Field Tests and Gear Reviews

Helping you decide what gear is right for you

When out on the trail, the equipment you have along 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 bring along to make your hike comfortable and safe. Failing to bring along the right gear may mean a miserable experience or worse.

As a field-tester, the reviews I have provided are based on my own experiences and represent an unbiased account of the gear I use and trust. 

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Helinox TL Series Hiking Poles

Helinox TL Series Hiking Poles

I love these poles and take them on every hike. They are so light and so small that if you
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ArmaSkin Dermal Protection Layer

ArmaSkin Dermal Protection Layer

What I really want to say here is that If I hadn't of been in possession of my ArmaSkin on
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Outdoor Research Arete Gloves

Outdoor Research Arete Gloves™

Outdoor Research best sellers, the Arete Gloves are among the most versatile alpine gloves available, offering grip, dexterity and waterproof
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Grivel G10 New-Classic Crampon

Grivel G10 New-Classic Crampon

In my opinion, the Grivel G10 New-Classic crampons are perfect for hikers and mountaineers who need easy-to-use equipment for their
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CamelBak Fourteener 20 Pack

CamelBak Fourteener 20 Pack

The CamelBak Fourteener 20 is a comfortable, versatile and lightweight pack (weighing in at only 1.1kg). I look forward to
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Montem Diadema 18L Hiking Daypack

Montem Diadema 18L Hiking Daypack

Field Test – Montem Diadema 18L Hiking Daypack Over the years I have collected a number of packs of varying
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Trekkers Wool Trail Hiking Australia

Trekkers Wool

I am really pleased that I received the Trekkers Wool before this hike as it really made the entire experience
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Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free

Hammock Bliss Sky Bed Bug Free

Overall, I found that the hammock felt sturdy, was quick and easy to hang, comfortable to sleep in (definitely more
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SNOWGUM Cooper Mk3 Trail Hiking Australia

SNOWGUM Cooper Waterproof Boot Mk3

The SNOWGUM Cooper Mk3 boots have impressed me again with their ability to keep us upright and our feet dry,
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Ascent Explore Merlot Shoe

Ascent Explore Merlot Shoe

I am impressed to say that there was no wearing-in required with the Ascent Explore, they offered me comfort and
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Panda Child Carrier Trail Hiking Australia

Panda Child Carrier

Field Test – Panda Child Carrier. Designed for the harsh sun conditions we’re used to here and are suitable for
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COXA M18 Pack Trail Hiking Australia

COXA M18 Day Pack

Recently I was contacted by Summit Global, who is the Australian distributor for the COXA M18 Day Pack. As you
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Trail Hiking Australia Quecha MH500 Boot Review

Quechua MH500 Men’s Mid Waterproof Mountain Hiking Boots

The Quechua MH500 Men's Mid Waterproof Mountain Hiking Boots are an excellent mid-height boot that I have really enjoyed field-testing.
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Montem Ultra Strong Trekking Poles

Montem Ultra Strong Cork Trekking Poles

As a well-priced, sturdy, value for money pole, I am happy to recommend the Montem Ultra Strong Cork Trekking Poles.
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  1. G’day hikers…love hiking and have several spine herniated disks. I’ve looked on this great website for monowalker/hiking trailers, unable to find any. Is this an unpopular choice, or not permitted. Also I’d dearly love to match my freshwater flyfishing with hiking. Is there any blogs or similar that culminates the two? Cheers Darrell (Hervey Bay)

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