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: 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…

  • Chris’s Column: Columbia OutDry Ex Featherweight Shell

    Chris’s Column: Columbia OutDry Ex Featherweight Shell

    6th June 2019

    An unusual lightweight waterproof jacket Columbia launched their first OutDry  jacket three years ago and the unusual concept has slowly been gaining acceptance. OutDry turns the design of rainwear inside out, with the waterproof layer and the taped seams on…

  • Chris’s Column: Edelrid Cometalite Headlamp

    Chris’s Column: Edelrid Cometalite Headlamp

    9th May 2019

    A functional lightweight headlamp The Edelrid Cometalite is a lightweight (94 grams with batteries) and compact headlamp that’s easy to use. There are two LEDs, red and white, and power output is 40-165 lumens, depending on the mode, with burn…

  • Chris’s Column: HJ Hall ProTrek Socks

    Chris’s Column: HJ Hall ProTrek Socks

    25th April 2019

    New walker’s socks in different weights Sock specialist HJ Hall has launched a new range of walking socks for 2019 called ProTrek. For the last few months I’ve been trying a couple of pairs, the Adventure Hike and the Mountain…

  • Chris’s Column: Mammut Rime Flex Insulated Jacket

    Chris’s Column: Mammut Rime Flex Insulated Jacket

    10th April 2019

    A Warm Synthetic Insulated Jacket Recent years have seen a move to insulated jackets with increased breathability so they are comfortable when moving even if that’s at the expense of windproofing. This jacket from Mammut is one of the best…

  • Chris’s Column: Rab Xenon Gloves

    Chris’s Column: Rab Xenon Gloves

    24th March 2019

    Warm and windproof ultralight gloves Sometimes a product comes along that really surprises me. That’s the case with the ultralight Rab Xenon gloves as they’re far warmer than I expected them to be. They weigh just 69 grams for a…

  • Chris’s Column: Solestar Hiking Insoles

    Chris’s Column: Solestar Hiking Insoles

    28th February 2019

    Shaped insoles for comfort and stability The insoles that come with most boots and shoes are soft, flexible and unsupportive. They also tend to collapse and flatten quickly. Replacing them with a better quality pair that actually supports the foot…

  • Chris’s Column: Tilley Tec-Wool Hat

    Chris’s Column: Tilley Tec-Wool Hat

    16th February 2019

    A warm hat that covers a wide temperature range Back in December I reviewed the Tilley Woodland Cadet Cap, the first Tilley hat I’d tried designed for cold weather. Well, here’s another. The Tec-Wool hat looks like a tweedy version…