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.
Our selection of the best fleece jackets contains only the finest quality, warm, breathable and functional mid layers for your wintery adventures
Our selection of the best hiking gloves covers gloves that keep you warm and protect you from the elements while allowing you to adjust straps and bindings during your cold weather adventures
A mid-cut fabric hiker, the Adidas Terrex Eastrail Mid GTX blends running shoe cushioning with clean, contemporary looks to create a modern lightweight boot
The best hiking pants for all seasons and situations, from day hikes, epic hiking expeditions and alpine adventures
Rugged, fully featured and great-value, Revolution Race GP Pros are multi-activity pants with a trim cut and plenty of stretch
Our pick of the best hiking hats for keeping cool in the summer sun and warm in the wildest of winter conditions
Exceptionally tough yet comfortable, Sasta Jero are outdoor pants well-suited to forest or moorland hikes, as well as camping and bushcraft activities
A modern classic, Outdoor Research Crocodiles have built a deserved reputation amongst outdoorsy types as some of the toughest gaiters going
Stretchy and stylish town-to-trail trousers, Sherpa Guide Pants are everyday chinos that stay cool and comfortable in the city or on the trail
Employing top-quality Gore-Tex Pro fabric, Montane Endurance Pro gaiters offer lightweight, waterproof protection and good breathability
Hardwearing and durable, Klättermusen Gere 2.0 Mountaineering Pants offer good wind resistance, superb build quality and strong eco credentials
The light and cheap Trekmates Cairngorm GTX gaiters are great all-rounders for hiking, hillwalking and trekking
Superb stretch softshell trousers, the popular Mountain Equipment Ibex Mountain Pant is the perfect option for hikers tackling big hill and mountain days
Made using Gore-Tex Pro fabric, the lightweight Rab Muztag GTX Pro gaiters offer excellent waterproof protection and breathability for technical alpine use and winter mountaineering
Lightweight but tough Highlander Cuillin gaiters are great value all-rounders for hiking and hillwalking
Our pick of the best gaiters presents a range of options, whether you’re a fast-moving trail runner or a snow-tramping winter walker
The superlight, mid-cut Black Diamond Cirque gaiters are a great choice for fast and light hikes and mountain missions
The seriously rugged Berghaus Yeti Attak gaiters use heavyweight fabrics with a Gore-Tex liner in an all-encompassing design offering complete protection
Competitively priced and lightweight, Alpkit Colca gaiters are a great value option for hiking and hillwalking, offering good all-round mud and muck protection
Sturdy, practical and with a premium feel, the Finnish-made Suunto M-3 has the edge over other compasses in its price bracket when it comes to overall build quality
Offering plenty of bang for your buck, the Manly Wasp boasts premium materials and high-quality blade steel, resulting in a top-quality knife that is built to last
A compact base plate compass, the Silva Ranger has clear, practical markings and a knurled, rubberised bezel for high grip in all weather
The budget buy Highlander Deluxe Map Compass is great value and makes a decent beginner’s compass for those just starting out on their navigation journey
Lightweight and sleek, the diminutive Gerber Wingtip slipjoint knife has modern looks and compact dimensions for easy pocket carry
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