I'm being kept busy reviewing a variety of equipment at the moment........
For the last few weeks I've been testing some fantastic solar products. The Goal Zero Guide 10 Adventure kit combines a Nomad 7 solar panel and Guide 10 battery pack in a portable bundle that can easily be carried on lightweight adventures. I'm testing the kit for an upcoming review on UKClimbing and UKHillwalking. We've been big fans of Goal Zero products for some time (a review of the Nomad 27 and Sherpa 120 battery we used on our 2012 expeditions is available here) and this set up is proving to be another winner.
Lyon Equipment also kindly sent me a Petzl Micro Traxion for testing. This is a brilliant ultralight progress capture pulley based on the widely used Mini Traxion that has definitely set a new standard in devices of this type. I'll be reporting on this in full over the coming weeks.
Finally, a huge box of winter gloves arrived at Peak Mountaineering HQ yesterday for an upcoming review in Trek and Mountain Magazine. There's a variety of styles by a range of manufacturers but initial inspection shows there's a lot of great options out there. Fair to say they'll be getting a good run for their money over the winter months.