I have always been a keen cyclist. Never the fastest, never the slowest, I enjoy it for what it is: Self-propelled travelling, time to be social and to see the world around you. Yes, I ventured into the world of Lycra, of bright colours, figure-hugging garments, and feeling like youContinue Reading

The Columbia Mountain Masochist IV OutDry Extreme Trail Shoe isn’t just a bit of a mouthful to say and write; it’s a hard-core winter trail shoe designed for the foulest conditions Mother Nature can throw at us. Its zip-sealed gaiter and carbon rubber outsole are there to keep snow, slushContinue Reading

Can cyclists take inspiration from fashion to look chic as they peddle? Catherine Bedford of Dashel Helmets thinks they can… Over 45 major fashion designers showed cycle shorts in their catwalk collections for S/S19 and A/W 19 including Chanel, Alexander Wang, Fendi, Miu Miu, Roberto Cavalli, Vivienne Westwood, and Prada.Continue Reading

Tweed is synonymous with British countryside life and style, evolving with modern trends but keeping its traditional values. Emma Sandham has more. Tweed is synonymous with British countryside life and style. It has its origins in the 18th century and became popular in the 19th, with the 15th Duke ofContinue Reading

Pheasant shooting has been popular in Britain since the 1500s. CALIBRE speaks to a panel of experts to find out how to get started in this thrilling sport. Pheasant shooting is a sport with serious heritage. It became popular in Britain with the arrival of practical hand-held firearms in aroundContinue Reading

Abisko means lightweight and fast-drying in Fjallraven-speak, so the Abisko range of clothing and equipment is designed for fast cabin-to-cabin hikes and day adventures. The emphasis is on minimal weight and pack size, and so some sacrifices have had to be made in terms of durability and weather resistance toContinue Reading

A friend recommended the OMM Kamleika range to me; she swore by it for long-distance mountain running. Being new at the sport at the time, I was keen to take any advantage I could get – and better kit means faster times, right? OMM, or Original Mountain Marathon, is aContinue Reading

I arrived in Whitehorse wearing only the clothes I was wearing, a state of affairs brought about by the airline’s inability to synchronise passenger and his luggage. This would normally have necessitated buying only underwear and a toothbrush, but this was the Yukon. In winter. Which meant temperatures as lowContinue Reading

Arc’teryx was already one of my favourite brands; in a world full of brand names whose heritage has been thrown away in the pursuit of a fast buck – yes Burberry, I’m looking at you – the Canadian firm refuses to compromise on the quality and design of its products.Continue Reading