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Review: Bouldering Essentials by Dave Flanagan

We were lucky enough to receive a copy of Bouldering Essentials, written by David Flanagan and published by Three Rocks Books, here’s what we thought.   This is designed to be an introductory guide for newcomers to the sport and perhaps a companion to those who already know their stuff but wish to back up the knowledge and techniques that … Continue reading

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Bouldering Essentials

Deuter Guide Review

On a recent two week jaunt to the Pyrenees James took the opportunity to test out Deuter’s Guide rucksacks. Both myself and my girlfriend have recently started using Deuter Guide rucksacks (me with the Guide 40+ and Kat with the Guide SL 35+) which we hoped would be ideal for a hut to hut and bivvi trip through the Pyrenees. … Continue reading

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Pretty In Pinks

Most climbers have heard about the Anasazi Pink, this mythical climbing shoe that featured in many hard ascents a few years ago. After some time away, Five Ten have started making them again. Now with an improved fit and stickier Stealth C4 rubber. Are these the most anticipated climbing shoes ever and will they live up to their reputation? James … Continue reading

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Freet Mudgrip Trail Running 101

I got my hands on a pair of the Freet Mudgrips the other day in order to try them out in the hills and see if they stood up alongside the big boys of fell running shoes. First off, the fit – They slipped on easily and felt pretty comfy from the off, if a little wide for my heel. … Continue reading

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Jetboil and Sea to Summit review

The Epicentre’s gear testers, Daniel and Pete, recently got out on a camping trip with some fantastic equipment from Jetboil and Sea to Summit. See what they thought to the gear in our video review, here.    Thanks to Daniel Wildey Photography for the video, and be sure to check out our ‘Equipment’ section for more great ways to improve your … Continue reading

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Exped Adventure review the Sherpa Baruntse down jacket

As International Mountain Leaders, we are drawn to efficiency in a product. Often transporting vast amounts of kit, having the right gear at the right moment to cover as many possible eventualities is key. How strong, how fast, how light; we look for the quickest and slickest at the best possible price. We value the importance of appearance – having … Continue reading

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Icebreaker Oasis Hood review

It’s difficult to improve on perfection, but Icebreaker seems to have managed it, with the simple addition of a hood on the classic Oasis long sleeve baselayer. A staple in many peoples’ layering system, the Oasis has been my go-to baselayer for years. Whether I’m travelling, skiing, climbing or hiking it’s the one thing I know I’m taking with me. … Continue reading

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NEW IN – Healthy Back Bags

Healthy Back Bags have arrived at The Epicentre!  A godsend to anyone who finds that carrying a conventional rucksack causes back problems, and a fantastic functional accessory for your daily commute or trip to the gym. Healthy Back Bags have a unique shape, designed by chiropractors, which helps distribute weight evenly across your back and conforms to the shape of … Continue reading

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Sherpa Lobutse Jacket review – by Tom Greenwood

So far I have been able to test the Sherpa Lobutse Jacket in its ideal conditions; blustery spring days of mountaineering and mountain cragging. The jacket has a brushed inner, which is a first for me, and while a little unsure how this would interact with fleece or a technical base layer, was pleasantly surprised how comfy and unrestrictive it … Continue reading

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