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Group Test: Lightweight Technical Shells

Group Test: Lightweight Technical Shells

A lightweight alpine shell is a must-have item in every mountaineer’s wardrobe – we test 12 of the best models available right now to find which ones you should be considering…   How many waterproof jackets do you need? Well if you’re a mountaineer, scrambler or climber then the answer is probably two: a heavy-duty shell for winter conditions that offers lots of protection and a roomy fit allowing you to layer up underneath; and an alpine shell (or lightweight technical jacket) for the rest of the year when rain is less of an issue, but wind and the occasional shower need … Read more »

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Tested: Jöttnar Hymir Hardshell Smock

Tested: Jöttnar Hymir Hardshell Smock

We try out a lightweight mountain smock that’s made using highly-breathable Polartec Neoshell ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED: JUNE 2015 Since British start-up Jöttnar launched a couple of years ago, we’ve tried out a number of their products, including the Bergelmir mountain shell, the Fjorm and Fenrir down jackets and the Alfar midlayer – and without exception, they have all impressed with their use of fabrics, quality of construction and attention to detail. The company’s small but ever-expanding range now has a new addition in the form of the Hymir – a lightweight technical smock aimed primarily at climbers and mountaineers but eminently suitable for other users too. FEATURES Like … Read more »

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Tested: Keen Uneek 02

Tested: Keen Uneek 02

                    The Uneek O2’s are a lighter weight version of Keen’s original Uneek sandals that, with their new closed heal, gives more of a ‘trainer feel’ in the back – perhaps confusing how to really classify these shoes! Whether sandals or trainers, after several months and a lot of use, I can honestly say that these have been some of the most comfortable footwear that I’ve ever worn. The O2’s are still constructed with the same two-cord design that makes the entire Uneek range so ‘unique’. This construction moves with your foot and almost makes you forget that you’re wearing shoes at all. … Read more »

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Tested: Berghaus Extrem 8000 Pro Jacket

Tested: Berghaus Extrem 8000 Pro Jacket

Berghaus believe the new Extrem 8000 Pro is the ‘most advanced mountaineering jacket’ available – we took it to Nepal to test their claim…     Since the 1980s, Berghaus’ Extrem design teams have been designing state-of-the-art clothing for mountaineers, and 2016 marks the thirtieth anniversary of their first products (which, interestingly, were tested by Simon Yates and Joe Simpson on their ill-fated Siuala Grande expedition). To mark the occasion, the Newcastle-based brand are launching an all-new Extrem collection this autumn, and the 8000 Pro jacket (along with the Ramche 2.0 Down Jacket) is one of the flagship pieces. This jacket is jam-packed … Read more »

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Tested: Haglofs Essens Mimic Jacket

Tested: Haglofs Essens Mimic Jacket

Paul Smith and Chris Kempster try out the latest innovation in insulation, Haglöfs’ QuadFusion Mimic…   The last few year’s has seen a revolution in insulation used in clothing and sleeping bags, initially with various types of waterproof down seeming to offering the best of both worlds – the high warmth to weight of down combined with the water-resistant properties of synthetic – and more recently with the mixing of down and synthetic fibres in PrimaLoft’s Down Blend. Now prepare for the next wave in the insulation revolution, as Haglöfs launch their QuadFusion Mimic filling – a synthetic insulation that looks like, … Read more »

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