Category: Product Reviews

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Product Review: Kuhl Team 1/4 Zip Merino Wool Sweater

I’m a big fan of merino wool tops, which are superbly breathable to keep you cool in summer yet trap your body warmth to keep you toasty warm in winter.  Naturally wicking and resisting odour retention, they’re the perfect solution for active day and multi-day trips and far better than cotton which traps and holds moisture next to your skin. While there are some … Read More Product Review: Kuhl Team 1/4 Zip Merino Wool Sweater

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Product Review: Kuhl Jetstream Jacket

Many hikers yearn for a jacket that hits that sweet spot: a lightweight, technical jacket that not only performs well in the mountains but is equally at home in the city.  The Kuhl Jetstream jacket certainly ticks the right boxes but does it live up to this promise?  I’ve been testing it to find out. First impressions At first glance the Jetstream hiking jacket seems to … Read More Product Review: Kuhl Jetstream Jacket

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Product review: Olight M1T Raider torch

The Olight M1T Raider is a rugged, waterproof and multi-purpose torch that’s likely to withstand a lifetime of use. First impressions Olight specialise in LED lighting and sell a range of torches and headtorches suitable for walking, camping, hunting and general outdoor use.  I’ve previously reviewed the H1 Nova headtorch and highly recommend it as a lightweight and powerful torch for walking and camping.  … Read More Product review: Olight M1T Raider torch

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Product review: Montane Halogen 33 rucksac

In my book a good day sack is functional, lightweight, suitable for multiple activities and comfortable.  With one minor modification – easily addressed – the Montane Halogen 33 comfortably ticks all boxes. I’ve been testing out the new rucksac over the summer during a round of Ireland’s highest mountains as well as on a Duke of Edinburgh silver expedition.  It’s performed very well and … Read More Product review: Montane Halogen 33 rucksac

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Product Review: Olight H1 Nova Headtorch

LED lighting technology has been developing fast and so I’ve been looking forward to testing out a new, lightweight headtorch from Olight.  Here’s my review of the mid-range battery-powered headtorch, the H1 Nova, which packs a powerful punch into a small product. First impressions Olight are a new name to me, a Chinese company who specialise in lighting technology for outdoors use.  When I was … Read More Product Review: Olight H1 Nova Headtorch

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Product review: Vango Sherpa 65 Rucsac

If you’re taking part in a DofE or scouting expedition, or planning to backpack your way around the world, then the Vango Sherpa 65 may be just what you’re looking for.  Robust, comfortable and packed with pockets and other nifty features, it ticks all of the right boxes.  I’ve been testing out the rucsac, provided to me to review by Outdoorsupply.co.uk.   Comfort and … Read More Product review: Vango Sherpa 65 Rucsac

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The Clever Camper Cookbook – Review and giveaway competition

If you’ve ever taken a campervan away you’ll know that cooking quick, easy and tasty meals is not always as straightforward as it seems.  Those trusty staples from home might rely on that extra burner or grill that you’re lacking, or perhaps some spices or other ingredients that make it just a little too complicated.  Alternatively, keeping things too simple – relying on that … Read More The Clever Camper Cookbook – Review and giveaway competition

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Product review: MSR PocketRocket Stove Kit

  For convenience and ease of use there’s nothing to beat lightweight canister stoves.  Simply screw in an isobutane fuel canister and within minutes you’ve boiled up a brew. MSR’s PocketRocket has been a firm favourite among backpackers and campers for many years and has also been my go-to stove for about the last decade.  Recently I’ve been testing out the integrated 2-person MSR … Read More Product review: MSR PocketRocket Stove Kit

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Product Review – Vango Kela III Driveaway Awning

Travelling in a campervan offers flexibility, self-sufficiency and the ability to quickly set up and strike camp.  But there are times when a little extra comfort and room is needed.  Teenagers or dogs might need their own space, or perhaps you want some shelter from the weather.  Whatever the reason, this is when a driveaway awning can come into its own. I’ve been testing out … Read More Product Review – Vango Kela III Driveaway Awning

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Review: The Jerba Tiree Campervan

I think I first became aware of campervans in 1977 when a friend’s family bought a bright orange bay-windowed VW. Even in the 1970s, when orange furniture and curtains adorned our living rooms and orange melamine kitchenware jostled for attention, their bright, brand spanking new campervan stood out. It made a statement. So fast forward forty years, and I find myself walking up to … Read More Review: The Jerba Tiree Campervan

Product review: Firepot expedition meals

When you’re out camping, hiking or kayaking, compromises often have to be made when it comes to meals.  Nutritious, tasty food is normally sacrificed for lightweight ‘packet’ meals that are convenient … but bland and merely functional.  It’s as if the pleasure that comes with cooking and eating cannot co-exist with enjoying the outdoors. The new range of Firepot healthy expedition meals by Outdoorfood.com makes … Read More Product review: Firepot expedition meals

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Product review: Lifesystems Intensity 24 Micro Headtorch

A much wider range of head torches are available these days and overall, they’re becoming brighter, lighter and smaller.  Gone are the days of chunky halogen lenses, heavy battery packs and trailing wires.  Now you can choose your head torch to suit any type of outdoor night time activity. I’ve been testing out one of the lightest and smallest: the Lifesystems Intensity 24 micro head torch. … Read More Product review: Lifesystems Intensity 24 Micro Headtorch