Upcoming gear reviews will include field reviews from the following companies –
- Expedition Foods
- Kora Outdoors
- Solar technologies
- Get in the Mood Coffee
- And many more…
Red Fox – Down Shell II Review
Our initial impression of the Down Shell Jacket made by Russian Company Red Fox Clothing.
First of all, ex Soviet Union Company is charging far less for their gear than other European know to us brands, but without cutting the quality of the products. By using WINDSTOPPER® Active Shell and high quality down I found this jacket very warm, well designed and stylish. I have been testing gear for many years now and I can say that this unknown to the UK Company has got something special to offer. This coat has all you need for the cold Alpine season or Scottish unpredictable winter. I loved the fleece lining of the neck collar, pockets and cuffs. Brilliant two way zip, helmet comparable hood and Napoleon pockets make this jacket a must have!
Kora – Shola Review
I can say without reservation the Kora Shola 230 is the Rolls Royce of base layers. It’s not just because of its luxurious feel, outstanding heat retention properties, attention to detail and style. So let’s see what makes it number one!
Breathability and Temperature control – I was staggered at how warm this top was when I needed it to be, and its comfort and breathability across a multitude of activities.
Drying Speed – Fast drying, no loss of shape.
Durability – Amazing natural material that, that retains its shape and fit.
Comfort – Outstanding comfort and luxurious feel.
Style/Fit – Fits like a glove with sensible lengths in body and arms.
Conclusion – With its masterly design, superb fit, style and outstanding versatility the Shola 230 is essential to staying warm and comfortable whatever you’re doing.
Recommendation – If you can only buy one base layer, this is the one for you.
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Asolos – Flame GTX Review
Asolo’s own words to start with – Hiking and summer – winter walking.
“One-piece water-resistant 1,8 mm suede leather upper. Gore-Tex® lining, waterproof and breathable. Midsole in eva mono density. Asolo® highly technical sole with the application of Matrix technology and Active Heel Support, the balance of the outsole has self-cleaning lugs designed for optimum performance on varying types of terrain . Classic lacing system. Toe rubber cap”.
What does this mean, well given that everything is getting smarter and logically more useful and useable, Asolo have outdone themselves with a remarkable 3 seasons boot that gives day long comfort without costing the earth. They have combined their legendary boot making skills and latest technology to achieve a outstanding all round boot.
So to my thoughts after wearing them almost continually for 5 months, they have endured yomps across the Brecon Beacons in driving rain, snow and some very warm days. Plus days on the Gower and Wales Coastal Path, and they have performed above and beyond expectations. We all have our own preferences when choosing boots. Here are a few factors that go into making the best hiking boot brand in my opinion:
Robustness – I’ve had my Asolo GTX Flame hiking boot for over 5 months and have walked over 1,200 miles in them and they are still going strong!
Construction – Goretex for breathability & waterproof and leather for durability and shock absorption
Protection – Great ankle support and all round foot protection.
Blisters – Not even a warm spot!!
And don’t forget to clean them!
These are reasonably priced boots that are made for walking!!
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Boots were supplied by Outdoor world direct for for review purposes
Berghaus – Tyree Jacket Review
I have to say this jacket has proved to be a most capable jacket that punches far above its weight(no pun intended). As its described as a lightweight multipurpose activity jacket, made from microlight Pertex.
Its Berghaus active fit makes it perfect for anything from early morning run’s, cycling, hanging around on belays or a yomp over the Brecon Beacons, which is where it got its soak test and proved that looks can be deceptive. I remained dry and warm after a number of nasty down pours and will certainly be recommending this jacket, on performance and price.
In conclusion this super lightweight jacket excels at shrugging off water ,even after the worst that Wales can throw at it you remain dry and warm underneath, whilst still looking good. It has the right amount of pockets that allow you to carry just enough useful stuff without looking like a bin bag.
Its an super piece of kit that stands head and shoulders above the competition and shows why Berghaus continues to be one of the most innovative outdoor equipment suppliers.
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