Socks are a classic example of a piece of clothing that you take completely for granted. When they work well you have warm, dry feet that remain blister-free no matter how arduous the terrain or how long the walk. And while socks that claim to deliver this Holy Trinity areContinue Reading

Carlton Boyce reviews the Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Mesh Cot – and has the best night’s sleep camping he’s ever had. With a couple of longish vehicle-based expeditions on the horizon, I was looking for a more comfortable solution than even the plushest inflatable mattress can offer and, having been reasonably impressedContinue Reading

The Hilleberg Enan is a lighter version of the much-loved Akto one-person tent. More akin to a sophisticated bivvy bag than something you’d choose to spend days at a time in, it is tough and weighs just 1.2kgs packed, which makes it ideal for anyone looking to man-haul their campingContinue Reading

I’ve been looking for a lightweight, highly packable three-season sleeping bag for a while now. Paired with a NeoAir XLite sleeping pad, it would give me almost year-round protection and comfort in a package that was still small enough to throw in my hand luggage. Hand luggage? Sure, you neverContinue 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

The Nallo 2 is a lightweight two-man tent from Hilleberg’s Red Label range. Designed for use all year round, it is a double-hoop, double-ended design with a separate inner and outer tent. I’ve owned mine for a decade now and it’s done sterling service across Britain and abroad, even sleepingContinue Reading

The OmniLite Ti is the workhorse in the Primus range, designed for, and sold to, people for whom weight is secondary to reliability and versatility – and make no mistake: the OmniLite Ti is hugely versatile. Able to burn kerosene/paraffin, petrol/gasoline, diesel, and even aviation fuel as well as butaneContinue Reading

I used to think that trekking poles were something other people used, people older than me, less fit than me, less hard-core than me. Sure, I could appreciate how they might help, but they were compensatory benefits – and I didn’t need any help, thank you very much. However, theContinue Reading