Field tests and gear reviews

Helping you decide what hiking gear is right for you

When out on the trail, the gear you carry is all you have to rely on until you get back to the comfort and safety of your home. It is up to you to determine the essential equipment you take to make your hike safe and enjoyable. Not considering the right gear may result in a miserable experience or worse. These reviews are based on my own experiences and are an unbiased account of the gear I’ve used and trust (or may never use again). I hope my field tests and gear reviews help you decide what gear is right for you. I am always keen to field test new gear to help people make informed decisions. If you’re a retailer or gear manufacturer and would like me to field test your gear, please get in touch.

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Neve Gear Waratah Quilt Review


Quilts offer impressive weight and space savings. The Neve Gear Waratah Quilt is a well-designed and thoughtfully crafted piece of Aussie made hiking gear.

Darl Bars: A healthy treat review

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Darl Bars: Handmade with activated chickpeas, organic seeds, and fragrant spices. Baked with a touch of organic brown. Perfect for hiking and snacking.

Tesalate Workout Towel Review

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Discover the ultimate workout towel – Read our field test and review of the Tesalate Workout Towel after a 110km hike. Find out why we were thrilled.

Fjällräven Keb Trousers Review


Field test and review – Fjällräven Keb Trousers: technically advanced trekking pants with optimized fit and carefully planned details for ultimate performance.

Quechua MH100 Hiking Fleece Review

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Field test and review – Discover the Quechua MH100 Hiking Fleece, a warm and lightweight eco-friendly gear that impressed me. Perfect for your outdoor adventures.

ECCO Exostrike GTX Review

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Discover the stylish and durable Ecco Exostrike GTX boots. Read my field test and review of these versatile boots for hiking and off-trail adventures.

COXA M18 Day Pack Review


Discover the COXA M18 Day Pack – Read my field test and review of this versatile pack, distributed by Summit Global in Australia. Find out more!

Panda Child Carrier Review


Field test and review – Panda Child Carrier. Designed for harsh sun conditions, suitable for kids from seven months. The ultimate gear for outdoor adventures!

Trekkers Wool Review


Field test and review – I’m pleased I had Trekkers Wool for this hike, it made the experience more enjoyable. Find out more about this essential gear.

CamelBak Fourteener 20 Pack Review


Field-tested and reviewed, the CamelBak Fourteener 20 is a versatile, lightweight pack (1.1kg) that offers comfort and durability for your hiking adventures.

Grivel G10 New-Classic Crampon Review

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Field-tested and reviewed, the Grivel G10 New-Classic crampons are ideal for hikers and mountaineers seeking user-friendly equipment. Discover their ease and reliability today.

Grivel G1 Plus Ice Axe Review

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The Grivel G1 Plus Ice Axe: A reliable and strong hiking/mountaineering tool with a traditional design, offering uncompromised strength and performance.

Jetboil Flash Cooking Gear Review


Discover the ultimate outdoor cooking companion with the Jetboil Flash Java Kit. Read my field test and review to see why it’s a must-have for any adventure. Highly recommended!

Helinox Chair Zero Review


Field test and review – I am a huge fan of the new Helinox Chair Zero. A huge fan! It is my chair of choice for any pack carry or multi-day adventure.

Helinox FL135 Hiking Poles Review


Discover the Helinox FL135 hiking poles – field-tested gear with excellent build quality, comfort, and lightweight design. Perfect for all your hiking adventures.

Sawyer Mini Water Filter Review


Field test and review – The Mini is an effective, small, lightweight, and versatile water filter that won’t break the bank. Get clean water on your hikes!

Helinox Ground Chair Review


Enhance your outdoor comfort with the Helinox Ground Chair. Read my field test and review for a lightweight and comfortable hiking and camping experience.