EDZ Micro-fleece Hoodie

EDZ Microfleece Hoodie – product review

When I reviewed the EDZ Yeti Fleece this winter, I was blown away by the fact that I’d finally found a fleece which kept me toasty warm whatever the weather. I absolutely loved the Yeti fleece and wore it right through winter. If anything, it was almost too warm for me to wear whenever I was…

Rad8 504 Photochromic Glasses

Product Review: Rad8 MTB Glasses

Late last year, Rad8 MTB glasses very kindly appointed me as one of their ambassadors to give their products some practical testing out on the trail. Despite battling with grey winter weather (making it tough to test sunglasses), weeks of difficulties with asthma after a chest infection and latterly a blistered burn to the palm of my…

Rad8 504 Photochromic glasses

Outdoor Products Reviews

One of the things I love about my job is when designers, manufacturers and retailers of technical outdoor kit ask me to get involved in product testing and reviews. You might think that it’s all about the nice little packages which arrive in the post.  Yes,  of course that’s a nice bonus to it, but…

Madison Flux Softshell Jacket

Madison Flux Softshell Jacket – product review

It’s no secret to anybody reading this blog (or seeing pictures on social media of me riding my mountain bike) that I absolutely love Madison Clothing’s technical mountain bike range. Back in November 2015, I wrote a review for the Madison Flo DWR baggy shorts I absolutely adore these shorts and wear them regularly until…

EDZ Yeti Fleece

EDZ Yeti Fleece – product review

I was recently approached by EDZ, a family owned business based in Cumbria, to product test their Yeti fleece jacket. Described by EDZ as having “better heat retention than normal polar fleece” and “ideally suited for cold conditions” I was interested in testing out that theory, particularly as I’m the type of person who often…

Outdoor First Aid Scenario

Outdoor First Aid Training

I’ve thought for years that I should learn basic first aid. However, that was pretty much as far as it ever got – thinking about it. With all the time I spent climbing (sometimes in remote places with just my climbing partner for company), or heading out into the hills for a walk (often on…

Snowgoose - Nevis Range

7 Fabulous Cafes in the Scottish Highlands

Around a year ago, I wrote a post about 10 of my favourite cafes to visit after a day of adventures in Yorkshire, the Peak District, the Lake District or Wales.  When it was published, a few people asked if there was a similar list covering Scotland. At the time, I had no first hand…

Specialised 2FO mtb shoes

Clips or Flats?

In the good old days when I first started mountain biking, there was no question between clipless and flat pedals.  It was an automatic choice – flat pedals were only for BMX riders.  Some people rode their mountain bike with toe clips (the little cage which your foot sat in on the pedal – oh…

Knee Warmers

Product Review: Endura Thermalite Knee Warmer

There are times, especially around Spring and Autumn, when I struggle to get my layering system right on the bike. I generally feel the cold, but get me working hard on the hills and I easily overheat.  What that means in practice is that I start out fully kitted up to keep my legs warm…