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Gear Editor’s Column

  • RuitBag Crush Daypack

    RuitBag Crush Daypack

    14th August 2017

    Unusual small daypack with zips against your back RuitBags are designed for urban rather than outdoor travel, their unique feature being that the zipped openings are against your back, protecting them from theft and from objects falling out if the…

  • Chris’s Column: Primus PrimeTech Stove Set 1.3L

    Chris’s Column: Primus PrimeTech Stove Set 1.3L

    2nd August 2017

    A fuel efficient heat exchanger stove set for 2-3 people Primus’s remote-cartridge heat exchanger stove sets have been around for many years now and I’ve used them regularly for winter camping. They’re especially good for snow melting. For the PrimeTech…

  • Montane Minimus Stretch Waterproof Jacket

    Montane Minimus Stretch Waterproof Jacket

    27th July 2017

    Gear Editor Chris Townsend tests out Montane’s Minimus Stretch waterproof jacket Lightweight waterproof jackets are often minimalist in design as this helps keep the weight down. Despite the name that’s not the case with the Montane Minimus Stretch, which has…

  • Chris’s Column : Care Plus Travel Set & Netspex

    Chris’s Column : Care Plus Travel Set & Netspex

    21st July 2017

    Gear Editor Chris Townsend examines essential sun and insect protection for the summer months In recent days I’ve had to deal with two of the potential hazards of summer – sunshine and midges. Now the first is always welcome but…

  • Chris’s Column: Lightwave s20 Sigma single-skin tent

    Chris’s Column: Lightwave s20 Sigma single-skin tent

    12th July 2017

    Gear Editor Chris Townsend is impressed by Lightwave’s innovative new approach to single-skin tent design with the S20 Sigma Revolutionary new products don’t come along very often but I think Lightwave have one with the fabric for their new Sigma range.…

  • Chris’s Column: PHD Waferlite Down Jacket

    Chris’s Column: PHD Waferlite Down Jacket

    13th June 2017

    Gear Editor Chris Townsend is astonished by the ultra light weight of PHD’s Waferlite down jacket A few weeks ago I wrote about PHD’s Summer Lightning Collection 2017. Since then two of these ultralight items have arrived for test, the…

  • Chris’s Column: Keen UNEEK 02 Sandals

    Chris’s Column: Keen UNEEK 02 Sandals

    7th June 2017

    Unusual Lightweight Cord Sandals Keen launched the unusual UNEEK sandals last year. With a flexible two cord construction they are designed to adapt to your feet for a perfect fit. I didn’t try this first design, which is still available,…