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Best Ultralight Trekking Tripod

Best Ultralight Trekking Tripod

GPN Media's Scrambler UL Modular Trekking Tripod Preface As always, we're looking at the GPN Media Scrambler from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain (please note our [...] Read more

Notes On Flame & Fuel

Notes On Flame & Fuel

A Repository For Miscellanea Around Stoves, Fire & Fuel Preface We were going to do individual mini-reviews for a number of the items that will appear in this post, but rather than eulogise a [...] Read more

Best Standard Baseplate Compass

Best Standard Baseplate Compass

Suunto's A-30 Metric Baseplate Compass Preface As always, we're looking at the Suunto A-30 compasses from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test item: A-30 NH Metric [...] Read more

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

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

Torches, Batteries and the Cold Preface Note: This post has been updated following the 2023 winter kit test. If you want to jump to the updated section click here. In this review we're going to [...] Read more

Manufacturing Note: Scramble G-Series Tarps 2023

Manufacturing Note:  Scramble G-Series Tarps 2023

Scramble's G-Series Tarps: A Bad Batch We have some interesting reviews coming shortly, but before we get to them we just needed to address an issue (now resolved) that fortunately affected only a [...] Read more

Best Lightweight (~100g) Trekking Towel

Best Lightweight (~100g) Trekking Towel

Lightwave's RAP-VAP Towel Preface As always, we're looking at the Lightwave RAP-VAP from the point of view of long distance trekking over tough terrain. Test subject: Chest 42", Waist 33", Height: [...] Read more

Best Tent Pegs (For Various Conditions)

Best Tent Pegs (For Various Conditions)

A Tent Peg Arsenal for Almost All Conditions (2022) 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 [...] Read more

Special Mention: Food Bag, UL Day & Carry-On Travel Pack

Special Mention: Food Bag, UL Day & Carry-On Travel Pack

Edelrid's Lite Bag 30 (Minor Mod) Special Mentions [ * below we've bolded the relevant condition for the item reviewed here ] Over time we've come across a number items that have really impressed us [...] Read more

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

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

Carinthia's G-90 Sleeping Bag (L) Preface The following assumes the use of a tent or hooped bivvy (hammock and or tarp / non-hooped bivvy users will need to decide whether such a system may benefit [...] Read more

Special Mention: 40L to 60L Mountain Pack

Special Mention: 40L to 60L Mountain Pack

Crux's AX50 Climbing Pack (50L) Special Mentions [ * below we've bolded the relevant condition for the item reviewed here ] Over time we've come across a number items that have really impressed us [...] Read more

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 (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 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

Scramble G-55 Deluxe Solo / UL 2-Person Sil-PU Tarp - Final Release

Scramble G-55 Deluxe Solo / UL 2-Person Sil-PU Tarp - Final Release

Scramble's G-55 The G-55 is a minimalist deluxe solo / ultralight 2 person tarp designed to be setup quickly in harsh conditions with minimal fuss. Targeted specifically at bivvy bag users, the G-55 [...] 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 Mountain Pack

Best 40L to 60L 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've tightened up our criteria for [...] Read more

Letter to Blue Ice (August 2019)

Letter to Blue Ice (August 2019)

From the Editor Preface We occasionally write to manufacturers we like, when we feel they're in the process of blundering. Normally these correspondence remain private. At Scramble we test gear and [...] Read more

Scramble G-38 Solo Ultralight Sil-PU Tarp - Final Release

Scramble G-38 Solo Ultralight Sil-PU Tarp - Final Release

Scramble's G-38 The G-38 is a minimalist, ultralight tarp designed to be setup quickly in harsh conditions with minimal fuss. Targeted specifically at bivvy, hooped bivvy and UL tent users, the G-38 [...] Read more

Scramble Floating Pocket Pro (Map Bag) - Final Release

Scramble Floating Pocket Pro (Map Bag) - Final Release

Scramble's Floating Pocket Pro (UL Map Bag) Preface To see why we made the (original) Floating Pockets in the first place, please refer to "Scramble Floating Pocket (Map Bag) - Final Release". [...] 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

Scramble Floating Pocket (Map Bag) - Final Release

Scramble Floating Pocket (Map Bag) - Final Release

Scramble's Floating Pocket (Ultralight Map Bag) Preface At Scramble we've been long time users of Granite Gear's excellent Air Pocket primarily as a free-floating map pocket worn around the neck (see [...] Read more

Scramble Tower 11L Pack Extender Side Pod - Final Release

Scramble Tower 11L Pack Extender Side Pod - Final Release

Scramble's Tower 11L Pack Extender The Tower is a full-zip, detachable, large capacity side pod / side pocket / side pouch designed to hold all the gear the long distance trekker may need to quickly [...] 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

Scramble's G-Mod 55 Deluxe Solo / UL 2-Person Tarp - Final Release

Scramble's G-Mod 55 Deluxe Solo / UL 2-Person Tarp - Final Release

Scramble's G-Mod 55 & Variants The G-Mod 55 is a minimalist deluxe solo / ultralight 2 person tarp designed to be setup quickly in harsh conditions with minimal fuss. Targeted specifically at [...] 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

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 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

Scramble's G-Mod 38 Ultralight Solo Tarp - Final Release

Scramble's G-Mod 38 Ultralight Solo Tarp - Final Release

Scramble's G-Mod 38 The G-Mod 38 is a minimalist, ultralight tarp designed to be setup quickly in harsh conditions with minimal fuss. Targeted specifically at bivvy, hooped bivvy and UL tent users, [...] Read more

Scramble's G-Mod 35D Ultralight Solo Tarp - Development Release

Scramble's G-Mod 35D Ultralight Solo Tarp - Development Release

Scramble's G-Mod 35D The G-Mod 35 is a minimalist, ultralight tarp designed to be setup quickly in harsh conditions with minimal fuss. Targeted specifically at bivvy, hooped bivvy and UL tent users, [...] 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 * UPDATE (27/10/2023): We recently purchased the new version and will be testing it this winter. We bought the item from Macpac as any regular customer would and after a) the [...] Read more

Why A Modular Tent?

Why A Modular Tent?

Gimme Shelter: Reasons To Go Modular, Parts 1, 2, 3 This is a companion post to all of our shelter reviews, which follow the rationale outlined below. Products Covered Product (Type) Review Macpac [...] Read more

Scramble's UL Windshield (Windscreen) for the Kovea Spider

Scramble's UL Windshield (Windscreen) for the Kovea Spider

Datasheet Materials: TC4 Titanium Sheet (0.1mm) 100% Dimensions (packed flat) 7.8 x 30cm x 0.3cm Weight 25g Scramble's Price on SYSTEM £19.45 Available on SYSTEM Scramble's Spider Ultralight Titanium [...] 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 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 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 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 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. 2023 Update In 2022 (we [...] 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


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