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Jessie Leong

Jessie Leong

Described as the ultimate in lightweight, highly breathable insulation that eliminates the need for constant layering changes my first impressions with the Black Diamond Women’s First Light jacket… it looked a bit girly for me.

For the outdoor enthusiast, there's probably no more essential piece of kit than a waterproof jacket. When entering an outdoors shop buyers are often faced with enough makes and models of jacket to try a new one each day of the year.Despite the overwhelming amount of, often bespoke, technological terminology and quoted facts and figure the reality is that not all waterproofs are equal and chossing one that's appropriate to the activity it's used is the key to navigating the stacked sale rails.

You could have been easily forgiven for thinking winter this year was little more then a distant memory. With the UK’s unpredictable weather system, lack of major snowfall and freeze-thaw temperatures, there have not been many opportunities for anything other than frustration to develop whilst waiting for stable snow conditions.

In 2019 Osprey are celebrating 25 years of making women's specific fit packs. To coincide with the celebration we took a 46l Kyte out to Austria in February to put it through some serious testing.

Sleeping under the stars sounds idyllic - but what if you’ve never done it before?

Remember the heavy, long shaft ice axes of yesteryear (that probably wouldn’t look out of place on a museum mantelpiece)? A new wave of shiny anodized ice axes are hitting the market faster than you can say the words ‘alpine’, with the latest offering from Salewa that uses hybrid technology combining performance and lightweight construction for mountaineering.

Let’s face it: Alpine climbing brings a whole host of new challenges for climbers not used to climbing with big boots, a 30L pack and gloves on. So how does the Mountain Equipment Women’s Guide Gloves fare when tested on the alpine ridge of Petite Aiguille Verte?

A decent softshell jackets happens to be one of those key investment pieces part of every outdoor enthusiasts wardrobe, which will get worn time and time again. So how did the Mountain Equipment Women’s Squall Jacket get on being tested on some of Chamonix’s classic alpine rock routes?

Jessie Leong , a Get Outside Champion and MyOutdoors team member from Sheffield, will be giving a talk about Adventure photography at this year’s Keswick Mountain Festival on Saturday 9 June.

When embarking on long-distance travel, long days carrying heavy loads and baggage restrictions mean every gram counts.The Osprey Eja is the perfect ultralight overnight and thru-hike bag to get you to the next destination in comfort yet with minimal weight gain.