Taunton Leisure News

  • Scarpa Chimera Climbing Shoe Review

    In the 18 years since I have been climbing, I have tried 40 different models of shoes. 15 of them have been from Scarpa so I guess you could say that I am a bit of a fan of their boots. When I looked through the list I also noticed...
  • 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...
  • MSR Pocket Rocket Review

    The Pocket Rocket stove has been around for quite some time now and has been the go-to stove for many lightweight enthusiasts. It’s efficient performance and minimal size makes it a market leader. How could it be improved? Time moves on and with improvements in technology this new version has...
  • Altberg Dalesway Boots Review

    I have recently had the pleasure of taking my new Alt-Berg Dalesway Vegan Boots out on the hills for their first outdoor adventure. We had a windy but beautifully sunny Sunday and a couple of my friends wanted to do one of the circular walks from 'Beyond Bristol' book, in Doynton...
  • Celebrate Somerset countryside with artwork

    If you live and work in Somerset or are a visitor, then you are invited to enter a creative competition this month (May 2019) demonstrating how you feel when you are outdoors in the county’s green spaces. Somerset’s three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are searching for artwork entries...
  • Sea To Summit Delta Range Review, Camping in the Swedish Winter

    At the beginning of March, I took part in the Swedish Hilleberg Outdoor Academy Winter Tour 2019. Four days and nights in temperatures as cold as -28c. We trekked for up to 7 hours each day through the stunning forests, over the sides of mountains and carefully across the frozen...
  • Celebrating National Walking Month

    We’re hoping to encourage more people to get out walking across the country as part of National Walking Month this May (2019). We’re offering free advice on footwear, rucksacks and other walking essentials, as well as tips for some of the best walks around. As part of National Walking Month...
  • 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...
  • Free footwear check for Healthy Feet Month

    Keen and amateur walkers are being invited to take advantage of our free footwear fitting service being offered as part of a national Healthy Feet Month We’re supporting the April event, which is run by the College of Podiatry, by offering complimentary boot fittings daily during normal opening hours...
  • 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...

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