Gear Review

There is no doubt that having good gear can help make a walk more enjoyable. Over the years I have had some rotten, inappropriate gear which has meant that I have completed past walks soaked through, badly blistered or simply uncomfortable. I am now too old to be macho about this! Over the last few years I have gradually accumulated a set of gear I like and I am comfortable with – they may not be the best on the market (some are) but for myself they are ideal.

Here is what I use…

Footwear: 

This is the most important item of clothing/gear for any walker or climber. 

1. Summer, Spring and Autumn walks – the staple!  Berghaus Explorer Trek plus GTX. I have used Explorer boots previously and they have proved to be robust, waterproof and comfortable whether on tarmac or rough fellsides. 

2. Winter walking/Rough , wet summer walking. Scarpa Leather Boots have satisfied me for many years during winter months, protecting my foot, keeping them dry and if necessary stiff enough to take a crampon. 

I do have some cheap, lightweight ‘trainers’ for shorter summer walks in the dry when the goretex boots seem a bit over the top.

Waterproof Jacket.

I am presently using the excellent Berghaus Morraine similar to the Arran jacket.  It keeps out the rain over an extended period (which you would expect but most importantly for me it is exceptionally comfortable, particularly when waving my arms around – the design has more under arm flexibility than anything I have ever found before. It is also lightweight and easily folded in to a pack. My only criticism is that the hood could be stiffer. Really impressed though.


Fleeces
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I look for windproofing and a certain element of waterproofing in my fleece although comfort is key. Berghaus Ben Oss is ideal  

Legwear.

 I use Sprayway walking trousers and despite the fact they are shower rather than rainproof they are exceptionally comfortable. I could not do without them. I have some lightweight overtrousers for when it becomes very wet.


Rucksack.

An Arrete 45 Rucksack for day walks. Simple with little annoying accessories and comfortable. Packs tight when needed.

Berghaus 65 plus 15 Bioflex for long hard days wild camping in Scotland   The pockets are convenient to use and a good size. The orange straps certainly make you stand out. This is now out of stock. 


Tent.

 I have an excellent 2 man Terra Nova tent which has served me well for nearly 10 years – lightweight and simple to put up in the wind it has yet to spring a leak. It is tight for ‘2 men’ and better suited for a more friendly companion or in my case Mist the dog!

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