Gear Editor’s Column

  • 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…

  • Chris’s Column: Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Gore-Tex Boots

    Chris’s Column: Merrell Chameleon 7 Mid Gore-Tex Boots

    3rd December 2017

    Innovative lightweight boots The latest model in Merrell’s well-established Chameleon range is said to be their most technical yet.  The Chameleon 7 Mid is a low-cut boot with a rather striking appearance. The upper is made from suede and mesh.…

  • Chris’s Column: OEX Zenon Ultralight LT Down Jacket

    Chris’s Column: OEX Zenon Ultralight LT Down Jacket

    25th November 2017

    A superlight warm jacket Ultralight down jackets provide by far the most warmth for weight of any insulated garment. This new model from OEX is an excellent example and unlike most such jackets it’s not that expensive. The Zenon has…

  • Chris’s Column: Paramo Fuera Smock

    Chris’s Column: Paramo Fuera Smock

    17th November 2017

    A hard-wearing well-designed windproof top Items of gear that work well, year after year, with no changes in materials or design, are easy to overlook when it comes to reviews. One such item is the Paramo Fuera Smock. I’ve had…

  • Chris’s Column: Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Mesh Shoes

    Chris’s Column: Altra Lone Peak 3.5 Mesh Shoes

    9th November 2017

    Lightweight wide-fitting trail shoes Last year I reviewed the Altra Lone Peak 2.0 shoes, which I really loved as the wide fit was perfect for me. They’re designed for trail running but proved just as good for hillwalking and backpacking.…

  • Gear Editor’s Column: Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket

    Gear Editor’s Column: Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket

    29th October 2017

    Lightweight waterproof jacket for year-round use For this autumn Arc’teryx has launched a new version of the Beta LT waterproof jacket. It’s made from three-layer Gore-Tex Pro and Arc’teryx describes it as ‘a fast and light adventure shell that balances…

  • Gear Editor’s Column: Macpac Minaret Tunnel Tent

    Gear Editor’s Column: Macpac Minaret Tunnel Tent

    22nd October 2017

    Chris Townsend is a world-leading authority on outdoor gear. In his weekly column, he assesses new innovations and tests exclusive early samples of new kit. This week he reviews the Macpac Minaret