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Tested: Keen Liberty Ridge

Tested: Keen Liberty Ridge

We travel to the Balkans to try out Keen’s latest European Made hiking boot… Keen have made much recently of their push to manufacture in the markets that they sell into, and rightly so. As well as providing jobs in these regions, it also saves on the energy used and pollution created by shipping products around the world from far eastern factories. Keen’s factory in Oregon has been manufacturing footwear for the North American market for four years now and they have recently started manufacturing in Europe to serve its customers on this side of the Pond. If only more brands … Read more »

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Tested: Arc’teryx Alpha FL45

Tested: Arc’teryx Alpha FL45

An innovative technical pack from Arc’teryx that’s also waterproof – we test out the Alpha FL45… Designing a technical sack for mountaineers must be one of the most challenging and (when they get it right) satisfying jobs for pack designers, and it’s certainly an area where plenty of great ideas and innovations come from. The Arc’teryx Alpha FL30 and FL45 packs are good examples of this, for not only do they come with the usual great build quality and attention to detail we expect from the brand, they are also clearly the result of some ‘out of the box’ thinking when it … Read more »

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Tested: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Outdry

Tested: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Outdry

  The Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Outdry is a versatile daysack aimed at hikers, rock climbers, alpinists and skiers. The model is a development of the popular Scrambler 30, and the most obvious upgrade from its previous incarnation is the addition of Outdry waterproofing. This feature alone makes the pack stand out in a crowded market, but before we look at this aspect of the pack let’s take a tour around the pack’s basic features. FEATURES At first glance, the pack displays clean lines and unfussy design, but look closer and you also find plenty of functionality. The pack is equipped to carry … Read more »

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Tested: Sherpa Nangpala Hooded Jacket

Tested: Sherpa Nangpala Hooded Jacket

  A couple of issues ago we reviewed the Salewa Fusion Hybrid -8 sleeping bag, which was the first product we’d seen that used Primaloft’s innovative Down Blend insulation, and this month we take a look at another product – this time the Sherpa Nangpala Hooded Jacket – that uses the same technology. Before we look at the jacket itself, a few stats about Primaloft Down Blend: Primaloft GOLD 750 uses a combination of water-repellent goose down (70%) with superfine, hydrophobic PrimaLoft fibres (30%) ; it absorbes water 10 times slower than down; it keeps 95% of its warmth if it does get … Read more »

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Tested: Salewa Fusion Hybrid -8

Tested: Salewa Fusion Hybrid -8

Salewa’s latest sleeping bag uses Primaloft’s innovative new Down Blend which combines down with synthetic fibres, but does it deliver the best of both worlds? We find out… This review is actually a review of not one, but two, products – the Salewa Fusion Hybrid -8 sleeping bag itself, and also the innovative new insulation filling that it uses, Primaloft’s Down Blend. We’ll get onto the bag itself shortly, but let’s talk first about its filling; what actually is Down Blend? One of the biggest innovations in outdoor gear recently has been the introduction of various types of treatment to make duck … Read more »

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