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: 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…

  • Chris’s Column: Tarptent Moment DW Tent

    Chris’s Column: Tarptent Moment DW Tent

    12th January 2019

    An excellent ultralight solo tent Tarptent’s Moment began life as a single-walled ultralight solo tent a decade ago. Designer Henry Shires did the TGO Challenge with it in 2010 and based on that trip and feedback from users changed it…

  • Chris’s Column: Tilley Woodland Cadet Cap

    Chris’s Column: Tilley Woodland Cadet Cap

    30th December 2018

    A warm protective winter hat Cotton Tilley Hats have been my choice for long-distance walks and summer walking for nearly thirty years now. They’re very much sun hats though and I’ve always put them away come the autumn. However, Tilley…

  • Chris’s Column: Primus Omnilite Ti Stove and Silencer

    Chris’s Column: Primus Omnilite Ti Stove and Silencer

    15th December 2018

    How to reduce the noise of a roarer burner The Primus Omnilite TI is one of the lightest multi-fuel stoves there is but it’s still powerful and efficient. The stove itself weighs 222 grams and is all you need if…

  • Chris’s Column: Dare2b Correlate Jacket

    Chris’s Column: Dare2b Correlate Jacket

    27th November 2018

    A lightweight stretchy midlayer A thin light midlayer is useful year-round. A key for such a garment is that it’s not too warm so it can be worn under a shell without overheating in mild but stormy weather and with…

  • 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…