A few months ago, back in November, I got a pair of the Sire Waterproof Boots by CAT footwear. I chose them as they are not only advertised as tough and waterproof but also comfortable to wear. I’ve worn them almost every day for months and I thought I’d share my experience as well as some before and after photos!   During the months of November, December and January, I’ve not gone lightly on these boots and they’ve…

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    There are two reasons why I stop using a pair of sunglasses. A. I lose them. B. They break. These are both symptoms of living an active lifestyle and being out and about. There isn’t much you can do about point A, if you are prone to losing sunglasses, apart from maybe try and not be so forgetful!     Personally, I don’t tend to wear expensive designer sunglasses when out adventuring as I don’t like the idea…

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    When we were away in The Forest of Dean I tested out my new soft shell from Keela. I’ve been wearing Keela gear for a few years now and am especially keen on their trousers which I love wearing climbing. The new jacket in question is the Zenith Pro Jacket. What drew me to this softshell is that it is suitable for wearing as both a lightweight, breathable mid-layer and an outer layer which will defend you against…

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    Since really getting into hiking and doing a couple walking and scrambling holidays in Snowdonia this year, where we tackled all 15 of the Welsh 3000ft mountains and quiet a few extra, I’ve really learnt to appreciate hardcore, technical base layers. When it comes to baselayers, there is one company who are right at the top of the pile – Icebreaker. We recently got some of their midweight winter baselayers so that we could keep being active and…

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  I’m always on the look out for cool and up-and-coming brands. I can’t remember how I first stumbled across Glower, but I’m really glad I did. They create unique hand printed T shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies for people who have an active and outdoor lifestyle, like me – and you!     They only started in 2014 and are basically two people, An and David, who did it themselves. They design the garments and then print them by hand…

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  Technical hiking and walking boots are great, they are superb out on the trails and in the mountains. On more casual terrain or in the town however, they do look a bit un-cool. One day, a few weeks ago in town I got caught in a flash storm and totally soaked. Running down the puddle filled streets I was totally drenched. Finally, getting back to the van and jumping inside, my coat had kept me dry but my jeans…

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    For some time now, I’ve been after something to wear outside whilst fishing, camping and just generally adventuring.I recently stumbled across the Tiveden Vest from Swedish company Pinewood and it was exactly what I was after. If you’re observant you may have even noticed me wearing it in other posts. I had already heard of Pinewood and knew as with most Swedish companies they are really at the forefront of outdoor clothing manufacturing. I guess it’s because their…

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    I love a good campsite. I like the small ones with only a few basic pitches as well as the large ones with flash facilities and swanky showers. Sometimes though, a proper campsite isn’t quite up to the ‘back to nature’ feeling you might be hankering for. You don’t want running water, toilets or showers. You want to be traversing the landscape, cohabiting and existing with the natural land. This is where Wild Camping comes into it’s own.…

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    If you want to be getting to the tops of mountains with a big ol’ smile under your beard then you need to look after your feet! Skimping on boots is never a good idea. You need to do a great deal of research and buy decent quality boots, that most importantly really fit your feet well. Sometimes people can make big mistakes though and not apply the same amount of thought and finance to their socks. Socks…

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    You might remember that back at the end of last year, I wrote about how smitten I was with my Colville Leather Wallet. Well my love for that wallet is still going strong; in fact, it’s actually increasing, as like posh wine, cheese and whiskey it’s getting better with age. With use, the colours of the wallet have become even more rich and the wallet’s leather more supple. So when my trusty brown belt broke after serving me…

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