I tend to wear synthetic trousers when I’m out walking but I’d seen a couple of folks out with what I’d assumed were a heavier cotton cargo pant style trousers and wondered what they were. I sort of dismissed them became I assumed they’d get really heavy in the rain. Then after chatting with someone on a walk last year I realised they were waxed.
When Mountain Warehouse asked if I wanted to review one of their rucksacks it was actually good timing: an old faithful (slightly smaller) backpack for jaunts on the moors around me had given up the ghost. I went for the Merlin 35 Litre rucksack: both for size (for sticking the DSLR in when the weather changed) but also because it had good reviews on the site.
I was contacted at the end of the summer by outdoors brand Grisport and asked if I wanted to review a boot from their range. I went for the Grisport Quatro Backpacking Boot: based on the spec, the looks and some online reviews. Now, I’m actually very happy with the Altberg Tethera boots that I have, they’re solid boots that have stood up to anything the moors around me (and more mountainous trips) have thus far thrown at them. But they can almost be a bit too ‘solid’ in summer or autumn and for ‘lighter’ trail walking, feel a little inflexible (which is the point, I know).
TotalOxygen asked me if I’d like to try their ‘Softshell Jacket Lite’, this was just before I headed off to the States. Which was great timing as I didn’t want to take any heavy outerwear but would be out and about and it could be cool in evenings at the end of a day’s outdoorsiness.
I was contacted by Merrell’s marketing partner (BrandNation) as I was in the planing stage for a trip to the USA. This was mostly an empty-nester road trip for Mrs k and I, taking in two cities (Brooklyn/ NYC and Boston) but I had a couple of hikes planned. So the offer of a pair of the new Merrell Allout Sieve hiking sandal was very welcome.
Before I headed off to Harris and Lewis I was contacted by Anth at KitShack, who asked me if I wanted to try out one of the products from the online shop. I was after a new wicking / base layer T Shirt, so that was good timing: within a couple of days I was sent the SueMe Arctic Moss Force Of Nature bamboo Tee.