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bd-cosmo-headlamp

Review by Fiona McIntosh RRp: R599 www.rammountain.co.za The Black Diamond Cosmo has always been a good all rounder, but 2016 sees a major upgrade and redesign that lifts this baby into a different league. With 160 lumens of power (up from 90 lumens in the previous version), a throw of 60 metres, six different lighting …

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bd-solution-harness

Review by Douw Steyn RRP: R1599 www.rammountain.co.za Lightweight harnesses are becoming increasingly popular these days. It used to be the case that they were tolerated for occasional use because the weight-saving offset the short periods of discomfort. Nowadays however, with modern technology, they have evolved into something that one can consider one’s standard harness. The …

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bd-creek_50_pack

Review by Tony Lourens RRP: R2799 (35 litres) RRP: R2999 (50 litres) www.rammountain.co.za This pack is a real winner. I’m not sure why it has taken so long for manufacturers to get a square bottomed pack out in the market, but it is really great to work with. It packs with so much more ease, …

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lifestraw

Review by Fiona McIntosh Go Bottle RRP: R699 Personal Straw RRP: R399 www.adventureinc.co.za I’m lucky enough to live in the Western Cape where, by and large, the mountain rivers and streams are clean and pure. So drinking straight from the source when I’m in the hills has never been a problem. Sure, I wouldn’t recommend …

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lasportiva-helios-shoe

Review by Fiona McIntosh RRP: R2399.99 www.outward.co.za How often does this happen: you find a shoe that really works for you, only to find that it’s been replaced by a totally different design as soon as said favourite pair wears out? My find in recent years was La Sportiva’s Vertical Ks – a pair of …

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lasportiva-cornon-goretex-boots

Review by Tony Lourens RRP: R2999.99 www.outward.co.za La Sportiva have been around for longer than I can remember. In fact, believe it or not, they were founded way back in 1928 when they started manufacturing boots for farmers and lumberjacks in the Dolomites, then during WW2, provided custom mountain boots to the Italian army. That’s …

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osprey-variant-backpack

Review by Fiona McIntosh RRP: Variant 52 – R2499 RRP: Variant 37 – R2299 www.adventureinc.co.za Choosing the right backpack for a big mountain or polar expedition is always a challenge. You need large capacity for load carrying, but want something that’s light and compact enough to be a daypack for a big summit day or …

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petzl-elios

Review by Tony Lourens RRP: R1059 www.eigerequipment.co.za Helmets have come a long way since the old Joe Brown klunker lids which we all used back in the day. The question is, what does one want from a helmet? The answer is quite simple, no? Protection, durability, comfort, ease of use and, to a lesser degree, …

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balance-pant-desert

Review by Tony Lourens RRP: R2199.99 www.outward.co.za There is little better than a well cut, good fitting pair of climbing pants. Of course, back in the day, tights were the in thing and were actually very comfortable to climb in, and although there are still a few retro die-hards out there, most of us have …

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