Review: Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

Review: Katadyn BeFree Water Filtration System

Travelling light in the mountains is one of my obsessions, and one thing that can really add to the weight in your rucksack is water. Over the years I have tried various ways to cut down on carrying water whilst avoiding drinking straight from mountain streams – with sheep wandering freely you never know what might be upstream. My latest find is the BeFree Water Filtration System by Katadyn.

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How To Stay Dry Whatever The Weather #1: Waterproofs

How To Stay Dry Whatever The Weather #1: Waterproofs

It’s time for your trusty old waterproof jacket to retire and be replaced by a younger model. You have to buy a new one, but where do you start? There are so many options in the shops and online, so how do you know how one compares with another? Here are some things to consider when choosing a new jacket or a new pair of trousers, and some tips for making them last.

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Crampon Review & Comparison: Petzl Vasak Lever Lock, old vs new

Crampon Review & Comparison: Petzl Vasak Lever Lock, old vs new

As winter draws nearer, it's time to give your winter gear a check, and maybe invest in some new kit. In December 2014 I did a review and comparison of three general mountaineering crampons: Black Diamond Serac Clip, Petzl Vasak Lever Lock, and Grivel G12 New Matic. At the time of writing, my favourite of the three was the Petzl Vasak Lever Lock. Since then, Petzl have released a new model, so what are the changes, and are they for the better?

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What’s The Next Best Thing To A Perfect Pair Of Winter Mountaineering Gloves?

What’s The Next Best Thing To A Perfect Pair Of Winter Mountaineering Gloves?

Gloves come in all shapes, sizes, and designs. You can get them free when you fill up your car, and you can spend hundreds of pounds on them, but years of experience have shown me that there is no such thing as a perfect pair of winter mountaineering gloves. Whatever kind of gloves you wear, and however waterproof they claim to be, your hands will get wet if you are scrambling or climbing in snow.

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