Gear reviews

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.

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Patagonia Ultra Light (UL) Down Jacket

Patagonia Ultra Light (UL) Down Jacket

Lightweight and versatile down jacket

Clean-cut and lightweight down jacket, which can be worn either as a midlayer or outer layer. Useful all year round for a variety of outdoor sports.

ISM Adamo Prologue Saddle

ISM Adamo Prologue Saddle

Comfort where you need it most

If you are finding long bike rides uncomfortable these saddles would definitely be worth a look, says triathlete Matt Ellis. More about Matt at the foot of the review.

Inov-8 Race Elite 16 Rucksack

Inov-8 Race Elite 16 Rucksack

Minimalist, lightweight 16-litre pack ideal for long distance running

A lightweight running rucksack with well-thought out bare essential details including a clever compression system. Ideal for mountain marathon distances.

Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket

Rab Microlight Alpine Jacket

Lightweight down jacket on test

A slim and lightweight down jacket. Like many other outdoor brands, Rab are introducing hydrophobic down for 2014. Does it work? Outdoor Ed Sarah Stirling tests it out.

Altura Apex MTB shorts

Altura Apex MTB shorts

Our expert MTB reviewer Tom Hutton tests a pair of super-casual bike shorts.

A good few years back, the American downhill racers started turning up to championship races in loose fitting motocross gear and before we knew it, baggies were born!

Julbo Whoops Women-specific Sunglasses

Julbo Whoops Women-specific Sunglasses

Women-specific adventure sports sunglasses

Wraparound women-specific sunglasses with photochromatic lenses. Ideal for adventurous types - they stay firmly on and don't need to be taken on and off as you whizz through sun and shade. Outdoor Ed Sarah Stirling reviews.

Salomon Sense trail running shoes

Salomon Sense trail running shoes

Kilian Jornet's signature trail running shoes on test

Salomon’s top S-Lab design team worked with top trail running champion Kilian Jornet to create the Salomon Sense shoes. Outdoor Ed Sarah Stirling puts them through their paces.

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