7 Sustainable Outdoor Brands (and what makes them so great!)
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by Darcy Smith
1M ago
As outdoor lovers, taking care of our planet means a lot to us. So it makes sense that we want to shop in a way that reflects those values. We’ve collated a list of outdoor brands that are doing their best for the planet – not only for the environment, but for the people in it too. Considering product, supply chain, and community impact, this is a collection of responsible brands who take a holistic approach to sustainability. If you’re looking to shop a bit more responsibly, browse our top picks and find out exactly what makes these 7 sustainable outdoor brands so great.   1. Cotopaxi &n ..read more
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5 Essential Items for a Hiking Repair Kit
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by Scott Drysdale
1M ago
There’s nothing worse than having gear fail when you’re on a hike. Especially when you know you could fix it if only you had the right tool. While often overlooked by ultralight hikers, having a small, but well-stocked repair kit can help you stay on-trail in comfort vs. having to go home early. Additionally, keeping your favourite gear in service helps to reduce the amount of waste heading to landfill and can potentially save you a lot of money if you were to buy a replacement instead. In this article, we look at the top 5 items you should have in your hiking repair kit. 1. Tenacious Tape Thi ..read more
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Hiking Boots vs Trail Runners: The Best Footwear for Hiking
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by Darcy Smith
1M ago
Whether you’re a seasoned backpacker or a complete newbie, the most important gear decision you can make when heading outdoors is, arguably, your choice of footwear. If your feet aren’t comfortable, it won’t be an enjoyable hike. But we certainly wouldn’t blame you for being overwhelmed by the array of options that are out there. Gone are the days of big leather boots as the only option for outdoor exploration. There are now so many new and emerging models making their mark on the trail, and an increasing number of hikers are deciding to opt for trail runners instead of a traditional hiking bo ..read more
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The Top 5 Best Hikes in Peru
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by Alex Carter
1M ago
Peru is home to some of the world’s best hikes. From trekking through deep canyons to snow-capped mountains and ancient ruins, the scenery you will encounter when hiking in Peru is out of this world. With a seemingly endless supply of world-class hikes available, I have picked out 5 of the best hikes in Peru for your upcoming trip. What are the Best Hikes in Peru? Ausangate Trek Easily one of the most picturesque and best hikes in Peru, the Ausangate Trek should be at the top of the list for any hiking enthusiast. This trek will take you high in the Andes, with each day spent over 4000 m, so s ..read more
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10 Useful Gifts for Travellers
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by Darcy Smith
2M ago
Looking for a present for the nomad in your life? When you spend most of your life living out of a backpack, every belonging must have a purpose. There are generally two questions to think about when shopping for a traveller: 1) Will they use it at least once a week? and 2) Is it compact enough? If you can answer yes to both, then it’s likely that you’re on to a winner. To make things a little easier, we’ve picked out a selection of gifts that we can almost guarantee will actually make it into their backpack on their next trip. For the people who can’t sit still, check out our 10 useful gifts ..read more
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Osprey Aura AG 65 Review
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by Paddy
3M ago
Soph needed a new pack for challenging multi-day hikes, and the Osprey Aura AG 65 turned out to be everything she needed. Check out her review of the classic Osprey hiking pack during an overnighter at Mount Buffalo.   As an avid hiker, I’ve started tackling more challenging multiday hikes, so it was time to upgrade my pack to something better suited to these adventures. After trying on the popular Osprey Aura AG 65, I was confident that this women-specific pack would be ideal for my 17km overnight hike through Mount Buffalo National Park, staying at Mount McLeod.     Fit & ..read more
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Gift Ideas for Adventure Lovers | Paddy’s Staff Top Picks
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by Paddy
3M ago
Purchasing the perfect Christmas present for your friends and family can be difficult, especially if they’re an outdoor enthusiast who appears to have it all. But don’t fret – our adventurous #PaddyStaffers have come to the rescue. With all different types of outdoor passions, staff from Paddy’s stores across the country are here to give you some inspiration with the items that are at the top of their list this year. Our expert team has selected gifts at a range of price points, whether you need a budget-friendly Secret Santa or are going all-out to wow your partner. Hikers, mountain ..read more
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What to Pack for Long-Term Travel | Complete Packing List
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by Darcy Smith
3M ago
Deciding what to pack for a backpacking trip can be overwhelming. If you’re in the merciless midst of writing your packing list, or are simply staring at your empty pack in despair, we’re here to help. Our packing list for long-term travel is curated by Paddy’s staff who have a range of experience exploring all different regions, landscapes, and climates. Free from the usual gimmicks, we’re listing only the things you need to bring and leaving out the stuff that is likely to linger at the bottom of your pack for the duration of your trip. It’s not a minimalist or ultralight packing list by any ..read more
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Osprey Running Vest Review: Duro/Dyna Range
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by Darcy Smith
3M ago
Although one of the most highly regarded pack manufacturers on the market, Osprey is likely not the first brand that springs to mind if you’re on the lookout for a running pack. Unsurprisingly however, they’ve knocked it out of the park with the Duro/Dyna trail running range. Available in 4 volume variations, Duro/Dyna is a range of feature-heavy trail running vests that pack a punch for a relatively low price tag. Naturally, we wanted to see what all the fuss was about, so we decided to put them to the test. Our staff runners Tim, Jess, and Darcy have spent the past few months putting these p ..read more
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What is UPF Clothing? The Difference Between UPF and SPF
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by Paddy
4M ago
Summer is around the corner, which means more time spent outdoors in the sunshine. And whilst that is definitely something to look forward to, it’s important to make sure that we look after ourselves and our skin. In addition to sunscreen, sun protective clothing can be a great way to shield your skin from harmful rays. Below, we’ll cover everything you need to know about sun protective clothing, including the differences between UPF and SPF, what UPF ratings mean, and common features of sun protective clothing.   UPF vs SPF: What’s the difference? Most of us are familiar with the terms U ..read more
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