Recommended gear

This page is a compendium of various things that I really would recommend to others based on my own use. Not everything I use will make it onto this list – only the very favourites. Each item should eventually be linked to a full review. I have no affiliation with these companies.


 

Clothing / Outdoor

Rohan clothing – for life and travel. Active clothes designed to look ‘normal’. Fabrics are light, durable, wicking, and dry overnight. I have four of their shirts, and particularly recommend the Jeans Plus & Fusion trousers. Worth joining the newsletter to get sale previews.

Montane outerwear – Venture eVent waterproof jacket is marvellous, and I have had a Featherlite wind smock for about 8 years… one of the most useful bits of kit for finding comfort in a wide range of conditions.

Helly Hanson Daybreak hoody – a simple micro-fleece hooded jacket with handwarmer pockets, less than 300g. I live in this.

Mountain Hardwear sleeping bags – I use Lamina 20 synthetic and Phantom 45 down bags. Both excellent for weight, performance and full zippers.

Berghaus Remote 30 daypack – used everyday for 4 years for commuting, travel, and as a bike courier. Yes, there are things I would change, but I cannot believe it has lasted this long, nor the amount of things I have stuffed into and onto it.

Victornox Classic SD pocket knive – so small, so useful, so many designs. Mine is yellow.

Opinel stainless folding knive – the most beautiful way to prep food on the go. Simple, sharp, perfect.

Thermarest NeoAir sleeping pad – worth the money for such comfortable sleep outdoors and more durable than they look.

MSR Titan kettle / pocket rocket stove – such a perfectly fitting lid, and so many memorable brews. I have witnessed a new MSR Windboiler in action though, and it is soooo good in a breeze. Tempting.

Orikaso – folding plastic plate, bowl, mug! Super light, folds flat for easy packing/washing, amazes other hikers.


 

Cycle / Tools

Camelbak Podium bottles – the best bidon there is.

Crank Brothers M17 multi-tool

Halfords Advanced tools – professional level hand tools at a reasonable price. Excellent lifetime guarantee to boot.


 

Tech / Other

MacBook Air – 13″, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 7hr+ battery, trackpad, 2 USB ports and SD card slot. Perfect for what I do, never seems underpowered, small and light, decent (non-retina) screen. Bought an 18 month old model on eBay, still expect it to work for at least 3 more years.

Fuji X-series cameras – I am amazed by my X-E1 and 27mm lens. XQ and X30 look tempting for travel. Excellent sensor, lenses, handling. Firmware updates meant I had no qualms buying this older model.

Google – my life is at times hectic and Google email, calendar, drive, maps, and Chrome browser keep it all running smoothly. Integrates well on my Moto G phone (cheap, no bloatware, decent battery, just works). It’s creepy good sometimes. No, I don’t use Google+

Kindle – I never thought I would be one for eBooks, but have pretty much stolen my girlfriend’s Kindle over the past year. It is lovely to read on and super handy for travel.

Seiko 5 sports watch  let me down. Replaced with a Citizen Eco-Drive.

Safety Razor – avoid throwing plastic in landfill and buying expensive cartridge blades by popping a little extra up front for a Parker or Merkur safety razor and get blades for as little as 20p each. Only downside is you cannot travel with them in your carry-on luggage.