and out into the mountains after a mountain...
  • VIDEO: Keela - new bushcraft clothing from a British brand
    VIDEO: Keela – new bushcraft clothing from a British brand
    September 21, 2015 by
    VIDEO: Keela – new bushcraft clothing range from a British brand We caught up with Tony from Keela to talk about their new bushcraft and country range of outdoor clothing I have used Keela clothing both in my time in a mountain rescue team and more recently...
  • VIDEO: Water-to-Go - the water filter bottle
    VIDEO: Water-to-Go – the water filter bottle
    September 17, 2015 by
    VIDEO: Water-to-Go – the water filter bottle We spotted Dave Shanks from Water-To-Go Ltd doing a demo of their water filtration bottle, turning dirty water into clean drinking water (with an excellent flow rate and inexpensive filter cartridge replacements!). Finding safe, clean drinking water is always a...
  • VIDEO: Paramo and the new Alta III Waterproof Jacket
    VIDEO: Paramo and the new Alta III Waterproof Jacket
    September 17, 2015 by
    VIDEO: Paramo and the new Alta III Waterproof Jacket Richard managed to grab a short interview with Helen Howard from Paramo Ltd at the Outdoor Trade Show 2015 to ask her about the Paramo Directional Clothing System, how Paramo works and the new Paramo Alta III jacket...

REVIEW: Helko Werk Black Forest Pack Axe

REVIEW: Helko Werk Black Forest Pack Axe
Helko Werk Black Forest Pack Axe Review Simple pack axe from the Helko traditional range My collection of axes needs to be carefully monitored. If I don't keep it in check they will spread out of the workshop and take over the rest of the house. ThereRead more...

Crib Goch – a realistic view!

Crib Goch – a realistic view!
Crib Goch - A realistic view Scrambling on Crib Goch with a GoPro The knife-edge ridge of Crib Goch is a legendary route in the mountains of Snowdonia - and for good reason. In parts it really is less than a metre wide and with a dropRead more...

UK Knife Law Explained

UK Knife Law Explained

UK Knife Law Explained for the Outdoors UK legal carry law discussed with a former police officer What can I carry in the UK? Is my knife illegal? What knife can I carry for bushcraft? The above is a good example of questions we’re asked with regards

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How to camp in the woods – a time lapse tale!

How to camp in the woods – a time lapse tale!

How to camp in the woods Setting up tarps and living by firelight with Kevin Field In this short time lapse bushcraft instructor Kevin and I set up two DD Hammocks 3mx3m tarps, light a fire between and settle down for the night in a simple woodland

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REVIEW: Snugpak ML6 Softie Smock

REVIEW: Snugpak ML6 Softie Smock
Snugpak Venture ML6 Softie Smock Review A thermal overlayer from a British manfacturer I'm always a little wary over equipment marketed for 'outdoor professionals'. It is normally shorthand for "here is something we already sell, but with patches on the knees and oh, it's also now 20%Read more...

REVIEW: Fortis SAS Waterproof Smock

REVIEW: Fortis SAS Waterproof Smock
Fortis SAS Waterproof Smock Review A tough waterproof based on a classic design I like this coat. I wear it pretty much every week and it has been deep into the mountains, dragged through forests and buried under piles of kit. But it has some serious issues...Read more...

On the loss of a friend.

On the loss of a friend.

On the loss of a friend Over Christmas I said goodbye to one of my best friends. If you attended one of our courses between 2010 and 2013 there is a very good chance that you would have met him – Sam, my huge (50kg) and bear-like

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Gift ideas for an outdoors person!

Gift ideas for an outdoors person!

Gift ideas for outdoorsy people Christmas present ideas for that tricky adventurous person on your list There’s always one. That person who is always a bit untidy, always either just off on or back from an adventure. They are always a pain to buy for, and you

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RSBC on Ben Nevis – with Jon Culshaw

RSBC on Ben Nevis – with Jon Culshaw

RSBC 2016 Ben Nevis Trek Raising money for RSBC – featuring Jon Culshaw Back in October we helped organise a trek to the summit of Ben Nevis with RSBC – the Royal London Society for Blind Children. This is the accompanying video of the trek, featuring RSBC

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The role of Mountain Rescue

The role of Mountain Rescue

The role of Mountain Rescue? What job should UK mountain rescue teams be doing? Below is a quote from the wife of a UK Mountain Rescue team member, posted on the Facebook page of a regional newspaper on a story about Police pay: It’s an interesting one.

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