Osprey have built an enviable reputation in the outdoors world for their incredibly comfortable packs, but the downside has always been the weight. With the Levity, Osprey have broken with tradition and gone lightweight, but is the famous Osprey comfort compromised or are the opposing priorities well balanced?
This September 2018 I was kindly invited back to Switzerland with Swiss Tourism, to do a solo section hike of part of the Via Alpina.
In the first of our Walking/Approach Shoe group test, Bryn takes the Italian made Aku Tengu Low GTX through their paces on his wild camping adventures.
In September 2017, My Outdoors was lucky enough to be invited by Swiss Tourism on a press trip showcasing hiking through different regions of Switzerland using the World famous Swiss public transport system that combines trains, boats and a system of cog and funicular high-mountain railways. A spell of high pressure ensured the weather was perfect for the whole trip, making for perfect conditions to explore the mountains.
Designed to keep you warm and protected from the elements with a combination of 750fp goose down and highly rated synthetic fabrics the Rab Microlight Alpine gives you warmth and weather protection from Scotland to the Alps. Hydrophobic down gives improved performance in the wet and the fit is classic Rab with clean, uncluttered, lines making it ideal for layering.
Arcteryx have got an enviable reputation when it comes to winter wear, combining build quality, design and functionality in products you can rely on. When they announced a new insulated jacket in the form of the Cerium LT Hoody we jumped at the chance to put it through a full 3 months of testing in preparation for the winter season.
Stormin' Stoves are the work of one man, Norman Reeves. He has been refining this clever little stove system for several years and has earned respect from UK based ultralight backpackers looking to shave valuable grams from their pack weight.
Following on from the Argon and Helium we take a look at Force Ten's latest inert-gas monickered offering - the Xenon 2 in its UL, or Ultra Light manifestation.
First impressions are important but when you're spending around £100 on a 38 litre pack you want to know how it feel 6 months, or a year, later. We gave Bryn the job of putting the Osprey Mutant through a long term test and review to see how it holds up to prolonged use.
Amok are a relatively new company, dedicated currently to hammock making. This quote from their website pretty much sums up their philosophy well...“Amok Equipment is run by Norwegian outdoor engineers. Exploring nature is in our blood, be it mountains, fjords, boreal forests or the Atlantic ocean.