Category: review

As I was just about to go to Anglesey for a break it was great to be asked to review the Craghoppers Mens Classic Kiwi Walking Hiking Trousers. Although I have some of my own (I have a lot of them) Outdoor Look supplied a new black pair for me to try which was handy as my current ones are getting a bit big since I’ve started running. Sometimes it’s hard to review ‘free’ things that we’re sent as bloggers but this time it was easy. The Craghopper Kiwi’s are…

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A few weeks ago I was contacted by a representative of Berghaus asking if I’d like to review one of their jackets, the Monsoon. As I was on the look out for a new one due to my current jacket bing too big now I’ve been running for over a year, a few emails later a lovely olive green Berghaus Monsoon Jacket arrived in the post and first impressions were good. The quality felt excellent and compared with my (now) old one it is very light. It’s more minimal than I’m…

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I’d been wanting to test Merrell Trail Glove shoes since I’d first read and heard about the ‘barefoot’ way of running, or ‘bareform’ as Merrell call it so it was great to be given the opportunity to review a pair by nightgear.co.uk. On opening the box first impressions were wow, these things weigh nothing and they look great, I couldn’t wait to get them on and go for my first ‘barefoot’ run. Taking my queue from all the articles on the internet I had planned to go out slowly and…

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As I do a bit of walking, hills that is as well as just using my legs to get to the car and back, when the opportunity came to get my hands on a decent compass for review I took it with open arms. I’ve always wanted a mirror compass for sighting, ever since I was in Scouts a long, long time ago so when the Silva Ranger S arrived from Go Outdoors not only was it ‘Oooo, look, new toy’ but it also brought back a lot of happy…

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Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined when starting a blog about sea fishing and walking that I’d be reviewing a pair of tights that I, a manly man (I hope) have been recently wearing. Never that is, until I took up running and the UK winter arrived. We’ve been running for almost 3 months now and until last week I’d been quite happy running in a pair of shorts with in-built support/underwear but that was until the temperature dropped below zero. Something had to be done before…

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After what can only be described as the wettest Summer I can remember who in their right mind would take up road running as a means to get fit… you’ve guessed, we have. I’m not sure who’s crazy idea it was but after finding the C25K (couch to 5 k) programme on the NHS website we’re really enjoying it and the best thing is, you can do it no matter what the state of the weather or tide is. Where this new found exuberance for fitness and running will lead…

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It’s been a while since I’ve looked into getting some new hiking boots but finally my old pair gave way and with the rock fishing season well and truly upon us I took a ‘proper’ look at the range from Merrell. I’ve worn Merrell MOAB training shoes for the past 6 or so years and they’ve been fantastic – especially the Gortex ones which are fully waterproof. After looking around, I ordered a pair of the hiking boot version, the Merrell MOAB Mid GTX from Zalando in a UK size 10.…

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I’ve made a fairly drastic decision in my sea fishing recently and that is to go down the ‘continental’ style of beach / shore fishing where the rods are longer and softer and used with a fixed spool real. The reasoning behind this is that although I love my 2 Century Tip Tornado’s coupled with the 6500 Mag Elite multipliers unless I’m going out fairly consistently my casting with these rods (pendulum style) goes to pot. With a fixed spool set up casting is generally easier, and new rod technology…

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We went fly fishing over the weekend to our local Mere Beck, didn’t catch anything but we had a few follows and nips on the cat whisker lures Wendy made the previous week – yes – we’re finally making our own… I did get to try out some new boots that the nice people at fishing tackle suppliers, Fishtec sent me to test though and I must say first impressions are very good. The TF Gear Thermo-Tex Boots are constructed of very light weight (although thick) rubber which seems more flexible…

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As the nice people at Fishtec sent us some of the new 2011 Airflo Forty Plus line to test we took a trip down to our local fly fishery, Mere Beck, last Sunday to see if we could tempt any trout to come and play. The weather was bizarre to say the least, red hot one minute, hammering it down the next, then hot enough to dry everything off again 10 minutes later. After reading the reports from the previous few days we both fished a buzzer, washing line style, with…

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