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New trail shoe from Brasher heading this way at speed...
Apparently hurtling towards us right now at the speed of courier is a pair of Brasher's new Kuga GTX trail shoes. We'll leave the full details till they arrive, but in brief they're a multi-activity come walking shoe complete with Gore-Tex liner, memory foam padding, air mesh and nubuck uppers and ... Continue reading
Does the regulated SOTO stove really cope better with ultra-cold conditions? We tried a simple simulation...
Well, yesterday I tried to work out if the SOTO stove with its regulated burner would function better than an MSR Pocket Rocket with a near empty gas canister. The answer seemed to be pretty much, yes, but not necessarily so much better that you'd buy it as a result, ... Continue reading
We break the ignition and see if the vaunted burner regulator makes a real life difference.
Thought I'd give you a quick update on the neat SOTO OD-1R stove we got in for review the other week - you can see our first impressions here but in a nutshell, it's a neat, light, canister-top stove produced in Japan with some interesting features that are claimed to make ... Continue reading
Ace blast from the past kit as ME prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer.
While we were swanning around the Mountain Equipment showroom last week for our spring 2011 preview, we couldn't help noticing that some of the kit looked, well, very old. Properly ancient in fact...
Turns out that it's the brand's 50th anniversary this year and it's something you'll be hearing a lot ... Continue reading
Just bought a new tent? Baffled by the instructions? No probs, Ellis Brigham's YouTube pitching vids show how it's done.
Traditionally new tents should always be erected for the first time in the pouring rain, in the dark and preferably after a good evening in the pub... But if you'd rather have a hassle-free experience, Ellis Brigham's range of tent-pitching videos show - in slightly speeded-up Benny Hill fashion - how ... Continue reading
Live with Clive as we check out new spring 2011 kit - full details on them all next week.
Spring 2011, Live From The OM Garden...
I've just spent a warm and pleasant morning sat in my outdoor office – aka, the garden – with Clive Allen who handles PR for the likes of Lowe Alpine, Asolo, La Sportiva and others looking at new stuff for this spring.
You'll have to wait ... Continue reading
New from Smartwool for this winter, something a bit different in the merino wool stakes.
Just back from seeing the guys at Big Stone, who bring Smartwool, Arc'teryx and Five.Ten into the UK and thought you might like a quick heads up on an interesting new take on merino wool from Smartwool.
Due out this autumn, it's a range of mid-weight technical merino with a difference called ... Continue reading
Midi baffles, zoned PrimaLoft, a full-on box-walled jacket and neat fleece from Montane next winter.
Somewhere between the point where Paul from Montane went through the Spring 2011 range and the bit where he suggested a bike-linked, mid-winter Three Peaks round – I think I said yes to that, ooops – he also produced a few examples of Montane's new winter 2011 kit.
First up ... Continue reading
Wool, bamboo, coconut husks and now it's clothing made from coffee grounds...
Everything's come full circle. Back in the old days, we wore stuff made mostly from natural things like wool and cotton and dead animals. Then things changed, the petro-chemical industry appeared along with artificial fabrics like Nylon and Polyester, essentially, plastics made from oil.
But then a funny thing happened - merino ... Continue reading
Hybrid mountain bike top mixes fabrics and road and off-road features for odd effectiveness.
The North Face has been doing some mountain bike clothing for a year or two now, the odd baggy short, a jersey or two, a lightweight waterproof and this spring, they sent me a couple of bits to use including this Puddle Jacket which I quite like though it's a slightly ... Continue reading
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