The Great Outdoors has the most experienced team of gear reviewers in the country. At the helm is Gear Editor Chris Townsend, he’s written 17 books on the outdoors, including the award-winning The Backpacker’s Handbook, and has been reviewing gear since 1991.

Along with our collection of reviews, in this section you’ll find the latest news from gear brands in the UK and beyond. If there’s a new product on the market, we’ll make sure you hear about it here first.


Gear news

Read about the latest gear releases and news from the industry

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Gear reviews

Our gear testing team reveal what’s hot and what’s not

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Gear Editor's column

Chris Townsend is a world-leading authority on outdoor gear. He has been reviewing clothing and equipment for The Great Outdoors since 1991 and is the author of the award-winning The Backpacker’s Handbook. In his weekly column for this website, he assesses new innovations from the gear world and tests exclusive early samples of new kit. Check out Chris’s blog here:

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