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Kit Review: Merrell Moab FST 2 GTX Walking Shoe

Kit Review: Merrell Moab FST 2 GTX Walking Shoe

There’s a shoe for every occasion these days. For climbing a mountain you’ll need walking boots. A different pair for each season, of course. Then there’s the office so out come the smart leather shoes – one black pair, one brown pair. For gardening, it’s wellies. Cycling it’s SPDs. And for ten-pin bowling, nothing less than those fancy red and black two-tone numbers will do. That’s all well and good and sometimes the most appropriate choice of footwear is dictated…

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Kit review: Zamberlan Ultra Lite GTX boots

Kit review: Zamberlan Ultra Lite GTX boots

Break ups are hard. It’s taken me a year but I feel ready to talk about it. 12 months ago, I said goodbye to a partnership which lasted 16 years. We’d walked up mountains together. Watched sunsets together. Skipped through fields. And occasionally got downright dirty. Letting go was tough. My trusty Zamberlan walking boots had served me well. Sturdy boots, and a decent waterproof shell, are two bits of outdoor kit you shouldn’t scrimp on. Get these right and…

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Kit Review: Montane Terra Pants (slim fit)

Kit Review: Montane Terra Pants (slim fit)

Years ago, I thought I’d settled on the perfect pair of walking trousers. Then I heard about the Montane Terra Pants and my affections started to turn. A four-season trouser with two-toned colour scheme. Light as a feather. Windproof. Rainproof. ‘How is this possible?’ I thought. They must be crafted from mithril, the miracle metal from Tolkien’s tales in Middle Earth. I’d been itching to give them a go for a while. I tried a pair on in my size and,…

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Kit Review: Montane Atomic Pants

Kit Review: Montane Atomic Pants

If you’re a Brit, you’d be forgiven for any confusion around the name of this garment. “Atomic Pants” implies some sort of radioactive underwear. These are in fact “Waterproof Over-trousers” but Montane clearly thought this more accurate title wouldn’t get past the marketing team, so Montane Atomic Pants it is. I’ve never been that excited by waterproof trousers. I’ve always bought cheap, ill-fitting pairs to tick the ‘carrying the right kit’ box only to be miserable when they feel clammy,…

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Kit Review: Montane Icarus Jacket

Kit Review: Montane Icarus Jacket

It’s taken me a while but see how I’ve got on with my first insulated top – the Montane Icarus jacket. I have put off having an insulated jacket in my outdoors wardrobe for some time. Perhaps I’ve struggled to see the point in a jacket which loses its effectiveness when wet; hardly something you can avoid in the UK. Perhaps it’s down to a bad experience with a puffer gilet in my youth, which, although warm, always made me…

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