Buyer's Guides

In depth guides to a variety of products that we sell including in-depth feature overviews, tests and opinions from our staff.
  • Sleeping Bag Buying Guide

    Choosing the right sleeping bag, relevant for your adventures is time well spent. Whether your trips are more suited to a synthetic or down sleeping bag, this guide will help with the technical considerations.The benefits of having a down bag are: Warmer Lighter More compressible than synthetic (this helps if...
  • Bristol Store Managers Tent Show Review

      Our Bristol store manager Braam recently took charge of our Tent Show at St. Katherine’s School; here he reviews his favourites from that weekend.   We have annual tent shows in Bristol and Exeter and can pitch models in some stores too.   We recently held our annual Tent...
  • Mountain Equipment Down Codex, what does it mean?

    If you've bought or wear a down jacket you will know the balance of warmth, weight and softness you get from down insulation is hard to beat. Down, however is not without controversy, sourcing large volumes for duvets, jackets, pillows, sleeping bags is big business and like many big businesses...
  • Our waterproof favourites

    Shown here in Red. Also available in Marine Blue, Black and Cosmos. Ladies equivalent is the Manaslu Jacket and is available in Red or Skyglow/Cosmos  This jacket has been around for some time and is still a firm favourite for those of us that need a reliable jacket that would survive...
  • New Season Top Picks

    Insulated with Fjallravens new G-Loft supreme synthetic fill that feels like down, the Keb Padded Hoddie is a stylish, practical and lightweight alternative to the more mainstream popular outdoor brands. There is no doubting Fjallravens heritage either, founded 50 years ago in Sweden it is the brand of choice for...
  • HydroFlask Product Review

    A bottle that has a wide mouth, insulated, durable, resistant, easy to carry, easy to drink from, light, that actually keeps things hot or cold and of top of it all, has to do all of this whilst looking stylish.   Marcos from our Taunton store gives us his...
  • Waterproof Buying Guide

    Along with comfortable boots, keeping dry and comfortable in all weathers is a key part of enjoying your time in the outdoors. Having an outer layer that repels water, wind, sleet & snow is a must for heading into the hills. It's amazing how many customers don't try the...
  • Store picks: Insulated Jackets

    No matter what your budget is, they have reviewed the top 5 insulated jackets to hit the shelves this autumn/winter 2017. Nick from our Exeter store takes us through them... The general rule of thumb is the higher the fill power, the warmer the jacket. Brands such as Mountain...
  • Crampon Buying Guide

    Crampons were first used by Europeans in the early 1900's. These early crampons did not have front points and therefore required the user to cut steps on all but the gentlest slopes. They were, however, an improvement over the nailed boots which they eventually superseded. In the 1930's front points...
  • Ice Axe Buying Guide

    Ice axes or originally alpenstocks have been used since the mid nineteenth century. Mountaineers carry them as a basic safety tool. Originally used to cut steps in steeper slopes as well as a walking stick the advent of crampons means that their primary use is now for support and self-arrest...

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