Ultralight Outdoor Gear

winter-camping-4 10/01/2017

Top 10 Tips for Winter Camping

1. Carry at least three times the fuel you would use the rest of the year for melting snow for water. When melting snow it’s best to start with a little water in the pan. This aids with the initial conduction of the heat of the stove to the snow and dry-heating a pan is a big no no anyway, you can really damage it and make any non-stick coating useless. A lid on top of your pan will make a lot of difference to the time taken to melt... Read More

utmb-pic.1 12/10/2016

Chamonix – UTMB!

I was recently given the amazing opportunity to visit Chamonix and watch the famous Ultra Tour de Mont-Blanc (also refereed to as the UTMB).  This was all thanks to Mountain Hardwear and Columbia, who are the presenting partners of the event, and organised the trip for me to experience the event and all that surrounds it. You can read the full blog post here.

Brunton TruArc Series 09/12/2015

Scouts sign up to Brunton compass deal!

Brunton’s storied heritage is founded in the ability to help adventure seekers find their way, and Im sure a few of us have lost our way from time to time, even experienced Scouts! Brunton produce professional gear trusted by those whose lives or careers depend upon precision readings, to those simply wanting to make sure they know they’re on the right path. This year the Scout Association signed a deal with Rosker (distributor of the Brunton range of compass products) which sees the Brunton TruArc series become the official Scout... Read More

Crux Turbo Down Product Update 24/11/2015

Turbo-tastic!

We have just got hold of the new Crux Turbo Down Jacket and Pullover and I have to say, we’re pretty impressed! Using ultra light fabrics with a whopping 970 fill power, the Turbo is one of the very lightest fully specked down jackets on the market. The down is wrapped in 10D water resistant Pertex Endurance shell and lined with silky smooth Pertex Quantum so the fabric is not only extremely light and breathable, but weather-resistant too. The Turbo down range has an outstanding warmth to weight ratio and... Read More

A Guide to Choosing a Softshell Jacket 18/11/2015

A Guide to Choosing a Softshell Jacket

With the cold weather and adverse weather conditions arriving here in the UK, we thought we’d provide a guide to help you choose a softshell jacket because like just about everything for the outdoors there’s a massive range of softshell jackets to choose from, so we’ll try to advise how you know which one is best for you… What is a Softshell Jacket?: To understand the purpose of the softshell jacket it is useful to talk about the performance of hardshells, focusing on the potential problems with them, problems which... Read More

Blog-pic 11/11/2015

Attention Ultralight Runners!

If you haven’t heard of the new Mountain Raid range from OMM then its about time you had. If you enjoy running in marathons then you will already know you need to keep your kit to a minimum and what you do take needs to be as lightweight and compact as possible. OMM has refined their range into only top quality, durable, lightweight and proven kit and clothing. Two items we can’t stop talking about are the Mountain Raid Jacket and Mountain Raid PA 1.0 (1/2) Bag. Both filled with... Read More

deejo-new 04/11/2015

DEEJO- Ultra light – Ultra Modern – Ultra Useful!

We have just got hold of the new Deejo knife range which we’re sure you’re going to love. We do! They’re unique, lightweight and lets not forget sharp (safety first). For those of you who don’t know, Deejo is an innovative pocket knife born from a crazy idea of offering everyone the chance to re-discover the great use of a pocket knife. You no longer need to be on an expedition in the wild to feel like you need a pocket knife. You can use it for everything from cutting... Read More

AW15.3 29/10/2015

Scrub your clothes clean with the Scrubba Wash Bag!

The Scrubba Wash bag allows you to wash your clothes where ever and when ever in a matter of minutes! It’s simple, lightweight and compact, perfect for backpackers and campers who are sick of being told to take a wash! The key to the Scrubba Wash Bag is the flexible internal washboard (a modern take on the old fashioned washboard) that allows you to have clean clothes in 6 simple steps. It even gives you a choice of washes, 30 seconds for a quick traveler or 3 minutes for a... Read More

Both-jackets 22/10/2015

Updated Black Ice Jacket from Montane!

Just seen the updated Montane Black Ice jacket (called Black Ice 2.0 – original??) – If you’re familiar with the ‘old’ Black Ice then you’ll know it was a premium product – Box wall construction, 800+ Fill Power Down, hellish warmth and well up to Montane’s exemplary build quality. So what have they changed? Well, its not all down for a start – Primaloft’s Gold Down Blend is an attempt to combine the best features of down (warmth, packability, weight) with the best features of Primaloft (water resistance, durability) –... Read More

Inov8 Roclite 312 GTX Review 09/12/2013

Inov8 Roclite 312 GTX Review from the Rab Mountain Marathon

Unfortunately I didn’t get chance to wear the Roclite 312s before the RMM but this wasn’t an issue for these tough yet good-looking shoes, as they took no wearing in due to their incredible comfort. Also true to size, which meant the fit was perfect and I could order my usual size 10 without trying before buying. Worn for 2 days on the first use, covering roughly 20 miles, I had no issues – no pain or blisters. The Roclite 312 took advantage of whatever terrain was put underneath them... Read More