Gear Editor’s Column

  • Chris’s Column: SplashMaps

    Chris’s Column: SplashMaps

    7th February 2019

    Waterproof, washable, fabric maps This is an unbiased review by our Gear Editor Chris Townsend, which SplashMaps have supported with sponsorship. A map you can scrunch up and stuff in your pocket, wear round your neck, and stick in the…

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  • 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: Tilley Merino Beanie

    Chris’s Column: Tilley Merino Beanie

    11th December 2019

    A warm wool beanie Moving away from their brimmed hats Tilley has introduced some beanies into its range. I’ve been trying the Merino Beanie, which is the one I think best suited to hillwalking. It’s made from two layers of…

  • Chris’s Column: On Cloudrock Waterproof Boots

    Chris’s Column: On Cloudrock Waterproof Boots

    27th November 2019

    Lightweight boots with an unusual sole Swiss company On Running has launched its first lightweight hiking boot, the Cloudrock Waterproof, using the same Zero-Gravity CloudTec  technology as it’s running shoes.  The boots have a distinctive sole with slots running through…

  • Chris’s Column: Petzl Swift RL Headlamp

    Chris’s Column: Petzl Swift RL Headlamp

    9th November 2019

    A lightweight very powerful headlamp Petzl’s latest headlamp is small, light and powerful. I’ve now used it on several trips and found it very effective. It has Petzl’s Reactive Lighting so the power of the beam varies with distance, which…

  • Chris’s Column: Lightwave Firelight 350 Sleeping Bag

    Chris’s Column: Lightwave Firelight 350 Sleeping Bag

    30th October 2019

    A warm ultralight sleeping bag Lightwave’s Firelight 350 sleeping bag is made in Poland and filled with 900 fill power Polish goose down by the EU norm and 970 by the USA standard. That’s an extremely high fill power. Combined…

  • Chris’s Column: Sprayway Torridon Gore-Tex Jacket

    Chris’s Column: Sprayway Torridon Gore-Tex Jacket

    3rd October 2019

    Return of an old favourite with a modern update Back in the 1990s the Sprayway Torridon was a popular waterproof jacket. Now Sprayway has relaunched an updated version that looks very similar to the original – with the same rather…

  • Chris’s Column: Klättermusen Loride 2.0 EtaDry Mountain Jacket

    Chris’s Column: Klättermusen Loride 2.0 EtaDry Mountain Jacket

    12th August 2019

    An organic cotton windproof jacket Windproof jackets are versatile and practical. I wear one more than any other garment. They’re more comfortable and breathable than any waterproof and if you have one you can save the latter for when it’s…

  • Chris’s Column: Lowepro Photo Sport BP 200 AW II

    Chris’s Column: Lowepro Photo Sport BP 200 AW II

    2nd August 2019

    A Daypack for Walkers and Photographers Most camera packs are designed more for photographic gear than outdoor gear. Often, there’s little room for the latter, which isn’t much use for all but short walks in fine weather. Walkers who are…

  • Chris’s Column: Klättermusen Vee Tee

    Chris’s Column: Klättermusen Vee Tee

    19th July 2019

    A comfortable summer tee-shirt Swedish company Klättermusen makes a range of top-quality outdoor clothing that’s not yet very well known in Britain. Recently I’ve been trying a few of their items. The first one is the Vee Tee, described as…

  • Chris’s Column: Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Go Far Feel Good Tee

    Chris’s Column: Smartwool Merino Sport 150 Go Far Feel Good Tee

    1st July 2019

    Lightweight summer base layer Smartwool’s latest tee-shirt, new for this summer, comes with the option of different graphics printed on the front as well as different colours. The one I’ve been testing has the same graphic as in the picture…

  • Chris’s Column: Saxx Quest 2.0 Boxer Briefs

    Chris’s Column: Saxx Quest 2.0 Boxer Briefs

    20th June 2019

    Comfortable hiking underwear Over the years I’ve tried many different underpants for warm weather walking and never found a pair that was really comfortable even for a day out, never mind one that stayed that way for several days wear…