Gear Guides

  • Comparative review: backpacking food

    Comparative review: backpacking food

    28th May 2019

    On a recent month-long walk on the Cape Wrath Trail, Alex Roddie had the opportunity to test a wide range of meals and snacks created for the outdoors.

  • Gear guide: mid-size packs

    Gear guide: mid-size packs

    9th May 2019

    Gear editor Chris Townsend tests 40 to 60-litre rucksacks for big day walks and backpacking trips.

  • Gear guide: Smart Watches

    Gear guide: Smart Watches

    2nd May 2019

    Our guide to outdoor smartwatches – how you could benefit from one, what to look for, and six recent models compared.

  • Buyers’ Guide: Down Jackets

    Buyers’ Guide: Down Jackets

    13th March 2019

    Our guide to down jackets: the features you need for walking and backpacking, fit, fill, fabrics, and more.

  • Buyers’ Guide: Ice Axes

    Buyers’ Guide: Ice Axes

    3rd January 2019

    Our guide to ice axes: what to look for, how to pick an axe for walking, and our selection of the best models.

  • Buyers’ guide: Crampons

    Buyers’ guide: Crampons

    6th December 2018

    Our guide to crampons: busting the jargon, a close look at features, and five crampons reviewed.

  • Gear guide: new brands

    Gear guide: new brands

    29th November 2018

    Gear Editor Chris Townsend introduces 17 outdoor equipment companies that have launched in recent years – and takes a look at some of their best kit.