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Duomid Seam Sealy
I seam sealed all of the seals on my Duomid - have never had a problem with a leak in four years.

In GEAR » Cuben Duomid Question
February 18, 2:58pm

There is no proper answer to the question what is the right it? For me poles have been a big help. I do find Jardine's extreme stuff a bit over the edge. After al, this is the man who though...

In Editor's Roundtable » Everything Weighs Something
June 25, 6:34am

I had the cuben Duomid out in a horrendous coastal storm on Friday night and more or less reassured myself that this is a bombproof piece of kit. The mid panel guy points are very useful. The m...

In GEAR » MLD DuoMid vs TT Rainbow: wind stability
August 05, 10:00am

Duo Mid
IN the UK where we have bugs and a lot of rain a bivy is a good idea. I use a Soul Bivy which I really rate. In dry weather in summer I might use a groundsheet but for most of the time here I use t...

In GEAR » MLD Duomid
July 27, 3:46pm

Like Chris I always carry a DSLR on long hikes and treks. People laugh at the weight but they always complement on the photos! I find the simplest way of carrying them is (again like Chris) band...

In GEAR » Full size DSLR on the trail
July 22, 9:43am

Silk Base Layers
I've not used silk as a bottom layer for sleeping, though I am thinking about it. For the last two years I've used silk base layers pretty extensively here in the UK. I reckon silk to be a...

In GEAR » silk base layers. How warm?
June 29, 5:56am

JMT Pack
I'm not in the USA but I think if it was me I'd be inclined to look at the ULA Ohm, as it uses the same elliptical carb from that the Circuit uses. The last stretch looks as if you might ap...

In GEAR » Hiking the JMT with a frameless pack??
June 29, 5:51am

Duo Mid
All four sides have a mid height tie out. Reports suggest that the Duo Mid is rock solid in high wind in pegged out using the four side guy ropes. Ron tells me that the CUben version is just ...

In GEAR » MLD DuoMid vs TT Rainbow: wind stability
June 04, 6:01am

ULA Conduit
I've used the Conduit quite happily with both the GG Night Lite and the Torsolite. On a recent trip in Scotland I carried quite a lot of weight at time (using the GG pad) and everything was ...

In GEAR » ULA Conduit users - what pad to use
June 01, 9:50am

Haute Route
Nice account. I know these mountains well. Your comments about gear are very sensible!

In Editor's Roundtable » Mountain Magic on the Pyrenean High Route
December 17, 3:09am

All Reader Reviews by Andy Howell

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Category Titanium Honey Stove
The Honey Stove has been around for a while in a stainless steel format which in all hinesty has always flet to heavy to use for backpacking, although it has become a firm favourite with the bushcraft...

In Stoves - Other
May 29, 3:59am

Mountain Laurel Designs Exodus
My Exodux is the 2011 version (basic). I have just completed a two week hike across the Scottish Highlands with this pack. The terrain here is hilly and difficult. The pack coped well and proved to...

In Backpacks - Frameless
May 27, 8:32am

Mountain Laurel Designs Doumid ('09, spectralite)
I've been playing around with this shelter for a couple of months now and am very impressed. The Duomid is a massive shelter and when used for one person is sheer luxury. The pitching options a...

In Shelters - Tarps & Floorless
September 16, 12:19pm

Icebreaker Skin 200 boxer briefs
I've been using these for 18 months now and have found them to be very effective. I've also used them in searing heat in France and found them to be comfortable. If I have a gripe then it w...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
June 29, 5:59am

White Box Alcohol Stove
This is a fantastic piece of kit, well put together and beautifully finished. It has a greater fuel capacity than the Vargo stove I've been using; it is ideal for two people. The stove is simpl...

In Stoves - Alcohol
May 08, 5:57am

Bushbuddy "Ultra" (BPL/Ryan Jordan/Arctic 1000 Version) Wood Stove
What a good buy this has been! The bushbuddy is light, compact and very effficient. Just a little wood will keep you with a fire four hours. Far better cooking than with gas, just as easy to light ...

In Stoves - Other
April 18, 6:01am

Pacer Poles
I agree with everything that has been said about these poles. Look up their website and you will see that all kinds of scientific claims are made for this design. They certainly work very different...

In Trekking Poles
April 03, 8:25am

ULA Equipment Relay
This is a fabulous pack. Importing this into the UK makes it a little expensive for a day or hut-to-hut pack, but I'm glad that I did it. It is a pack with real character. It weighs only 17 ounces ...

In Backpacks - Frameless
March 19, 5:37am

ULA Catalyst
This is the new pack that replaces the old P2. The Catalyst is smaller than the P2 and now weighs in at 43 ounces. The catalyst - in traditional ULA style - cleverly distributes volume between the ...

In Backpacks - Internal Frame
February 06, 3:36am

Hilleberg Nallo 2
The Nallo is a twin skin tent manufactured by the Swedish company Hilleberg. While not an ultra light tent, the Nallo comes in at just over 2 kilograms. Split the weigt between two trekkers and you ha...

In Shelters - Double Wall Tents
January 05, 11:23am