Tom Dixon is almost entirely taken by bouldering, nothing else gets him as psyched, aside from a good portion of winter climbing when the conditions come good. He also likes a good walk when needs must - he has walked from Ambleside to his home town of Newcastle at least once!
Rugged simplicity is a term which is often difficult to apply to new products in the outdoor industry, where everything is trying to be lighter flashier and cram in more bells and whistles – often more as a selling point rather than for practicality. Well Rock + Run have created something which could be described as the exact opposite of this ethos, with their Nano Tube.
I am a massive fan of the old Scarpa Vortex slipper and I will forever mourn its loss, even if it was violet. Make no mistake, the Scarpa Stix was going to have to live up to a lot in order to impress me. The Vortex was sensitive, had oodles of power in the toe - it was a great shoe to wear.
I was so excited to hear that Snap, the French crash pad manufacturer, was finally going to be given proper representation in the UK - via the County Climbing Company - that it gave me a warm glow inside. For too long had I seen swarve French types foisting about these sexy slices of foam.