An outdoors writer and editor, Matt Jones has been testing kit in the field for nearly a decade. Having worked for both the Ramblers and the Scouts, he knows one or two things about walking and camping, and loves all things adventure, particularly long-distance backpacking, wild camping and climbing mountains – especially in Wales. He’s based in Snowdonia and last year thru-hiked the Cambrian Way, which runs for 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, with a total ascent of 73,700 feet – that’s nearly 2½ times the height of Everest. Follow Matt on Instagram and Twitter.
The Sierra Designs Flex Capacitor is an innovative yet lightweight pack with an impressive 20 litres of expandable capacity and plenty of practical pockets
The Osprey Levity 45 is an ultralight framed trekking pack that shaves grams without sacrificing carrying comfort
Our selection of the best sleeping bags ready for summer adventures will help you pick the right option whether you're off on a car camping trip or thru-hiking expedition
Our selection of the best hiking backpacks, for everything from fast and light adventures on the trails to lengthy camping expeditions
Built to carry heavy loads in comfort thanks to a pivoting harness and body-hugging hipbelt, the Gregory Katmai 55 is a serious gear-hauler, but it’s also been made with sustainability in mind
The no-nonsense Sprayway Nakuru Rainpants have an accommodating fit and dependable Gore-Tex waterproof-breathable performance
Wear-all-day waterproofs for hiking, the Páramo Cascada II Rain Pants are soft and comfortable, with excellent venting options – ideal for hiking in fluctuating temperatures and changeable weather
Stylish yet understated, the US-built Benchmade Proper 318 Clip-point Micarta knife is a premium slipjoint folder giving superb all-round performance in all situations
The SOG Terminus Slipjoint Satin works well both on the trail and when put to use in camp, offering good performance, dexterity and control
The Spyderco UK Penknife Drop Point (UKPK) is a lightweight and compact but highly effective cutting tool that performs consistently well, whether employed as an everyday carry knife, on the trail or in camp
A simple, robust, no-nonsense friction folder, the Svord Peasant Mini is built for hard use, making it very popular with all sorts of outdoor types, from farmers and foresters to fishermen
The minimalist, ultra-modern Zero Tolerance 0230 Jens Anso slipjoint knife is incredibly light but has serious cutting power – the perfect everyday carry-outdoor knife for a dedicated ultralighter with a taste for premium gear
An elegant slimline pocket-knife, the CRKT CEO Heinnie Haynes Edition is lightweight and easy to carry, with a versatile blade profile for everyday tasks
A striking-looking everyday carry knife, the versatile Böker Plus XS has some handy design touches that make it well-suited to a multitude of outdoor tasks
The diminutive Fällkniven LTC penknife – designed to be legal for everyday carry in most countries – is a perfect pocket companion for daily life that also comes in handy for hiking and camping
The classic French pocket-knife, the Opinel No 05 Carbon is a simple, durable and charming thing to carry and own
The best camping knife is an indispensable tool for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, whether in camp or on the trail
Knowing how to choose a knife for camping can be a little intimidating if you’re unfamiliar with the terminology – here we explain what to look for
A simple whittling project, such as a wooden spoon, is a great way to sharpen up your knife skills while making a genuinely useful implement
Knowing how to choose a tent, with so many makes and styles out there, can be tricky. We cut through the jargon to guide you to your perfect home from home...
We’ve spent nights in all conditions testing the best sleeping pads, mats and camping mattresses to help ensure you sleep soundly whether in the wild or on a campsite
A versatile, value-driven shell, the Revolution Race Cyclone Rescue 2.0 is built from a comfortable stretch fabric and is also armed with some useful features
The Montane Alpine Resolve is a trim-fitting, top-end Gore-Tex Pro shell designed for demanding use in the toughest conditions
An eco-friendly, high-performance technical shell, the Klättermusen Allgrön 2.0 jacket is suitable for year-round adventures
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