Keen Newport Sandal

I am lucky enough to spend as much time in warmer climes with my feet in sandals as I do with them wedged in my wellies or walking boots.  And I have tried and tested lots of different sandal brands over the years.  Many offered good comfort and arch support…

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Paramo Halcon Jacket

Not many companies make outdoor wear with naturalists firmly in mind. Paramo is one. It’s fair to say that no one outer layer is ideal for every environment, but the Halcon comes pretty close. Attention to detail and the demands of anyone watching wildlife are in abundance. Many deep pockets, including…

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Drytech Real Turmat Foods

Expedition food is notoriously, well, average to say the least.  Sure, the dehydrated packs are designed to give you enough calories to survive, even if you are carrying a heavy rucksack, but when it comes down to enjoying a meal, most are sadly lacking in the flavour and texture front. …

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Terra Nova Quasar ETC

I’ve used many different models of tent around the world in virtually every terrestrial environment from desert to the high Arctic and Antarctica.  It’s true to say that no one tent can do everything, but the one model that has accompanied me almost everywhere is the Quasar etc. This is…

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Thermarest Prolite Mattress

If you spend any amount of time under canvas, hiking or just wanting an occasional bed, you will very quickly learn that there is only one reliable, comfortable and well insulated range of sleeping mats.  I’ve been using Thermarest mats for well over 20 years, and though they have developed…

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Lowepro Super Trekker AWII

Where to start with kit bags?  There are just so many out there to choose from, however, one company that has consistently managed to be on top of its game is Lowepro. The Supertrekker is one tough bag, with room enough for most of my camera kit, including a 500mm…

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Muck Boots – Derwent and Tay

There are certain bits of outdoor gear you expect to evolve.  Technical all weather jackets, backpacks and walking shoes for example.  But Wellington boots?  What could you possibly do to improve on a pair of wellies?  You might think that a rubber boot is a rubber boot, but get into…

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Paramo Torres Sleeves

Reviewed 09/01/2011 by Simon King Another top idea from Paramo, and, to be honest, one of which I was very sceptical. The Arm Warmers may look a bit weird, but boy, do they work. Another top idea from Paramo, and, to be honest, one of which I was very sceptical.…

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Petzl Zipka Plus Head Torch

A torch is just a torch.  Isn’t it?  Well, kinda.  There are naturally horses for courses when it comes to finding your way in the dark, but there are a few brilliant designs out there (pun intended) that have proven themselves to be versatile, rugged and reliable. The Petzl Zipka…

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Sea To Summit Packing Systems

Travelling a lot, means I have learnt to get pretty good at packing.  One thing I have discovered is an orderly bag saves masses of stress and grief both in preparation and once you arrive at your destination. Of all the packing systems that I have encountered, Sea to Summit…

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