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Regatta Rivington Mens Wellington Review

Wearing the Regatta Rivington Wellington Boots

Pros: Great all-round wellington boot that’s comfortable and functional. Adjustable girth via quick-release buckle is convenient and effective. Roomy enough for decent welly socks. Heavy duty, grippy soles great when you venture off-road. Cons: Neoprene lining a bit on the thin side, which feels less “premium” than other boots in….

Review: Wunderbird Clothing for Birders

Wunderbird: outdoor clothing for birders

Wunderbird is a startup company creating a unique range of clothing designed especially for birders and wildlife enthusiasts. Their clothing is lightweight, breathable, quick drying and has a number of special features specifically aimed at birders. They sent us one of their “Peregrine” long-sleeved T-Shirts to try out… here’s how….

Gear Review: Rockfish Groundhog Mens Wellington Boot

While you can pick up a perfectly functional pair of wellies for very little outlay, if you’re planning to spend a substantial amount of time in them it’s worth investing a bit extra for comfort, durability and support. That’s exactly what you’re getting when you buy the Rockfish Groundhog.

Gear Review: Muck Boot Arctic Adventure Ladies’ Boots

Muck Boots in the garden

Pros: Funky contemporary neoprene boot.  Light and comfortable. Designed for women with sculpted shape offering excellent ankle support. Good grip on all sorts of mucky terrain. Really warm. Easy to pull on and off. Great all-rounder. Cons: Slight “pinching” at the back of the ankle when new — eases with use. Light colour….

Gear Review: Aigle Parcours 2 “Outlast” boots

Aigle Outlast Boots

Pros: possibly the most comfortable thing I’ve ever put on my feet. Dry, warm, soft lining, supple rubber uppers and very supportive sole… more like hiking boots than wellingtons allowing comfortable day-long walking. Superb grip. Outstanding construction… if you can call it that… more like craftsmanship. NASA inspired “Outlast” lining keeps….

Gear Review: Paramo Valez Adventure Light Smock

Páramo Valez Adventure Light waterproof smock in action

Paramo Valez Adventure Light Smock: Short Review Pros: Light weight and convenient to carry; very comfortable to wear; easy to pull on and off; outstanding “directional” waterproof performance; windproof; quiet “low rustle” fabric; robust, despite it’s lightweight design. Cons: A bit short on pockets compared to a full-on outdoor jacket –….

Base Layer Review: Patagonia Men’s Capilene® 3 Midweight Crew

Patagonia Capilene Base Layer

A good base layer makes a real difference When you’re out watching wildlife you often find yourself in unpredictable weather, in inaccessible and exposed places, out early in the morning or late into the evening, and often a combination of all those things. If you want to stay comfortable you….

Gear Review: Paramo Halcon Jacket

Páramo Men's Halcon Waterproof Jacket in action

Staying dry is one of the most challenging aspects of wildlife watching in Ireland. Keen birder Colin Barton puts Paramo’s flagship Halcon waterproof shell through its paces during one of the wettest sea-watching seasons on record. I’d been meaning to replace my old and by now rather leaky Berghaus Goretex….