Kozi Kidz – Stockholm Jacket

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To sum up, I think this jacket is exceptionally good value for money. It’s really well made too, which is refreshing when it comes to kids’ stuff. Too many manufacturers think that they don’t need to put much effort into children’s clothing because they will grow out of it at about the same time it falls apart.
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DexShell – Peaked Beanie

So onto the ‘magic’ of the waterproofness! Like all good magic tricks, the execution is pretty simple – the construction consists of that aforementioned water repellent acrylic outer, the soft and snuggly fleece inner and sandwiched between the two is the magic – a Porelle membrane which has, in the 4 months or so I’ve had it on test, protected me from rain, hail and snow and done so admirably. Read more…

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Osprey Kids Koby 20 Daypack

There are lots of useful pockets, some with zips, some with elastic and all of them in just right place and the right dimensions for the size of the bag. Jasmine certainly manages to pack plenty into it and it’s all accessible. As I said, she uses it for school every day but it’s also ideal for weekends away, having enough space to fit a couple of changes of clothes, the usual bits and pieces that 9 year old girls take with them, and of course her teddy!
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ComplEAT – Foodskin

The concept behind this lunchbox is that once you’ve eaten your sandwiches, it goes flat and then doesn’t take up lots of space in your bag. And it does that – it does go flat. You are also okay to put the Foodskin in the dishwasher and microwave if you so desire. The coloured textile cover on the front comes off for when you do want to wash it or want to change the colour to better co-ordinate with your food perhaps? Read more…

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Darn Tough – Micro Crew Cushioned Sock

Well the outcome of that judging was that these colourful offerings from Darn Tough were given a GWA award. The reason being that alongside being a rather good looking foot recepticle, turn them inside out and you get a glimpse of the neatest-made sock we here at GWA HQ have seen in quite a while. No loose threads, no straggly bits and no lumps.
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Keela – Cumulus Pro Jacket

Features-wise, Keela have gone heavy on the pockets, which is a godsend for people like me who like things to be in the correct place. My favourite is the pocket on the left forearm, where I keep vinyl gloves, a CPR shield and other 1st aid stuff. It never gets in the way and is easy to pop out in an emergency.
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Aldi – Technical Softshell Jacket

The finish. Well, it’s not bad actually! At under £20 you might expect to see some wiggly stitching and sharp bits of zip, but none are evident. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that it’s a very well made garment, and if it had a North Face badge on it, you’d not complain. Read more…

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NiteIze – Inova STS Headlamp

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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