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Gear reviews

Perhaps you've signed up for your first running race, sportive or triathlon, and are wondering what you should wear to feel most comfortable on the all-important day. Or perhaps you've been into your chosen sport for a while and need some new kit, but aren't sure what to go for in the increasingly flooded outdoor gear market place. Our team of outdoor gear experts are on hand with gear reviews to advise you.

Ergon SR3 road saddle

Ergon SR3 road saddle

Firm but comfortable in the long run

A lightweight, ergonomically-designed saddle designed for long-distance road runs. Travel Ed Tom Le Bas tests it out on a three day ride from London to Yorkshire.

Lowe Alpine Axiom Cerro Torre rucksack

Lowe Alpine Axiom Cerro Torre rucksack

A well thought-out women's pack for long weekend treks

From a neat 60l up to a whopping 80l, there's lots of space to play with and fill in this rucksack. It's full of useful features but not over-fussy. But pink - really?

Inov-8 X-Talon 190 Off-Road Running Shoes

Inov-8 X-Talon 190 Off-Road Running Shoes

Lightweight performance racing shoe

An excellent lightweight off-road shoe, perfect for shorter races where performance and grip are essential. Nick Cable tests.

Airzone Pro 45 - 55 litre rucksack

Airzone Pro 45 - 55 litre rucksack

Lightweight and versatile rucksack on test (£120)

International Mountain Guide Steve Long takes this versatile rucksack hiking, ski touring, snow shoeing and cragging. It also doubles as his cabin bag.

Platypus Women's Siouxon MTB Pack

Platypus Women's Siouxon MTB Pack

A comfortable, stable mountain-bike pack built specifically for women.

This is a good-looking, well-built, hard-wearing pack that’s ideal for trail centres and would work well on typical all-mountain rides in spring, summer and autumn – it would be a bit tight for space for colder months, says Steph Duits.

Polaris Adventure Trail Gloves

Polaris Adventure Trail Gloves

Great value, entry level, long-fingered gloves

Tom Hutton has been enthusiastically involved in the UK MTB scene since the inception of the sport. He's an MTB guidebook author, magazine journalist, gear reviewer and guide. Here he reviews a pair of good-looking, entry level trail-riding gloves, best suited to 3-season use.

MSR Swift 3 trekking poles

MSR Swift 3 trekking poles

Light, strong and easily-adjustable trekking poles on test

These trekking poles are light, strong, and easy to adjust. They can be used all year round if you buy a set of snow or powder baskets to supplement the integral basket.

Salomon Sense S Lab Hydration Set

Salomon Sense S Lab Hydration Set

Running hydration redefined?

Gimmick or game-changer? The claim that Salomon's new hydration gloves 'redefine hydration' seems a bold one. Outdoor Ed Sarah Stirling tries them out.

Polaris AM Pilgrim MTB Jersey

Polaris AM Pilgrim MTB Jersey

Good-looking, functional mountain bike jersey, ideal for year-round UK riding

MTB guidebook author, magazine journalist, gear reviewer and guide Tom Hutton reviews a 'one jersey to rule them all' in typical trail riding, all-mountain terrain. His findings?

Alt-Berg Yan Tan boot

Alt-Berg Yan Tan boot

2-3 season lightweight all-terrain boot

Whether you're tackling the Pennine Way or just rambling around, it’s well worth investing in the right footwear. The Yan Tan boot is a strong 2-3 season, lightweight boot perfect for most UK walking.

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