We have all the recommendations for what you need to head for the hills. Whether its rain or shine, summer or winter, we have the walking gear for you.
Lowe Alpine Eclipse 25 Rucksack
This is an award-winning 25-litre rucksack, and it’s clear why. There are plenty of pockets and features, and we’re impressed by the side-zip entry and the walking pole “tip grippers”. Fantastic for serious day-walkers.
Sprayway Grendel Jacket
Summer in the UK isn’t always sun and skittles, so this is a top option for blustery days. Using Gore Windstopper technology and stretch side panels, it keeps the chill out while still being light and easily packable.
Using technology developed for NASA, this 75cl bottle filters out 99.9% of all bacteria and viruses from water sources. We’ve tried it in a country stream, and watched as brown silty water became clear H20. Each filter lasts for 200 litres.
For hillwalkers who find it hard to go without decent coffee (hello to you), this is a godsend: a quick, lightweight, no-fuss coffee maker that produces genuinely good results. We can recommend using it with Percol Guatemala.
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4
This is not a large camera, but it’s an excellent one. It’s waterproof down to 15m, freezeproof, crushproof and wifi-compatible, although best for us are the quality and ruggedness it offers for its 225g size. You’ll get manual and auto settings and a 25-100mm zoom – we took the pics shown here with it.
Brunton TruArc 20 Compass
Brunton’s TruArc series are now the official compasses of the Scouts, and this model shows why. Its needle never loses polarity over time, and the
compass itself has a sighting mirror, bubble level and triple clinometer system. A hugely reliable companion for off-grid walkers.
Gizoo Bluetooth Splash Speaker
We’ve used this to listen to 6 Music in the shower, a podcast in a tent and the Ashes in the garden. It’s a sturdy, well-priced bit of Bluetooth kit. The sound quality’s strong and the range is up to 10 metres – we can also vouch that it works in the rain.