Category Archives: Reviews

Layering for Winter

I felt it might be interesting and beneficial to write about and share how I wrap up for winter walking, now that we’re well in to the darkest season in the Northern Hemisphere.

I’d like to emphasise the fact that I am mostly a hillwalker, hiking around the south-west and west of England and that, at this time of year especially, I will rarely climb higher than 600m above sea level.

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I Bought a Wonnie

A few weeks ago, I treated myself to a Wonnie 4K action camera as an early Christmas present. It’s essentially an ‘affordable’ GoPro clone.

I bought this out of curiosity and also, because my Olympus TG-4 picks up too much auto-focus noise from the camera’s lens while I’m filming outdoors.

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Cullmann Alpha 380 Mini Tripod

Today I’ve been out walking the Severn Way through Gloucestershire and it was a good opportunity to take my new mini tripod with me:

It’s the Cullmann Alpha 380. Flexible, compact and similar to the GorillaPod brand.

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Osprey Manta AG 28: 16 Months On

In June last year, I went out to Bristol in search of a new backpack for day-hiking and walked away quite impressed with the Osprey Manta AG 28, which I believe is still stocked exclusively by Cotswold Outdoor in the UK.

Over on Olly Writes last summer, I wrote a fairly preliminary review, while still satisfied. But now, almost eighteen-months later, has my opinion of this backpack changed?

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Olympus ‘Tough’ TG-4 Camera

After attending surviving this year’s Port Eliot Festival at the end of July, my second Nikon camera (Nikon S9400) gave up on me and I was left with no choice but to buy something new (the thought of spending another £90 on a second repair in three years seem nonsensical, to me).

I wasn’t keen on the thought of a DSLR, as their bulky (not to mention expensive) and I’d like to use this on my walks, of course. I thought about buying another compact/point-and-shoot/£150 item but, how long would that last, given my track record of breaking them (I’m up to three, now).

So, after reading many reviews and watching the odd video online, I came to the conclusion that the Olympus Tough TG-4 digital camera may be the one for me.

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Review: Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX

For the second time this year, I purchased a brand-new pair of hiking boots (shoes, to be specific) from Cotswold Outdoor.

My reason for this was simple: I wanted something lightweight for fast-paced, warm weather walks and also, I was curious to test a growing belief that full ankle support isn’t often necessary.

So, after around two-hundred miles in my trail-ready shoes, here are my thoughts on the Salomon X Ultra 3 GTX.

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