Charles Polidano

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Reviewer of the Month: July 2018

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joined Mar 24, 2016

Full Name: Charles Polidano
51-year-old male hiker
Malta
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Jack Wolfskin Gravity Trail Jacket

Lightweight hybrid jacket—part fleece, part softshell for wind resistance. Intended for runners and cyclists, but also useful for walkers.
photo: Jack Wolfskin Gravity Trail Jacket
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6 comments

Smidge Spray

Non-DEET insect repellent, good for midges, mosquitoes, and ticks. It works! Smidge was developed in Scotland for protection against Scotland's…
photo: Smidge Spray
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2 comments

Deuter Camera Case III

Camera pouch which can be mounted on your belt or the shoulder strap of your rucksack. A brilliantly practical device which allows one-handed…
photo: Deuter Camera Case III
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Aquapac Small Stormproof Camera Pouch

Protects your camera in wet conditions. Highly waterproof thanks to the roll-top, but not as practical as a normal camera pouch. I wouldn't…
photo: Aquapac Small Stormproof Camera Pouch
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Berghaus Freeflow 40

Tough and comfortable 40-litre backpack. Has multiple compartments and an adjustable back system. The Berghaus Freeflow 40 is a 40-litre backpack…
photo: Berghaus Freeflow 40
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3 comments

Osprey Airporter Small

Protective cover for medium size rucksacks when travelling by air. Packs down to a compact size. Hiking rucksacks tend to have plenty of dangling…
photo: Osprey Airporter Small
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Merrell Outmost Ventilator

Lightweight hiking shoes. Good for hot weather, but not as comfortable as expected. In mid-March this year I started doing training walks for…
photo: Merrell Men's Outmost Ventilator
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Ecco Biom Hike GTX 1.7

Tall hiking boots. Comfortable out of the box with no need for breaking in, but they are not as tough as they should be. The Ecco Biom Hike…
photo: Ecco Biom Hike GTX 1.7
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3 comments

Garmin eTrex 30

Compact, lightweight, and reliable handheld GPS receiver. Includes an electronic compass and barometer. Lacks a touch screen, but touch screens…
photo: Garmin eTrex 30
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7 comments

Cicerone Press Walking the West Highland Way

Compact and lightweight, yet it comes with a protective plastic cover and a map booklet reproducing Ordnance Survey mapping for the entire route.
photo: Cicerone Press Walking the West Highland Way
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Lowa Renegade GTX Mid

Lightweight and comfortable hiking boots. However, my pair have had durability issues. I bought my Lowa Renegades in June 2015. I wore them…
photo: Lowa Men's Renegade GTX Mid
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3 comments

Peter Storm Long Sleeve Travel Shirt

Tough shirt made of heavy gauge nylon. The main point of interest in this shirt, and the reason I am reviewing it, is the heavy gauge material…
photo: Peter Storm Long Sleeve Travel Shirt
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Craghoppers Classic Kiwi Pants

Durable and comfortable general-purpose hiking trousers. Plenty of pockets, but could do with a second cargo pocket. Craghoppers Classic Kiwi…
photo: Craghoppers Classic Kiwi Pants
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1 comment

Mountain Equipment Aeon Jacket

Lightweight packable rain jacket. Good for the occasional shower but not so good in prolonged rain because of limited breathability. The Mountain…
photo: Mountain Equipment Men's Aeon Jacket
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5 comments
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Ecco Rugged Track GTX High

Very comfortable boots (once broken in) with superb grip. However, the sole could be more rigid and is prone to wear. Ecco Rugged Track boots…
photo: Ecco Rugged Track GTX High
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Craghoppers 364 3-in-1 Jacket

Longer-length rain jacket with zipped-in synthetic insulating jacket. The outer jacket is not suitable for hiking, but the inner on its own…
photo: Craghoppers Men's 364 3-in-1 Jacket
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5 comments
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Helinox Ground Chair

Light, compact camping chair. Rests low on the ground, but this is not a bad thing because it means you can stay seated when using your cooking…
photo: Helinox Ground Chair
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Craghoppers NosiLife Adventure Shirt

Practical and comfortable nylon shirt. Is insect-repellent and has various other features including five pockets. The Craghoppers NosiLife Adventure…
photo: Craghoppers NosiLife Adventure Shirt
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Lowa Uplander GTX

Lightweight waterproof boots (but the waterproofing is unreliable). May not be suitable for all foot shapes due to a deep forefoot. I bought…
photo: Lowa Uplander GTX
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Fjallraven Barents Pro Trousers

The Barents Pro Trousers are tough and well-made. Unfortunately, I found them too close-fitting to be comfortable. Fjallraven’s Barents Pro…
photo: Fjallraven Barents Pro Trousers
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Fjallraven Barents Trousers

Rugged and practical hiking trousers with multiple pockets. Not suited for warm weather but excellent from fall to spring. The Fjallraven Barents…
photo: Fjallraven Barents Trousers
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Berghaus Light Trek Hydroshell Jacket

Well-featured but lightweight and packable rain jacket. The Berghaus Light Trek is a rain jacket made from Berghaus's proprietary Hydroshell…
photo: Berghaus Light Trek Hydroshell Jacket
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Craghoppers NosiLife Insect Shield Pro Long Sleeved Shirt

Synthetic stretch insect-repellent shirt. Well featured, but too tight a fit. I bought this shirt because I wanted a fast-drying all-synthetic…
photo: Craghoppers NosiLife Insect Shield Pro Long Sleeved Shirt
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2 comments
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SealSkinz Walking Socks

Waterproof socks that are excellent as camp wear, although possibly too warm as walking socks. I used to think waterproof socks were bit of…
photo: SealSkinz Walking Socks
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Craghoppers Kiwi Long-Sleeved Shirt

Practical and comfortable polycotton hiking shirt. Solar collar extension This shirt by British brand Craghoppers is designed as a practical…
photo: Craghoppers Kiwi Long-Sleeved Shirt
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4 comments
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Force Ten Helium 2

Lightweight two-person tent that pitches all in one. Cramped for two, but excellent for a solo hiker. The Force Ten Helium 2 is a single-hoop…
photo: Force Ten Helium 2
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5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants

Extremely rugged trousers that are intended for military or paramilitary use, but are excellent for hiking, although a little on the heavy side.
photo: 5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants
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9 comments
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Craghoppers NosiLife Convertible Trousers

Practical lightweight trousers with nine pockets and zip-off legs, and impregnated with insect repellent. Excellent for warm weather hiking…
photo: Craghoppers NosiLife Convertible Trousers
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Haglofs Barrier Pro II Jacket

Lightweight and packable synthetic jacket that is warm for its weight. This jacket weighs just 323 grams (11.4oz). It is obviously not for…
photo: Haglofs Barrier Pro II Jacket
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Casio PRG270

Solar-powered altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) watch with temperature sensor, world time, stopwatch, and timer. The Casio PRG270 Suunto…
photo: Casio PRG270
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Montane Anti-Freeze 2.0 Jacket

Medium weight down jacket that offers a good balance between warmth and portability. This jacket weighs about 550g (19oz) in size large. It…
photo: Montane Anti-Freeze 2.0 Jacket
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Source Widepac Hydration System

Practical and easy to use water bladder. Source Widepac 3L in a Berghaus Wilderness rucksack I picked this model of water bladder over others…
photo: Source Widepac Hydration System
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2 comments
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Sony DSC-HX90V

The world's smallest ultrazoom camera. Compact but versatile with a x30 zoom and GPS—excellent for hikers and backpackers. Normally I take…
photo: Sony DSC-HX90V
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Berghaus Wilderness 65+15

A comfortable and capacious 65+15 litre rucksack with adjustable back system, front access to main compartment, and expanding side pockets.
photo: Berghaus Wilderness 65+15