Great Gear Guide

We put the lat­est out­door cloth­ing and equip­ment to the test

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The lat­est out­door gear and cloth­ing re­viewed for you

1. Scarpa Neu­tron 2 GTX, £140

THESE trail shoes are de­signed for ex­treme run­ning – think sky marathons at al­ti­tudes of 2000 me­tres (6600ft) and above, with the in­clines ex­ceed­ing 30 per cent. The outer has Gore-tex lin­ing and Vi­bram soles, en­sur­ing feet are pro­tected and grip well af­ter mile upon mile of tough trail con­di­tions. In­side, the TPU sole is de­signed to be anti-tor­sion and to give ex­tra re­bound on push off. My only com­plaint would be on the siz­ing, which dif­fers from the usual nar­row fit of Scarpas. My Scarpa win­ter boots are my pride and joy and fit my feet per­fectly. The Neu­trons, how­ever, have a slightly dif­fer­ent shape to them – a nar­rower toe, larger heel and wider fit.

2. Over­board wa­ter­proof back­pack, £69.99

ARUCKSACK is just a ruck­sack, right? Not when you are on or near wa­ter, with the wet stuff splash­ing at you. I can take a soak­ing my­self – af­ter all, a good out­doors shirt or trousers will dry quickly, and a wa­ter­proof jacket can help when it is chill­ier. But when tak­ing to a ca­noe, kayak, pad­dle board and so on, one thing that re­ally puts a glum feel­ing on a day is soggy sand­wiches or cam­era. This back­pack does the job per­fectly; it’s not too heavy and it’s wa­ter­tight. At 20 litres, it’s big enough to store your day kit, yet small enough to stow com­fort­ably in a ca­noe. I’m glad to say I’ve not tested it in a cap­size but they are de­signed as be­ing sub­mersible.

3. Ice­breaker COOL-LITE Strike Tee, £70

CON­FES­SION – I’ve avoided Ice­breaker gear as, though folk rave about it, I thought it pricey. Af­ter all, you can get base­lay­ers for a few quid. Now I get it! I wore this on the TGO Chal­lenge coast-to­coast. Weight was vi­tal so we didn’t carry many clothes – I feel a bit manky telling you how long I wore this (six days) but it didn’t whiff at all. Hon­est! It’s amaz­ing. Ap­par­ently it’s the blend of merino wool and TENCEL eu­ca­lyp­tus wood fi­bre. What­ever it is, it works. Ex­cel­lent wick­ing means it dries su­per-quick. It’s so soft and comfy too, with no scratchy seams. Top bit of kit. I guess it’s a case of you get what you pay for – it’s dear, but it’s the busi­ness! I’d pre­fer a long-sleeve, though, for bet­ter UV pro­tec­tion.

4. Gox­treme Pi­o­neer, £49.99

BE­FORE in­vest­ing in any ac­tion cam­era, it’s got to be worth think­ing how much you’ll use it. I’ve seen many early adopters of ex­pen­sive cam­eras use them only a half dozen times, so an af­ford­able cam like this seems a great idea. Frame rate is a smidge below av­er­age, as is field of vi­sion, but build qual­ity is good and it comes with a great range of accessories, in­clud­ing sturdy wa­ter­proof hous­ing. The but­tons are easy to use out and about, even with gloved hands. For cy­cling, it works best on a chest har­ness, not in­cluded, but avail­able to buy sep­a­rately. Uploading the videos to Youtube was quick and easy, and all I would ever do. Die-hard video buffs might want more, but for ca­sual users it’s ev­ery­thing you need.

Ka­t­rina Pa­trick

Robert Wight

Alex Corlett

Nick Drainey

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