Gear Guides

  • How to choose a three-season sleeping bag

    How to choose a three-season sleeping bag

    16th July 2020

    Down or synthetic? Roomy or snug? And what does a ‘comfort limit’ really mean? As summer wild camping season kicks off, Chris Townsend explains what to look for in a three-season sleeping bag. 

  • 5 of the best three-season sleeping bags

    5 of the best three-season sleeping bags

    16th July 2020

    Looking for a versatile sleeping bag designed to cover a huge range of temperatures? TGO’s gear editor Chris Townsend puts the latest models to the test.

  • Gear guide: Ultralight Waterproofs

    Gear guide: Ultralight Waterproofs

    27th June 2019

    Gear editor Chris Townsend assess lightweight jackets for warmer days. In this comparative review you’ll find 14 of the best ultralight jackets tested.

  • 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.