Inov-8 Roclite 290.

Compromise represents one of the most fundamental lessons I had to learn as a runner. Despite our dreams, and intentions, we must frequently make compromises in our running just to keep going. Doesn’t matter if you’re reading this living in Keswick or Soho, I assure you the grim reality is the same for all of us: we don’t quite get out as much as we’d like. From tube strikes stopping you...

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The Wild Country Thermic

Part two: The Wild Country Thermic Jacket. RRP £130Wild country’s recent entry into the clothing market now sees their range expand to incorporate a Primaloft piece. Being a long-standing fan of all things Primaloft, I happened to be unreasonably excited about getting my mits on one of these. Coated in a Pertex classic, the 80g of Primaloft silver looked like a very usable jacket. On paper,...

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The Rab Alpha Direct

It’s getting to that time of the year again; the mercury plummets and the climbers all begin to flock indoors. That said, if it isn’t raining, a few dedicated souls strive to hit the crag. At this time of year some folks get all excited about it being “Grit season”. Here in the Lakes, we’re all more excited to not be currently underwater. Thus starts a series of reviews aimed at jackets...

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Petzl REACTIK+

Head torches have come on a long way in recent years. I still remember the days of a tea light bright yellowy blotch that could barely provide enough usable light to go to the bathroom with, let alone navigate under. The first major evolution came when L.E.D.s stopped being utter garbage, and replaced the traditional bulbs. This gave us brighter, and significantly lighter torches that could...

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Inov-8 X-Claw 275’s

 It’s time to get hands on with the latest fell offering from Inov-8, the X-Claw 275. Designed to be the ultimate shoe for running long distances over extreme terrain, their metal will be truly tested by our Lakeland fells. Weighing in at (you guessed it) 275g, sporting a spongy 8mm drop and duvet like 6mm footbed they certainly have the cushioned credentials to go the distance. The...

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