Gear Editor’s Column

  • 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…

  • 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…