Gear Reviews

Our reviews and overviews of the latest in outdoor gear. We work closely with, and use, many of the products we sell and thus have a great working knowledge of the gear we sell.
  • Staff Review! The Rab Infinity Jacket.

    Our very own Ian takes on a Swedish winter in the Rab Infinity Jacket, new this Autumn. Extreme weather calls for extreme kit. Back in March, I had the chance to preview the new Rab Infinity Jacket on a 5 day hiking and camping trip in the pristine Swedish...
  • The Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket Review

    Rab are a British brand and were founded by Scottish climber Rab Carrington. Today they are based in Sheffield and make clothing and equipment ‘by climbers, for climbers’. They continue to pioneer new material technology, such as Proflex™ and have partnered with Pertex® to develop the Vapour-rise™ breathable system and...
  • Osprey Rook review

    Two trips out, a very wet and windy day, on the Quantocks and a more amenable day on Dartmoor. This gave contrasting conditions to test out the new ‘Rook’ rucksack from Osprey. First impressions, with a fairly straightforward ‘top loader’ style of design, was a sack with enough key...
  • Osprey Kestrel Review

    An opportunity to test the Kestrel 38 fell perfectly with my up and coming training sessions with Ten Tors and DofE groups.  The need for a good day sack that has enough room for additional ‘leader’ gear plus the usual personal stuff had been on my mind.  I usually use...
  • Hilleberg Training Winter 2019

    I had never been to Sweden. I had never been camping in winter or snow. I had certainly never even contemplated the idea of sleeping out in a sleeping bag when temperatures could be as low as -35 degrees C. Nevertheless, when the opportunity came knocking to conquer all of...
  • Rab Kinetic Plus Review

    In 1981 Rab Carrington, a key figure in climbing and mountaineering, started making down sleeping bags and clothing in his home in Sheffield, using knowledge from his years of global expeditions. Rab’s goal was simple: to make honest, rugged climbing kit that could perform at the highest level. Each piece...
  • Osprey Renn Review

    Osprey's Rook/Renn series is the brand new, budget friendly offering. Both women's and men's versions are available in 50 and 65 litre capacities and are designed for backpacking and adventure travel. I recently spent some time walking the Malvern Hills and took my pack on a long day hike...
  • Pablo's trip to the Alps with the Osprey Kestrel 38

    I was given the opportunity to test the Osprey Kestrel 38 and took it on a week long trip to Chamonix in the French Alps. I was going to be hiking and skiing so it was perfect for this. The landscape was beautiful and have summarised that in photos below...
  • Braam's Snowdon Adventure with the Osprey Kestrel 38

    I have been looking to add to my back pack range for a while with the Kestrel 38 and Talon 33 the main contenders.  I was offered to test the Kestrel 38 for a weekend in Snowdonia and I jumped at the chance. The Kestrel have a number of features...
  • Rab Mantra Jacket Review

    It’s been a while since I’ve had a decent waterproof shell jacket so I jumped at the chance to review this Mantra, breathable and waterproof jacket from Rab. I tested it in two locations, wearing different layers under the coat to see how warm and windproof it would be.The first...

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