Gear Editor’s Column

  • 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…

  • Chris’s Column: Merrell Sandspur Rift Strap Sandals

    Chris’s Column: Merrell Sandspur Rift Strap Sandals

    2nd August 2018

    Lightweight practical walking sandals This has been a good summer for walking in sandals and I’ve been doing so frequently. Most recently I’ve been wearing the Merrell Sandspur Rift Strap, which I’ve found comfortable and practical. These have synthetic leather…

  • Chris’s Column: Lowe Alpine Aeon 27

    Chris’s Column: Lowe Alpine Aeon 27

    12th July 2018

    An innovative functional and comfortable daypack The Lowe Alpine Aeon 27 is a neat little daypack with an unusual back system. Packs in the sub 30 litre range usually have fairly simple harnesses as they’re not designed to carry much…

  • Chris’s Column: Bridgedale Storm Socks

    Chris’s Column: Bridgedale Storm Socks

    18th May 2018

    Comfortable waterproof/ breathable socks Bridgedale’s new waterproof Storm socks have a three-layer construction with a waterproof/breathable stretch HydroTech membrane sandwiched between a merino wool/wicking synthetic inner and a tough nylon outer. Lycra in the inner and outer means the whole…

  • Chris’s Column: Tilley T5MO Organic AIRFLO Hat

    Chris’s Column: Tilley T5MO Organic AIRFLO Hat

    9th May 2018

    A comfortable and tough hat for sun protection Twenty-eight years ago I discovered Tilley Hats in the town of Whitehorse during a walk south-north through the Yukon Territory in Canada. The sun was much fiercer than I had expected this…