Hiking Outdoor Gear Reviews
Torres del Paine national Park, Patagonia © Rudolf Abraham

Gear Reviews by Rudolf Abraham – Hiking & Outdoor Clothing & Equipment

Over the years I’ve tested, owned, carried, worn or used a wide range of travel, photography and outdoor gear from a number of manufacturers including Darn Tough, Keela, Keen, LifeStraw, Lightwave, MindShift Gear, Montane, Páramo, Rab, Sawyer, Sub Zero, Suunto and Think Tank Photo. Here, in no particular order, are reviews of some of my favourite pieces of hiking and outdoor kit.

Hiking the Juliana Trail in Slovenia - Travel Writer and Photographer Rudolf AbrahamPáramo Velez Adventure Smock Review

My real conversion to Páramo gear came with this much-more-than-just-a-waterproof jacket back in 2014, when I was hiking on Rumija – a mountain in Montenegro, wedged between the vast sprawl of watery wilderness that is Lake Skadar National Park, and the two-millennia-old olive groves of Stari Bar on the Adriatic coast. Read more >>>

Rudolf Abraham Slovenia Juliana Trail Paramo Montero TrousersPáramo Montero Trousers Review

Páramo’s Montero Trousers are a lightweight, jeans-inspired pair of hiking or cycling trousers, which are intended to look and feel equally at home when worn around town as they are on a mountain trail or on two wheels. I first tried wearing them on some stages of the Juliana Trail in Slovenia’s Julian Alps, which I hiked in late September/early October while working on a new guidebook. Read more >>>

Travel Writer Photographer Rudolf AbrahamPáramo Tempro Zip Neck Review

Páramo’s Tempro Zip-Neck is a fantastic and versatile base layer. It’s well cut, with a decent length that stays tucked in when you want it to and long sleeves which don’t ride up but are roomy enough to push/roll up if it’s hot, and a deep, asymmetrical zip (good for ventilation when needed). The Parameta T fabric…. Read more >>>

Paramo Maui Hiking TrousersPáramo Maui Trousers Review

Páramo’s Maui hiking trousers are hands down the best hiking/travelling trousers I’ve ever owned – lightweight, comfortable, quick drying and supremely hardwearing, with roomy cargo pockets (including a useful pocket-in-a-pocket, the right size for a phone in a waterproof case). The material, Nikwax Cotton+…. Read more >>>

Montane Minimus Grand Tour Jacket ReviewMontane Minimus Grand Tour Jacket

I began using Montane’s Minimus Grand Tour jacket when I hiked the Alpe Alpe Trail – 750km through the mountains of Austria, Slovenia and Italy, from the foot of the Grossglockner to the Adriatic coast. Without any doubt one of the most outstanding pieces of kit I carried was the Minimus Grand Tour. Read more >>>

Montane Ultra Tour 40 Backpack ReviewMontane Ultra Tour 40 Backpack Review

I’ve had the Montane Ultra Tour 40 since around 2016, and it’s still the pack I reach for on trips when I need something relatively small, simple and very lightweight, over my usual Lightwave Fastpack. Despite the fabric being quite thin, it’s stood up well over time, having been on trips to Austria, Croatia, France…. Read More >>>

Páramo Halcon Traveller Jacket Review by Rudolf AbrahamPáramo Halcon Traveller Jacket Review

The Páramo Halcon Traveller Jacket is, quite simply, the perfect jacket, both for travel and photography – certainly the most frequently used, and best designed, of any I’ve ever worn. Lightweight, quick drying, silent and low-key, it’s roomy enough not to restrict movement, even wearing something like a Torres Gilet…. Read more >>>

Europe by Rail GuidebookEurope by Rail – The Definitive Guide

I was recently sent a copy of the latest (15th) edition of the book Europe by Rail – The Definitive Guide, by its Berlin-based authors (who are also the lovely people behind hidden europe magazine). It’s a wonderful book – I love the idea of arranging a travel guide around rail journeys, rather than rail journeys merely being…. Read more >>>