Gear

A list of the gear that I'm wearing at the moment, season and weather dependent. They can be mixed and matched to layer and cover every eventuality. Better to have it and not wear it than not have and can't wear it when you need it. If I haven't linked to post on it, one is in the works. I'll try to keep this up to date as best I can. Any questions the drop me a message using the contact me page.

Rab Atmos jacket

A 3 layer Pertex waterproof. I have it in the snazzy pear green. You pick this one up at a great price from a few online retailers. I got it in size large so that I can layer it over anything else I'm wearing when the downpours start. Always in my rucksack 24/7 365 days of the year. The only downside on this jacket it doesn't have a wired peak on the hood but it does the job. Brilliant waterproof.

Rab Slavo Softshell jacket 

I probably wear this 9 months of the year. Deals with most of the weather Scotland can throw at it. Keeps you dry in all but the heaviest of rain, then that's what the Atmos rain shell is for. Great all rounder. I wear it nearly every single day it's that good.

Rab Windveil jacket

The jacket for the other 3 months of the year. Thin, light and unbelievably packable. Blocks out the wind and again keeps you dry in all but the heaviest of showers. Layers well with the other gear. Top quality windproof layer.

Rab Atlus Vest

I was looking for something to had a bit of warmth but not take up too much room if it was carrying it around. It has synthetic insulation which is a plus for somewhere as wet as the west of Scotland. Another piece that works well with the Orbit Pull-on or under the Salvo softshell. So far so good.

Rab Orbit Pull-on

Not sure if you can get this anymore one of my favourite all time fleeces. It wears and packs well. You can see my thoughts on from when I first got it here.

Icebreaker Anatomica Long Sleeve Crewe

I've had this a while, 4 or more years. It's getting a bit threadbare in places but it's my choice summer and winter. Works great with the Rab Orbit Pull-on. You can read it about it here

Montane Terra Mountain pants

Probably the best walking trousers you can get in my opinion and not just because you can get them in a short leg. Though I do hate the fact that trousers are called pants. You can read my initial thoughts here

Keen Durand Mid

Comfortable from the minute I put them on. These are the women's size 6.5 ones but the smallest men's size 7 was too big. Not that you would really know. They get kept in the boot of the car. Good from one step to a million and so far Keen are not wrong. Even kicked about archaeological digs during the summer with them. Almost like wearing slippers. Considering I had moved to trail shoes which are great. These were exceptional to get me back to wearing boots.


What I'm looking for

Looking for recommendations for the options below. Any suggestions hit me up on Twitter or drop me a message the contact page.

  1. A fleece gilet. Haven't found one I'm happy with yet.
  2. Gloves. Thin but warm. I don't like bulky gloves.
  3. Socks. Preferably merino but I'm open to trying others
  4. Hat. Can't seem to find the perfect beanie. I've got a Mountain Hardware one I've had for years made from fleece and Gore-Tex wind-stopper. I've now picked up a Rab VR Mountain Cap but they don't make these any more. However once I've had it on a few times I'll write up my thoughts above.