Editorials

We don't buy into products, We buy into experiences.

When I was 13 I decided I was going to have 3 cars when I grew up. A sports car, a 4x4 and a camper van and in my mind…
February 25, 2018

We don't buy into products, We buy into experiences.

When I was 13 I decided I was going to have 3 cars when I…

Blogs

Reeks District: Ireland’s Adventure Playground with Jessie Leong

‘How do you pronounce Carrauntoohil?’ ‘Karen-toole’ replied Piaras, mountain guide from Kerry Climbing. ‘It means inverted sickle, a serrated knife-edge. Just look at the ridge behind you.’
December 03, 2018

Reeks District: Ireland’s Adventure Playground with Jessie Leong

‘How do you pronounce Carrauntoohil?’ ‘Karen-toole’ replied Piaras, mountain guide from Kerry Climbing. ‘It means…

Outdoor Guides

Down Time - What you need to know before you buy your down jacket

When it comes to selecting an insulated jacket it makes sense to have a look how insulation it works and with just a basic grasp of the essential principles you'll…
October 19, 2018

Down Time - What you need to know before you buy your down jacket

When it comes to selecting an insulated jacket it makes sense to have a look…
July 20, 2020

Wild camping - a fight or flight dilemma

Over the last couple of months there's been countless column inches in the mainstream media devoted to "wild camping", and none of it has been good.
June 03, 2020

Abandoning conquest

Today I saw a Tweet suggesting you conquer a hill in your lunchtime. A fine idea you’d imagine, and it is, but something about the language grated.
December 22, 2019

Skin Up to and Ski Off the Cairngorm

For a while now I have wanted to ski tour, finally I managed to get the gear together to be able to! So I headed for the Cairngorm, I had…
August 15, 2019

Albert and being Sustainable.

What connects a tiny patch of snow in Scotland to a Blackpool pub and landslides in the Alps? Henry Iddon pulls the threads together in a guest Editorial on sustainability.
July 17, 2019

The post-industrial landscapes of Snowdonia's slate industry are being re-imagined as a leisure resource

For a period of over 150 years the landscape of Snowdonia, and particularly the western side from Bethesda to Blaenau Ffestiniog was dominated by a brutal, industrial, visage of dark…
June 05, 2019

Wild camping - is it time for a conversation?

Wild camping isn't something we're used to seeing make the national papers, it's something we tend to whisper about in public; seen as illegal but widespread with enlightened national park…
May 28, 2019

Freedom of the Hills - but will the snow last

In 2018 I visited the Cairngorms to write and photograph a feature for the British Mountaineering Council’s ‘Summit’ magazine. The piece was about using eMTBs to access the steep skiing…
Wednesday, 04 October 2017 20:55

Bloc Titan X631 Sunglasses tested and reviewed

 

As summer fades into the distance it may seem an odd time to review sungalsses, but what about sunglasses with clear lenses? We take a look at glasses and goggles specialist Bloc's 4-lens system designed for a full range of light conditions.

Published in Accessories Reviews

Designed and manufactured in Austria, Gloryfy sunglasses are designed to be unbreakable, and to-date they're exactly "what it says on the tin". We've thrown everything at them and thrown them at everything but unbreakable really does seem to mean unbreakable.

Published in Accessories Reviews
Monday, 05 December 2016 10:08

Julbo Aero sunglasses tested and reviewed

I’ve always liked sunglasses, it feels like a special occasion especially in Britain, when the weather dictates its time to don protection against bright light, glare and UV rays.

Published in Accessories Reviews
Saturday, 26 May 2018 09:48

Smith Attack Max : Tested and Reviewed

Sunglasses are important. In one of my former incarnations as a wannabe rock singer I put my failure to make the big time down to a lack of decent shades. It had nothing to do with the rise of grunge or a lack of talent but my sunglasses. Amazingly these days as a cyclist I rediscovered the importance of the correct eyewear and not just for looking good but also to protect the eyes. Who knew? Anyway over the years I've been through a few pairs until about 5 years ago whilst flush with the redundancy payout of a different incarnation I purchased a premium pair which were just about perfect I thought so when the Smith Optics Attack Max arrived for test they had a lot to be compared to.

Published in Accessories Reviews

I'll admit I have actually watched Love Island. In my defence I've a teenage daughter, but I've been fascinated by the sheer array of ludicrous sunglasses on display. I'm assuming they get provided by sponsors of the show because there's no way anybody would where them otherwise would they? I mean the only people that usually wear ridiculously oversized glasses are cyclists and the rules state they shouldn't be worn off the bike anyway. Going back to the point of this review, I do like my shades and was only too happy to take up the chance to review the Smith Attack glasses.

Published in Clothing Reviews
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 09:41

Smith Pivlock Asana Glasses- Tested and Reviewed

There's more to a good pair of sunglasses than just reducing the sun's brightness. Our Cycling Editor's partnet, Julie, puts a pair of Smith Optics Asana, designed specifically for adventure, to the test.

Published in Accessories Reviews
Sunday, 10 September 2017 20:03

Sun God Renegade Sunglasses: Tested & Reviewed

 

A lot of brands profess to have created a product that is "Adventure Proof" so here at my Outdoors we like to put that to the test.

Published in Accessories Reviews