Kit reviews

Apologies for the lack of actual reviews so far, but here is a list of what I intend to post about:


Osprey Talon 44 (unisex – the women’s model is the Tempest 40)

Osprey Aura 35 (sadly now discontinued – try the new Atmos/Aura AG or the Stratos/Sirrus models, or the unisex Exos)

Osprey Tempest 30 (the men’s version is the Talon 33)

Osprey Tempest 20 (the men’s version is the Talon 22)



Salomon X-Ultra trail shoes

Teva Terra Fi and Terra Fi Lite

Hoka One One hiking shoes and boots

Birkenstock EVA Madrid slip-on sandals

Rain gear: 

Altus Atmospheric and Rainlight Poncho (or the very similar Vaude Hiking)

Dirty Girl gaiters (UK stockist) – Initial thoughts

Sleeping bags:

Lightweight and not so lightweight bags – Snugpak Travelpak Traveller

Alpkit Pipe Dream 200

Alpkit Cloud Cover


Fitbit activity trackers Flex / Charge / Charge HR