Gear up

Deep dives, honest reviews and expert commentary on the most important adventure products, technologies and innovations.
Here you’ll find all the insight and information you need to get the right gear for better adventures.

Komoot

StoryBASE editorial team • November 30, 2021

10 Gifts for Every Adventurer

The 2021 ultralight adventure Christmas gift guide

Michelle Parker bootpacks up into the alpine during a multi-disciplinary bikepacking and ski-mountaineering journey from the Tahoe region (USA) into northern Washington state in June 2020. Along with her expedition partner Cody Townsend, Parker climbed and skied Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and El Dorado Peak during the month-long, 1,000 mile expedition. © Bjane Salen / Red Bull

SpotlightChris Hunt • October 07, 2021

The Breathing Shield

This is the story of the development of waterproof fabrics, and where we go from here

A nineteenth Century sextant at BASE magazine HQ. The sextant, invented in the mid eighteenth Century, was a revolutionary device because it allowed celestial objects to be measured relative to the horizon, rather than relative to the instrument - a difference which creates excellent precision.

SpotlightChris Hunt • April 23, 2021

The Magic Glass: Insights into Adventure Navigation

The story of navigation development from its earliest days to modern satellite communications and positioning systems

Hugo and Ross Turner wear examples of contemporary and old-fashioned mountaineering apparel

StoryHugo Turner • February 03, 2021

How Hard Were Mountaineers 100 Years Ago?

Comparing the performance of modern VS traditional mountaineering clothes on Mount Elbrus

The B3 crampon-compatible toe rand and insulated Vibram soles of a pair of Scarpa Phantom 6000 high altitude mountaineering boots © David Pickford / BASE

SpotlightChris Hunt • October 02, 2020

Sole Survivors

Rubber is one of the go-to materials of our time. It’s in everything, from car tyres to clothing. But where did it all begin? And what’s the future of rubber soles as materials technology continues to evolve?

Steel is Real

SpotlightChris Hunt • March 04, 2020

Steel is Real: The Story of the Ultimate Bike Frame Material

We take a look at the history of the material’s use in bicycle manufacturing and why we’re seeing a come back in this original and once thought obsolete material

The Magic of Merino

SpotlightChris Hunt • February 27, 2020

The Magic of Merino

An ode to the world’s finest adventure fabric

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