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

The NeoAir XLite inflatable camping mattress “delivers more warmth and comfort per ounce than any other three-season air mattress”, according to Therm-a-Rest, the manufacturer. It certainly has developed quite a reputation among folk for whom the lowest possible weight is a prerequisite but who aren’t prepared to suffer a poorContinue Reading

Cycling is an excellent way to get fit, lose weight, live longer, improve mental well-being and sleep quality, save time and widen your social circle – all while being kind to the environment. What are you waiting for? In recent years, road cycling has been moving towards wider tyres asContinue Reading

From casual birdwatching to twilight hunting, Barnaby Dracup has all you need to know for buying a pair of binos. Buying a pair of binoculars might sound straightforward, but when it comes to finding the best binos for your needs, there are a few things to consider. Binoculars come inContinue Reading

I think we can agree that titanium makes everything better, can’t we? Whether it’s high-end bicycle frames, the McLaren F1 toolkit, or anodised fasteners in the engine bay, titanium brings a much-needed boost to even the most humdrum of objects. The Vargo titanium travel coffee filter is a case inContinue Reading