James Forrest, Author at Outdoors Magic

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Reviews

Decathlon Forclaz Windbreaker Softshell Jacket MT500 | Review

A warm, wind-resistant and fully-featured layer for mountain adventures

Decathlon Forclaz Windbreaker Softshell Jacket MT500 | Review
Tents

Decathlon Forclaz Trekking Tarp Tent 2-Person MT900 | Deep Dive

Billed as an “ultralight solution for experienced adventurers”, this trekking pole tarp tent is superbly priced

Decathlon Forclaz Trekking Tarp Tent 2-Person MT900 | Deep Dive
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Best Walking Sandals Reviewed 2024

The versatility offered by the finest adventure sandals is unmatched

Best Walking Sandals 2024
Trail and Scramble Shoes

HOKA Cielo X1 | Review

James Forrest tried carbon-plated shoes in a race for the first time, and set a new PB

HOKA Cielo X1 | Review
Walking Boots

Best Vegan Hiking Boots & Shoes Reviewed 2024

100% vegan walking boots that contain no leather, gelatin or animal-derived glues or dyes

Best Vegan Hiking Boots and Shoes 2024
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Best Bivvy Bags Reviewed 2024

Simple and lightweight options we rate

Best Bivvy Bags 2024 | Solo Shelters For Lightweight Bivouacking Adventures
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Best Outdoor Watches Reviewed 2024

Find out which watch came out best in test...

Best GPS Watches 2024
Walking Boots

Best Value Hiking Boots Reviewed 2024

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

Best Value Hiking Boots 2024
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Saucony Endorphin Pro 3 | Review

James Forrest tried carbon-plated shoes in a race for the first time, and set a new PB

Saucony Endorphin Pro 3 | Review
Reviews

Best Lightweight Backpacking Quilts Reviewed 2024

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 2024
Tents

Best One Person Tents For Backpacking Reviewed 2024

Our test team's pick of the top solo tents for backpacking in 2024

Best One Person Tents For Backpacking 2024
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Best Running Gloves Reviewed 2023

Don’t let the cold ruin your winter runs – keep your hands and fingers cosy with 8 of the best running gloves for 2024

Best Running Gloves Reviewed 2024
Trail and Scramble Shoes

Best Approach Shoes Reviewed 2024

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

Best Approach Shoes 2024 | Lightweight, Comfy And Grippy Shoes For Scrambling And Hiking
Group Tests and Best Buys

Best Tent Pegs Reviewed 2024

Behind every good tent is a reliable tent peg. Here are 8 of the best.

Best Tent Pegs 2024 | The Strongest, Lightest And Best Value Stakes For A Secure Tent Pitch
News

First Look | Hoka Mafate Speed 4

Grippier, lighter and way more responsive than its predecessor. Here's what else you need to know

Hoka Mafate Speed 4 | First Look
News

Running Secrets | Inside the Mind of a Global Ultra Marathon Champ

We spoke to Ludovic Pommeret, fresh from winning the UTMB TDS, about getting in the best mental headspace for big mileage

Running Advice | How To Mentally Prepare For An Ultra Marathon Or Mountain Trail Race
Down and Insulated Jackets

Deep Dive | Salewa's Latest Alpine Collection

5 items that caught our gear tester's eye at the Salewa Alpine Campus in Borrowdale, the Lake District.

Deep Dive | Salewa's Latest Alpine Collection

Zoleo Satellite Communicator Device | Review

A global satellite communicator, personal locator beacon and GPS device all-in-one

Zoleo Satellite Communicator Device | Review
How To Guides

Hiking Advice | How To Train For A Long-Distance Walk

Follow these quick tips and you'll be amazed at the distances you'll be able to cover on foot

Hiking Advice | How To Train For A Long-Distance Walk
Waterproof Jackets

Gear News | Patagonia's New Waterproof Jacket That's Made From Recycled Fishing Nets

A lightweight, packable shell - both sustainable and stylish

Patagonia Granite Crest | First Look
Group Tests and Best Buys

Best Retro-Styled Fleeces Reviewed 2024

Who can say no to a retro design? Not us.

Best Retro Fleeces of 2024
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