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Matt Jones

Matt Jones

With stints working for both the Ramblers and the Scouts under his belt, Matt knows one or two things about walking and camping. A highly experienced outdoors writer and editor, he contributes regular features and gear reviews to various leading magazines and websites, including Outdoors Magic. Matt's passions are for wild camping, long-distance backpacking and climbing mountains. Originally from Kent, he's now based in Snowdonia, which is the ideal backyard for testing outdoor kit to its limits.

Recent Articles By Matt

Down and Insulated Jackets

Outdoor Research Shadow Insulated Hoody | Review

Warm, comfortable and commendably eco-conscious

Outdoor Research Shadow Insulated Hoody | Review
Waterproof Jackets

Helly Hansen Odin 1 World Infinity Shell Jacket | Review

"One of the most environmentally responsible fabric choices out there."

Helly Hansen Odin 1 World Infinity Shell Jacket | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Oakley Leffingwell Sunglasses | Review

Surf-inspired sunnies with frames made from castor beans

Oakley Leffingwell Sunglasses | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Heimplanet Carry Essentials Packing Cubes | Review

This innovative German outdoor brand’s range of sustainably made packing cubes combine eco-friendly design and materials with space-saving practicality

Heimplanet Carry Essentials Packing Cubes | Review
Backpacks

Osprey Talon Earth 22 Backpack | Review

An eco-friendly, versatile daypack that is equally at home on the trail, on the bike or being toted around town

Osprey Talon Earth 22 Backpack | Review
Waterproof Jackets

Patagonia Granite Crest Jacket and Pants | Review

A well-built, stylish and eco-friendly jacket-and-overtrousers combo.

Patagonia Granite Crest Jacket and Pants | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

TRIWA Ocean Plastic Sub Watch | Review

A fun and funky yet practical dive watch with a serious message

TRIWA Ocean Plastic Sub Watch | Review
Sleeping Bags

Rumpl Nanoloft Puffy Blanket | Review

This puffy blanket uses an eco-friendly recycled synthetic fill to give you lightweight warmth, without the drawbacks of natural down

Rumpl Nanoloft Puffy Blanket | Review
Mid and Base Layers

Keela Harris Tweed Smock | Review

Heritage smock with classic good looks and timeless appeal, perfectly suited to bushcraft weekends in the woods or chilly nights around the campfire

Keela Harris Tweed Smock | Review
Tents

Vaude Taurus SUL 1 | Review

This ultralight solo shelter is designed to offer three-season protection and great liveability for life on the trail, while also being one of the most...

Vaude Taurus SUL 1 | Review
Waterproof Jackets

Páramo Velez Smock | Review

We love a classic smock, and this is one of the best: versatile enough for hiking, climbing or biking, yet offering great protection for cold...

Páramo Velez Smock | Review
Walking Boots

Lowa Trek Evo GTX Mid | Review

Fully synthetic trekking boots that are vegan-friendly and resoleable, ensuring extended lifetime durability.

Lowa Trek Evo GTX Mid | Review
Backpacks

Peak Design Travel DuffelPack 65 | Review

A versatile, go-anywhere hybrid duffel-pack designed for travelling, camping and more, made from recycled materials

Peak Design Travel DuffelPack 65 | Review
Walking Equipment and Accessories

Silva Terra Scout H and Terra Drybags | Review

Three new award-winning headtorches and a collection of low-impact drybags, all made from recycled materials

Silva Terra Scout H and Terra Drybags | Review
Backpacks

Jack Wolfskin Traveltopia Duffle 45 | Review

A travel-ready take on the original expedition kitbag, made from recycled fabrics with an eco-friendly water-repellent finish

Jack Wolfskin Traveltopia Duffle 45 | Review
Tents

Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 Tent | Review

The Clip Flashlight 3,000 2P is perfect for UK adventurers looking for a lightweight and low profile yet roomy two-person tent.

Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 Tent | Review
Walking Boots

Hanwag Blueridge ES Boots | Review

A resource-conscious, European-made boot that uses premium materials and eco-friendly technologies

Hanwag Blueridge ES Boots | Review
Group Tests and Best Buys

Best Winter Coats Reviewed 2023

The best outerwear options this season, according to the OM team

Best Winter Coats Reviewed 2023
Waterproof Jackets

Best Value Rain Jackets Reviewed 2023

Protective and durable rain shells at prices that won't break the bank

Best Value Rain Jackets 2023 | Budget Hardshells For Under £100

TRIWA Ocean Plastic Sub Outdoor Watch | Review

A fun and funky yet practical dive watch with a serious message...

TRIWA Ocean Plastic Sub Outdoor Watch | Review

The Most Sustainable Sleeping Bags on the Planet

Sleeping bags have long lagged behind other outdoor gear when it comes to sustainability. That’s finally starting to change...

The Most Sustainable Sleeping Bags on the Planet
Group Tests and Best Buys

Best Electric Cars For Adventure Lovers 2023

Vroom Vroom (but quiet and eco-friendly)

Best Electric Cars For Adventure Lovers 2023
Walking Equipment and Accessories

The Toughest Outdoor Watches For 2023

The most durably rugged quartz and mechanical outdoor watches out there

Toughest Watches 2023 | 12 Durable Wrist Watches For Outdoor Use
Walking Equipment and Accessories

G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-2000 Watch | Review

G-Shock's new Mudmaster is an improvement on its predecessor, but remains unapologetically committed to the 'function over form' design philosophy.

G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-2000 Watch | Review
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