Gear Editor’s Column

  • Chris’s Column: Millican Fraser The Rucksack 32L

    Chris’s Column: Millican Fraser The Rucksack 32L

    30th March 2018

    An unusual retro-look rucksack Millican is a small company based in the Lake District who make ‘practical and ethical products that last a lifetime’. The name comes from Millican Dalton, the self-proclaimed ‘Professor of Adventure’, who lived in caves and…

  • Chris’s Column: ThermoNet Buff

    Chris’s Column: ThermoNet Buff

    17th February 2018

    A warm version of the Buff The Original Buff is highly versatile. I’ve carried one for years, using it as hat, headband, scarf and balaclava. In summer it’s often the only headwear I take. In winter, if used at all,…

  • Chris’s Column: Nigor Kamao 2 Tunnel Tent

    Chris’s Column: Nigor Kamao 2 Tunnel Tent

    8th February 2018

    A lightweight two-person backpacking tent Two-pole tapered tunnel tents have been popular since flexible poles first became available some forty plus years ago. The design has stood the test of time because it’s easy to pitch, roomy for the weight…

  • Chris’s Column: Osprey Levity 45 Pack

    Chris’s Column: Osprey Levity 45 Pack

    29th January 2018

    Ultralight pack with a tensioned mesh back Ultralight packs have been slowly creeping into the mainstream for the last few years as more established companies start making them. Now Osprey, one of the biggest names in packs, is launching its…

  • Chris’s Column: Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Boots

    Chris’s Column: Salomon Quest 4D 3 GTX Boots

    19th January 2018

    Supportive fabric boots with a good sole Salomon’s latest boot in the Quest series, the Quest 4D 3 GTX, is a nubuck leather and synthetic fabric model that looks and feels fairly substantial but is quite lightweight at 1.334kg for…

  • Chris’s Column: Fimbulvetr Hikr Snowshoes

    Chris’s Column: Fimbulvetr Hikr Snowshoes

    10th January 2018

    Innovative snowshoes from Norway Plentiful snow in the Cairngorms so far this winter mean it’s been ideal for snowshoeing and I’ve been trying a pair from Norwegian company Fimbulvetr (‘the great winter’ that precedes the end of the world in…

  • Chris’s Column: Slope Angel

    Chris’s Column: Slope Angel

    19th December 2017

    A useful inclinometer/thermometer When there’s masses of snow on the hills, as there is now in the Scottish Highlands, there’s always a risk of avalanches. Every winter season (which can last from October to May) there are many avalanches, most…