About Us

Sharing the LOVE and the PASSION for the Outdoors!

About Us

Gear Reviews

Since 2016, our mission at Tyres and Soles is to provide fair and honest gear reviews for hiking, mountain biking and the general outdoor enthusiast. Along this journey, we’ve had the pleasure of testing and reviewing gear from some of the best brands in the industry, big and small.

We are always looking to work with new and interesting brands that have a story to tell, and we want to help tell that story to as many people as possible.


Stories of Adventure

We’re not just about gear reviews. From seasoned hikers and mountain bike racers to the weekend warriors and adrenaline junkies. We love hearing your stories and sharing them with you, the reader.

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


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The Team

We are truly thankful for our core and guest contributors, who have made Tyres and Soles what it is today and continue to add value to what we do.

Jason Lorch
Chief Editor / Gear Tester

Born and grew up in Wales but now a fully fledged Aussie. A passionate mountain biker, hiker and general nature addict. I’m also a bit of a muso and enjoy a good craft beer every now and again (probably too often).

I hope what we do here at Tyres and Soles will inspire people to get out there and experience the natural wonders that surround us all.


Richard McGibbon
Chief Photographer

I am an adventure and alternative sports photographer based in Sydney. I shoot people in motion doing sports such as mountain biking, trail running, surfing, free-running and I love it. I am happiest when I am behind the camera.

I’m the co-founder of Outer Image Collective, a photography company that specialises in covering events such as mountain biking, adventure racing and trail running races.
You can find more of my work at Richardmcgibbon.com


Matt Pass
Contributor / Gear Tester

I personify the weekend warrior. Stuck behind a desk for 5 days a week, waiting for the weekend to touch down so that I can get outdoors and into nature, whether that’s on a mountain bike, hiking or just throwing my swag down in a secluded spot.
English born and raised, a globetrotter, but living in Sydney for over 20 years, there is nowhere that feels more ‘home’ than the Aussie bush.


Natalie Ganderton
Contributor / Writer

A Kiwi who (like most other kiwis) now lives in Sydney. I caught a love of the outdoors from a young age, and over the years have thrown myself with varying degrees of enthusiasm into sports like orienteering, trail running, adventure racing, triathlons and more recently mountain biking. You’ll find me most weekends out and about on the local NSW MTB trails, mostly squawking excitedly about Australian wildlife.


Looking for Talent!

Are you an adventurer wanting to share a story? Have you wanted to write for an outdoors magazine but wasn’t given the opportunity? Well, we are looking for contributors right now, so drop us a line if you would like to write for us. If you have a story that needs telling, then we’d love to share it.

Contactinfo@tyresandsoles.com or visit our Facebook page and leave a private message.

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  • The @pnwcomponents Loam lever and Rainer dropper post is the goldilocks of set ups. With buttery smooth motion and an incredibly light lever action, this is a premium grade system that won’t blow your budget. 😊 | 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • We’ve been testing the new Seral, Savu and Kitsuma packs from @ospreyaustralia. All three packs offer something different and are aimed at day rides where you can carry the bare minimum such as the Kitsuma, or pack a little more with the Seral and Savu. The Kitsuma and the Seral use a bladder system. The Savu is a lumbar pack that has been designed to carry two bottles (no bladder). Whichever style of pack or riding you do, there’s now a great range to choose from. It’s good to see Osprey focusing on more mtb specific designs and what riders are looking for. 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • Are you whinging about this hot and humid weather in Sydney? We’d highly recommend you go and get Frankd! | 📸 @richardmcgibbon |@frankdmtbapparel
  • Taking the men’s and women’s @frankdmtbapparel out for a spin. A full review of these awesome jerseys coming soon!🤟 | 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • The Airborne 15 MTB pack from @uswesports is a cut above other packs with its unique cross over harness system. (No dancing monkeys were harmed in the making of this post) | 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • In near 100% humidity and 35 degree heat, we were incredibly thankful to be testing the @frankdmtbapparel jerseys. The men’s “Blue Wheeler” and women’s “Tori” both have mesh side panels, designed just for a day like today. 🥵👍 | Photo credit: 📸 @richardmcgibbon | #mtblife #mtbgear #activelifestyle #mtblifestyle
  • Socks for your pedals!?! No f&$king way? Yes way 😜👍 | 📸 @richardmcgibbon
  • We love heading into wild places, what about you?
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  • What’s your favourite camp food?  Do you use the pre-made shop stuff or dehydrate your own? | 📸 @richardmcgibbon  #campfood #campcooking #hikinglifestyle
  • The new @uswesports ‘Pace 12’ runner vest sets a new high-end standard for Trail & Ultra runners. | 📸 @richardmcgibbon | Athlete: @hanporteous
  • The rise of the hip packs have been impressive over the past couple of years. This is the Hip Pack Race by evoc, what’s your favourite? | 📸 @bayercb for @enduromag
  • @rocday have really impressed us with their range of MTB apparel. Amazing quality, excellent fit and all the style you’d expect from a European brand.