Gear reviews

Finisterre gear review


It doesn’t get much more niche than Finisterre – a Cornish company specialising in cold water surf apparel. It may seem strange that a surf company would appear on the radar of a hillwalking website, but amongst the hoodies and

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Boreas Gear Buttermilks 40 rucksack


Ultralight rucksacks are often little more than a cylinder with straps, based on the assumption that an ultralight load doesn’t require a complicated back system. Boreas Gear are newcomers to the UK, with packs that manage to be minimalist, aesthetically-pleasing

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Mountain King Trail Blaze poles


I’ve used the more conventional Mountain King trekking poles before, but the Trail Blaze is something altogether different and exciting for lightweight aficionados. Mountain King Trail Blaze trekking poles Price: £79 (pair) Weight: 250g (pair) for 120cm length weight, packed

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Rab Strata Women's Hoodie


Price: £150 Weight: 380g (size 12) Super comfortable, warm yet breathable not as warm as other insulated jackets due to increased breathability This synthetic insulated jacket has been my constant companion on hillwalks for the last three months and I’ve

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Arc'teryx Alpha FL 45


Shortly after declaring my undying love for the Crux AK50, the Alpha FL arrived and made me happy. It has all the characteristics that endeared the AK50 to me, but in a lighter weight, modern package. Arc’teryx Alpha FL 45

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(Battered) Gear Review: Crux AK50


After my last post concerning the demise of the Inov-8 Terroc 330 trailshoes and in the midst of an uncharacteristic haze of nostalgia, I began to survey the other items in my gear store that have been called variously "game-changer",

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