Category: Reviews (Page 1 of 6)

Long-term review: Alpkit Gourdon 20 waterproof pack →

I’ve used Alpkit’s Gourdon waterproof daypacks for just over a decade. I started out with the original Gourdon 25 – little more than a drybag with straps (and, in 2007, a clear window that has since been removed from the range) – before upgrading to the slightly less minimalist Gourdon 20 in 2010.

Here’s my long-term review of the Alpkit Gourdon 20, tested to destruction, for The Great Outdoors.


Review: ÜLA CDT ultralight pack

ULA CDT

Unlike ÜLA’s larger Circuit, I don’t love this pack – but it gets the job done at a little over half the weight. Here’s my review of the ÜLA CDT ultralight pack.

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14 months with the MLD Trailstar

Much has been written about the Trailstar, and at several points over the last year I’ve asked myself if the world really needs another Trailstar review. It’s a known quantity now. Some in the backpacking world have already moved beyond the Trailstar to other shelters entirely. But my year using this unique shelter has taught me so much about lightweight backpacking, transformed my experience in the mountains so profoundly, that I can’t help but write about it.

For all the Trailstar’s wonderful qualities, it isn’t a perfect shelter. I have now spent over 60 nights beneath it, which I think is enough to view it with the proper objectivity to write a review.

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First look: Fujifilm X70. The ultimate backpacker’s camera?

Recently I decided it was time to replace my ageing X-E1, which I keep as my second camera. I decided to get the X70. Here’s my hands-on review.

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Follow-up review: Trailpix ultralight tripod

In my initial hands-on review of this innovative product, I concluded that ‘I think this is going to be exactly what I’ve been looking for’. After using it in the field, I’ve changed my mind. Here’s why.

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