Kit Review – Osprey Hikelite 26L Backpack

I was supplied with the Hikelite backpack from Osprey, via their friendly in-house PR and SEO guys (thanks Lucy). Hikelite has an ‘Airspeed trampoline’ suspended mesh backsystem, the idea being that it keeps you maybe cooler than usual when out on a day hike. Well, this was the summer to test that out! I went for the 26 litre rather … read more >

Kit Review – North Face Men’s Diablo Pants

I was contacted by Ellis Brigham at the end of last year (great store in city centre Manchester, btw – I’ve been in a few times when working in town) and they asked if I wanted to review some winter walking trousers. “Yep, of course” – I was heading off to Scotland just after the festive period and they were North Face … read more >

Kit Review – Snugpack SJ3 Jacket

I was sent a Snugpak SJ3 jacket to review a few weeks back. I knew Snugpak as the makers of sleeping bags. I hadn’t realised they also made insulated jackets – in this case the ‘Softie Jacket’ / SJ range. I also hadn’t realised they are a Yorkshire company, which – flying the flag for my home county a moment – … read more >

Kit Review: Wisport Caracal Rucksack 25L A-TACS LE

Why did I jump at the chance of reviewing the Wisport Caracal rucksack? Well, I’ve written before about being raised in a forces household and (maybe because of that?) consequently liking military wear. Khaki outdoors trousers, military grade boots (I love my Altberg Tetheras) etc. And I’m typing this wearing a gun-metal blue shirt with patch pockets. My old man (RAF) would be proud.

Then again, faux military clothing can be a bit de rigueur in the marketing / creative communications world that I’m in.

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Kit Review: Rab Firewall Jacket and Rab Infinity Endurance Jacket

The guys at Go Outdoors contacted me a few weeks back and after some friendly email exchanges they sent me a couple of Rab jackets to try (and write up about, of course).

I have been looking at a down jacket for those cold, drier days on the hills. In fact, I’d been looking at a couple of videos a couple of weeks before to better understand all the technology and terminology. And Go Outdoors had come up in my YouTube searches.

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