Gear Guides, Issue 4

Gear: Cool stuff

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Hydroflask 32 oz Wide Mouth

A large-volume outdoor bottle with a vacuum insulation system that keeps drinks icy for up to 24 hours or hot for up to six. It carries almost a litre, so it’s great for beach trips and picnics. Suits water, coffee, beer and more.

OEX Ultra Lite Camping Chair

Weighing just 1.2 kg and packing down to 30cm x 11cm, this is a piece of kit with seriously impressive stats. Stuff it in your bag for festivals, days out and camping trips. It’s simple to put up – and pretty sturdy too.

OEX X-Lite Trigger Walking Poles

Lightweight and well-priced aluminium walking poles that feel pleasingly robust in the hand. They’re tungsten-tipped and have EVA Comfort Handles. The poles weigh just 288 grams each. A good buy.

Osprey Ultra-light Dry Sacks

A practical way of keeping the gear in your rucksack a) bone-dry and b) organised. With a few of these roll-top sacks and you’ll never worry about pulling out your pants on a mountaintop again.

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Páramo Ciclo Jacket

This new waterproof jacket from Páramo is designed expressly for cycling – there’s a drop tail, long arms and back pocket – but it’s a very versatile jacket that uses the eco-friendly Nikwax Analogy Light waterproof fabric.


The MIO GTX, from Italian shoemakers Aku, can be used for a variety of activities. The shoes are pretty lightweight and have a Gore-Tex waterproof lining. Most importantly, they’re very comfortable.

Suunto Traverse

The Traverse is a GPS watch designed for hillwalking and trekking. It has an astonishing range of features, the most useful of them being GPS, a barometric pressure gauge and a compass. Oh – it also tells the time.

Lifesystems Light & Dry Nano First Aid Kit

A first aid kit is an essential for any outdoor activity. This tiny package from Lifesystems includes all the essentials for one person, including sterile dressings, swabs, plasters, bandage, safety pins and a care leaflet.

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