Tested: Rab Alpha Direct Jacket

I have used this jacket for a year now and it has become one of my favourite bits of kit. It’s warm comfy and regulates temperature better than anything else I have used. The face fabric is wind and water resistant, it’s light, packs down well, and drys off extremely fast. Alpha Polartec Alpha fabric came out a few years … Continue reading

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Tested: Mountain Equipment Lhotse Jacket

I’ve been using the Mountain Equipment Lhotse jacket for two years now and it is the best all-around mountain jacket I’ve tried. This jacket is now the benchmark Mountain Gore-Tex shell on the market. The Hood ME have always had the best hoods on the market in my opinion, and this is the best of them. With a large wired … Continue reading

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Lifesystems EX4+ Antimosquito – The Best Way To Avoid Ticks In The Outdoors

The best way we have found to stop ticks getting onto you while having fun outdoors is to spray Permethrin on your boots, shoes, trousers and other clothing, letting it dry on before heading out. Ticks are killed as they travel across your clothing and treatment lasts 2 to 6 weeks. Tests have shown Permethrin is very effective against ticks … Continue reading

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Tested: Maier Sports Nil Trousers

This 4 way stretch trouser is a great weight for spring/summer use, wearing the fabric feels light and cool rather than most 4 way stretch soft shell trousers which are too warm for summer walking. They have a bonded DWR which makes them very water resistant and stay like this as the treatment is in the fabric and not just … Continue reading

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PolePod – Carry Less, Capture More

An enterprising young Aberdeen entrepreneur has recently launched a new product – PolePod!! PolePod is a small and versatile camera mount designed to convert a ski pole, walking pole or even a branch into a selfie stick. It can also be attached to the likes of a tree or fence to create a stable camera platform. PolePod is small enough … Continue reading

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Ski Testing 2016: Scott Superguide 88

Scott Superguide 88 – Advanced to Expert Ski Touring The replacement for the massively popular Crusair, these skis have a lot to live up to and boy do they. The elliptical construction is taken from Scott’s The Ski and provides a really powerful but forgiving core with incredibly positive edge power. This is boosted by a Carbon/Kevlar laminated to produce … Continue reading

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Ski Testing 2016: Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI

Atomic Vantage X 80 CTI – Advanced to Expert all mountain The all new Vantage X 80 is the all mountain ski to replace Atomics’ all conquering Blackeye. But with the Exo profile slanted side wall enforcing the skis rigidity and reducing swing weight this ski is much more nimble with greater skier feedback. The Firewall sidewalls dampen the ski … Continue reading

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Ski Testing 2016: Atomic Vantage 90 CTI

Atomic Vantage 90 CTI – Advanced to Expert all mountain freeride Light, powerful and incredibly fun to use in all conditions, this ski is a game changer in the all mountain category. This is a great piste ski with the new ‘Tank Mesh’ carbon mesh taken from super cars to beef up performance and reduce weight bolstered by ‘Titanium Backbone’ … Continue reading

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Polartec Alpha – Rab Paradox Pull-On

The Paradox Pull-On is a Rab top made of Polartec Alpha. Polartec Alpha is designed to be Active Insulation; think Down or Primaloft except really breathable and temperature regulating; no need to layer up and down all the time. First off, the garment is light and packable. Second, it is very air porous with an open weave of fibres that … Continue reading

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Tested: Exped Synmat UL 7M

This is the sleeping mat to transform camping for you. Its plush 7cm thickness makes the mat incredibly comfortable, almost like sleeping in your own bed. This is a blow up air mat, however most air mats are cold because the air convects inside them; the air circulates and cools on the surface the mat sits on. The Synmat is filled … Continue reading

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