Recommended - Clothing
Woolpower Base Layers

For a great all round base layer system Woolpower is best suited for all environments. Based on a Terry loop stitch and 70% Merino wool, it performs well and gives great breathability and moisture wicking, away from the skin. It comes in three weights 200g, 400g and 600g per square meter and has separate leggings and tops, with various configuration of zips, gilets, mitts and balaclavas.

Mike says...
" Woolpower has been a part of my kit for around 12 years now, and its an item I donít leave home without. I generally wear a 200g top while moving around, but have a 400g gilet and 200g leggings in my pack. The advantage of using a high percentage of natural fibres within a garment proves well after long periods, as body odour is kept to a minimum, along with operating around fires. All Woolpower garments wash well around 30 degrees in a washing machine or hand wash. I am still wearing the original 200g top from 12 years ago. "


Woolpower Lite Tee

Woolpower's lightest knit wool Tee.

Mike says...
" Well, good to see Woolpower back in stock in the shop. It has been in the doldrums for the past couple of years with a poor supply chain, but is now sorted out. I have been wearing the Woolpower Lite shorts for the past three years (not constantly, you understand) and they have been great. Recently bought a Tee to give it a go in the mountains and it worked really well, drying quickly and not smelling after three days of hard graft. The Lite will fit nicely with the Woolpower 200g tops I have had for many years. "


Bergans Fjellrapp Mens Half Zip

210g merino wool long sleeve top with half zip and high collar.
- Zip-in collar for ventilation control
- Athletic fit and extended back
- Flatlock seams in contrasting colours

Mike says...
" I have just been trialling one of these and I must say it is proving to be a winner. Being a big Woolpower and Smartwool fan it was a bitter pill when the Bergans Fjellrapp proved itself on a week long trip. A tighter fit than I am normally used to but this was blown out of the water as the days progressed. Good insulative value, quick drying when things get a bit warm going uphill. The thing I really like is the high zip neck which comes to my chin trapping in warm air, this can also be rolled down. Currently I am looking into other Bergans baselayers as they are proving to be well made and priced. "


Norrona Trollveggen Mens Warm 2 Stretch Pants

Our warmest, most windproof and stretchy fleece tights. Insulating, comfortable and stretchy tights made to bring comfort and warmth to cold climbs. Worn as outerwear, they're excellent for scaling indoor walls or rock climbing in the mild season. Polartec® Power Stretch® panels to ensure best possible fit and comfort.

Mike says...
" Yes, I do look like Nacho Libre in these stretch tights! However, as time goes on and I get a little older, I'm not that bothered what I look like. I generally train in these - they are very warm and comfortable and, best of all, dry quickly. As usual, you get that well thought out and made garment from Norrona. Thankfully for passers by, these long winter nights are when I am found training out on the hill under the cloak of darkness. "


Swazi Climbmax Shirt

The unique Climbmax® fibres will wick away moisture vapour and protect you from the sunís harmful UV rays, keeping your comfort levels high and performance at peak.

Mike says...
" I have a couple of these that are still going strong after a number of years. Look smart, but with the CoolMax material is quite a technical shirt. Ideal for the summer, washes well and dries quickly, brilliant for long trips at home or abroad. "


Swazi Micro Pants

A little bit 'Men in Tights' perhaps?  Nonetheless, if you're after a light pair of thermal pants that are great for tramping or wearing around camp, then our Micro Pants can't be beaten.

Mike says...
" I use these pants in my trekking kit especially in winter, really good warm to weight ratio and ultra comfy. "


Swazi Micro Shirt

A high polo-type collar with a light-weight zip allows you to control upper body temperature when things start to get steamy. Weíve cut the back extra long, so it wonít ride up under your pack. A thumb loop on the sleeve helps keep hands warm on those extra frosty mornings.

Mike says...
" Really comfortable Microfleece shirt for those cooler months. I tend to use this while working in the forest in Autumn and Winter. Good long zip for venting when things get a bit sweaty, wash really well too. "


Swazi Micro Top

It packs down extra small and weighs a mere 160gm. Again, the long cut means it wonít ride up while you travel, plus it delivers amazing comfort and warmth.

Mike says...
" The Microtop sits next to the Micro Pants in my trekking kit, really great warmth to weight ratio. "


Swazi Bushmans Tee Zip

Itís by far the toughest shirt in its class and weíve added a zip pocket to stash all your stashables.

Mike says...
" Great t- shirt for those cooler days out and about, the zip pocket is a real bonus for those essentials. "


Tiley Coolmax Travel Briefs

Tilley Coolmax Travel Briefs wick away moisture from the skin, are cooler to wear, odour resistant and dry fast.

Mike says...
" Our recent trip to Scotland proved these briefs to be a great piece of clothing. Underwear is generally over looked while on extended trips, with a lot of people wearing cotton. A lot of you who read this section know the disadvantages of cotton especially next to skin, add in poorly fitted underwear that could chafe, before you know it your trip becomes miserable. The Tilley briefs were exceptional in all aspects, wicking away moisture, easy to wash and dry. I highly recommend these briefs, but donít get white. "


Norrona Svalbard Mid-Weight Trousers

Wind-resistant, durable and quick-drying hiking pants made of woven polyamide 175.  Lighter than cotton or softshell pants, highly breathable, rain-repellent and durable.

Sally says...
" I find these pants are a great weight all year round, not too light, good length with Velcro waist adjusters. They sit just below the waist on me, which I prefer rather than a low waist. The pockets are really well situated with thigh pockets having zips, the right thigh pocket has a secondary pocket inside ideal for a mobile phone. Very breathable and advertised as rain-repellent, which I didn't believe when looking at the fabric, but they are repellent in short light showers, but nothing heavier. Well positioned articulated knees. "


Norrona Bitihorn Mens Lightweight Pants

These wind protective, quick-drying pants are very comfortable with excellent breathability. Features include Custom-fit systemô, thigh pocket, Velcro® leg tightening, and inside mesh for mobile phone.

Mike says...
" A brilliant all year round pant for almost every outdoor activity. Very flexible even when sweating as you tackle obstacles, just enough pockets in the right place and dry really quick. Another great design from Norrona. "


Norrona Svalbard Mens Heavy Duty Hybrid Pants

Very durable all-terrain pants for general outdoor use.

Mike says...
" Another Norrona pant in my armoury. I generally use these when wildlife watching or I am static in the woods in winter. Really robust pant and good fit and all the pockets are zipable. The side leg vents are a real bonus when things get a bit warm and I really like the articulated knee with water resistant flex 3 soft shell fabric. "


Swazi The Hood

Made from the same quality 280gsm polar fleece that keeps Swazi gear going decade after decade of hardcore use.

Mike says...
" I really like this fleece, comfortable, warm, good generous fit. Just another garment in my Swazi armoury. Got Tussock, need Olive Green. "


Snugpak Pile Shirt Elite Smock

Paratex and pile fleece over-the-head shirt, with two detachable hoods and stuff sack.

Mike says...
" I have had something along these lines for many years. I tend to use this garment as a cold weather, static main camp overshirt. I find it bulky for backpacking, but great for just sitting around in. "


Bergans Down Light Mens Jacket

Down Light is a light, warm down jacket that is suitable for most activities and weather conditions. It is designed for use under a shell jacket, but the windproof and water-repellent Pertex® Quantum material also allows stand-alone use. It keeps you warm even when you take a break and can easily be folded into its own storage pocket when it is time to move on.

Mike says...
" I am coming into the second winter of use with the Bergans Down Light Jacket. It has proved its worth on all my trips over the past 18 months, is really light and gives great insulation when stopping for a break. Packs down to nothing and stores in the side pouch of my rucksack for easy access. Good, solid jacket. "


Swazi Nahanni

With a windproof torso (front and back), hand warmer pockets and detachable hood, the Nahanni is extremely comfortable and warm.

Mike says...
" The Nahanni is the piece of kit to have in cold, windy dry conditions. It is great for observing wildlife being extremely quiet and with the added advantage of a windproof torso and hand warmer pockets. The zip off hood also means you can use it with the Swazi Tahr XP over the top if the weather comes in wet. "


Tasmanian Tiger Maine Anorak

Comfortable hooded pullover and spacious kangaroo pockets made of water-resistant T-TC EPIC fabric

Mike says...
" Although the Bergans Morgedal is a great smock the Maine Anorak is that bit more. Made from EPIC Cotton, so getting that Ventile feel, it has plenty of pockets for gear, is very robust, wind and shower proof and works well around the fire. "


Norrona Trollveggen Dri 3 Jacket

Our most durable, weather protective and waterproof jacket with the dri3 fabric. This jacket has stretchy areas around the shoulders, elbows and on the back for increased flexibility. Large X-open under arm ventilation makes it easy to open and close from both sides. Technical details include drawcord waist, longer cut, storm hood fitted for helmet with internal collar, and asymmetric cuffs for increased protection.

Mike says...
" I wanted a lightweight waterproof jacket for my trekking rigg. Being a massive fan of Norrona for many years, I started to study the form. After much deliberation I plumped for the Trollvegan Dri 3. The reasons for this are two fold:

1) I tend to wear a wind shirt over wool base layers, either the Bergans Microlight Anorak or the Bergans Morgedal Smock. The reason for this is that either theDri 3 or Gore- Tex clothing is expensive, so I only wear it when the weather is really bad, extending the life of my most expensive garment.
2) The fit of the Trollvegan suites me fine, wide in the shoulders, longer in the body and arms. The Trollvegan series is for mountaineers and rock climbers.

As always, I am impressed with the construction of the product, which is the norm for Norrona. The Dri 3 fabric is proving very breathable and waterproof with the added advantage of not being as expensive as the Gore-Tex version. Brilliant. "


Bergans Lifjell Anorak

Lifjell Anorak has a unique patented design and is just as suitable for winter ski treks as for autumn mountain hikes. It is made in waterproof, windproof, and breathable 3-layer Bergans Element® Active.

Mike says...
" I have been using the Lifjell Anorak for a few years and really like it. The querky full zip on the left hand side of the body takes a bit of getting used too, but I am a smock man really and this jacket kill two birds with one stone. Good large fit with plenty of movement. Pit zips, large Kangaroo pocket for maps, nibbles etc and a well fitting hood. Oh yes, I have the brown one, not the bright orange, yellow and red one, makes my eyes go funny looking at that. "


Tamarack 40 Inch Leather Belt - Plain Buckle

A Classic look leather belt, completely handmade and secured by three super-strong solid copper rivets.

Mike says...
" A well made leather belt that goes around your waist one and a half times is a real bonus in woodland camps.You can strop into trees with it, haul firewood and strop your cutting tools, along with many other uses. Wicked. "