It's been a long time coming but people are finally getting back to the hills. In the run-up to lockdown we had a number of samples in on test including the Arcteryx Proton LT Hoody.
This September I returned to the Swiss Alps, to continue a section hike on the Via Alpina route. I previously hiked three sections in September 2018 and you can read that related article here
Thermarest are a market leader in sleeping mats and have been designing at the forefront of camp comfort since the 1970’s.
Leki are probably the best known, most respected, name in walking poles. The Micro Vario Carbon continue the brand's reputation for innovation with a balance of low weight and high strength in a 3-part collapsable pole.
Osprey have built an enviable reputation in the outdoors world for their incredibly comfortable packs, but the downside has always been the weight. With the Levity, Osprey have broken with tradition and gone lightweight, but is the famous Osprey comfort compromised or are the opposing priorities well balanced?
This September 2018 I was kindly invited back to Switzerland with Swiss Tourism, to do a solo section hike of part of the Via Alpina.
In the first of our Walking/Approach Shoe group test, Bryn takes the Italian made Aku Tengu Low GTX through their paces on his wild camping adventures.
In September 2017, My Outdoors was lucky enough to be invited by Swiss Tourism on a press trip showcasing hiking through different regions of Switzerland using the World famous Swiss public transport system that combines trains, boats and a system of cog and funicular high-mountain railways. A spell of high pressure ensured the weather was perfect for the whole trip, making for perfect conditions to explore the mountains.
Designed to keep you warm and protected from the elements with a combination of 750fp goose down and highly rated synthetic fabrics the Rab Microlight Alpine gives you warmth and weather protection from Scotland to the Alps. Hydrophobic down gives improved performance in the wet and the fit is classic Rab with clean, uncluttered, lines making it ideal for layering.
Arcteryx have got an enviable reputation when it comes to winter wear, combining build quality, design and functionality in products you can rely on. When they announced a new insulated jacket in the form of the Cerium LT Hoody we jumped at the chance to put it through a full 3 months of testing in preparation for the winter season.