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Gear review - Alpkit Arro wind shell

Price: £35 Weight: 140g (men's large) I never really understood the point of windproof jackets - until I actually tried one in the hills. Can't your waterproof hardshell jacket do the job of keeping the wind out when needed? Well, yes, it ...

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Gear review: Salomon Outpath GTX trailshoes

Recommended Price: £135 Weight: 365g per shoe (men's size 11) If you think all trail shoes look pretty similar, check out the appearance of th Salomon Outpath GTX. Though not quite as strange looking as their space-age boot version cousins (the Outpath ...

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Ben Dolphin

Seeing past the wasp sting

A wasp found its way into my flat and settled on my windowsill recently. Being the snap-happy nature nut that I am, I don't discriminate with my lens and therefore seized the opportunity to get a close-up photo of this ...

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Review: Women's Alpkit Chilkoot softshell trousers

Recommended Price: £60 Weight: 324g (size 10) The first thing you notice about these softshell trousers is their stretchiness. The fabric stretches in all directions, and in combination with an additional diamond panel in the crotch and articulated knees, this means these ...

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David Lintern

Early days of a better nature

David Lintern reports on the 'Rewilding and Repeopling' event held by the Cairngorms National Park last month. In May, Cairngorms National Park held an interesting talk at Boat of Garten as part of their Big Weekend (which aims to encourage active ...

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Gear review: Teva Arrowhead Riva Mid WP boots

Recommended Price: £155 Weight: 555g per boot (size 11) Teva are best known for their sports sandals, so I was interested to get the chance to test out these leather boots over the spring. Teva say the Arrowhead Rivas are 'built tough ...

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Cameron McNeish

The Mountains Are Calling

IT seems that I meet more fell runners than walkers in the hills these days. The old safety cliches about not going hillwalking without waterproofs, spare hats and mitts, a warm drink and stout boots don't appear to affect these ...

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Ben Dolphin

The Winter Without End: A Review

Mid May would normally seem a late time of year to reminisce about the winter we've just enjoyed/endured (delete as appropriate), but it was only a few weeks ago that my road was blocked by 3ft snowdrifts. That's lovely for ...

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