Gear Guides, Issue 2

Gear Review: Wet Weather

Tackling the great outdoors? Don’t leave the house without these little beauties – guaranteed to help you stay dry and comfortable in Great British downpours!

Splashmap 1:25,000

Scrunch it into a ball. Wear it as a scarf. Write on it. Wash it. These clever fabric maps are part navigation tools, part utility items. They’re resilient too. YHA members save 10% – login to

Salomon Evasion GTX Hiking Shoes

Stylish and durable with rugged Contagrip soles, these quality hiking shoes are lightweight and waterproof, making them a great all-weather all-rounder. Wear them on the hills and in the pub.

Aquapac Stormproof Messenger Bag

Rainproof, snowproof and mudproof, this cyclists’ messenger bag will be a godsend to anyone who’s had to deal with a sodden laptop after pedalling through a downpour. It holds plenty – and looks good too.

Hi-Tec TREK Lite

Part of Hi-Tec’s well-priced new range of Bluetooth wearable devices, this water-resistant lightweight watch keeps track of steps taken, distances covered, calories burned and even hours slept – we’re big fans.

Páramo Ladies’ Andina Jacket

Lightweight, insulated and warming, this waterproof jacket is a great bet for multi-activity wear: it suits climbing, hill-walking and cycling equally well. Features include torso vents, two-way zip and internal map pocket.

Montane Prism Jacket

The Montane Prism is a light, packable insulated jacket. It uses PrimaLoft synthetic insulation that keeps you warm even when wet. It looks good, and even the pockets are cosy. It’s also windproof, fast drying and can double as a pillow.

66 North Egill Turtleneck Base Layer

A quality base layer made from Polartec’s Power Wool, a breathable, comfortable material which is part synthetic, part wool. We found it evaporated sweat and prevented post-activity wetness/coldness.

Fjällräven High Coast Wind Jacket

A handsome bit of kit from Fjällräven – pliant, simply designed, practical and attractive. It’s wind-resistant and made from a mix of organic cotton and waxed polyamide.
Copes pretty well in light rain too.

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