Category Archives: Outdoor Wear

QUECHUA QuickHiker Ultralight III Hiking Tent, Grey – Review

I received the QUECHUA QuickHiker Ultralight III Hiking Tent from Decathlon (Thanks  Jeannie) for testing and reviewing.

On a non rainy day I headed just down the road to a field overlooking the Durham Heritage Coast, where I set about pitching the tent.
Prior to this I had not opened the tent, nor read instructions for pitching it. It was a fresh out of the bag ‘pitch’.
QUECHUA QuickHiker Ultralight III Hiking Tent
The first, and only problem I encountered as I set about pitching the tent, was the fact that I had left my reading glasses at home, which made looking at the illustrations a tad hard, and it meant that I made a couple of minor mistakes getting the tent erected.
In total, it ended up taking me 20 minutes to pitch the tent. Not bad for a first attempt.
My only niggle was the fact that there were 2 tent pegs missing, which meant I could not peg out the guide ropes.
Taking the tent down only took me a couple of minutes, and I even managed to get it back in the bag without any hassle, which hasn’t always been the case with other tents I’ve had.

Now I have successfully pitched the QUECHUA QuickHiker Ultralight III Hiking Tent once, and learnt from my mistakes, I reckon I could easily fully pitch it in under 10 minutes on my own.
The tent itself is very good quality, and I’m sure it’ll last years. It is also very stable (even without guide ropes), so I’m sure it will stand up to all of the weather conditions Britain can throw at it.
Overall I am very impressed with the QUECHUA QuickHiker Ultralight III Hiking Tent.
QUECHUA QuickHiker Ultralight III Hiking Tent

Tech Stuff:

  • 2.6 kg. Compact case: 40x15x15 cm. Alu poles. 9.6mm “DAC Featherlite NSL”.
  • Capacity: 3 people. 2 doors. Bedroom height: 95 cm. 1 large storage space
  • Ventilation: 1 Closable air vent at front. Flysheet can be rolled up at back.
  • Waterproofing:Tested under shower at 200 mm water / hour and in the field

Blog post by Richard Randall
Total prize value to date: £1140 (from 1st September 2013).

Carp Kinetics Native Waterproof Camo Track Boots

They are NOT WATERPROOF. The first time that I wore them in the rain while taking my dog Barley for a walk, they leaked. I purchased them from a sports fishing shop in Peterlee, because I wanted a spare pair of boots to use when my main walking boots needed drying out are being cleaned.
The Carp Kinetics Native now have had dubbing added to them in the hope of making them waterproof. Fingers crossed. I would have taken then back, but it would have been a major hassle for me and they will ‘do’ in dry old weather because they are at least warm and comfortable if worn with thick socks.

By Richard Randall

Hi-Tec Men’s Para Hiking Boot = Fail

I purchased a pair of hiking boots from Go Outdoors a few weeks ago, but unfortunately they leaked water in while walking through damp grass, so I needed another pair.
I walk our dog in the countryside so I need a boot to cope with rain, mud, and snow, and mistakenly thought these Hi-Tec Men’s Para Hiking Boots would be ideal. They are, after all, just a jumped up Wellington boot.

Hi-Tec Men's Para Desert Hiking Boot

The Hi-Tec boots arrived today, I un-boxed them, and immediately placed them in a bowl with a couple of centimetres of water. All seemed well until I tried them on. Water had soaked into the interior fabric, and once I started walking about my kitchen in them they started leaking water both internally and externally.
Luckily for me I purchased the leaky, not so ‘high tech’, Hi-Tec boots from Amazon, which means I can get them collected for free from my house and returned for a full refund.

I’m putting off a ‘third time lucky’ purchase at the moment, so I’m dubbin an old pair of Timberland boots, they did me proud during our recent two year World travels, which involved lots of walking. I’m quietly confident that they will keep my feet dry, well, they can’t be worse than the Hi-Tec Men’s Para Hiking Boot, which are absolutely useless.

By Richard Randall

Go Outdoors North Ridge Walking Boots

A few weeks ago I purchased a pair of North Ridge walking boots from the Go OutDoors store in Stockton-on-Tees (Ascot Drive, Portrack Lane, Stockton-On-Tees TS18 2QQ).
I mainly bought them because I needed a pair of waterproof boots for when I walk our Lurcher, Barley.
For the first week or so there was nothing wrong with them. They fitted well, and were very comfortable.
The problems started when the weather changed, rain had made the grass wet, and when I walked across the wet grass, the boots leaked. They weren’t just letting in a little bit of moisture, they were like the titanic, my feet were completely soaked.
I tried to fix this problem by spraying the boots with a waterproofer. This did not work, which means that the seams of the boots do not meet properly, ergo they are very low quality and poorly made.
I now have no choice but to dump the boots in a cupboard, and only use them in the Summer.
So now I have to buy another new pair of boots that are definitely waterproof, because the Go Outdoors North Ridge Walking Boots were not fir for purpose, and a complete waste of money. 🙁

Regatta – Keeping warm in the North

Winter is just round the corner. Some might say it being the end of August, autumn is just round the corner, but having lived in the South of France for a decade it definitely feels like winter. I’m now busy putter together a winter wardrobe and the other day I added a fleece for Regatta to my WInter Armour. I still have a long list of winter gear I need and fingers cross I will be fully kitted out before winter arrives in full.
Regatta Fleece

Unit 8-9 Mercury Park
Mercury Way
United Kingdom
M41 7LY

Go Outdoors North Ridge Corrie Event walking boots

Summer is drawing to a close, and I’ve been giving serious thought to getting out of the house once the renovations are finished and exploring the Durham coastline. My current boots are coming to the end of their days after just spending the last 2 years traveling the World.
I headed to the Go Outdoors store in Stockton-on-Tees (Ascot Drive, Portrack Lane,
Stockton-On-Tees TS18 2QQ) where I purchased a pair of their own brand North Ridge walking boots. Next step (pun intended) is to get out and explore the Durham coast, but first I need to break them in. I’ve walked round the house and down to the local shop in them, and they are very comfortable so far, and do not rub.
North Ridge boots by Go Outdoors