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Gram-counter Gear VLT Tent Review - Trek Scotland

Posted by Trek Scotland on May 18, 2022

The VLT from Gram-Counter Gear is a single skin tent, saving on weight and bulk through less fabric being used. This concept has been popular for some time now and it just so happens our introduction to single skin tents came a few years ago from the designer of this very shelter, so we were obviously very eager to see how the VLT would perform for us in Scotland. The name VLT simpl …
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Gregory Focal 58 Review - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Posted by Mark Richardson on May 10, 2022

I used this pack on a three-day winter backpacking trip to the Lake District and was mightily impressed, Gregory don’t seem to have compromised at all which makes me wonder why all backpacking rucksacks don’t weigh in at 1.2kg or thereabouts. How much does it weigh? The sample pack I used had a medium back length and with all the optional components removed it weighed 1100 grams, but …
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Hoka Sky Kaha boots Review - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Posted by Danny Pearson on May 10, 2022

The Hoka One One Sky Kaha boot is the closest to a ‘traditional’ hiking boot in the Hoka range but you won’t have experienced this level of comfort in your typical leather hiker. The deep midsole combined with the rocker makes you feel like you are almost floating across the trail. They are part cushioned trail runner and part-leather hiking boots. The upper is nubuck leather with a Gor …
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Criterion Quantum 450 Sleeping Bag - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Posted by Mark Richardson on May 10, 2022

Criterion has two particularly lightweight ranges of sleeping bags of interest to backpackers, they are the Ultralight range and the Quantum range. The former uses 700 Fill Power down and the latter uses 870 Fill Power, therefore the Quantum range has the highest warmth to weight ratio of the two so is of most interest to us. Down Quality At 870 Fill Power Polish Goose down (in a r …
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Gram-counter Gear Ultra Carbon Trekking Poles Review - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Posted by Mark Richardson on May 05, 2022

I was lucky enough to get a chance to review a pre-production pair of the new Gram-counter Gear Ultra-Carbon Trekking poles, amazingly light at just 125grams per pole, actually the lightest true trekking pole we have available, and of all the products I tested on the Tour of the Matterhorn these were the most remarkable.Note the pre-production poles I had are identical to the actual product e …
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Petzl Irvis Hybrid Crampons Review - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Posted by Mark Richardson on May 05, 2022

With two glacier crossings on the Tour of the Matterhorn crampons came highly recommended, but they would only be used for a few hours on two of the days and both glaciers were at relatively shallow gradients, there was very little steep terrain to cover. Bearing all this in mind we decided on the Petzl Irvis Hybrid crampons which at 536grams for the pair weren’t too onerous beari …
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Montane Womens Allez Pull-on Review - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

May 05, 2022

A baselayer is a baselayer isn’t it? Not so, I Love my Montane Allez Pull-on and did so the first time I put it on. What I like about it is Polartec fleecy grid fabric on the inside face is just so soft and comfy while still being highly breathable. I wore mine on a warm and sunny late September day hiking above Zermatt in Switzerland, it was 20 degrees but I didn’t overheat and felt …
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Gossamer Gear Mariposa 60 Review - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

May 05, 2022

Gossamer Gear’s Mariposa 60 is an amazing rucksack, there are three elements to it that make it so good; 1.It has a feature set designed by backpackers that actually work 2.It has a very comfortable harness system 3.It is extremely lightweight despite 1 and 2 above. Feature Set On a recent trip to Switzerland backpacking the Tour of the Matterhorn we took the Mariposa for a tes …
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La Sportiva TX4 Mid GTX Review - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Posted by Mark Richardson on May 05, 2022

This was not my first use of these boots, I’d been using them for about a year prior to this trip, I’d bought them as a winter boot for days out in the Lake District where I didn’t see the need for big traditional winter boots. They will take a lightweight micro crampon for traversing ice, they are waterproof and warm enough with mid-weight socks for everything I’d be doing during a Lake D …
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Exped 2022 Synmat R3 Review - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Posted by Mark Richardson on May 05, 2022

Exped have revamped their sleeping mat ranges and are now using recycled fabrics and are producing the mats to a carbon neutral standard, furthermore they have simplified their naming convention so that the mats now feature the R-Value in the name. This is only a good thing if you understand R-Values and we think the names could have been better. The R3 is a regular sized mat 7cm thick …
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Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket Review - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

May 05, 2022

Worn as a daytime synthetic layer on a backpacking trip in late September to Switzerland, the micro puff seems to be one of the lightest insulated jackets around. I carry a down jacket against the evening chill but a light synthetic for daytime, and as I’m normally on the move I don’t need too much to keep me warm. The Micro Puff is ideal for the job and I was really impressed by how …
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Big Agnes Tiger Wall 3 Platinum Tent Review - Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Posted by Mark Richardson on May 05, 2022

The Big Agnes Platinum series tent use the lightest of materials to get down to astonishingly low weights at 1113grams for a three person, two skin, two door, spacious shelter. My main reason for taking this tent on the Tour of the Matterhorn was to assess its robustness, not so much a long-term durability test but an out-of-the-box assessment of whether the tent was up to the rigours o …
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