Woolpower Socks

The sock is of paramount importance while backpacking, as your feet are part of your transport. The Woolpower range are a good sock for medium to long term expeditions, and are constructed the same way as the rest of the garments (see above). They are hard wearing, and give good moisture wicking and insulative value as the garments.

" Mike says "

Another long term piece of kit that I have used over the years. I purchase 10 pairs of knee length 600g socks every 3 years, and remove the old socks from service. I use a three sock system with one on, one spare and one in the wash. Changing my socks every 2 to 3 days and ensuring I wash and powder my feet at the end of every day.

Woolpower Socks

Sealskinz Country Sock

Designed to work with breeks providing extra protection against cold, wet weather.

• Anatomically designed knee length fit
• Ribbed turnover top
• Close fitting knitted construction
• Merino wool pile lining for warmth and moisture control
• Poodle padding on toe, sole and Achilles panel for extra comfort
• Heather green works well with most tweeds


" Mike says"

I fell out with the Sealskinz brand several years ago after we were getting a lot of failed socks back in store. However, always in the back of my mind, we spoke to the guys in Germany this year and decided to have another go.

I use the Sealskinz Country Sock as a winter over sock when I don't use any shoe or boot with a waterproof/ breathable lining. I find my feet breathe better and are more waterproof than with any lining, and with the added advantage of being knee length I have more protection if I sink into a bog or have to wade a stream. Excellent.

Sealskinz Country Sock

Sealskinz Mid Weight Mid Length Sock

• Anatomically designed mid-calf length fit
• Close fitting knitted construction
• Merino wool pile lining for warmth and moisture control
• Poodle padding for extra comfort
• Elasticated instep and Achilles ankle panel provide support and ensure a close, comfortable fit


" Mike says "

The Mid Weight Mid Length sock is my preferred bad weather back up sock during spring and summer months. Works exactly the same as the Country Sock, but not as warm and shorter. Awesome.

Sealskinz Mid Weight Mid Length Sock

Lorpen Allround Trekker Socks

Trilayer® sock


Sock Height: Crew

Cushion: Heavy Full

Sock Content: 50% Coolmax®, 25% Tencel®, 15% Nylon®, 10% Ea. LYCRA®

"Mike says "

As I now only wear running shoes when out trekking and am not bothered with wet feet in the warmer months, I was looking for a synthetic sock that I could use. The reason for this is a simple one - I work on the process of three when it comes to socks; one on, one drying and one spare. I have done trials from a heavy wool content sock to a purely synthetic one, with the drying time greatly reduced using synthetic. This means I can wash a pair of socks in camp in the evening, put them on the outside of my pack if the following day is dry or put them next to my skin if not, so ensuring a clean dry pair of socks everyday.

Not only this, I find all Lorpen socks comfortable to wear and well made.


Scarpa Crux Mens Shoe

"Scarpa says”

The ideal approach shoe should be tough, well protected and provide enough support foreasy climbing but comfy enough for the approach walk.  The Crux takes technologies that have been developed inour trekking and climbing range and combining them together to give a hybridthat has all of the characteristics required to be a top approach shoe. 

Toughness is provided by using our best quality suede in the upper, a rubber toe and heelrand gives protection whilst the new Vibram Vertical sole with sticky rubber, tough EVA midsole and forefoot cradle system ensures support and confidence.  It’s not just the colour that’s green, they’re made using 50% recycledpolyester in the lining and mesh!

"Tony Says"

I have been trying to find a shoe to walk in for a while now as I am finding boots are sometimes heavy, and if possible I want a good compromise. There is much research to indicate that 50g extra on your foot is the equivalent to carrying 500g on your back. As I get older and doing more 2 and 3 days walking trips the weight savings are becoming more important. Working on this principle, the shoe is almost 500g lighter than the Meindl Burma boots I wear - so in theory, 2.5kg less to carry.

The Shoes are a good fit for me as I have quite shallow feet, and a 45 euro size with a medium thick Teko sock was a spot on fit. I decided not to break them in so did a 14 km flatish walk with them fresh out of the box. I followed this with 18km over Helvellyn via Striding Edge, so a stern test to say the least, with a wet  valley  walk of 12km on the next day.

Oh my god, what a difference. The walking seemed easier and lighter, noticeable not lifting the heavy boots every step. The weather was wet for the 3 days (as it always is in the Lakes) but the sticky sole advertised certainly was sticky - I did not slip at anytime on sharp edges, wet rock or wet grass. The sole unit has a flat section at the toes which gives an excellent platform to stand on small rocks jutting out, a real help on Striding Edge. The shoe is not gore tex lined but with the only mesh being under the laces I found the shoes stayed remarkably dry inside without avoiding any shallow puddles or obvious wet areas of the walk. My socks became a little damp on the last valley walk day and the shoes felt a little wet inside when we stopped for a brew. But a quick change of merino socks and the shoes were dry inside again by the bottom of the hill.

To summarise, I am a convert. The shoes performed well in late September weather. I am happy to carry extra dry socks rather than lift heavier boots all day and have resigned the boots to absolute winter, torrential rain or snow

Extremities Runnagaiter

A short, lightweight gaiter which is ideal for runners and weight conscious backpackers - to keep out the worst of the mud, gravel and sand.

"Mike say's "

In recent months I have been trekking in trainers. However, I have found that on most of my sojourns I have had to stop and remove small pieces of gravel from my shoe. The Runnagaiters have stopped this from happening, and are now as integral as my tent or sleeping bag on a trip. The only down side is the elastic cord that goes underneath the sole of the shoe - I have replaced this a couple of times, and I am now thinking of using a thin gauge bike cable, hope it works.


The Superfeet Green are designed for footwear with removable insoles, and provides maximum support and shock absorption.

" Mike says "

The back end of last year I was training for our Scotland trip, when a pair of Superfeet Green landed on my desk. I decided to give them a go in the lakes for a few days. At first they seemed a little strange under foot, but after a while I found the comfortable. I would not go walking without my Superfeet Greens anywhere.

Great piece of kit.

Helsport Bivvy Boots

Excellent for inside your tent or cabin, water resistant with breathable upper and no slide soles, and insulated with Thermoguard 6000.

" Mike says"

I have just used a pair of the Bivvy boots on a recent camping trip in the Lake District. After a day in the mountains with most of it on crampons it was a joy to come back to camp, wash and powder my feet, put on fresh socks and the Bivvy boots. Within seconds my feet felt like they were glowing with heat, I even for a time wore them in my sleeping bag but found that this was too hot. The Bivvy boots were a great advantage when I needed my 2am pee, which I can never figure out as I never need the toilet at home at this time.

Grivel Air Tech New Matic

This crampon is an all season chromolly steel 10 plus 2 point semi rigid design. It has built in the Antibott system that prevents snow build up between the points, and is compatible with the Scarpa Manta.

" Mike says "

A well made easy to fit crampon for use on snow and ice in mountain areas. As I only winter walk not ice climb etc, this crampon is every thing I need for those iced up tricky bits. The Antibott system is a revelation in crampon design, as I use to find in older crampons you were forever tapping out snow build up between the points with the shaft of your ice axe, the Antibott prevents this snow build up. It is adviseable that when not in use the crampons are fitted with crampon crowns to prevent injury and damage to your equipment, and stored in a crampon bag.

Kahtoola Microspikes

Multipurpose traction system that fit’s in your pocket.

" Mike says "

A good friend from the local Mountain Rescue team put us onto the Microspikes. I gave them a good thrashing in Bowland and the Lakes last winter, really convenient, lightweight and they work either on the hill or around town. Excellent.