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
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
The KarrimorSF 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
I really enjoy wearing the Páramo Enduro Jacket and have used it in a wide range of environments and climatic conditions. It’s such a breathable and well ventilated piece but also protective enough so you can keep it on almost all of the time. It breaths as well as a soft shell but with the added bonus of the jacket being waterproof.Read more
The Esee PR4 is a stunning piece of equipment that immediately catches your eye with a micarta handle featuring deep sculpted grooves and a blade finish that is certainly out of the ordinary. I have had the privilege to be using such a sought after knife out and about over the past few months.Read more
For extreme cold, nothing beats a mitt and having all your fingers sharing warmth produces an atmosphere in which your hands are protected in the most testing of environments.
In northern Lapland I was glad I packed my Hestra Helags Sr Mitts as the temperatures were always below freezing and on occasion dipped as low as -20°C. The Helags Sr are a well made mitt consisting of a piled wool terry loop liner, which is removable and a durable goat leather palm and fingertip area. The back is covered with a cotton polyester which can hold a wax finish.Read more
There is an art to sleeping in a hammock with several factors having to be spot on to make it a comfortable night. The height and angle of the tree attachment straps, roll mat and under quilt all playing their part. The angle we lay in the hammock is also critical to being comfortable as we do not want to be like a banana when we laying in a hammock.Read more