About Us

Sharing the LOVE and the PASSION of the Outdoors!

About Us

Gear Reviews

We started out in 2016 as a way to share some of our hiking and biking stories with a wider audience. Since then, we’ve had the pleasure to work with some of the best brands in the industry, testing and reviewing gear for them.

Our mission at Tyres and Soles is to provide fair and honest gear reviews for the hiking and mountain biking enthusiast. We work with brands and distributors (big and small) who have an interesting story to tell and we want to help tell that story to as many people as possible.

Product shoot for Nemo Equipment and Optimus Stoves. Photo:©Richard McGibbonProduct shoot for Nemo Equipment and Optimus Stoves. Photo:©Richard McGibbon
Product shoot for Dakine MTB apparel. Photo:©Richard McGibbonProduct shoot for Dakine MTB apparel. Photo:©Richard McGibbon
Product shoot for Osprey and KÜHL. Photo:©Richard McGibbonProduct shoot for Osprey and KÜHL. Photo:©Richard McGibbon

Stories of Adventure and Passion

But we’re not just about gear reviews. We also publish stories of adventure, big or small. From seasoned hikers or mountain bike racers to the weekend warriors and adrenaline junkies out there. We love hearing your stories and sharing them with our readers.

We hope our gear reviews help you when it comes to choosing the right gear for your next adventure, be it by bike or by foot, big or small and we hope the stories we share inspire you to get outside and experience the wonders of the outdoors for yourselves.

Us on the Larapinta trail. A 13 day fully supported trip. Photo:©Tyres and SolesUs on the Larapinta trail. A 13 day fully supported trip. Photo:©Tyres and Soles
The First Hike project. Welcoming immigrants from war torn countries to Australia. An incredible cause! Photo©First Hike Project The First Hike project. Welcoming immigrants from war torn countries to Australia. An incredible cause! Photo©First Hike Project
The Himalayas, taken by one of our guest writers, Steve Kissonergis.The Himalayas, taken by one of our guest writers, Steve Kissonergis.
Follow @tyresandsoles
  • It's that time of year when you need to keep warm out there and what's better than a quick brew. 😊 The Optimus Elektra FE is so fast, Elon Musk is looking at using them to power his next rocket launch 🚀 | Photo: @richardmcgibbon
  • Getting to the top is always worth it. 😊 | Photo: @richardmcgibbon
  • Osprey packs have blown us away with their latest ultra-light pack, the Levity. How light do you go? | Photo: @richardmcgibbon
  • The latest MTB kit from @aussiegritapparel is stylish, comfortable and performs as you'd expect a product designed by a formula 1 champion! 😜👍 | Photo: @richardmcgibbon
  • The @zenbivy is probably one of the most comfortable sleeping bags we've ever experienced, it's on another level. 😍 | Photo: @richardmcgibbon
  • Ready to hit the trails at the highest point in Australia and loving the @rocday kit, cheers guys 👍 We're usually working in front of the lens so this was nice to relax and grab a happy snap for a change. *No products were harmed during this trip. 🐰 ❤️
  • The lightweight legend of the outdoors, @arcteryx introduce the new Cerium LT Hoody & Jacket. 👍
  • For the modern backpacker, the EXOS/EJA offers a reliable, ultralight, fully featured pack, providing incredible load support as well as unprecedented levels of comfort and ventilation. All this facilitates the carrying of heavier loads for longer periods of time with less fatigue – a win in any backpacker’s book.
  • The new S-Lab trail runners from @salomonrunning offer unparalleled performance out on the trails. | Photo: @richardmcgibbon
  • The new cross country kit from @aussiegritapparel have mixed performance with aesthetics perfectly! 👌 | Photo: @richardmcgibbon
  • The agile welterweight of the Mountain Series range, the Ajna is the successor of the previous generation Loka, a daypack for active users needing optimal balance and mobility. With 40 litres of low-profile storage and carry-on compliant size, the Ajna is the perfect travel companion for any destination shooter. | Photo: @richardmcgibbon
  • Old favourite, new features.

A long standing classic in the @ospreypacks collection, the Exos/Eja (his & hers) Series has been a staple of the backpacking world since 2009. The newly updated series is set to be the backpacker’s dream; ultra-light, well ventilated and more functional than ever before, the Exos/Eja is the go-to pack for the agile adventurer.