The Uniqlo AIRism trunks are as good as any underwear I've used, and much cheaper than most made by walking gear brands. They tend to be quite small for the stated sizes, which could work in the OP's favour.
Carbon fibre poles are good to use, once you get used to the fact they tend to flex less than aluminium ones, but in my experience they aren't as durable. I've had two sets of carbon fibre poles and one pole from each pair has eventually shattered without warning, admittedly after several years of pretty heavy use.
So, while the review is good, I do wonder about the "strong and will last" conclusion.
It's good to see there's a 20 per cent. increase in freedom of movement of movement with this Berghaus jacket. I just don't know how I've managed to even flex my shoulders when using all my old jackets. I must bin them all and get ones incorporating this wonderful new technology.
A couple of weeks ago a friend and I headed up Bowscale Fell from Mungrisdale, normally a very easy stroll, but had something of an epic as we waded through knee deep snow, with some drifts much deeper. Progress was very slow, punctuated by many pauses, and on some occasions we found ourselves floundering in apparently bottomless powder snow, wondering how to get back on our feet.
So, I was wondering if OMers had found snowshoes useful in such situations, whether anybody who has a pair actually gets significant use from them in the UK, and what models would be best for this country. All this is with winter backpacking trips to the Highlands in the near future in mind.