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MSR WindBurner Group Stove System Review for UKHillwalking

MSR WindBurner Group Stove System Review for UKHillwalking

The MSR WindBurner range has been updated for 2018 with a wind-resistant remote canister stove, new pans and even a huge 4.5L stockpot. Richard Prideaux has been reviewing it in the mountains of Snowdonia and Scotland over the winter of 2017-2018 for UKHIllwalking.com Continue reading

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REVIEW: Helikon-Tex Classic Army Fleece

REVIEW: Helikon-Tex Classic Army Fleece

Rugged fleece jacket with windproof membrane
Helikon-Tex have been on the radar of outdoor enthusiasts and professionals, hunters, military personnel and security contractors for a couple of decades now, and they produce good kit. I have been wearing the Helikon-Tex Classic Army fleece for nearly 5 months and I think I’ve got a good angle on it now – it’s not perfect, but it’s pretty damned good. Continue reading

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GPS, Smartphones and Operational Security – is Strava the only problem?

GPS, Smartphones and Operational Security – is Strava the only problem?

The recent hullabaloo over the Strava heatmap reminded me of a strange case from a few years ago…
If you have any kind of interest in GPS, fitness apps, unusual maps or just technology news then you were probably at least vaguely aware of a story about the fitness app Strava and some analysis of the heatmap they published last month. This publicly-viewable heatmap of anonymised user data isn’t new – but the last update was from 2015 data. The 2017 data release included over 1 billion activities and 10 terabytes of raw data. The total distance clocked up was 27 billion KM – 180 times the distance from the Earth to the sun. It’s an impressive piece of user-generated information and it’s quite good fun to see which are the most popular routes to the summit of Snowdon, or the tracks made by people swimming, kayaking or SUP’ing in Llyn Padarn.

There’s also potentially a bit of a security risk – but that’s something I’ve got prior experience of, and it’s still a potential problem for those who work in ‘sensitive’ areas of the world. Continue reading

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REVIEW: First Tactical Tactix 1-Day Plus Bag

REVIEW: First Tactical Tactix 1-Day Plus Bag

MOLLE Day pack with versatile compartments
From a distance the First Tactical Tactix 1-Day Plus looks like pretty much any other MOLLE daypack – webbing systems along the vertical surfaces, zipped compartments and compression straps. I admit to having a bit of a prejudice towards MOLLE packs. The MOLLE/PALS system (Modular Light Load carrying Equipment) works well with small packs and pouches, and is great for quickly changing the gear carried on say, body armour or a tactical vest. It doesn’t work as well when it comes to… Continue reading

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VIDEO: Choosing an Air Rifle Scope

VIDEO: Choosing an Air Rifle Scope

Choosing an Air Rifle Scope Over the last 12 months or so we have made a couple of visits to Tonys Camo in Saltney to take advantage of his generosity and create some short videos on buying an air rifle, choosing an airgun caliber and how to

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UKH Review – Mammut Ayako High GTX Boot

UKH Review – Mammut Ayako High GTX Boot

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

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UKH Review – MSR TrailShot Microfilter

UKH Review – MSR TrailShot Microfilter

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

UKH Review – MSR Access 2 Tent

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

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REVIEW: Helko Werk Black Forest Pack Axe

REVIEW: Helko Werk Black Forest Pack Axe

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. There are a number brands in there – Gransfors, Hultafors and even a few Elwell hatchets that I keep meaning to rehandle. Do I need another axe? No. Do I want another axe? Well, I could follow the tried-and-tested n+1 rule, where ‘n’ is the number of axes currently owned…
Helko UK offered the Black Forest Pack Axe for me to try out over the winter – will it make it into regular rotation or will it just become part of the collection? Continue reading

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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

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…

Back in the middle of 2016 we visited the Fortis Clothing factory shop and this is the coat I walked away with. I wanted an all-round tough outdoor jacket, and the Fortis SAS Smock fitted my needs. I ended up with one of the last with the older ‘Country Covers’ branding, Fortis being the new name for the family business run by Oliver Massey-Birch, but as far as I can tell this is the same build and design as the current Fortis SAS Smock. It’s worth noting from the outset that I have sewn a patch onto the arm pocket, through the outer pocket layer only. Continue reading

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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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VIDEO: The new Paramo Velez Jacket

VIDEO: The new Paramo Velez Jacket

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

MindShift Gear Rotation 180

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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VIDEO: How to zero an airgun scope

VIDEO: How to zero an airgun scope

How to zero an airgun scope Setting the sights on your target Tony from Tony’s Camo and Airgun Centre in Saltney comes back for this second video on the use of airguns. In the shooting range adjacent to his shop he shows me how he teaches people

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VIDEO: How to choose an airgun

VIDEO: How to choose an airgun

How to choose an air rifle Buying your first airgun Tony Dobson from Tonys Camo and Airgun Centre in Saltney kindly gave us some time to explain the basics of buying an air rifle in the UK. The video details the different types of air rifle commonly

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UKH REVIEW: Exped Scout Hammock Combi

UKH REVIEW: Exped Scout Hammock Combi

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.

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Snugpak Torrent Jacket and Travelpak Sleeping Bags

Snugpak Torrent Jacket and Travelpak Sleeping Bags

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

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Visiting Fortis Clothing

Visiting Fortis Clothing

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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REVIEW: Grisport Keeper Boot

REVIEW: Grisport Keeper Boot

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

UKH REVIEW: Katadyn Gravity Camp 6L Water Filter

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.

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REVIEW: Flint and Steel Firelighting Kit 4.2.2

REVIEW: Flint and Steel Firelighting Kit 4.2.2

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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REVIEW: Darkfin Black O P S Glove

REVIEW: Darkfin Black O P S Glove

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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REVIEW: Pedco Ultrapod 2

REVIEW: Pedco Ultrapod 2

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

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VIDEO: Superfeet at OTS 2015

VIDEO: Superfeet at OTS 2015

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

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VIDEO: Keela – new bushcraft clothing from a British brand

VIDEO: Keela – new bushcraft clothing from a British brand

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

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VIDEO: Water-to-Go – the water filter bottle

VIDEO: Water-to-Go – the water filter bottle

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

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VIDEO: Paramo and the new Alta III Waterproof Jacket

VIDEO: Paramo and the new Alta III Waterproof Jacket

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

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Which is more accurate – mils or degrees?

Which is more accurate – mils or degrees?

Which is more accurate – mils or degrees? When folk book on to our mountain navigation courses we send a kit list over which includes something along the lines of “compass suitable for taking bearings, the baseplate type such as the Silva Type 4 is ideal”. We

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