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Gear Editor’s Column

  • Chris’s Column: ThermoNet Buff

    Chris’s Column: ThermoNet Buff

    17th February 2018

    A warm version of the Buff The Original Buff is highly versatile. I’ve carried one for years, using it as hat, headband, scarf and balaclava. In summer it’s often the only headwear I take. In winter, if used at all,…

  • Chris’s Column: Nigor Kamao 2 Tunnel Tent

    Chris’s Column: Nigor Kamao 2 Tunnel Tent

    8th February 2018

    A lightweight two-person backpacking tent Two-pole tapered tunnel tents have been popular since flexible poles first became available some forty plus years ago. The design has stood the test of time because it’s easy to pitch, roomy for the weight…

  • Chris’s Column: Osprey Levity 45 Pack

    Chris’s Column: Osprey Levity 45 Pack

    29th January 2018

    Ultralight pack with a tensioned mesh back Ultralight packs have been slowly creeping into the mainstream for the last few years as more established companies start making them. Now Osprey, one of the biggest names in packs, is launching its…

  • Chris’s Column: Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Boots

    Chris’s Column: Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Boots

    19th January 2018

    Supportive fabric boots with a good sole Salomon’s latest boot in the Quest series, the Quest 4D 3 GTX, is a nubuck leather and synthetic fabric model that looks and feels fairly substantial but is quite lightweight at 1.334kg for…

  • Chris’s Column: Fimbulvetr Hikr Snowshoes

    Chris’s Column: Fimbulvetr Hikr Snowshoes

    10th January 2018

    Innovative snowshoes from Norway Plentiful snow in the Cairngorms so far this winter mean it’s been ideal for snowshoeing and I’ve been trying a pair from Norwegian company Fimbulvetr (‘the great winter’ that precedes the end of the world in…

  • Chris’s Column: Slope Angel

    Chris’s Column: Slope Angel

    19th December 2017

    A useful inclinometer/thermometer When there’s masses of snow on the hills, as there is now in the Scottish Highlands, there’s always a risk of avalanches. Every winter season (which can last from October to May) there are many avalanches, most…

  • 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…