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Gear Editor’s Column

  • Chris’s Column: Lowe Alpine Aeon 27

    Chris’s Column: Lowe Alpine Aeon 27

    12th July 2018

    An innovative functional and comfortable daypack The Lowe Alpine Aeon 27 is a neat little daypack with an unusual back system. Packs in the sub 30 litre range usually have fairly simple harnesses as they’re not designed to carry much…

  • Chris’s Column: Bridgedale Storm Socks

    Chris’s Column: Bridgedale Storm Socks

    18th May 2018

    Comfortable waterproof/ breathable socks Bridgedale’s new waterproof Storm socks have a three-layer construction with a waterproof/breathable stretch HydroTech membrane sandwiched between a merino wool/wicking synthetic inner and a tough nylon outer. Lycra in the inner and outer means the whole…

  • Chris’s Column: Tilley T5MO Organic AIRFLO Hat

    Chris’s Column: Tilley T5MO Organic AIRFLO Hat

    9th May 2018

    A comfortable and tough hat for sun protection Twenty-eight years ago I discovered Tilley Hats in the town of Whitehorse during a walk south-north through the Yukon Territory in Canada. The sun was much fiercer than I had expected this…

  • Chris’s Column: Osprey Atmos AG 65 Pack

    Chris’s Column: Osprey Atmos AG 65 Pack

    26th April 2018

    Osprey’s innovative AntiGravity pack updated Osprey’s AntiGravity (AG) back system was launched two years ago. For this innovative design Osprey took the tensioned mesh back system and extended this to include the hipbelt, resulting in the latter hugging the hops…

  • Chris’s Column: Cnoc Outdoors Vecto Water Container

    Chris’s Column: Cnoc Outdoors Vecto Water Container

    19th April 2018

    A lightweight easy to fill collapsible water bottle Water containers are utilitarian bits of gear that little attention is paid to as long as they work. For backpacking they need to be lightweight, reliable and to pack small when empty.…

  • 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…