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Panasonic LX3
I've had my LX3 since last November not long after it was released. I think there has been a surge of interest in this camera leading to steady high prices. I managed to buy mine at around £50...

In Editor's Roundtable » Panasonic Lumix LX3 Digital Camera
August 15, 2:48am

Scarp vs Akto
I have currently got a Soulo and a Laser Competition and used to have an Akto. I got rid of the Akto because the Soulo is much stronger and handles snow better for those real 4 season moments. For ...

In GEAR » Scarp v.s. Akto
March 22, 3:29am

mid, pyramids and tepees
excuse my ignorance but I always assumed that the inherent strength of a pryramid or similar shelter was the fact that the stresses and strains of the shelter (and any wind hitting it) were directe...

In GEAR » 4 Season Tarp?
March 19, 3:14am

condensation and the Laser Comp
fair point however, there are far worse places than Cardiff than for rainfall and condensation by a long way and I've camped in most of them! :-> Scotland and the middle to West of Wal...

In Editor's Roundtable » Terra Nova Laser Competition Review
March 13, 1:22pm

Laser Competition review
I have been waiting for BPL to do a full review of the Laser Comp so well done for that chaps. In the UK, there is a long running discussion/argument over which is the better 1-man tent: Laser ...

In Editor's Roundtable » Terra Nova Laser Competition Review
March 12, 6:56pm

ah well
never mind, it would have been dicovered sooner or later saved me spending anything I guess......

In Gear Deals » 40% off at Backcountry...
February 27, 2:09pm

montrail ctc
Hi there, I have the CTC and the hardrock... I would actually say the CTC is a better allround hiking/walking shoe. It is really comfy and breathable. The sole copes with quite a few surfaces...

In GEAR » montrail ctc
August 30, 9:03am

golite ultra quilt
bought this last month and have used it consistently since then having had about 8 nights in total in it I really love this quilt bag and at the moment I confess to using it as a quilt since the...

In Editor's Roundtable » GoLite Ultra Quilt Review
June 18, 1:39pm

winter layers
Rab VR pants Smartwool socks sub zero active shorts Paramo cambia long sleeve zip neck Paramo Velez Smock Buff as a neckerchief/lower face guard Thinsulate peaked cap with ear flaps

In Winter Hiking » Clothing Layers for 10 - 25 degrees
November 06, 3:24pm

Alpkit poles
I own a set of lightweight Black Diamonds and they are great but recently have moved away from 2 trekking poles to one hiking staff made from wood. After a bit of playing around I found that a 4 fo...

In Editor's Roundtable » 2007 Alpkit Carbonlite Trekking Poles REVIEW
October 30, 4:25pm

All Reader Reviews by dave hollin

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Montrail CTC (Fusion line) trail low tops
I am on my second pair of CTCs now and I have to say that they are the most comfy walking shoe I have ever worn so far. The 1st pair I had have worn away at the heel cushioning but since I had these f...

In Footwear - Boots, Shoes, Gaiters
July 21, 2:14pm

GoLite Jam2
my Jam 2 is the older version not the 2009 update. What I really like about the Jam2 is that it moulds to your back as a frameless pack should and yet due to the internal backpad, it still retains a...

In Backpacks - Frameless
March 28, 7:15pm

Montane Lite-speed
I bought this a couple of years ago and mainly use it in the Spring and Autumn. I find that its wind stopping power is superb and when combined with a longsleeve baselayer will cope with most 3 season...

In Clothing - Wind & Soft Shell
September 06, 8:08am

Petzl e+LITE
Because this is so screamingly light, you can just put it in your backpack permanently even if just doing a day hike. The trade off is the performance and burn time but i feel that the weight, and abi...

In Lights - Flashlights & Headlamps
September 06, 7:48am

Terra Nova Laser Competition
Well, if you want a really versatile, lightweight, strurdy and beautifully made tent for 1+ then look no further. I was caught up in the current main UK discussion point...which is the better so...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
August 30, 8:46am

Golite Ultra 20
Ok, I got this in a sale so perhaps wouldnt have bought it otherwise... However, now I have been using it for 6months I have come to love it. It isnt the lightest bag(quilt) I have but the weight f...

In Sleeping Bags - Quilts & Top Bags
August 30, 8:29am

Exped Downmat 7
I love this mat...period Yes it isnt uber lightweight BUT I have found that because the R rating is so good I have been able to downrate/lighten up my sleepingbag so the net effect is that my sleep...

In Sleeping Pads - Inflatable
August 30, 8:17am

GoLite Virga
I know I am bucking the trend here by making a few criticisms and downmarking the jacket but I am on the cusp of a 4 mark but just cant justify it. It is a nice jacket and very light but I feel it is ...

In Clothing - Raingear
August 30, 8:09am

Gossamer Gear Mariposa
have been lightening up for a couple of years now and recently took the plunge with regards to the last bastion of my kit philosophy....an UL frameless pack! OK so the Mariposa has internal stays..bu...

In Backpacks - Frameless
January 28, 5:05pm

MSR Titan Kettle
this is my cook pot, kettle and cup. beautifully made, strong, light and comes with a good lid and a pour spout why would you need anything else when going solo? my weapon of choice!

In Cookware - Titanium
September 08, 3:19pm