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.

Silva Northern Traverse 2024

Posted by Chris Futers on May 07, 2024

With the ever-growing popularity of trail running and ultra marathons, events have become plentiful worldwide. One such event is the Silva Northern Traverse which follows Wainwright's 300 km Coast to Coast route beginning in St Bees, covering three National Parks in the north of England before finishing in Robin Hoods Bay. Aside from this multi-day race (5 days for competitors to complete), t …
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TGO Kit List Highlights 2024

Posted by Andy Neil, Danny Pearson and Lois Fife on May 02, 2024

May means one thing in the Ultralight office: The Great Outdoors Challenge, or the TGO, for short. We are incredibly proud to sponsor this communal coast-to-coast crossing of Scotland. This year, Lois, Danny, and I are taking part in this years crossing. Lois is embarking on her first, and Danny and I are attempting our third TGO challenge.The TGO Challenge is a unique coast-to-coast trek across S …
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Exped's Lightest Ever Kit List

Posted by Andy Neil on Apr 30, 2024

Summer is the perfect time to escape into nature on a multi-day backpacking trip. Simplify your life, shed daily stresses and immerse yourself in stunning landscapes powered by your body. Travelling light lets you cover more ground and enjoy the journey. Here is our ultralight backpacking setup from Exped, crafted for chasing summer adventures.

Gossamer Gear’s updated Mariposa. What's changed?

Posted by Andy Neil on Apr 12, 2024

The latest iteration of their Mariposa 60 backpack exemplifies Gossamer Gear's “Take less, do more” ethos. It boasts a host of updates aimed at elevating durability, comfort, and versatility for backpackers of all stripes.

Montane Trailblazer 25 Rucksack Review - “A versatile, comfortable daypack; it's a fantastic choice for outdoor pursuits like day hiking and summer summit trips.”

Posted by Andy Neil on Apr 09, 2024

The Montane Trailblazer 25L is a meticulously crafted backpack to elevate your hiking experience. This innovative pack seamlessly blends comfort, functionality, and sustainability, making it an ideal companion for day hikes, gym sessions, and daily commutes. With its 25-litre capacity, I found the Trailblazer 25L a perfect-sized day pack for hiking and hill walking. It was large enough to …
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Gregory Stout and Amber Rucksacks

Apr 02, 2024

Designed to take the complexity out of your on-trail adventures, the Stout and Amber make getting the proper fit easy, and all your gear comfortably down the trail.

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Awards 2023

Posted by Andy Neil on Dec 22, 2023

2023 was an excellent year for new ultralight equipment and clothing, and we wanted to highlight some of our favourite gear that hit the market this year. Some pieces, like the Montbell Plasma 1000, pushed the limits of what it means to be ultralight even further. Others, like the Nemo Tensor Extreme Conditions sleeping pad, showed real innovation by raising their R-value to an industry-leading 8. …
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10 Tips for Wet Weather Backpacking

Posted by Mark Richardson on Oct 11, 2023

#1 Take a Waterproof Cap: The hoods on shell jackets are generally pretty good, some have a decent peak but the lighter weight ones can be poor in this respect. None of them can beat wearing a waterproof cap under the hood though, the large peak keeps the rain off your face and it helps keep the hood from shifting when you turn your head. #2 Two bags are better than one: Check …
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Exped Winter Kit List

Posted by Andy Neil on Sep 19, 2023

As the nights are drawing in and the temperature is starting to dip, we are excited about the prospect of the upcoming winter camping season. Winter camping can be more challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Cosy nights curled up in the tents, crisp frosty mornings, and dark star-filled skies are all only a few months away. So, we have teamed up with our friends at EXPED to de …
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Gregory Focal 58L Review - ''A robust carrying system, packed full of features and for a weight of 1.3kg''

Posted by Chris Futers on Aug 15, 2023

This year’s ‘The Great Outdoor Challenge’ (TGOC) allowed me to take the Gregory Focal 58L rucksack out into the Scottish Highlands, whilst I’d attempted to make it from Plockton in the West to Montrose on the East Coast. For the TGOC, most look for a pack size between 45 litres (minimalist, certainly compromises to be made on kit) to 70 litres (preparing for all eventualities with a few e …
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