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Want gear advice and gear reviews? Welcome to Bogong's Resources section. Here you'll find useful information, including how to choose the right sleeping bag for your needs, which rock climbing shoes you should get, how to go lightweight, how to hydrate on a trail run, and more.

Climbing Gear Advice Hiking Gear Advice Ski Gear Advice Trail Running Gear Advice

 


 

Climbing Gear Advice

  • Belay Devices for Rock Climbing
  • Harness for Rock Climbing: Which Should I Buy?
  • Shoes for Rock Climbing: How to Choose
  • Shoes for Rock Climbing: Types
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    DMM Pivot belay device

    Belay Devices for Rock Climbing

    There are many types of belay devices. So, how do you know which one you need? Here, we've listed the pros and cons of the four main types of belay devices used for rock climbing.

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    Edelrid Duke II climbing harness

    Which Rock Climbing Harness Should I Buy?

    Many rock climbing harnesses share the same basic features: a waist loop and leg loops. So, why does it matter which harness you choose? Two harnesses that look the same at a glance may fit you totally differently. And the difference could mean a comfortable fall and a very awkward one. In this article we explore special features, design innovation and what to look for to find the best harness for you.

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    La Sportiva climbing shoe

    How to Choose a Rock Climbing Shoe

    Rock climbing shoes can seem uncomfortably foreign if you've never encountered them before. When you walk into a store, a good shop employs staff who can help find the best shoes for your ability and the type of climbing you enjoy. Here's an online guide to get you started.

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    Climbing shoes

    Types of Rock Climbing Shoes

    There are many different types of rock climbing shoes. Which features do you need? That depends: on your foot shape, whether you mostly climb steep walls or vertical faces, if you prefer bouldering or roped climbing, and so on. We explain the benefits of common climbing shoe features, such as laces, Velcro closure and choice of material.

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    Hiking Gear Advice

  • Blister Prevention: 6 Tips for Happy Feet
  • Gaiters: Why Do You Need Them?
  • Gear for Hiking: 5 Favourites
  • Gear for Hiking: What to Bring Hut-to-Hut Walking in Europe
  • Lightweight Bushwalking: How to Lighten Your Load
  • Lightweight Food for Hiking
  • Sleeping Bags: Down vs. Synthetic
  • Sleeping Bags: How to Choose
  • Two-Person Tents
  • Waterproofing 101
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    Hiking sock

    Blister Prevention: 6 Tips for Happy Feet

    Things you can actually do to work towards a blister-free bushwalk.

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    OR gaiters

    Why Do You Need Gaiters?

    Customers often ask this question. Bogong Equipment owner Neil Blundy explains.

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    OR hat

    Gear for Hiking: 5 Favourites

    This topic is always up for discussion. But, here are 5 favourites of Bogong Equipment owner Neil Blundy's.

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    Hiking map Europe

    Gear for Hut-to-Hut Walking in Europe

    Not sure what you need to bring for hut-to-hut walking in Europe? Here's a complete gear list to help you.

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    Exped Lightning hiking pack

    Lightweight Bushwalking: How to Lighten Your Load

    Thinking of going lightweight? But not sure exactly how to do it? Here are five ways to lighten your load without compromising on comfort.

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    Dehydrated meal

    Lightweight Food for Hiking

    So, you're going on a multiday walk. Bananas and apples will be kind of heavy. Plus, you need the space for other things. So, how can you lighten your load when it comes to food? In this article, we teach you how to organise your food, how much to pack, plus menu ideas.

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    Sleeping bags

    Down vs. Synthetic Sleeping Bags

    The pros and cons of down and synthetic sleeping bags, and why we tend to stock down bags.

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    Mont sleeping bag

    Which is the Best Sleeping Bag?

    How do you go about choosing a sleeping bag? As with most gear, it depends on what you intend to use it for. Here are 7 common uses and the sleeping bags we recommend for each.

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    Two-person tent

    Two-Person Tents

    How to choose a two-person tent based on your needs. We walk you through 6 potential scenarios.

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    OR Helium II rain jacket

    Waterproofing 101

    Learn about the different products you'll need for waterproofing your gear.

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    Ski Gear Advice

  • Ski Gear Basics
  • Ski Maintenance Tips
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    Dynafit ski boot

    Skiing: Basic Gear

    A rundown on the types of skis, bindings and boots available. Plus, buying tips to ensure you get the right setup.

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    Black Diamond skis

    Ski Maintenance Tips

    Learn about what to check for, basics on waxing and much more. By Merv Trease

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    Trail Running Gear Advice

  • Gear List for Mountain Running
  • Hydrating Yourself on the Trails
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    La Sportiva Ultra Raptor trail shoes

    Mountain Running: Gear List

    If you're thinking of doing an organised trail running event, you may have encountered the "Mandatory Gear List". Here's Bogong Equipment manager and trail runner Stephen Upton's helpful guide.

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    Source hydration bladder

    Hydrating Yourself on the Trails

    It's the most common thing we're asked about in-store when it comes to trail running. How much water should I carry? The answer, of course, is, it depends. Read on.

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    Buying Guides

     

    Tents Buying Guide

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    Hiking Packs Buying Guide

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    Day Packs Buying Guide

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    Sleeping Bags Buying Guide

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    Sleeping Mats Buying Guide

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    Ski Gear Buying Guide

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