Outdoor Gear Reviews

Outdoor Walking and Camping Gear Reviews
Read all the latest Mud and Routes outdoor gear reviews, both walking and camping, split into handy sub categories for your convenience.

Our outdoor gear reviews include almost anything that has an outdoor slant, from waterproof jacket reviews and boot reviews, to outdoor tech and walking pack reviews, we’ve got you covered.

We always review outdoor gear honestly and we strongly believe in testing in proper conditions, on the hill, usually in Snowdonia, not on the side of some grassy car park. We prefer to review fewer items, in more detail, with the exception of anything edible.

Best Mountain Walks in Snowdonia

Best Grade 1 Scrambles in Snowdonia

Scrambles in Snowdonia To celebrate the launch of the new Scrambles in Snowdonia by Steve Ashton, published by Cicerone, we’ve collated the best selection of Grade 1 scrambles in Snowdonia. We’ve steered clear of the trickier scrambles and kept to the easier grade 1 routes. Be warned that these are far from being ‘easy’ routes! …

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Hydroflask 32oz Widemouth Review

Dave Roberts, finally, brings us his review of the Widemouth 32oz and Standard 24oz Hydroflask that keep your drinks cold for 24 hours or hot for 6. Nobody can accuse us at Mud and Routes of doing quick reviews. Whether that’s because we like to review things in detail, or are terminal procrastinators; we’ll let …

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Berghaus Extrem Micro Down Jacket Review

Berghaus Extrem Micro Down Jacket

Berghaus Extrem Micro Down Jacket  Over the last few months Nia has been been testing out the women’s Extrem Micro Down Insulated Jacket by Berghaus. A lightweight jacket that features water-resistant Hydrodown insulation powered by Nikwax. I was out hiking in the Rocky Mountains in September so it was a perfect opportunity for me to test …

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Ascendancy Apparel Duffle Bag

Ascendancy Apparel Duffle Bag Review

Ascendancy Apparel Duffle Bag Review After extensive use Nia bring’s us here Ascendancy Apparel Duffle Bag Review This is a slightly different review to what I’d usually do because Ascendancy Apparel’s products are designed primarily for casual use; whilst many people do where them during adventures they aren’t technical items and therefore would not be …

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Howies Broad Haven Rucksack Review

Howies Broad Haven Rucksack Review After gear testing over the summer months, Tryfan Williams brings us his Howies Broad Haven Rucksack review   The Howies Broad Haven rucksack is a mid sized pack that boasts a multitude of features, it screams commute pack, but it seemed versatile enough for me to venture out with it on day walks to the …

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The Original Caplight Review

Dave Roberts reviews the Caplight out on the hill. The Caplight is a baseball cap with three ultra-bright built in led lights . The cap itself is quality, with reasonably bright lights that can be switched between off, low and high brightness. While the Caplight is not going to be used as your main lighting …

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Rab Xenon X Vest Review

Dave Roberts reviews the Rab Xenon X Vest, a PrimaLoft® synthetic insulated layer designed for fast and light activities. The Rab Xenon X Vest, gilet (or for those brought up in the 80’s – body warmer) is a lightweight ‘booster’ layer designed to be worn over other kit for when you need that little bit of extra …

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Hydro Flask First Impressions

Dave Roberts gives his first impressions of the Hydro Flask insulated water bottle that claims to keep your drink cold for 24 hours or hot for 6. When this popped through the door, I expected a standard water bottle, albeit a good looking one. I didn’t realise that it’s actually quite a novel water bottle. …

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OS Maps Review

I’ve been a keen user of digital maps ever since I bought the whole of Wales in 1:50k mapping from Tracklogs over ten years ago. That really got me hooked, but only to a certain degree as ‘proper’ 1:25k mapping was simply too expensive. I’m fully used to the way Tracklogs works, having tried out …

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Rab Women’s Quest Jacket

  Nia Jenkins reviews the Rab Quest Jacket. I’ve used this Rab Quest Jacket over the last few months whilst out in the hills of Snowdonia. We have had a pretty cold winter in Wales so it was much needed for the first few months of 2016! This is what I thought… This jacket is …

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