Tag Archives: Cotswold Outdoor

Losing My Sole…

Before I continue any further with this post, I’d like to mention that my aim here is not to discourage anyone from buying walking boots from a particular brand (Salomon, in this instance) and I’d also like to reinforce that by stating that these are the most comfortable boots I have owned to date.

This post relates to a pair of Salomon Quest 4D 2 GTX walking boots that I purchased in May 2017.

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Vaude Lierne Full-Zip Waterproof Trousers

Several weeks ago, I ordered two pairs of waterproof trousers, in the hope of finding the right size in a style that I felt would be appealing to me. This mode, the Vaude Lierne Full-Zip ‘Pants’, was not available to try on in-store and so, I had to take the plunge and order online.

I ended up returning both pairs and I’ll explain why further down. In this post, I’d like to share some of the features of these waterproof trousers as there is limited information available online and product reviews were scarce, as far as I could see.

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Lowe Alpine Aeon 27

it’s been more than a month now, since I purchased the Lowe Alpine Aeon 27 backpack. Some may say I have too many backpacks (and, this may be true…) but I was keen on this purchase due to its low weight and I saw it as an ideal accessory for summer hiking when I may not need all of those extra thermal layers.

One month on, I’d like to share my impressions so far.

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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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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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New-Old Boots (Salomon Quest 4D 2)

It’s been almost a month since I wrote a post on my current situation with the walking boots and insoles I own.

I had intended to follow it up with another article on the potential replacements for my old ones. In all honesty, I knew all along what I was going to go for.

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My Boots and Insoles

As a frequent hiker who’s attempting to walk one-thousands miles this year, the fit and support offered by my footwear is of great importance.

I find myself ready to dip in to the market for a new pair of boots, with long summer walks and The Ridgeway in mind… In this post, I’d like to go over what I currently wear and the various insole and footbed configurations I’ve tried.

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