Clothing

  1. Arc'teryx Gamma MX Hoody Softshell Jacket

    Author Rating:
    5/5,
    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    When Spring kicked off this year I decided I needed a jacket that was far more flexible than the hard shell/fleece combo I’d been rocking through the frostiness of winter. It’s an old school The North Face mountaineering jacket and while perfect for the nasty stuff, it’s ‘boil in the bag’ overkill for anything else. I was also mindful that I’d soon be starting the eight month training to join Brecon’s Mountain Rescue Team and needed to add a decent soft shell to my outdoor wardrobe....
  2. First Tactical Tactix BDU Pants

    Author Rating:
    4/5,
    Average User Rating:
    4/5,
    My day job is a mixture of time spent behind a desk and outside exposed to the variable UK weather which means that I need clothing that copes well with both. For a number of years, I’ve worn 5.11 Tactical trousers and have been pretty impressed by their durability, comfort and ability to still look relatively smart in all situations. Earlier this year, I was approached by First Tactical who are owned by the founder of 5.11 Tactical and produce a very similar range of products. This...
  3. Quantock Clothing Jeans and T-Shirt

    Those of you with slightly longer memories will recall that Ravers had the pleasure of reviewing some top class items from Quantock Clothing. They’ve spotted a gap in the market for quality UK manufactured products and have moved to exploit it with a range of clothes that gained the accolade of ‘squaddy friendly’. Ravers was looking at their polo shirt/zip neck jumper combo whilst I had the James Dean classic of straight cut jeans and white t-shirt. I’ve had them for about six weeks now...
  4. Quantock Clothing Polo & Jumper

    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    This one is slightly different from my usual outdoorsy / military kit reviews, but stick with it. This week I've been lucky enough to review some bang tidy menswear from Quantock Clothing. [URL="http://www.quantockclothing.com"]Quantock® - Made in England Timelessly Styled Menswear[/URL] Who dey and why do we care? The blurb on their website has a nice dit about where the idea spouted from and what they're all about. The general gist of it is that they saw a gap in the market for some good quality English made clothing and decide to jump right in. It's...
  5. Mountain Equipment Arclight Neoshell Jacket Aw13 Cayenne

    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    I was donated this jacket to review by our very own @Trekitt from hooligan central. I have used it quite a bit and it is certainly windproof, though as for the real test, rain, well I've not got a scobby-do as we have our own micro-climate here, so bugger all rain whilst on my training tabs. I will update further once I'm on the Way, so wait out! A bit about it: A classic lightweight design that harnesses the superb breathability, weatherproofing and stretch of Polartec Neoshell. This...
  6. Snugpak Ml6 Softie Smock

    Average User Rating:
    5/5,
    When Snugpak kindly offered me some of their kit to review I had a quick mooch around their website and spotted the ML Softie Smock and as Andy said to Lou 'Yeah I know......I want that one'. I simply love the look of this Smock; end of. It has been well thought out, so not only looks the DB's it has a purpose: It is supplied with APALS - All Purpose Adhesive light Strip. Press and it emits a red light (Flash/pulse/light) that can be seen up to half a mile away Velcro patch points - Large...
  7. Sealskinz Sporting Gloves

    Author Rating:
    4/5,
    Gloves are a funny thing really as ultimately they are there to offer some protection to our hands, whether it is merely to protect them from the cold and wet, to protecting them from a threat or damage from doing a job. There is a whole host of different manufacturers and indeed gloves on the market and you quite often find that it’s hard (if not impossible) to find a pair of gloves that cover all of your needs. Sealskinz have been going for quite a few years now and specialise their...
  8. Target Dry Mens Origin Insulated Jacket

    Author Rating:
    4.5/5,
    The Origin insulated jacket is in the same group of jackets as the RAB Microlight Alpine jacket and The North Face Redpoint, although the offering from Target Dry is at the bottom of the budget range in comparison, but this does not mean that it is lacking in performance. The jacket has a nylon outer and inner sandwiching 200gsm Thermolite Insulation in comparison to the Redpoints 130gsm (I did look up what gsm was, but got bored, basically the bigger the number, the warmer the item...
  9. Armadillo Kojak

    The Kojak is made from New Zealand Merino wool; it punches well above its weight of 30g with regards to keeping your bonce cosy. I may gush a bit here, so please forgive me. This is my new favourite hat. It follows in a long line of new favourites but this is definitely the best yet. I have now worn this on its own and under a helmet. I have worn it in rain, snow, hail and with the frost forming around me and have never been less than impressed with its performance. Very thin and with...
  10. Armadillo Rammy

    Like all of the items for sale from Armadillo Merino these Boxers are sold as fire retardant, having UV protection and being anti-static. I saw fire retardant and thought of nomex and materials like that and must admit to wondering how comfy they would be as active underwear. Well I should not have worried, as if I hadn't read it on their site, I would not have known it. These boxers look and feel like a good quality pair of normal day to day under shorts. These companies have started...
  11. Men's Nebo waterproof Jacket from Mountain Warehouse

    The company Mountain Warehouse was founded in 1997 and has the reputation of offering quality items at lower prices. Mountain Warehouse state they offer unbeatable value for money, quality products and many of their products are sourced from the same factories as well-known brands, but because they sell direct to the public, they offer prices up to 50% lower than equivalent products within the marketplace. The Jacket up for review is the men’s 'Nebo' fully waterproof jacket in the...
  12. Berghaus RG1 Jacket

    Once again I've had the opportunity to test out some bad weather outdoors gear and once again the weather has been unseasonably mild and dry. So, now you know the reason why. The garment in question is the Berghaus RG1 jacket for men from Go Outdoors. There is a similar jacket for women called the Tryfan. They're a well-established brand in the UK, known for producing dependable gear for our wet and windy places. The RG1 is advertised as an entry level outer shell with a RRP of £85. Go...
  13. Keela ESP polo shirt

    A few weeks ago I received a polo shirt from the nice people at KEELA which I was more than happy to test, now before you ask how I can review a polo shirt I’d better tell you that it has been made using KEELA’s ESP (Energise Stabilise Perform) technology. I could have a go at describing how ESP technology works but I think the boffins at KEELA do a much better job of it so here is what they have to say about it :- 'In trials users have found that the natural rejuvenating and healing...
  14. 5.11 Tactical TDU Pants

    If you are looking for an extremely hard wearing pair of trousers for working or outdoors wear, I cannot recommend these highly enough. I was given a pair of these in November last year and have worn them a lot since then. These are a heavy weight trouser with reinforced panels at the seat and knee and removable neoprene knee pads in internal pockets. Pocket space is impressive; the front pockets are spacious with the right having a small pouch inside, suitable for a phone or such-like....
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