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Best Trekking Knife (and Backup)

Best Trekking Knife (and Backup)

Ka-Bar's Dozier Folding Hunter (Drop Point) Preface In this review we're looking at two knives. The main one is Scramble's official recommendation (a consensus opinion) and the backup is the editor's [...] Read more

Best Cold Weather Baselayer(s)

Best Cold Weather Baselayer(s)

Honours Shared: Two Great Baselayers from Norway Preface As always, we're looking at the Bergans of Norway Akeleie Half Zip and the Helly Hansen Lifa Merino Seamless Half Zip from the point of view [...] Read more

Best Cold Weather Trekking Cap

Best Cold Weather Trekking Cap

Mountain Equipment's Tuolumne Softshell Cap Preface As always, we're looking at the Mountain Equipment Tuolumne from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Head [...] Read more

Best Head Torches, Headlamps (Budget & Sub Zero Lighting)

Best Head Torches, Headlamps (Budget & Sub Zero Lighting)

Torches, Batteries and the Cold Preface In this review we're going to depart from our normal format as we're looking at multiple options which may be mixed and matched depending on conditions, [...] Read more

Best Cold Weather (Sub Zero) Sleeping Mat

Best Cold Weather (Sub Zero) Sleeping Mat

Multimat's Expedition Summit Compact 38S Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat Preface As always, we're looking at the Multimat Expedition Summit 38S from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (Under 400g) Insulated Jacket

Best Lightweight (Under 400g) Insulated Jacket

Mountain Equipment's Rampart Hooded Jacket Preface We recently wrote a post about synthetic insulation titled "A Fraud of Meaningless Measures" which serves as a companion piece to this review. It, [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (~200g) Thermal Sleepwear Top (Alt)

Best Lightweight (~200g) Thermal Sleepwear Top (Alt)

Montane's Allez Micro Pull-On Preface This review currently serves as an adjunct to our parallel recommended sleepwear top, the Odlo "Windblock" Crew. This excellent top is no longer made by Odlo but [...] Read more

Best Heavy Duty Cold Weather Softshell Trousers

Best Heavy Duty Cold Weather Softshell Trousers

Mountain Equipment's Ibex Mountain Pants Preface This review makes a modular case for winter legwear and references two related components. We recommend looking at the following reviews for a more [...] Read more

Best Cold Weather Gaiters

Best Cold Weather Gaiters

Alpkit's Colca Hiking Gaiters Preface As always, we're looking at the Alpkit Colca Gaiters from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Height: 5ft 8", Inside [...] Read more

Best Pack Accessories (Dry Bags, Stuff Sacks, Packing Cells etc...)

Best Pack Accessories (Dry Bags, Stuff Sacks, Packing Cells etc...)

Roll-Top, Drawcord & Zippered Pack Accessories Preface The purpose of most of the items outlined in this post, aside from providing some form of protection, is to make packing and unpacking in [...] Read more

Tarp + Bivvy Bag (1. Tarp): Best Deluxe Solo / 2 Person UL Tarp

Tarp + Bivvy Bag (1. Tarp): Best Deluxe Solo / 2 Person UL Tarp

Scramble's G-55 Deluxe Solo / 2-Person UL Tarp Preface To understand how we arrived at the tarp + bivvy bag setup for long duration treks in warmer conditions, please read our companion post "Reasons [...] Read more

Best 40L (to 60L) Sub Zero Mountain Pack

Best 40L (to 60L) Sub Zero Mountain Pack

Blue Ice's Warthog 40 (pre-2019) Preface As always, we're looking at the Blue Ice Warthog 40 from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. We're (still) big fans of Karrimor [...] Read more

Modular Tent (2. Porch, Quick Shelter): Best UL Solo Tarp

Modular Tent (2. Porch, Quick Shelter): Best UL Solo Tarp

Scramble's G-38 Ultralight Solo Tarp Preface To understand how we arrived at the (hooped) bivvy + tarp setup, please read our companion post "Reasons To Go Modular". The G-38 is the upgraded version [...] Read more

Best ~4 Litre Belt Bag (Pouch)

Best ~4 Litre Belt Bag (Pouch)

Scramble's Machine 4L Belt Bag Preface A couple of things to note. Firstly, the item photographed in this review is a prototype, as such the finishing is a little rough and ready; the product images [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (Under 400g) Softshell Hooded Jacket

Best Lightweight (Under 400g) Softshell Hooded Jacket

Mountain Equipment's Echo Hooded Jacket Preface This review has been updated to include the results of the recent Winter Kit Test findings where the jacket was paired with the light Rab Momentum [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (3 Season) Baselayer

Best Lightweight (3 Season) Baselayer

Megmeister's Drynamo Long Sleeve Crew Preface As always, we're looking at the Megmeister Drynamo Crew from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Chest 42", [...] Read more

Best Backpack Side Pocket (Rucksack Side Pouch, Cell, Pod)

Best Backpack Side Pocket (Rucksack Side Pouch, Cell, Pod)

Scramble's Tower 11L Full Zip Pack Extender Preface To understand why we made the Towers read our post "The Problem with Pouches, Pockets and Dry Bags". In addition we've outlined the reasoning [...] Read more

Best Trekking Mug

Best Trekking Mug

Tatonka's Expedition Mug Preface As always, we're looking at the Tatonka Expedition Mug from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test item: Expedition Mug Kit Tests: [...] Read more

Best Water Bottle & Carry Pouch (MOLLE, Belt System)

Best Water Bottle & Carry Pouch (MOLLE, Belt System)

US GI 1 Quart Canteen & Bulldog Tactical Gear's Laser MOLLE Medium Upright Utility Pouch Preface This review will be most relevant to those who prefer climbing or military "patrol" packs that [...] Read more

Best Trekking Trouser Belt

Best Trekking Trouser Belt

Edelrid's Turley Belt Preface Though we're predominantly looking at the Turley belt, this review is as much a piece about a specific type of belt (or accurately a type of buckle) and below we've [...] Read more

Tarp + Bivvy Bag (2. Bivi): Best Bivy Sack

Tarp + Bivvy Bag (2. Bivi): Best Bivy Sack

Alpkit's Hunka Bivvy Bag Preface To understand how we arrived at the tarp + bivvy bag setup for long duration treks in warmer conditions, please read our companion post "Reasons To Go Modular". As [...] Read more

Best 3 Season Sleeping Mat

Best 3 Season Sleeping Mat

Nordisk's Ven 2.5 Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat Preface As always, we're looking at the Nordisk Ven 2.5 from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Chest 42", [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (~250g) Down Vest, Gilet (Thermal Booster Layer)

Best Lightweight (~250g) Down Vest, Gilet (Thermal Booster Layer)

Decathlon's Quechua Trek 500 Down Gilet Preface As always, we're looking at the Decathlon Trek 500 Down Gilet from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Chest [...] Read more

Best All-Round Trekking Ice Axe (Under 500g)

Best All-Round Trekking Ice Axe (Under 500g)

Blue Ice's Bluebird Preface As always, we're looking at the Blue Ice Bluebird from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Though the Scramble team are regular users of ice [...] Read more

Best 3 Season Trekking Cap

Best 3 Season Trekking Cap

Ronhill's Trail Split Cap Preface As always, we're looking at the Ronhill Split Cap from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Head circumference: 57.5cm [...] Read more

Best Tent Pegs (For Various Conditions)

Best Tent Pegs (For Various Conditions)

A Tent Peg Arsenal for Almost All Conditions Preface As always, we're looking at this collection of tent pegs (stakes) from the point of view of long distance solo trekking over challenging terrain. [...] Read more

Modular Tent (1. Body): Best Hooped Bivvy (Bivi, Bivvi, Bivy, etc)

Modular Tent (1. Body): Best Hooped Bivvy (Bivi, Bivvi, Bivy, etc)

Macpac's Bush Cocoon Preface Firstly, if you spend a good deal of time sitting in and around your tent admiring the view or waiting for the sun to shine (i.e. camping), then this review may not be [...] Read more

Best Ultralight (~100g) Hooded Wind Jacket

Best Ultralight (~100g) Hooded Wind Jacket

Mizuno's Lightweight Hoody Wind Jacket (Kato 2.0) Preface As always, we're looking at the Mizuno Hoody Wind Jacket from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: [...] Read more

Best Sub Zero Trekking Gloves (Combination)

Best Sub Zero Trekking Gloves (Combination)

Sub Zero Trekking Glove Combination Part 1. Dexterity Preface This review is for people who spend extended time in the mountains during winter and will be most relevant for those who expect to use an [...] Read more

Best Cold Weather Balaclava (Face Mask, Neck Gaiter)

Best Cold Weather Balaclava (Face Mask, Neck Gaiter)

Pyua's Flash Balaclava Preface As always, we're looking at the Pyua Flash Balaclava from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. The Flash Balaclava is available in two sizes: [...] Read more

Best Lightweight Beanie for Dynamic Activities (~50g)

Best Lightweight Beanie for Dynamic Activities (~50g)

Bergans of Norway's Varde Beanie Preface As always, we're looking at the Bergans Varde Beanie from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Head circumference: [...] Read more

Best Trekking Baselayer Bottoms

Best Trekking Baselayer Bottoms

F-Lite's Megalight 140 Base Layer 1/2 Shorts Preface The F-Lite baselayer bottoms are a year-round baselayer. In winter we pair these with the Odlo Cubic Tights (now called "Active F-Dry Light [...] Read more

Modular Sleeping Bag 1: Best ~450g 1 Season and Inner

Modular Sleeping Bag 1: Best ~450g 1 Season and Inner

Alpkit's Cloud Cover Preface The following assumes the use of a tent / hooped bivvy or a tarp and bivvy in warmer conditions (hammock users will need to decide whether such a system may benefit [...] Read more

Modular Sleeping Bag 2: Best 1 Season and 3 Season Outer

Modular Sleeping Bag 2: Best 1 Season and 3 Season Outer

Nordisk's Abel +10 Sleeping Bag Preface The following assumes the use of a tent / hooped bivvy or a tarp and bivvy in warmer conditions (hammock users will need to decide whether such a system may [...] Read more

Modular Sleeping Bag 3: Best 4 Season (Sub Zero) Bag and Extreme Outer

Modular Sleeping Bag 3: Best 4 Season (Sub Zero) Bag and Extreme Outer

Carinthia's Defence 4 Sleeping Bag Preface The following assumes the use of a tent / hooped bivvy or a tarp and bivvy in warmer conditions (hammock users will need to decide whether such a system may [...] Read more

Best Cold Weather Waterproof Tent Boots

Best Cold Weather Waterproof Tent Boots

3 Layer Thermal Tent Boot Ensemble Preface As always, we're looking at this tent boot ensemble from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Foot Size = 9, Foot [...] Read more

Best Trekking Bowl

Best Trekking Bowl

Snow Peak's Titanium Trek Bowl Preface As always, we're looking at the Snow Peak Trek Bowl from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test item: Trek Bowl Kit Tests: Winter, [...] Read more

Best Cold Weather Trekking Socks

Best Cold Weather Trekking Socks

Darn Tough's Mountaineering Socks Preface As always, we're looking at the Darn Tough Mountaineering Socks from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Foot Size: [...] Read more

Best Cold Weather Beanie Hat (Under 70g)

Best Cold Weather Beanie Hat (Under 70g)

Mountain Equipment's Plain Knitted Beanie Preface As always, we're looking at the Mountain Equipment Plain Knitted Beanie from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test [...] Read more

Best 4 Season Gas Stove

Best 4 Season Gas Stove

Kovea's Spider Remote Canister Stove Preface Kovea are a Korean company that specialise in manufacturing outdoor equipment and are predominantly known for their stoves, but they aren't nearly as well [...] Read more

Best Modular 30 Litre to 55 Litre Trekking Pack

Best Modular 30 Litre to 55 Litre Trekking Pack

Karrimor SF's Predator 30 MOLLE Pack Preface: "Karrimor SF" is NOT "Karrimor" As always, we're looking at the Karrimor SF Predator 30 from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (~200g) Thermal Sleepwear Bottoms

Best Lightweight (~200g) Thermal Sleepwear Bottoms

Rab's Power Stretch Pro Pants Preface As always, we're looking at the Rab Power Stretch Pro Pants from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Waist 33", Inner [...] Read more

Best Waterproof Trousers (Under 300g)

Best Waterproof Trousers (Under 300g)

Keela's Lightning Trousers Preface As always, we're looking at the Keela Lightning Trousers from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Waist 33", Inner Leg [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (Under 300g) Waterproof Jacket

Best Lightweight (Under 300g) Waterproof Jacket

Keela's Saxon Waterproof Jacket Preface As always, we're looking at the Keela Saxon from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Chest 42", Waist 33", Height: [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (Under 300g) Softshell Trousers

Best Lightweight (Under 300g) Softshell Trousers

Rab's Vertex Pants Preface As always, we're looking at the Rab Vertex Pants from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Waist 33", Inner Leg: 30", Height: 5ft [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (Under 150g) Trekking T-Shirt

Best Lightweight (Under 150g) Trekking T-Shirt

Ronhill's Advance (Momentum) Zip Tee Preface Ronhill have replaced their Advance range with Momentum. There are some minor differences between the Advance and Momentum zip tees and we're checking [...] Read more

Best Midweight (~700g) Insulated Jacket

Best Midweight (~700g) Insulated Jacket

Keela's Belay Smock Preface As always, we're looking at the Keela Belay Smock from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Chest 42", Waist 33", Height: 5ft 8" [...] Read more

Best Solo Cooking Pot (900ml)

Best Solo Cooking Pot (900ml)

Alpkit's MytiPot 900 Titanium Cooking Pot Preface As always, we're looking at the Alpkit MytiPot 900 from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: n/a Kit Tests: [...] Read more

Best ~20 Litre Pack

Best ~20 Litre Pack

Blue Ice's Dragonfly 18L Packable Backpack (pre-2019) Preface: Dragonfly 18L v.2 (2017 - good), v.3 (2019 - not good) 2019 (v.3) - The Bad I hope we're not going to have to add Blue Ice to the list [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (Under 400g) Softshell Jacket

Best Lightweight (Under 400g) Softshell Jacket

Mountain Hardwear's Super Chockstone Jacket Preface As always, we're looking at the Super Chockstone from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Chest 42", [...] Read more

Best Thermal Sleepwear (+ Backup) Socks

Best Thermal Sleepwear (+ Backup) Socks

British Army Issue (ECW) Arctic Socks Preface As always, we're looking at the British Army Issue (Extreme Cold Weather) Arctic Socks from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (~200g) Thermal Sleepwear Top

Best Lightweight (~200g) Thermal Sleepwear Top

Odlo's Warm Originals Sports Underwear Crew Preface As always, we're looking at the Odlo Warm Originals Sports Underwear Crew from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (Under 300g) Softshell Hooded Pull-on

Best Lightweight (Under 300g) Softshell Hooded Pull-on

Rab's Boreas / Borealis Pull-on Preface Rab updated their highly rated Boreas Pull-on hoodie in 2017 and renamed it the Borealis Pull-on. Unlike many upgrades in recent times (that have proven to [...] Read more


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