Gear Guides, Issue 3

Gear: Cool stuff and Essentials

Scrubba Wash Bag

Described as a pocket-sized washing machine, this clever little innovation can wash clothes in a matter of minutes. The Scrubba has an internal ‘washboard’ – simply fill it with water, cleaning liquid and clothes, then seal and

Stanley Mountain Vacuum Coffee System

Tailor-made for youth hostelling, this hard-wearing vacuum flask comes with an integrated French-press coffee system, two cups and a dry storage for coffee grounds. Perfect for in the hostel or on the mountain.

Lifesystems Light and 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.

Petzl e+LITE

Even for summer day hikes, a head torch is an essential item. This tiny emergency lamp only weighs 27g, can be stored with batteries for up to ten years in an emergency kit and has red and white lights, plus a strobe setting.

This Land by Joe Cornish & Roly Smith

A pleasingly hefty coffee-table book showing how harsh and handsome the British outdoors can be. Cornish’s well-crafted landscape photos cover everywhere from Dorset to the Dark Peak – we love the Snowdonia shots.

Infinite Orbit

A canny idea, this. Generating power through a hand-crank, the device acts as a battery-free back-up for emergencies. Two minutes’ cranking fires up a flat iPhone. It weighs around 330 grams, and the handle is detachable.

Keen Wanderer WP Boots

Conceived in America, made in Europe – and primed for boggy British walks. These new Keen boots use waterproof leather and suede and score highly when it comes to grip and comfort too. In a word? Versatile.

Berghaus Hyper Jacket

Ultra-lightweight waterproof jackets aren’t supposed to be this stylish. Weighing barely 100 grams, this new bit of Berghaus kit manages to be breathable too. It’s ideal for trail challenges. Comes with its own stuff sack.

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