Archive for the 'Kit Reviews' Category

Walkhighlands Winter Waterproof Review

My latest Walkhighlands review is live here. I had fun with this one, torturing these jackets on rangering duties on the Kilpatrick Hills. I was pleasantly surprised by most of them, the big names didn’t drop the ball, Sprayway have made a strong comeback and the budget names did the job just fine. There’s a […]

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

A Familiar Face

Optimus are being distributed by Lyon here in the UK new and when I met Si recently I got an up to date version of an old favourite to try out. There’s a joy in the familiar, especially when it does what it’s supposed to. There’s a lot of kit rumbled under my bridge since […]

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Walkhighlands Lightweight Insulation Review

My latest grouptest is up on Walkhighlands, it’s a diverse selection of lightweight insulation. I had expected everyone to submit samples of mini-baffled down jackets but I got a bunch of far more interesting stuff. It just shows what is now regarded as insulation, I remember when it was either an extra jumper or a […]

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Run To The Light (On Walkhighlands)

My mighty group test of head torches is upon Walkhighlands here. I’ve been impressed by the quality of the current crop of headtorches, there really isn’t a bad one amongst them. Special thanks to fellow Kilpatricks ranger Jo who had to keep wearing ans swapping headtorches for me so I could do A/B comparisons every […]

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Walkhighlands Gear Review #1 – Haglöfs L.I.M

I’m very pleased to announce the publication of my first review as Walkhighlands new gear editor. It looks at Haglöfs L.I.M concept and it’s right here. This will mean a change in what gear I put on here but there’ll still be plenty gear, including some extra L.I.M kit that didn’t make the review. I’ve got […]

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Trakke Óg Review

The Trakke Óg has been on my back often these past few months. It quickly became my pack for ranger duties in the Kilpatricks but it also became my man-bag for carrying kit when I was gadding abound. Well, it looks good with technical fabrics and denim. But, it’s not just a pretty face. The Trakke […]

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Kit that broke, kit that didnae, and other stuff before I forget.

While hardly and epic endurance test of equipment, there’s some stuff that deserves a mention. On my back is a new arrival which is making its first trip, the Boreas Buttermilks 40. I’d seen the press releases, and when I saw it in the courier box I raised an eyebrow as it looks a bit […]

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Kit that broke, kit that didnae, and other stuff before I forget.

There’s been a bunch of test kit that started it’s life last autumn and had to take a wee holiday away from the hills with me. Sandwood was a wee refresher for some it, so some words, photies and reviews to come. Joycee’s test pack the past year has been the Osprey Ariel 55. It’s […]

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Montane Mashup: What’s now and next

Had a nice wee meet up with Rob from Montane and Phil at the Tiso cafe for a catch up with this, that, the other and Montane. If was going well until my camera died before it saved the first photie, so its just as well my phone was fully charged. However, it hates low […]

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Fjällräven Greenland Parka Review

If you’ve met me over the past three months the chances are I’ve been wearing the jacket in this review. Most of the outdoor gear I have looks technical and feels technical which means I feel a little conspicuous in it anywhere below the 300m contour and consequently it stays on the peg while I […]

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

…in with the new. Let’s start with Alpkit.

What the hell? Nearly half way through January and not a lot to show for it. However, a visit to the physio on Thursday went well and I’ve been cleared to ease myself back into physical activity as long as I don’t push my luck and do my exercises, which are now more than pulling […]

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Fjällräven Keb Jacket Review

Fjällräven’s Keb Jacket is something else altogether. It’s been my first choice as my woodland ranger jacket, partly because it kinda looks the part but also because it’s perfect for the task. But it’s a complex bit of kit and it’s given me dilemma’s when using it. I shall explain. Looking at the basics the […]

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Fjällräven Keb Trousers Review

I reviewed the Fjällräven Abisko Trousers last year and they’re now all-time favourites and still in regular use, in fact they got to go on some extra trips the past wee while because I forgot to repair a barbed wire induced tear on the Keb Trousers I’m reviewing here. However, the Keb’s were sewn up in time to go […]

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Rounding up the sheep: Missing merino reviews from Smartwool, Woolpower and EDZ

I’ve being using these tops for a long time, quite a while and a good bit respectively, all of which are standard imperial testing measurements, as you know I don’t do metric. Having such long term use, coming back to them after big gaps has cemented my opinions, especially as I’m using synthetic base layers […]

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Haglöfs Tundra LS Shirt Review

The photies are cheesy catalogue shots aye, but Haglöfs  Tundra LS Shirt is a serious bit of kit. Outdoor gear performance with stealth casual looks for street wear? Yes please. The 635g the Tundra is listed as is spot on compared to my sample size large, and I have carried it in my a pack a few […]

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

E-Case First Look

I’ve had my smartphone for a year and I’ve had a few close calls with it getting it wet, dropping it, freezing it, cooking it, killing the battery on day one of my Slioch trip earlier in the year where the alarm feebly and constantly sounded for two days… Just sitting in my pocket or […]

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Haglöfs Summer 2014 Preview Part 4: Clothing

Here’s the last part of my Haglöfs Summer 2014 Preview and it’s a monster. I had fully intended to trim this down but what the hell, here it is with all 80 or so photies. There are some things in here I’m genuinely excited about, some left-field genius and lots to smile at too. And remember, […]

Monday, December 2nd, 2013