THAT WATERPROOF UP THERE is definitely waterproof. You know how I know that? Because that’s me standing underneath Sgwd yr Eira in the Brecon Beacons to find out. The force of the water might have drilled a hole in my scalp, but at least I was able to tell you it worked. That’s the kind of fun we have when we’re testing out kit for Country Walking. And because we test so much gear during a year, and because you might not remember when we tested something you’re interested in, we’ve produced this Yearbook: a potted précis of all the winter-dedicated kit we’ve covered in 2017. Each review is checked and updated with the benefit of longer-term use, revealing new-found benefits – and the odd newly-discovered flaw. Take it to your local gear shop, or keep it handy as you browse online, and with any luck you’ll be able to face the coldest of days with absolute confidence. Enjoy.