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Gear Editor’s Column

  • Chris’s Column: Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Gore-Tex Boots

    Chris’s Column: Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Gore-Tex Boots

    3rd December 2017

    Innovative lightweight boots The latest model in Merrell’s well-established Chameleon range is said to be their most technical yet.  The Chameleon 7 Mid is a low-cut boot with a rather striking appearance. The upper is made from suede and mesh.…

  • Chris’s Column: OEX Zenon Ultralight LT Down Jacket

    Chris’s Column: OEX Zenon Ultralight LT Down Jacket

    25th November 2017

    A superlight warm jacket Ultralight down jackets provide by far the most warmth for weight of any insulated garment. This new model from OEX is an excellent example and unlike most such jackets it’s not that expensive. The Zenon has…

  • Chris’s Column: Paramo Fuera Smock

    Chris’s Column: Paramo Fuera Smock

    17th November 2017

    A hard-wearing well-designed windproof top Items of gear that work well, year after year, with no changes in materials or design, are easy to overlook when it comes to reviews. One such item is the Paramo Fuera Smock. I’ve had…

  • Chris’s Column: Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Mesh Shoes

    Chris’s Column: Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Mesh Shoes

    9th November 2017

    Lightweight wide-fitting trail shoes Last year I reviewed the Altra Lone Peak 2.0 shoes, which I really loved as the wide fit was perfect for me. They’re designed for trail running but proved just as good for hillwalking and backpacking.…

  • Gear Editor’s Column: Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket

    Gear Editor’s Column: Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket

    29th October 2017

    Lightweight waterproof jacket for year-round use For this autumn Arc’teryx has launched a new version of the Beta LT waterproof jacket. It’s made from three-layer Gore-Tex Pro and Arc’teryx describes it as ‘a fast and light adventure shell that balances…

  • Gear Editor’s Column: Macpac Minaret Tunnel Tent

    Gear Editor’s Column: Macpac Minaret Tunnel Tent

    22nd October 2017

    Chris Townsend is a world-leading authority on outdoor gear. In his weekly column, he assesses new innovations and tests exclusive early samples of new kit. This week he reviews the Macpac Minaret

  • Gear Editor’s Column: Jetboil Mighty Mo Stove

    Gear Editor’s Column: Jetboil Mighty Mo Stove

    11th October 2017

    Chris Townsend is a world-leading authority on outdoor gear. In his weekly column, he assesses new innovations and exclusive early samples of new kit. This week he tests an ultralight compact backpacking stove

  • Gear Editor’s Column: Patagonia Refugio 28L Daypack

    Gear Editor’s Column: Patagonia Refugio 28L Daypack

    1st October 2017

    Chris Townsend is a world-leading authority on outdoor gear. In his weekly column, he assesses new innovations and tests exclusive early samples of new kit. This week he tests a well-made zip-round daypack for outdoor & urban use Patagonia’s Refugio…

  • Gear Editor’s Column: Hilleberg Niak Tent

    Gear Editor’s Column: Hilleberg Niak Tent

    21st September 2017

    Chris Townsend is a world-leading authority on outdoor gear. In his weekly column, he assesses new innovations and tests exclusive early samples of new kit. This week he looks at a tough, roomy tent from Hilleberg