RAB Xenair Range - Intelligent Insulation

Posted by Mark Richardson on Feb 22, 2024

On this page we look at Rab's Xenair range of jackets and vests which are designed for active outdoor users explaining the function and features of the garments and pointing out the differences between them.

The Hiking Layered Glove System

Posted by Andy Neil on Dec 04, 2023

A hiking layered glove system provides a variety of advantages, including increased comfort and functionality during outdoor activities. The multi-layered design is adaptable to various weather conditions and terrains. The glove system is comparable to the layering system for the body. The base layer, or liner glove, is a thin, moisture-wicking glove that promotes good movement and dexte …
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Knowledgebase Page - Choosing a Shell Jacket

Oct 11, 2023

If you want a jacket to keep you dry when running, this will be a very different jacket to one suitable for backpacking or trekking. Waterproofs designed for RUNNING will be very lightweight so that they won't slow you down. It needs to pack very small so you can carry it when you don't need it, and the best examples will be highly breathable. Also consider a smock to save weight.

The Ultimate Guide to Lightweight Baselayers

Posted by Andy Neil on Oct 02, 2023

Arguably, the most essential piece of outdoor clothing is your baselayer. The base layer is the layer that sits closest to your skin and is the fundamental layer of the three-layer system, baselayer, mid-layer and protective outer shell. The baselayers move moisture away from the body, which helps with temperature regulation. They tend to be made from synthetic materials, usually polyester, …
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Montane's New Season: Autumn Collection

Posted by Fran O'Donnell on Aug 24, 2023

We know plans can change in the mountains, just as the weather can. Our new season gear has adaptability built in, so you’ll be prepared, no matter whatever you encounter. Discover lightweight, breathable clothing and equipment that doesn’t compromise on protection. From protective waterproof jackets to warm, down jackets, technical fleeces and durable legwear – our technical layers are designed t …
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Choosing Winter Gloves

Posted by Mark Richardson on Jan 19, 2023

You only have to go outside for ten minutes in cold weather to realise how important a decent pair of gloves is, if you go outside on a mountain for a full day out then your choice of glove could make or break your enjoyment of the day!Windy and wet conditions further exacerbate the problem of keeping your hands warm and comfortable because they rob your hands of heat.We look at the consider …
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Outdoor Research VerticalX SuperStrand Synthetic Insulation

Posted by Mark Richardson on Dec 22, 2022

Outdoor Research's VerticalX SuperStrand Synthetic Insulation is built to deliver exceptional warmth to weight ratio, it compares to 700-800 Fill Power down in terms of its softness, weight and lofting ability. On this page we explain how it works.

Mont-bell Plasma 1000 Technologies

Posted by Mark Richardson on Dec 20, 2022

Mont-bell's Plasma series are highly advanced ultralightweight garments, on this page we explain the three key technologies used to achieve their amazing warmth to weight ratios.

What is Fabric Denier?

Posted by Mark Richardson on Nov 09, 2022

Fabrics used in Outdoor Clothing and Equipment are often described as 20D or 7D, this figure is known as the Denier of the fabric and is useful in determining the differences between some products. On this page we explain what it means and how it can be used.

Montane's Autumn/Winter 2022 Season Highlights

Posted by Fran O'Donnell on Aug 25, 2022

Seek new challenges this season. With cooler climates and challenging elements on the horizon, stay comfortable on the trails with Montane’s new autumn winter range.Stay well protected with our new season layers, whether it’s walking, running or ski touring. From warm, packable down jackets, to protective GORE-TEX waterproof jackets and technical fleeces, these outer layers and breathable layerin …
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Knowledgebase Page - Choosing a Softshell Jacket

May 24, 2022

To understand the purpose of the softshell jacket is useful to talk about the performance of 'hardshells' focusing on the potential problems with them, problems which boil down to breathability and stiffness. Creating a waterproof fabric is relatively easy but if the fabric doesn't breathe then you'll get just as wet from sweat build up as you would have done from rain if you hadn't worn it. So, a …
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Montane Legwear Guide

Posted by Fran O'Donnell on May 24, 2022

When it comes to clothing there is often a dizzying assortment of options so one of the simplest ways to make your choice is to think about what you will be using them for most of the time. Rather than trying to get an item that does everything in all conditions, it is much better to be realistic and get something that performs brilliantly for the activity you get out and do most. We have tried …
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