James Forrest, Author at Outdoors Magic

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Recent Articles By James

Advice

Advice | Wild Camping In The Lake District

Our team bring you five great areas for wild camping in the Lake District National Park

Wild Camping In The Lake District | Where To Go
Tents

Wild Country Helm Compact 3 Tent | Review

"Near-premium performance for a less-than-premium price"

Wild Country Helm Compact 3 Tent | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Jack Wolfskin Trail Mat Air | Review

We test out Jack Wolfskin’s brand new sleeping mat – the Trail Mat Air

Jack Wolfskin Trail Mat Air | Review
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Merrell MQM Flex 2.0 GTX Hiking Shoes | Review

James Forrest tests out the new Merrell MQM Flex 2.0 GTX shoes on trails near his home in the Lake District

Merrell MQM Flex 2.0 GTX Hiking Shoes | Review
Walking Boots

Top 10 | Best Value Hiking Boots Reviewed 2020

And why a good pair can help you eat up those miles...

Best Value Hiking Boots 2020 | Top 10
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Top 7 | Best Approach Shoes Reviewed 2020

Fusing the best characteristics of hiking shoes and climbing shoes, approach shoes are a versatile addition to your outdoor kit locker

Best Approach Shoes 2020 | Top 7
Outdoor Features

The 10 Finest Walks In The Lake District

Outdoor writer James Forrest shares his highlights

Best Walks In The Lake District | 10 Mapped Routes
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Top 6 | Best Bivvy Bags For 2020

Simple and lightweight, bivvy bags are a popular alternative to tents for a night of wild camping under the stars

Best Bivvy Bags For 2020 | Top 6
Tents

Top 7 | Best Solo Tents For Backpacking 2020

Our test team's pick of the top 7 solo tents for backpacking in 2020

Best Solo Tents For Backpacking 2020 | Top 7
Waterproof Jackets

Review | Rab Kangri GTX Jacket

James Forrest tests out the new Rab Kangri GTX jacket on a series of demanding Munro-bagging hikes in Scotland

Rab Kangri GTX Jacket | Review
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Merrell Zion GTX Hiking Shoes | Review

James Forrest tests out the new sneaker-inspired Merrell Zion GTX hiking shoes on trails in the Lake District

Merrell Zion GTX Hiking Shoes | Review
Waterproof Jackets

Field Testing Helly Hansen's Search & Rescue-Approved New Range

The Helly Hansen Odin 9 Worlds Jacket and Odin Stretch Hooded Insulator get put to the sword within the Arctic Circle

Helly Hansen Odin Jacket Collection | Field Test
Reviews

Top 6 | Best Lightweight Backpacking Quilts

Favoured by thru-hikers and ultra-light backpackers, quilts are a popular alternative to traditional sleeping bags. Here’s 6 of the best options out there.

Best Lightweight Backpacking Quilts | Top 6
Group Tests and Best Buys

On Test | 16 Energy Snacks For Fuelling Big Days In The Hills

James Forrest takes a look at some of the most efficient (and tasty) options out there

The Best Energy Bars To Fuel Hiking And Running | Top 16
Outdoor Features

'6 Things I Learnt About Outdoor Gear Over 1000km'

James Forrest shares some of his trail tips

6 Things I Learnt About Gear Over 1000km
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