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: Klättermusen Vanadis 2.0 Trekking Jacket

    Chris’s Column: Klättermusen Vanadis 2.0 Trekking Jacket

    16th February 2020

    An environmentally friendly wind resistant softshell jacket Regular readers will know I really like windproof jackets and wear one more than any other garment. The latest windproof I’ve been trying is the Vanadis 2.0 from Klättermusen. It’s made from a…

  • Chris’s Column: Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

    Chris’s Column: Hillsound Trail Crampon Pro

    29th January 2020

    Walkers crampons with a unique easy-to-use binding system Crampons for hillwalking should be lightweight, easy to attach, and adequate for moderately steep slopes. Micro spikes are okay on easy terrain, climbing crampons are best for really steep slopes – steeper…

  • Chris’s Column: Merrell Thermo Rogue 2 Boa Mid Gore-Tex Boots

    Chris’s Column: Merrell Thermo Rogue 2 Boa Mid Gore-Tex Boots

    9th January 2020

    Lightweight winter walking boots with a unique design The futuristic hi-tech look of these new Merrell boots with a very long name – I’ll just call them Thermo Rogues – is appropriate as they are futuristic and hi-tech and very…

  • Chris’s Column: Mountain Hardwear Kor Strata Hooded Jacket

    Chris’s Column: Mountain Hardwear Kor Strata Hooded Jacket

    19th December 2019

    A lightweight breathable Primaloft midlayer Lightweight insulated jackets are excellent for chilly days. They can provide better weather protection and more warmth than a heavier fleece. Mountain Hardwear’s Kor Strata Hooded Jacket is a good example. It only weighs 380…

  • Chris’s Column: Tilley Merino Beanie

    Chris’s Column: Tilley Merino Beanie

    11th December 2019

    A warm wool beanie Moving away from their brimmed hats Tilley has introduced some beanies into its range. I’ve been trying the Merino Beanie, which is the one I think best suited to hillwalking. It’s made from two layers of…

  • Chris’s Column: On Cloudrock Waterproof Boots

    Chris’s Column: On Cloudrock Waterproof Boots

    27th November 2019

    Lightweight boots with an unusual sole Swiss company On Running has launched its first lightweight hiking boot, the Cloudrock Waterproof, using the same Zero-Gravity CloudTec  technology as it’s running shoes.  The boots have a distinctive sole with slots running through…

  • Chris’s Column: Petzl Swift RL Headlamp

    Chris’s Column: Petzl Swift RL Headlamp

    9th November 2019

    A lightweight very powerful headlamp Petzl’s latest headlamp is small, light and powerful. I’ve now used it on several trips and found it very effective. It has Petzl’s Reactive Lighting so the power of the beam varies with distance, which…

  • Chris’s Column: Lightwave Firelight 350 Sleeping Bag

    Chris’s Column: Lightwave Firelight 350 Sleeping Bag

    30th October 2019

    A warm ultralight sleeping bag Lightwave’s Firelight 350 sleeping bag is made in Poland and filled with 900 fill power Polish goose down by the EU norm and 970 by the USA standard. That’s an extremely high fill power. Combined…

  • Chris’s Column: Sprayway Torridon Gore-Tex Jacket

    Chris’s Column: Sprayway Torridon Gore-Tex Jacket

    3rd October 2019

    Return of an old favourite with a modern update Back in the 1990s the Sprayway Torridon was a popular waterproof jacket. Now Sprayway has relaunched an updated version that looks very similar to the original – with the same rather…