Author of Caving, Canyoning, Coasteering…, a recently released book about all kinds of outdoor adventures around Britain, Pat has spent 20 years pursuing stories involving boots, bikes, boats, beers and bruises. En route he’s canoed Canada’s Yukon River, climbed Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro, skied and mountain biked through the Norwegian Alps, run an ultra across the roof of Mauritius, and set short-lived records for trail-running Australia’s highest peaks and New Zealand’s Great Walks. He’s authored walking guides to Devon and Dorset, and once wrote a whole book about Toilets for Lonely Planet. Follow Pat’s escapades on Strava here and instagram here.
Our pick of the best windproof jackets for keeping gales, gusts and breezes at bay, and preventing windchill from ruining your adventure
We've picked out the best trail running shoes to keep you one course through the toughest conditions this season
A robustly built mountain-running shoe, the Salomon Genesis excels on rugged trails and provides a comfortable ride on a range of terrain
The trim-fitting Montane Fury Fleece’s fantastic stretch and breathability make it ideal for energetic outdoor activities – but is it a fleece or a softshell?
The warm, relaxed-fit Columbia Lost Lager II hiking and après snow sports beanie is made from entirely recycled material
We've tested heaps of camping towels to bring you this definitive list of the best ones for all your outdoor activities
Our roundup of the best fleece jackets contains the best performing and warmest mid layers for this fall and winter
Our selection of the best hiking boots available now, whether you're looking for top notch waterproofing, ground-breaking innovation, or simply to save money
A sturdy, trail-ready winter boot, the Danner Mountain 600 boasts an excellent Vibram sole and a toasty warm lining
The warm and versatile Columbia Men’s Outdoor Tracks Hooded Technical Fleece Jacket is armed with Omni-Heat technology
For hiking in the most horrendous conditions, the Haglöfs LIM ZT Trek GTX PRO Jacket is an extraordinarily weatherproof shell
Highly functional, no-frills and windproof, Columbia Maxtrail Midweight Warm walking pants are ideal for everyday walking
The best running backpacks give you storage, freedom of movement and features built for speed
Fast footwear for zipping along less-technical trails, KEEN Zionic Waterproof Hiking Boots prioritize pace over protection and feature recycled materials
We review Merrell's Moab 3 Gore-Tex: suede hiking shoes for proper walking that I found were instantly comfortable and capable for mile after mile
A super-stretchy softshell, the Rab Borealis is designed for rock climbers, hill clamberers and trail ramblers
100% recycled, 100% recyclable, 100% warm, the BAM 73 Zero Recycled Fleece Jacket is an impressive garment as well as being environmentally sound
The Alpkit Whisper is a lightweight three-season insulated sleeping pad that's comfortable and crafted from recycled materials – ideal for backpacking
The perfectly proportioned Sierra Designs Gigawatt 60L backpack is great for overnight trail adventures and multi-day treks
A nimble windproof softshell, the Arc'teryx Gamma Lightweight Hoody is ideal for face-paced adventures on the breezy side
Super-powerful and rechargeable the AceBeam H50 2.0 Headlamp is a three-beam torch with a killer range and a tough-as-nails body
Controversially made from from cotton, the classy Klättermusen Ansur hooded windproof jacket is designed for blustery days in the high hills and exposed trails
We present the battle of air tents vs pole tents. Are inflatable beams set to trump traditional poles? We put these two varieties of tent to the test...