Gear Editor’s Column

  • Chris’s Column: Keen Karraig Boots

    Chris’s Column: Keen Karraig Boots

    22nd January 2019

    New hillwalking boots suitable for winter This is an unbiased review by our Gear Editor Chris Townsend, which Keen have supported with sponsorship. Keen says it’s latest European-made boot is ‘our most technical backpacking boot yet’. The Karraig is certainly…

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  • Chris’s Column: Tarptent Moment DW Tent

    Chris’s Column: Tarptent Moment DW Tent

    12th January 2019

    An excellent ultralight solo tent Tarptent’s Moment began life as a single-walled ultralight solo tent a decade ago. Designer Henry Shires did the TGO Challenge with it in 2010 and based on that trip and feedback from users changed it…

  • Chris’s Column: Tilley Woodland Cadet Cap

    Chris’s Column: Tilley Woodland Cadet Cap

    30th December 2018

    A warm protective winter hat Cotton Tilley Hats have been my choice for long-distance walks and summer walking for nearly thirty years now. They’re very much sun hats though and I’ve always put them away come the autumn. However, Tilley…

  • Chris’s Column: Primus Omnilite Ti Stove and Silencer

    Chris’s Column: Primus Omnilite Ti Stove and Silencer

    15th December 2018

    How to reduce the noise of a roarer burner The Primus Omnilite TI is one of the lightest multi-fuel stoves there is but it’s still powerful and efficient. The stove itself weighs 222 grams and is all you need if…

  • Chris’s Column: Dare2b Correlate Jacket

    Chris’s Column: Dare2b Correlate Jacket

    27th November 2018

    A lightweight stretchy midlayer A thin light midlayer is useful year-round. A key for such a garment is that it’s not too warm so it can be worn under a shell without overheating in mild but stormy weather and with…

  • Chris’s Column: Rab Microlight Summit Down Jacket

    Chris’s Column: Rab Microlight Summit Down Jacket

    16th November 2018

    Excellent lightweight down jacket Rab launched the Microlight down jacket a decade ago and it proved very successful. Now there are three Microlight models. Recently I’ve been trying the top of the range Microlight Summit. This has a 750-fill power…

  • Chris’s Column: Casio Pro Trek WS20-F20 Smart Watch

    Chris’s Column: Casio Pro Trek WS20-F20 Smart Watch

    9th November 2018

    An amazing wrist computer The latest Casio Pro Trek watch, catchily named the WSD-F20, is a wrist computer with an amazing number of functions. Like similar watches it’s big and chunky. At 92 grams it’s not that heavy though. I…

  • Chris’s Column: Land Rover Explore Outdoor Phone

    Chris’s Column: Land Rover Explore Outdoor Phone

    24th October 2018

    A rugged smartphone for the hills Phones have become a standard piece of outdoor equipment over the last decade. I’ve taken a smartphone on every walk I’ve done since 2010 when I got one for my Pacific Northwest Trail hike.…

  • Chris’s Column: Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor Pack

    Chris’s Column: Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor Pack

    1st September 2018

    An innovative lightweight backpack Sierra Designs is an American company that has been making backpacking gear since 1965 but has never had much of a presence in  the British market. There is now a European branch however and it supplied…

  • Chris’s Column: GP Xplor Headlamp

    Chris’s Column: GP Xplor Headlamp

    23rd August 2018

    A lightweight headlamp with rechargeable batteries and distance sensor The long daylight hours of high summer are fading now. In the Highlands nights are dark again. Just a few days before writing this I wandered across the Moine Mhor in…

  • Chris’s Column: Tilley Hiker’s Hat

    Chris’s Column: Tilley Hiker’s Hat

    13th August 2018

    Cotton Sun Hat with Cooling Insert This has been a good summer for sun hats. The weather’s been great, and I’ve had four to test. The latest is the Tilley Hiker’s Hat, which is very similar to the Tilley AIRFLO…