Gear Review: Muck Boot Arctic Adventure Ladies’ Boots

Pros: Funky contemporary neoprene boot.  Light and comfortable. Designed for women with sculpted shape offering excellent ankle support. Good grip on all sorts of mucky terrain. Really warm. Easy to pull on and off. Great all-rounder. Cons: Slight “pinching” at the back of the ankle when new — eases with use. Light colour neoprene can stain quite easily and […]

Gear Review: Aigle Parcours 2 “Outlast” boots

Pros: possibly the most comfortable thing I’ve ever put on my feet. Dry, warm, soft lining, supple rubber uppers and very supportive sole… more like hiking boots than wellingtons allowing comfortable day-long walking. Superb grip. Outstanding construction… if you can call it that… more like craftsmanship. NASA inspired “Outlast” lining keeps feet at comfortable temperature… not […]

Gear Review: Paramo Valez Adventure Light Smock

Paramo Valez Adventure Light Smock: Short Review Pros: Light weight and convenient to carry; very comfortable to wear; easy to pull on and off; outstanding “directional” waterproof performance; windproof; quiet “low rustle” fabric; robust, despite it’s lightweight design. Cons: A bit short on pockets compared to a full-on outdoor jacket — but apart from that I […]

Base Layer Review: Patagonia Men’s Capilene® 3 Midweight Crew

A good base layer makes a real difference When you’re out watching wildlife you often find yourself in unpredictable weather, in inaccessible and exposed places, out early in the morning or late into the evening, and often a combination of all those things. If you want to stay comfortable you need the right kind of […]

Gear Review: Paramo Halcon Jacket

Staying dry is one of the most challenging aspects of wildlife watching in Ireland. Keen birder Colin Barton puts Paramo’s flagship Halcon waterproof shell through its paces during one of the wettest sea-watching seasons on record. I’d been meaning to replace my old and by now rather leaky Berghaus Goretex jacket for the last two […]

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