Angus Whitby


LEKI Micro Vario Carbon Review

Review by Angus Whitby. Many moons ago, a photography buddy of mine invited me on a winter walking adventure. Our intention was to lug his panoramic camera up into the hills and capture some of the stunning winter wilderness on medium format film. One evening whilst trawling over maps and organizing kit in preparation for the trip, my adventure buddy produced a fancy set of brand new trekking poles. Until that point, I hadn’t really considered them necessary for our trip having previously dismissed the use of trekking poles for... Read More


What’s in your First Aid Kit?

Text and images by Will Day The humble first aid kit – hopefully never required – but when it is, you’re glad you had it prepared and on hand at a moment’s notice. Pre-assembled kit or build your own? Know how to use it My First Aid Kit Important information Pre-assembled kit or build your own? When contemplating putting together a first aid kit, you can either buy a ready made kit or assemble one yourself. Buying a ready-made option is typically cheaper and offers comprehensive coverage for most outdoor-related... Read More


Haglöfs Roc Spire Waterproof Jacket Review

Review and Images by Will Day. Here at Open Air, we’re fortunate to stock a range of waterproof jackets from some of the best manufacturers around. For Open Airist Will, the temptation of a new waterproof jacket purchase was high and after deliberating long and hard, Will settled on the Roc Spire from legendary Swedish outdoor brand, Haglöfs. Today, Will shares his thoughts on the Roc Spire after a month of ownership. Take it away, Will! Want a recap of how to select the right waterproof jacket? Read our article!... Read More


How to Wash and Reproof your Waterproof Jacket

Text and Images by Angus Whitby. Your waterproof jacket is a very important piece of equipment in ensuring your comfort and safety in the outdoors during inclement weather. It is likewise an expensive bit of equipment and as we enter the warmer months, there has never been a better time to clean and refresh your waterproof jacket to ensure long lasting service. In today’s blog post, the Open Air team will provide some background knowledge on why it’s important to look after your waterproof jacket as well as answer some... Read More


10 Activities for House-Bound Climbers

by Ashley Zheng A lot of climbers may find themselves ‘climbing the walls’ feigning boredom while trapped indoors over the coming weeks. To help fellow climbers, we’ve come up with a list of 10 home activities for climbers which will not only pass the time at home but help prepare for a future adventure! 1. Update your log-book Starting with a very simple task, make sure all your latest ascents are put into your log-book and that all previous entries are all up to date. Not only is this a... Read More


How to Choose the Right Waterproof Jacket

The saying “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” hails from Scandinavia where it is frequently repeated by parents who insist that their children spend time outdoors every day. Whilst the phrase is slightly more eloquent in Swedish as it rhymes “Det finns inget sådant som dåligt väder, bara dåliga klåder”, the message is nevertheless the same; don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying the outdoors! Waterproof Jackets for General Outdoor Use Waterproof Jackets for Fast and Light Activities Waterproof Jackets for Mountain Use An... Read More


5 Open Spaces that you can Go and Explore in Cambridge

The 2019 Winter Solstice occurred on December 22nd. On this day, the North Pole is tilted the farthest away from the Sun, delivering the fewest hours of sunlight of the year. For us at Open Air, the day after the Winter Solstice is one worth celebrating as it marks the beginning of the steady march towards longer days and warmer temperatures. To us outdoor enthusiasts, it feels somewhat unjust that on the cusp of prime adventure time, that we are gripped by a global pandemic with all advice pointing to... Read More


How to store, clean, and care for your sleeping bag.

For the modern outdoor adventurer, the sleeping bag is likely to be one of the most expensive gear purchases made. Naturally, you’re going to want your investment to keep you warm on cold nights for many years to come. But just how exactly do you look after a sleeping bag? Can you even wash them? And will leaving it squished in its stuff sack damage it? Fear not, Open Air is here to provide advice on all things sleeping bag care, laundering and storage! Sleeping Bag Care Sleeping Bag Storage... Read More


What is the warmest sleeping bag?

Buying a warm sleeping bag for a camping or hiking trip can be overwhelming. With so many different shapes, seasons, warmth ratings (and a good quality night’s sleep on the line!), it’s hard to determine what is going to be the most appropriate. With more than 30 years assisting campers and hikers, whether you need a sleeping bag for a music festival or something to keep you comfortable whilst trekking in the Himalaya, Open Air is here to assist you buying your next warm sleeping bag, whatever your adventure. Sleeping... Read More


How to Buy Walking Boots that Fit

Images and Text by Angus Whitby. Well-fitting walking boots aren’t just necessary to prevent bruised toes and blisters. They support your ankles and feet, reducing fatigue and injury over the course of your walk. Following on from our blog post on choosing the best walking boots or shoes, here is a more detailed overview of walking-boot fitting for those who are unable to visit our footwear department on Green Street for personalised walking boot fitting service. How should walking boots fit and feel? You want to be well supported and comfortable... Read More