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Review: AKU Trekker Pro GTX women’s boots

In the strangest of years, a 14-day spell of isolation ends, with precision, on the day that Wales locks down. While everyone I know stocks up to stay indoors, my backpack and boots are propped up, ready to go out…. Continue Reading →

Review: Why good kit is Páramo-unt

We’re in that seasonal interlude of autumnal days unable to decide between frosty mornings, driving drizzle and surprisingly sunny spells. If, like me, you’re in gloves and coat one minute and reaching for the sunglasses the next, it’s time to… Continue Reading →

Eight essentials for your hiking backpack

The hills are alive with the sound of people enjoying themselves. After nearly four months of staying close to home in Wales, it’s joyful to be able to get into the mountains again and see solo hikers, couples and families… Continue Reading →

Review: Klean Kanteen insulated bottle & ChicoBag

For someone with little dress sense and a habit of packing odd flip-flops for a day at the beach, I’m rather more discerning when it comes to my outdoor accessories. When gifted a Klean Kanteen bottle and asked to choose… Continue Reading →

Review: Wild Running, Britain’s 200 Greatest Trail Runs

I’m running over Dinas Head, a cyan ocean sparkling below and the endless sands of Newport enticing in the distance. Not really, of course, because we’re in the middle of lockdown and I haven’t been further than two miles from… Continue Reading →

Review: Love Leggings Energise 7/8 Sports Leggings

I’m running nine miles in the aftermath of Storm Dennis, clocking up a figure-of-eight route that swirls almost as crazily as the wind I’m battling into. I could have waited a few hours, the forecast set to clear, but I… Continue Reading →

Review: Haix Scout Gore-tex hiking boots

There’s no white Christmas in Wales, just a gorgeously golden day that, of course, slides behind ominous Boxing Day clouds just as soon as I can get my boots on and get out properly. The boots in question are Haix… Continue Reading →

Review: TOG24 Beamsley Waterproof Jacket

TOG24 Beamsley Women’s Waterproof Jacket, £100   My mission to wear less blue isn’t going so well. I’ve promised myself I’ll foray into warmer colours and here I am, with three new coats all in inescapable shades of sea. But… Continue Reading →

Review: Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex Jacket

Mountain Hardwear High Exposure Gore-Tex C-Knit Jacket, £450   I’m hiking 12 miles around Waterfall Country in a yellow weather warning. In addition to the rain (persistent), the spray from the seven falls forming the route is fierce. There’s no… Continue Reading →

Review: Weird Fish Lulu Waterproof Jacket

Weird Fish Lulu Waterproof Jacket, £60    Lionel and I are having a stand-off. He likes to think he has the smartest coat in the village but, in my new waterproof jacket, I’m giving him a serious run in the… Continue Reading →

Review: Sundried Eco Tech tee

I’m road testing Sundried’s Eco Tech® women’s fitness top, ‘road’ being the operative word as I up my running game. The claim is that it’s perfect for all manner of sports and workouts, from running and cycling to the gym… Continue Reading →

Review: Vango F10 Hut 45L rucksack

This new rucksack has a lot to live up to, I think as I pack for a night in the hills. I’m rather partial to the 35L daypack I’ve been wearing thin for the last five years, to the point… Continue Reading →

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