Gear Guides, Issue 5

Gear: Cool Stuff

KEEN A-phlex Shoes

New from Oregon-based outfitters KEEN, these sturdy, versatile shoes are intended “for the trail or the city”. They’re attractive, comfortable to wear and have high-traction rubber soles. Available in low or mid options. keenfootwear.com

Rab Power Stretch Pro Hoody

This is a high-quality, winter-weight fleece hoodie designed for use as a mid-layer. It uses Polartec Power Stretch fabric, meaning it retains heat without restricting movement. Looks great when it’s on, too. rab.equipment/uk 

Hi Gear Packlite Alpinist Jacket 

Packing down to compact pillow-size, this lightweight bit of kit from Go Outdoors is in fact a hooded down jacket. It’s warm, crucially, and a durable water-repellent finish is a further selling point. Thumbs up. gooutdoors.co.uk   

North Ridge Men’s Merino Convect LSZ Top

Baselayers are crucial for winter walking, and this one comes recommended. Made from 100% merino wool, it’s soft, warming and can be worn as naturally on the sofa as on the hills. Also comes in slate-brick colour. gooutdoors.co.uk 

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Salomon Wayfarer Mountain Pant 

Fast-drying, double-weave fabric makes these a great pair of trousers for technical hiking and climbing. They’re close-fitting and reinforced at the seat and knees, with an elasticated waistband and two zipped pockets. salomon.com 

Mammut Washbag Roomy

Fed up with shower gel leaking all over your toothbrush? Mammut’s aptly named Roomy spells an end to cramped washbags – features include a mirror, a hook, three zipped compartments and six open compartments. mammut.ch

CHJGD UltraCompact 

A portable charger with the bark to match its bite, rating highly for reliability and capacity (it gives almost four iPhone charges). It’s compatible with all smartphones and comes in five designs – we love the bulldog. chargedpower.com    

Lowe Alpine AT Kit Bag 60

Tough and stylish, this 60-litre duffel bag is perfect for weekends away. It’s big on capacity and has three grab handles, as well as heavy-duty buckles and a stashable harness, meaning it can be worn as a backpack. lowealpine.com 

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