Sleeping in a hammock is a unique way to experience the woods. When out camping, practising bushcraft or even just to relax in. As winter creeps closer the temperatures will drop, especially at night. Retiring our hammock passion simply because it’s getting colder is not an option. So we need something to keep us cosy when in a hammock. The Thermarest Slacker Snuggler enables you to sleep out in a hammock throughout the year whilst staying warm and comfortable. Let’s take a closer look.Read more
We sharpen our tools in one of two places, at home or in the field. At home we can use large bench stones and a fancy set up to get exact angles and excellent results on our edges. In the field it is a different story entirely, where even finding a flat surface can prove challenging. The Fällkniven FS4 Flipstone is a field based sharpening tool. Let’s take a closer look.Read more
Three days spent walking though the great scenery of North Wales and sleeping in a bivi. Hiked the Glyderau and explored a little of Twll Du. Packing a light sleep system enables you to move with ease and not be weighed down with a large pack.Read more
The most robust designs are the simplest, as lower complexity in a system means there is less to fail. When you have to depend on kit it is vital to have something lacking in superfluous attributes. These soon break when you need them most leaving you short.
Esee have used some of the most tried and tested designs in the world to produce the Camp-Lore line of outdoor knives. The Esee RB3 is one of the most competent all round items of this line up. Let’s take a closer look.Read more
With the colder weather around the corner why not get ready for it now?
Clothing is always a little bulkier and heavier in winter, this is something you have to accept. Even if you can spend a lot of money on the lightest and warmest items you will still be carrying more weight than when in warmer conditions.Read more
The Karrimor SF Predator 80 – 130 is perfect for those longer trips in the backcountry, most recently I have used this rucksack in Finnish Lapland for a winter snowshoeing trip.
It’s a large, very durable and no nonsense expedition rucksack that is able to carry heavy loads long distances. Operating in colder conditions means you have to take more gear and supplies with you to be comfortable and operate effectively, all this requires a rucksack that you can depend on.Read more
A neck knife makes the difference when out and about in the woods. It is so convenient to be able to access an outdoor tool when it’s worn right in front of you. In this review we will look at the Esee Izula.
A neck knife is always there when you need it, your tool for opening packets, carving notches, scraping tinder, chopping vegetables, dressing game and so on. Neck knives are not normally used for the harder tasks like splitting wood, that would be where your main knife would take over.Read more
The Páramo Enduro Tour Trousers are a walking and climbing pant with many great features. This review is based on use during a snowshoe expedition in Finnish Lapland where they were worn pretty much all the time over the duration of the trip.
During the expedition my Enduro Tour had to endure extremes of -19Cº, heavy snow fall as well as coping with working really hard snowshoeing. The overall performance and fit of the Enduro proved to be a great companion, so let us explore some of the features and design.Read more
Nettle tea makes a delightful beverage that has medicinal properties. I head to an area which is away from roads, dog walkers and disturbance in order to find the healthiest nettles. I also consider what is beneath my feet when sourcing the best plants as if the soil is in good healthy condition then the plants will all the better for it.Read more