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Choose from the categories below, to view our gear reviews. All of our gear reviews are independent and contain only our own honest views and opinions. All gear reviews are undertaken in our fantastic national parks when out hill walking, backpacking or wild camping. If you have any requests or suggestions for gear reviews, or would like Second Summit to use one of your products for review – get in touch using our contact page.

Outer Layers

Mammut Teton Waterproof Jacket Review (2016)

Mammut Teton Waterproof Jacket Review (2016)

The Mammut Teton is a robust, and versatile hardshell jacket. Relatively basic in features, but now featuring the new membrane backer from Gore; C-Knit. Designed …

Rab Neo Alpine Waterproof Jacket – First Look Review

Rab Neo Alpine Waterproof Jacket – First Look Review

The Rab Neo Alpine is designed as a minimalist and lightweight waterproof shell, using Polartec Neoshell and aiming largely at Alpinism and ice climbing. This …

Jack Wolfskin Gravity Flow Jacket Review

Jack Wolfskin Gravity Flow Jacket Review

  The Jack Wolfskin Gravity Flow jacket is a lightweight waterproof, utilizing 2.5 and 3 layer material construction with use of the in-house, breathable membrane; Texapore. …

 

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Mid Layers

Mammut Aconcagua Pro ML – First Look Review

Mammut Aconcagua Pro ML – First Look Review

The Mammut Aconcagua Pro ML is a midlayer intended for a multitude of outdoor activities, of course dominated by those involving spending time in the …

 

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Base Layers

Alpkit Kepler Baselayer Review

Alpkit Kepler Baselayer Review

The world of baselayers can be a bit of a mine field. Different brands, different materials, different “technologies” at play. Most people seem to arrive …

 

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Legwear

Salomon Wayfarer Mountain Pant Review

Salomon Wayfarer Mountain Pant Review

It’s easy to get bogged down with the feeling that outdoor clothing often becomes too similar, plenty of options but not enough choice. Despite that …

Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers Review

Fjallraven Vidda Pro Trousers Review

Upon first thoughts, the idea of cotton walking trousers in a country that has weather with the level of indecisiveness as ours seems like a …

Mountain Equipment Ibex Pant – Long Term Review

Mountain Equipment Ibex Pant – Long Term Review

Upon exhaugsting my last pair of hiking trousers, I searched around for suggestions of what to go for as my next pair. One name cropped …

 

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Insulated Layers

Rab Nebula Cirrus Insulated Jacket: First Look Review

Rab Nebula Cirrus Insulated Jacket: First Look Review

So Autumn/Winter is almost here and will soon be upon us in full swing, and for the upcoming season; Rab have released a good few …

Rab Nebula Insulated Jacket – NEW

Rab Nebula Insulated Jacket – NEW

This week a – New for Autumn Winter 15/16 – product arrived for review. The Rab Nebula synthetic, insulated jacket. As experts in down insulated …

 

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Footwear

Keen Madeira Peak Boot Review

Keen Madeira Peak Boot Review

Keen have long been known for their unique looking walking boots, with their chunky toe rand standing out along with the bright yellow exclamation mark. …

Grisport Crusader Boot Review

Grisport Crusader Boot Review

Here is a quick write up of thoughts arrived at after a long weekend’s use of the Grisport Crusader Boots in the Lake District. Two …

Grisport Crusader Boots (Review Coming Soon)

Grisport Crusader Boots (Review Coming Soon)

A short while ago, I was contacted by Grisport in reference to their range of hiking and trekking boots. In all honesty; it was a …

 

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Equipment

Coleman Fyrestorm Stove – First Look Review

Coleman Fyrestorm Stove – First Look Review

Camping stoves are many, but the vast majority will suffer from depleted performance in windy conditions. Whether lessening the effects of the flame, or extinguishing …

Nordisk Telemark 1 – Upcoming Review

Nordisk Telemark 1 – Upcoming Review

The world of backpacking and wild camping seems to be following a trend of becoming more and more lightweight. For some, lower weights provoke thoughts …

Forestia Backpacking Meals

Forestia Backpacking Meals

A decent meal can make or break wild camping trips, add an extra element to day hikes, and cause convenience and at times; inconvenience, in …

Storm Outdoor Gear Cleaning and Proofing Products

Storm Outdoor Gear Cleaning and Proofing Products

It’s always a sensible idea to look after your ourdoor gear and clothing. Whether a baselayer, pair of boots, or a tent – looking after …

Jetboil Minimo Review

Jetboil Minimo Review

The Jetboil Minimo is a revised take on the traditional ‘personal stove system’ from the company. There are some instantly noticeable variances, and then some …

Rab Neutrino Endurance 600 – Full Season Review

Rab Neutrino Endurance 600 – Full Season Review

When backpacking, wild camping, or even camping year round; a good sleep system is important. With a sleeping bag being integral to a good nights …

Luminaid Packlite 12 – Review

Luminaid Packlite 12 – Review

Something that may seem relatively trivial upon first thought, but an item that is often difficult to get right when camping and backpacking is a …

Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra Review – Trekking Poles

Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra Review – Trekking Poles

There are a number of uses to walking poles that are often overlooked in reviews, but after using the Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra trekking poles over …

Klymit Inertia Ozone Review

Klymit Inertia Ozone Review

After having used the Klymit Inertia Ozone sleeping mat on a recent wild camp along the Cleveland Way, the following video is a quick summary …

Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra – First Look Coming Soon

Alpkit Carbonlite Ultra – First Look Coming Soon

At the end of spring/beginning of summer, Alpkit finally released some much anticipated extra products. Re-releasing their down sleeping bags along with some new tents …

 

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