I ordered my first pair of Altberg Defender MOD Browns in late 2015 intending to replace my Scarpa SL’s. The Scarpa SL Activs experienced a lot of varying action and I brought two pairs of those Scarpas in total. It was through extended use that I came to really enjoy leather boots without a membrane. I found them to be more comfortable and indeed waterproof than previous Gore-Tex offerings. On the other hand the price of £240 (at time of print) was less desirable. I was going through a pair of these every year and after a while decided it was not worth it.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
Fällkniven is an internationally renowned Swedish knife making company. Started in 1984 and has grown to be a very technical and respected brand. Today they are producing some very high end knives and sharpening tools which are highly sought after. The Fällkniven F1dz is a survival pilot knife and the subject of our full review and field test today.Read more
Sleeping out in the woods under a tarp with just a hammock suspended between two trees must be one of the simplest and most immersive outdoor experiences I can think of. It’s pure relaxation to have nature all around you and not be enclosed in a tent or bivi. This is a full review and field test on the Thermarest Slacker Hammock.Read more
Finding a good rucksack should not be a task of random experimentation. In today’s market place dominated by low quality, high volume and a customer demanding a fair price: its increasingly difficult to find a product that matches your requirements. This is a full review and field test of the Karrimor SF Sabre 60-100.
The KarrimorSF Sabre 60 – 100 is a fully adjustable, high volume pack that is very durable. It offers the user a great load carry option when venturing into parts unknown with a heavy load out.
The trouble of hiking with a rucksack, especially a large one, is that when it’s fully loaded the weight inside distorts the shape and structure of the pack. Often resulting in a very uncomfortable walk. The ghastly lump sagging behind you, feeling separate to your body and throwing you off balance. This is a full review and field test of the Berghaus Vulcan.Read more
Many camping plates on the market are plastic these tend to crack under the slightest pressure. The MSR Alpine Plate is stainless steel and is made to last a lifetime. This is a full review and field test of the MSR Alpine Plate.Read more
I find a pair of liners so useful in the backcountry, especially ones made of merino wool. Having a thin layer between you and the weather makes all the difference, and these ones made by Hestra are one of my favourites. This is a full review and field test on the Hestra Merino Wool Liner.Read more
A knife dangling around your neck can first seem rather unusual but once you start using one its hard to give up the convenience offered. This review and field test we will look at the Mora Eldris.Read more