NiteIze – Inova STS Headlamp

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At it’s brightest the torch is 142 lumens, which according to Google is a bit dimmer than a 25 watt incandescent light bulb. It has a distance of about 84 meters, but I’ve not found an easy way of verifying that so we’ll just have to take Nite Ize’s word for it. It runs off 3 AAA batteries, which are really easy to replace and will last for about 4 hours 40 minutes on the brightest setting.
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Regatta – Ultra Max-Mid X LT Walking Boot

I can also verify that they’re waterproof, thanks to the Isotex internals, because I did a little puddle sploshing. In fact I enjoyed puddle sploshing so much that Mrs Muz ran out of excuses to tell wary passers-by and ended up just walking off. She’s no fun, that woman.
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Komperdell – C3 Carbon Compact poles

These Komperdell poles are an excellent product with some nice features. The added orange flash stickers on the upper section make the poles easy to spot if you stop for a break and drop them down into some long grass … I have spent 15 minutes looking for a disguised lost pole in the past, but these would stand out a treat. Added to this the manufacturers have added the signatures of the world’s leading mountaineers to the middle section of the pole – an endorsement I assume, but a nice touch only visible when the middle section is extended.
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Brunton – Revolt 9000 mAh Waterproof Portable Charger

You plug it in, fill it with the magic of electrikkery and take it off on your holibobs or, in my case, hospital. With only Sky News, crappy games and my evil, mickey-taking Facebook friends for company on my iPhone 6 (and the slightly less evil Mrs Muz from 2.30pm – 4.30pm and again from 6pm – 7pm), I managed to drain my phone a couple of times over. And the Brunton Revolt was a sanity-saver. Read more…

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Regatta – Star Games 3-in-1 Coat

In summary, it’s a fantastic coat and Daisy absolutely loves it! For £65 we think it’s good value for a coat that’s really flexible – as per the name you get three coats in one: a warm fleece, a waterproof mac and, when it’s zipped together, a ‘snuggly warm’, fleece-lined winter jacket. We’ve recently spotted it on sale at £30, and that an absolute bargain for such a versatile jacket.
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Ocun – Ferry Belay & Rappel Device

I suspect that this review says more about me than about the Ocun Ferry. I’m a coward. And I’m happy with that. When I’m dangling off a cliff, frightened, tired, cold and beaten up I’ve got a lot to think about. Ropes, knots, my climbing buddy, the anchors, rock-fall, the sun going down and leaving my cold corpse for the wolves.. well, you get the idea. I really don’t want to add to that mental burden ‘Did I rig the belay the right way up?’ or ‘I wish that thing looked a bit more solid’
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Superfeet – Green Insoles

Superfeet do loads of different insoles for all sorts of different shoes. The Green insoles are probably the most common, but they also come in different sizes so it is worth speaking to staff at your local stockist to make sure you get the right size (it’s not actually done on your shoe size). Superfeet invest a lot of money in training retail staff how to fit their insoles so it is definitely worth speaking to them and using their expertise.
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Odlo – PrimaLoft Loftone Jacket

Odlo says it gives ‘warmth without bulk’ – and it’s true. The jacket is really lightweight so it’s good for travelling. By my non-scientific and very rough reckoning, it weighs about as much as my iPhone 5s. So not much. It wasn’t quite as diminutive as I thought it would be, but it does fold down fairly small. When squished up, it just about fits into my dressing gown pocket.
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Outwell – Great Bear lantern

Camping lanterns are ten-a-penny these days and with so many options available you really are spoiled for choice. So you pays your money and takes your pick. But here’s one to consider seriously if you’re in the market for a new one. Outwell’s Great Bear is a multi-function effort that covers a few different bases – it’s a general purpose lamp, a torch and a dedicated reading light all rolled in to one sturdy unit. Read more…

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Keela – Youth Munro Jacket

Overall this is a fantastic coat of very, very good quality but, as is often the way, that quality doesn’t come cheap and £110 is a very hefty price tag for a coat that your budding little hillwalker could grow out of in a couple of months. If the price tag isn’t an issue, however, then you won’t be disappointed with it as it’s an extremely impressive piece of kit.
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Edelrid – Ripley Climbing Pants

‘Stretch fabric at hips for perfect fit and optimal freedom of movement’ – check! Yes, these have plenty of room at the hip, which is really important for climbing because you’ve often got your foot in a strange position – like above your head – to get at a tricky foothold.
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Mammut – Misaun Jacket

As a bit of a long-bodied lanky bird, I found the fit on this jacket really excellent. The back is cut a bit lower, meaning it covers your butt so when moving/stretching etc it doesn’t ride up and expose your lower back/kidneys. Particularly noticeable when on a bicycle. Read more…

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Kozi Kidz – Snowflake Baby Snow Suit

The suit (and indeed the rest of the range) is sold in your child’s height rather than age, which seems incredibly sensible to me. Kids, as adults, do not come in age/size ranges so I liked this feature. So just get your toddler to stand still(!) and measure them top to toe in centimetres.
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Berghaus – Explorer Ridge Plus Boots

On first arrival, I wore these boots everywhere, including round the house, much to my wife’s consternation, for a week non-stop. I’m pleased to report that unlike old-school leather boots, they didn’t need any breaking in at all and are instead incredibly comfortable, like wearing a pair of gloves.
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Marmot – Women’s Nabu Neo Shell Jacket

The Marmot women’s Nabu jacket needs absolutely no spin, no BS and no marketing huff and puff. It is an extremely brilliant jacket. However, it does need technical explanation – because it looks so basic you’d never believe what this jacket can do. Read more…

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Didriksons – Angelina Parka

This parka has all the pedigree and detailing that you need to withstand the white stuff and all the other elements that mother nature likes to throw at you. It’s a tad too chunky to appeal to the hardcore mountain types, but it looks right at home on the gentler slopes, and for a bit of Apres ski, shopping, dog-walking and general winter living.
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Bright Products – Sunbell Solar Lamp

It’s a solar-charged (or wall charged) LED light, which can be used as a spotlight, torch, room-light, phone charger, amplifier and centre-piece! It might be easier to watch the video…
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