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Spring and Summer 2024 Highlights

Posted by Andy Neil on Jun 13, 2024

We promise you, it is actually summer. Although a glance out the window could lead one to believe that spring will lead straight into autumn this year, there are still some bright spots on the horizon that can offer solace and excitement. We are now halfway through 2024, and there has already been an abundance of new gear for us to get excited about.

Black Diamond Beta Light 45 Backpack and Sattelite Bag Review - “An exceptional choice for shorter, lighter excursions and will see plenty of use in the future.”

Posted by Andy Neil on Jun 12, 2024

When Black Diamond announced the Beta Light 45 backpack earlier this year, I was intrigued by its unique appearance and impressive stats. Black Diamond kindly provided the Beta Light 45 backpack and the Beta Light Pack Sattelite Bag for my upcoming TGO Challenge, a two-week coast-to-coast crossing of Scotland. The Beta Light 45 and Beta Light Pack Sattelite Bag feature a sleek, modern de …
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Rab Backpack Size Guide

Jun 11, 2024

Having a comfortable pack can be a make or break for your trip. No matter if you're carrying 18kg on a multi-day expedition, or just an extra layer and lunch on a short hill day. Fitting your pack properly takes a little time. But we promise it'll be time well spent. In this guide, we'll look at how to measure your back length and how to fit your pack.

Ortlieb Bikepacking Kit

Posted by Chris Futers on Jun 06, 2024

Bikepacking has grown in popularity, with many specific bikepacking routes being developed over the past 10 years all over the word. Whether you fancy a 100 day adventure on the European Divide Trail, from the cold Arctic shores of Norway heading south through Europe to Portugal's Atlantic coastline, or, one or two nights on the C2C from England's North West coast to the North East coast (Whi …
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Andy's 2024 TGO Challenge

Posted by Andy Neil on Jun 05, 2024

The Great Outdoors Challenge (TGO) is an esteemed annual long-distance walking event in the UK, which takes place every May. The event covers around 200 miles (320 kilometres) through the stunning Scottish Highlands, offering participants - known as 'Challengers' - a remarkable journey from the west coast to the east coast of Scotland. The TGO is not a race but an opportunity for outd …
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Gossamer Gear’s The Two Review - “The Two allowed me to complete the TGO challenge with a lighter pack load while enjoying enough room to spread out at camp.”

Posted by Andy Neil on Jun 04, 2024

For this year's TGO challenge, a demanding two-week coast-to-coast journey across Scotland, I sought to reduce the weight of my pack without sacrificing the headroom, living space, and large vestibules I have come to enjoy with my trusty Hilleberg Anaris. Having traversed the country with the Anaris on four previous occasions, I decided to try a different trekking pole tent, Goss …
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Condensation in Single Skin Tents: Causes and Mitigation

Posted by Andy Neil on Jun 04, 2024

Single-walled tents offer significant benefits compared to double-walled ones in weight and size reduction. They are considerably lighter and more compact. Utilising trekking poles for structure, they provide ample headroom liveable space, and often have spacious vestibules. However, single-walled tents are infamous for excessive condensation due to the lack of a barrier between the use …
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Updated Gear from Platypus

Jun 03, 2024

The ultralight QuickDraw Filter System delivers fast and easy filtration, and allows users to customize their systems with multi-vessel compatibility, to give adventurers the best user experience of any squeeze filter on the market. The dirty reservoir is light and compact and built to withstand the rugged demands of a months-long thru-hike. Its wide-mouth opening and fill-handle keep your hands d …
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On-Trail Review: MSR Titan Kettle 900ml, MSR Titanium Double Wall Mug, and MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe

Posted by Andy Neil on May 20, 2024

As I traverse the rugged and breathtaking landscape of Scotland on the TGO Challenge, the importance of reliable and lightweight gear becomes increasingly evident. After a long day of trekking through moors and over mountains, my MSR Titan Kettle 900ml, MSR Titanium Double Wall Mug, and MSR Pocket Rocket Deluxe stove have proven to be indispensable cookware companions. The updated&nbs …
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Suunto and Sunslice: Navigating and Power on the TGO

Posted by Andy Neil on May 20, 2024

Hiking the TGO (The Great Outdoors Challenge) requires dependable equipment that can endure the rigors of long-distance trekking. During my journey, two standout pieces of gear were the Suunto Vertical watch and the Sunslice Fusion Flex 12 solar panel. Here’s my on-trail review of how these devices performed and why they are indispensable for any serious hiker. From the first day on the tr …
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MSR FreeLite Range

Posted by Andy Neil on May 16, 2024

MSR has gone back to the drawing board with one of their market-leading tents, the MSR FreeLite. Originally released back in 2018 the new 2022 FreeLite is lighter (226g lighter in fact), has more headroom (3 inches), and is overall a more enjoyable, liveable space to relax and take shelter in than its predecessor. For context, we are comparing the 2 person versions of the FreeL …
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Live Competitions and Previous Winners

May 08, 2024

Live CompetitionsWin a Pair of Silva Carbon Adjust Running PolesThe competition starts on 7th May 2024 and ends on 7th June 2024. All entrants between these times/dates will be entered into the draw. A winner will be drawn on 3rd June 2024, and the winner will be notified via email. If you don't get an email from us, unfortunately, you have not been successful on this occasion.The winner will win …
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